News of the Weird

Mushrooms growing in the foodie world

5:35 PM, Mar 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While most New England farms are months away from producing their first crops of the year, the harvest is already in full swing at Bountiful Mushrooms Farm in Portland.

Kennebunk teen has wish granted

5:31 PM, Mar 24, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ethan Houle had a day he'll never forget. The 17 year old from Kennebunk didn't travel to a theme park or an exotic locale to have his wish granted, just up the coast that he loves so much.

Spring cleaning: don't be a gadget hoarder, reduce e-clutter

12:45 PM, Mar 24, 2014

(NBC News) -- Don't think for a minute, you're the only one who can't let go of old gadgets.

Elephants escape St. Louis circus

10:21 AM, Mar 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- Three elephants escaped the Shrine Circus at St. Louis' Family Arena Saturday afternoon and roamed the parking lot, damaging multiple cars.

Reports: Actor James Rebhorn, 'Homeland' dad, dies

3:12 PM, Mar 23, 2014

(USA TODAY) -- Actor James Rebhorn, who plays Carrie's dad on the Showtime drama Homeland, has died, according to reports.

EqualityMaine celebrating 30 years of service

11:03 PM, Mar 22, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- EqualityMaine has a lot to celebrate, for 3 decades they've been fighting for equal treatment in the workplace and in the legislature for the lesbian, gay and transgender community. Saturday night marked their 30th anniversary celebration.

Easter's Peeps hatch to year-round snack

1:50 PM, Mar 22, 2014

(USA TODAY) -- Peeps have been blown up in microwaves. Destroyed in dioramas. And even stirred with vodka and O.J. into so-called Peepdrivers.

Does March Madness slow work productivity?

1:28 PM, Mar 21, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vermont (NECN) -- In what's become a March tradition along with the NCAA basketball tournament, the Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas has released an estimate of what March Madness could cost employers in lost worker productivity.

Fla. man rescued from mud pit

11:20 AM, Mar 21, 2014

APOLLO BEACH, Florida (WFLA) -- A man who was trapped in a muddy, 10-foot-deep hole at a construction site in Apollo Beach, Florida was rescued by emergency crews after being trapped for more than three hours.

Seattle police release new Kurt Cobain photos

7:44 AM, Mar 21, 2014

SEATTLE, Washington (KING) -- Renewed interest in the death of Kurt Cobain has prompted Seattle police to review the decades-old case.

Nearly half of America wants 'wearable' tech

6:43 AM, Mar 21, 2014

(NBC News) -- The Pebble smart watch and Fitbit wristbands. Chances are that you have heard of these gadgets. But do you actually own any of them?

As Twitter turns 8, here's how to find your first tweet

1:23 PM, Mar 20, 2014

(USA Today) -- Social network Twitter is using its upcoming 8th birthday to help users discover their first tweets.

Watch a 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant solve a nearly impossible puzzle with just 2 letters

12:06 PM, Mar 20, 2014

(NEWS10) -- The category is thing. There are three words with a total of 12 letters.

Pope Francis tops Fortune's 'World's Greatest Leaders' list, but no Obama

8:57 AM, Mar 20, 2014

(TODAY Show) -- Pope Francis was named the world's greatest leader by Fortune magazine, topping a diverse list released Thursday.

Wash. baristas pack heat

8:29 AM, Mar 20, 2014

SPOKANE COUNTY, Washington (KHQ) -- 2014 started off with multiple armed robberies across Spokane County, Washington.

Dominate March Madness: tips for a better bracket

7:34 AM, Mar 20, 2014

(USA TODAY) -- Put down that office paperwork and back away slowly. This is not the time to earn your paycheck.

Mich. beer lesson falls flat

4:07 AM, Mar 20, 2014

LINDEN, Michigan (WEYI) -- Many people are stumped about why a teacher in Linden, Michigan would think it's alright to allow young kids to drink beer in school even one with very low alcohol in it.

Salsa Dancing Lessons in Portland

6:59 PM, Mar 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As we desperately wish for warmer temperatures, things are heating up at The Pearl in Portland. Salsa Dancing lessons are being offered there every Thursday night.

Coming soon -- maybe -- to an airport near you

8:15 AM, Mar 19, 2014

(USA TODAY) -- A major role of commercial airports is, of course, to provide the facilities where passengers can get on and off the airplanes that zip around the world.

Maine beach named one of Best Beaches according to TripAdvisor reviews

2:57 PM, Mar 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Today TripAdvisor announced the World's Best Beaches based on the reviews and opinions from millions of travelers.

207 Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance

1:21 PM, Mar 18, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are many different ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. For the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, celebrating Irish heritage happens year round.

School bus driver arrested for road rage incident in New Mexico

1:03 PM, Mar 18, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (KOB) -- An Albuquerque, New Mexico school bus driver has been arrested after allegedly getting into a road rage incident with another motorist while students were on the bus.

Los Angeles news anchor goes full earthquake face during morning report

10:31 AM, Mar 18, 2014

(TODAY Show) -- A magnitude-4.4 earthquake rattled Los Angeles and the nerves of KTLA news anchor Chris Schauble early Monday morning.

San Diego Zoo's new baby gorilla has pneumonia

8:10 AM, Mar 18, 2014

SAN DIEGO, California (AP) -- A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is under constant veterinary care.

Homework load little changed in 30 years, study says

6:38 AM, Mar 18, 2014

(USA TODAY) -- Parental concerns about ever-expanding homework assignments for their children may be misguided, according to new research suggesting that students' homework burdens have barely changed in 30 years.

Fort Kent Lions bare it all for their town

9:14 PM, Mar 17, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Fort Kent Lions Club is the largest Lions Club in the state. They give thousands of dollars to charities annually. This year, their major fundraiser is a souvenir calendar in which club members posed almost nude.

Good samaritan saves cop from burning squad car in Minnesota

1:55 PM, Mar 17, 2014

BRAHAM, Minnesota (KARE) -- He was only wearing socks, but that didn't stop Ryan Smith from freeing an officer from his burning squad car.

Soldier reunited with dog who saved his life

1:31 PM, Mar 17, 2014

LAYTON, Utah (KSL) -- On May 9, 2010, John Logie, his body full of shrapnel, was loaded into a helicopter and flown from Afghanistan to Germany after being injured by an improvised explosive device.

Goodwill holds fifth annual Wedding Dress Sale in Tennessee

1:25 PM, Mar 17, 2014

MADISON, Tennessee (WSMV) -- Hundreds of brides-to-be attended Goodwill's fifth annual Wedding Gala at the Goodwill Store in Madison, Tennessee Saturday.