Grapevine: Conspiracy theory about 'meteor' in Russia

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

High Roller

A former San Diego mayor who lived on the edge -- and rolled the dice -- has come up snake eyes.

Democrat Maureen O'Connor has reached a plea deal on a charge of embezzling more than two million dollars from charity allegedly to feed a $1 billion gambling habit. One billion with a "B".

O'Connor reportedly won about $1 billion between 2000 and 2009 mostly playing video poker.

Her attorney says she lost even more than that finishing about $13 million in the red.

O'Connor admits taking money from a foundation started by her late husband. She says she was suffering from a brain tumor and intends to pay it back.

Fashion Forward

Here's one of those man bites dog stories. A teenager in trouble for dressing too nicely for school.

The 13-year-old student in England was sent to suspension for the day for wearing a tie.

Max Richmond did not like the clip-on tie that is mandatory at that school. So he got a traditional necktie in the exact same pattern.

School policy bans those, saying they are a safety hazard. 

Max says -- quote -- "I like wearing a real tie because it feels proper...When you are wearing a clip-on tie it is hard to be taken seriously."

The school has agreed to review its policy.

Astronomical Cover-up

Finally tonight, a conspiracy theory. A Russian lawmaker says that meteor we told you about earlier was no meteor.

Nationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky says it was actually an American weapons test. He insists it is not physically possible for meteors to fall to Earth.

Quote -- "Nothing will ever fall out there." -- meaning in space --. "If [something] falls, it's people doing that."

He claims Secretary of State John Kerry tried to warn Russia about the alleged test earlier this week but could not get through.

The State Department says Kerry was trying to contact the Russian foreign minister to discuss North Korea and Syria. 

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