TOKYO (Wireless Flash) – It’s bad enough dealing with an emotional driver – but now drivers will have to deal with emotional cars. Next week, Toyota will unveil a new auto called the “Pod” that turns blue and “cries” when it’s hit or blows out a tire and can smile and frown.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – If Michael Jackson’s comeback fails, he should try horror films. According to a poll by Paramount Parks, 37 percent of Americans are scared by Jacko while only 24 percent are afraid of Dracula.

AMHERST, Ohio – Snoop Dogg may have a very unhappy 30th birthday tomorrow (Oct. 20) – Ohio state troopers have just charged him with marijuana possession after finding several bags of the wacky weed on his tour bus. He now faces up to $350 in fines and 30 days in jail.

NEW YORK – Add ’80s metal band Twisted Sister to the list of rockers raising money for World Trade Center victims. The “We’re Not Gonna Take It” tunesters hope to take in $100,000 at a November 28 benefit concert that will also feature the band Anthrax.

ATLANTA – A Washington-based public interest group is demanding Coca-Cola halt a new campaign which uses Harry Potter. The Center For Science In the Public Interest is upset over the use of the children’s icon to sell sugary soda, which they consider unhealthy.

RADNOR, Pa. – David Hasselhoff is having a hard time getting cast members for a Baywatch reunion movie originally scheduled to start shooting this week. Hasselhoff had planned on a cast of 25, but because the budget grew too big now he’s just trying to get “the big girls” like Pamela Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth.

NEW YORK – Major U.S. layoffs are leaving some folks looking for work as shopping mall Santas this year. However, human resource experts say you shouldn’t expect to be hired unless you have a real white beard. Experts say pudgy full-bearded Santas could earn as much as $30,000 this holiday season.

BANGKOK – Teen drug abusers in Thailand are blaming Buddhist monks for their problems. A survey of Thai teens by Kasetsart University reveals that many students claim “wayward monks” are a major reason that they abuse drugs and practice unsafe sex.

LOS ANGELES – Mick Jagger will try to get satisfaction as a solo artist come November 20, when his first solo CD in 8 years, Goddess In The Doorway hits stores. The recording includes guests like Lenny Kravitz, Bono, and Wyclef Jean, but not Keith Richards.

TOKYO – A Japanese foot-reader may get kicked into the slammer for running away with millions. Japanese prosecutors want Yasunori Lee to spend six years in jail for swindling millions of dollars by reading the soles of innocent people and telling them they were walking close to danger.