Put this one in the digital slip file.
The Associated Press accidentally posted a story saying Bob Hope had died, according to the newswire service.
House Majority Leader Dick Armey, after seeing a copy of the story, gave it to a colleague and asked him to announce Hope's death on the House floor, the AP said.
The only problem was, the 95-year-old Hollywood icon is not dead.
Wire services and newspapers routinely write obituaries of notable figures who are sick or aging and then save them in their computer systems so that when the person passes, the news organization can quickly get the story out.
Unfortunately, this time they were a little too quick.
Crucial details about the time and place of Hope's "death" were missing from the AP obituary.
The first paragraph of the story appeared as follows:
"LOS ANGELES (AP)--Bob Hope, the master of the one-liner and tireless morale-booster for servicemen from World War II to the Gulf War...He was xx. (born May 29, 1903)."
The Congressmen both apologized to Hope's family and the AP removed the story from its Web site as soon as a staff member noticed it, according to the AP.
No word on where condolences--for the AP--should be sent.