NEW YORK (Wireless Flash) – Times sure have changed for N’Sync. Member JC Chasez confesses to the upcoming PopStar magazine that when the band was first starting out, they sometimes had to go on stage wearing the same sweaty, stinking shirts a few nights in a row.

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – No crap! Researchers at West Virginia University say they’ve figured out how to create fuel out of chicken droppings. Chemical engineers estimate West Virginia chicken farms could generate a quarter million dollars worth of chicken poop fuel apiece each year.

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. That’s the lesson learned by an Ohio couple who are being asked to repay $250,000 that was mistakenly deposited into their bank account. The couple thought the moolah was a gift from God and spent it on cars and church donations.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Iowa police are searching for a serial holiday lawn ornament kidnapper who has stolen at least 27 holiday-themed decorations from the Cedar Rapids area in the past month. The crook seems to prefer stealing reindeer and Baby Jesus figurines.

GULFPORT, Miss. – A five-month search for the next Benji has come to an end – but this time Benji’s a she, not a he. The year-old mixed breed is a stray found in the back streets of Pass Christian, Mississippi and has already been spayed and treated for heartworms.

TOKYO – Japanese commercial makers say they’ve completed the world’s first completely made-in-space-television ad and will begin airing it January 1. The commercial cost $786,000 and features a Russian astronaut drinking from a floating bottle of “Pocari Sweat” sports drink from the International Space Station.

KABUL – This Sunday (Dec. 23), the U.S. military will begin dropping cake on Afghanistan, in addition to bombs, to celebrate the beginning of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. The holiday tradition is to share sweets, especially cake, with family members, and military leaders say after what the Afghan people have endured, this is one way the military can show respect.

LONDON – More than 1,500 clergy members of the Church of England will be sent to Karate school to learn self-defense after a survey revealed one in eight ministers have been assaulted. One member of a clergy’s union says being a preacher is more dangerous than working as a probation officer.

HERSHEY, Penn. – Women won’t let men rest after this news: According to a survey by Hershey Chocolate, the average man takes 3.3 breaks a day, compared to 2.8 per day for women.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Osama bin Laden isn’t just a terrorist – he also has bad manners. The National League of Junior Cotillions is so turned off by bin Laden’s behavior, it has declared him the “Most Ill-Mannered Person of 2001.”