Odd News -- December 3, 2008

UNDATED (AP) - There's more to being a Victoria's Secret model than putting on next to nothing. A 23-year-old Dutch model is making her debut on the Victoria's Secret special on CBS tonight. She says she went on a strict sugar- and carb-free diet to prepare. She also spent extra time jumping rope, so there won't be any unwanted bulges as she struts her stuff on the runway. Miranda Kerr is another model debuting on the broadcast. She says her mom didn't mind seeing her up there in her underwear.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Blame it on a shopping channel. A former bank teller claims she was addicted to cable TV shopping. Cassandra Ryder has pleaded guilty to embezzling from the Copperhill, Tenn., bank where she used to work. Ryder tells investigators she often used the bank's money to pay for things she saw on TV. She's been sentenced to 15 months in prison for embezzling $134,000. In addition to the prison time, Ryder must pay back the money.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An iPod Touch is just what the doctor ordered. Soon the high-tech multi-media devices will be standard equipment for Ohio State University med students. The docs-to-be will use the iPods to watch videos of treatments and view medical images. Third-year medical student Justin Harper came up with idea. The university says within two years every Ohio State med student will have an iPod loaded with special medical software.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Driving while gassed could have been the charge. The Nevada Highway Patrol reports busting a drunken driving suspect in Reno, who had a gas nozzle and fuel hose dragging from her car. Patrol spokesman Chuck Allen says an ambulance crew first noticed the driver and radioed troopers for help. Troopers say April Westfall flunked a sobriety test and was arrested. Troopers are still trying to find the service station that's missing a nozzle and about 6 feet of hose.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - If you're going to pick people to rob, it's probably not a good idea to choose an Alaska commercial fisherman and an amateur hockey player. Police report the fisherman and hockey player were held up by an armed man, while they returned to the Anchorage Sheraton. Authorities say the suspect took them inside their hotel room, pointed the gun at their heads and demanded money. But it was robber who ended up unconscious, as the intended victims took away his gun. Police say suspect Terry Butler woke up in a closet, with a security guard standing over him. Butler's now charged with assault and two counts of robbery.

MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland report busting the Santa-napper. According to deputies in Carroll County, Gabriele Markert had decorations from at least three area homes in her house. The investigation began before dawn the other morning, when a neighbor reported hearing a loud noise. She discovered her 4-foot-tall Santa and snowman were gone. Another neighbor reported her decorations had been swiped, too. Markert now faces misdemeanor theft charges.

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

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