Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama was getting the laughs last night. She did a Top 10 list for David Letterman. Number-six on the list of "fun facts" about gardening: "The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks."

Number-five: "Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on `tomato' vs. `tomahto."'

And the number-one fact: "With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli." Mrs. Obama then got a big laugh when she held up a prop broccoli stalk shaped to look like the president's head. The first lady was on the "Late Show" to promote her new book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America."


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- New Jersey Devils rookie Adam Henrique is willing to take one on the chin for his team. Or rather take it off his chin. The Los Angeles Kings could wrap up the Stanley Cup tonight in Game 4 of the championship series. Devils are down 3-games-to-zip. So, Henrique decided something drastic was needed. He's shaved off his beard. But Henrique won't be taking to the ice completely clean-shaven. He still sports a bristly mustache.


ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- A cellphone can be a real life-saver -- and not just for making calls. A Georgia police officer's cellphone stopped a bullet. Authorities in Albany say Officer Willie Hall was responding to a hostage situation early the other morning. He was shot at during the standoff. But WALB reports the officer's cellphone blocked the bullet just enough to prevent a serious injury. Hall was taken to a hospital for treatment. The hostages were released, but police are still looking for the suspects.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hello -- testing -- one, two, three. Is this thing on? A microphone caused a scare at LAX yesterday. Authorities report a suspicious bag triggered a partial evacuation of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. It turns out it was just a mic in a case. The bomb squad moved the item to a safe area, so flights could resume. Airport officials say the owner of the luggage was initially detained, but was later released to continue traveling.


MIAMI (AP) -- Miami's police chief is cracking down on speeders -- in his own department. Chief Manuel Orosa is taking action against 36 officers for off-duty speeding. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Orosa says he'll be firing at least one officer. Police also plan to equip 40 of their vehicles with GPS tracking devices -- to get the lead-footed cops to slow down.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Peace Corps isn't just for 20-somethings out to save the world. Baby Boomers are volunteering, too. Tamara England-Zelenski is now serving in Armenia, teaching English to university students. The former children's book editor from Wisconsin applied to the Peace Corps two years ago, at age 57. She says she considered joining her 20s, but felt she didn't have enough to offer. Today, Peace Corps officials say Baby Boomers have just what they're looking for -- a wealth of experience to share.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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