Odd News -- October 29, 2008

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Who you gonna call? The ghostbusting students! hree Reno college students have formed Nevada Student Paranormal Investigation or NSPI. They say they'll look into things that go bump in the night for free. The NSPI guys have a range of high-tech gear including infrared video equipment and a thermal scanner. Sean O'Callaghan, a political science and economics major, says they've recorded the ghostly voice of what sounds like a woman at an old stagecoach way station. But they've also proved unfounded a rumor of ghosts at a Virginia City cemetery. The students say strange lights were actually reflections of car headlights off polished tombstones. But they won't be doing any ghost hunting Halloween night. The students tell the Reno Gazette-Journal that Halloween is just too noisy and busy.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It's a real shot in the arm -- for fluprevention. The University of Minnesota is claiming a new Guinness record for the most flu shots given in a single day. University officials say more than 11,500 people got their flu shots on the Twin Cities campus yesterday. Sixty-plus health professionals gave the shots at four locations. The previous Guinness flu shot record was about 3,200, set in Sanford, Florida, a couple of years ago.

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (AP) - On trial for car theft -- so, how do you go to court? Police in San Anselmo, Calif. charge Tony Van showed up at the courthouse in a stolen Lexus SUV. Police say they investigated the SUV after some people reported several Yorkshire terriers had been left alone. Van was also charged with animal cruelty and leaving animals in an unattended vehicle. As for the first case, the San Francisco hairstylist was convicted of having a stolen $125,000 Porsche Carrera.

BOSTON (AP) - Kids are getting a break from the Boston Public Library. Library officials say young readers won't have to pay any lost book charges or fines on overdue books returned this coming Saturday. All is forgiven for more than 50,000 children who use the Boston Public Library. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan say they'll summon a magician to make those fines "disappear." Officials say they hope forgiving the late fees will encourage children to use the library.

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a court case with a lot of bull. A Queens woman is suing a New York City restaurant over a mechanical bull accident. Rachel Love claims she was a victim of negligence and "assault and battery" because she was allowed to ride the bull at Johnny Utah's in Rockefeller Center. The suit contends employees of the Western-themed restaurant shouldn't have permitted someone who was drunk on the bull. The court papers don't detail her injuries. In September, a man sued the restaurant over another claimed
bucking bull accident.

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Deputy John Maney has a new partner -- one he found himself. The Polk County, Florida, lawman wanted a new drug dog, but his chief said they didn't have the budget. So, Maney went to the pound, found and adopted a puppy, and trained it. Maney has the experience. He has worked with five K-9 cops before. Maney said he passed on several dogs before finding a black lab mix he named Rezadu. It took 12 weeks to train Rezadu. The pup did so well, he's now a nationally certified narcotics dog.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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