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  |   Oct. 11, 2012 at 6:30 AM
Cheerleader breaks handspring record

DALLAS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records confirmed a Texas cheerleader set a world record by performing 35 consecutive handsprings.

Miranda Ferguson, 16, a junior at the Hockaday School in Dallas, beat the record of 32 handsprings Friday night while two Guinness adjudicators counted along and verified the feat, KDFW-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, reported Wednesday.

Ferguson said a friend suggested she make an attempt for the record after she managed 20 handsprings in a row at a game last year. She said she was able to match the record during a recent practice and she hit 35 Friday night at the St. Mark's School of Texas game against the Oakridge School.

"Really just the fans out there really helped me get through it," she said.


Big Bird costume sales spike

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- New York stores said Big Bird costumes have been flying off the shelves since Mitt Romney dropped the "Sesame Street" character's name in last week's debate.

Costume shops including Halloween Adventure and Ricky's said Big Bird costumes have been top sellers ever since the Republican presidential nominee named the character when talking about his plans to end the federal subsidy to PBS, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Maddie Gerety, product manager for Disguise Costumes in Poway, Calif., the officially licensed manufacturer of Sesame Street costumes, said Big Bird costume sales have risen sharply in the past week, particularly in adult male sizes.


Drunken man breaks into Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Wisconsin said an intoxicated man apparently scaled the state Capitol to break into the building through a fifth-story window.

Police said Andrew Bishop, 21, of Roseville, Minn., apparently climbed the outside of the Madison building early Sunday and entered by smashing a window, The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, reported Wednesday.

Investigators said Bishop used a fire extinguisher to smash a second window.

The criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court said Bishop told police officers he did not know how he got inside the capital and appeared to be extremely drunk.

Police said Bishop apologized several times and told them he wanted to fly like an angel.

Bishop was charged with felony criminal damage and entry into a locked building. He was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.


Man robs bank for $1

NORTHERN CAMBRIA, Pa., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a man accused of robbing a bank for $1 was apparently trying to end up in federal prison.

Northern Cambria police said Jeffery McMullen, 50, handed a note to tellers at the AmeriServ bank Friday demanding $1, The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reported Wednesday.

Police said two tellers thought the note was a joke before a third handed over the $1 and called police.

Investigators said McMullen, who told the workers he would wait for police, wrote in his note that he wanted to be taken into FBI custody and sent to the federal prison in Loretto.

District Judge Michael Zungali ordered McMullen to be held at the Cambria County prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. The judge said McMullen must submit to a mental exam before being released from custody.

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