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  • Philadelphia greasing light poles to stop fans from climbing

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Workers in Philadelphia are greasing light poles in a bid to prevent fans from climbing up them after the NFC Championship game.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:57:13 -0500
  • Buzz off: Ohio college want vultures to leave campus

    GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio liberal arts college is hanging effigies in trees and using pyrotechnics to move destructive vultures off campus.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:05:48 -0500
  • Dozens dressed as Tyrannosaurus rex descend on public square news

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — His name means "king of the tyrant lizards," but sometimes Tyrannosaurus rex just wants to party.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:45:49 -0500
  • Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement news

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:38:21 -0500
  • Motorists of the world take heart: even popes get flat tires

    LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis may have divine inspiration but not divine inflation: on Friday he suffered what millions of ordinary people have to deal with -- a flat tire. While the pope was being driven into Lima from the airport, one of the wheels of the Fiat 500 that was taking him into the city began losing air on the highway. After his motorcade came to a halt, he calmly exited the car while his security detail surveyed the damage. Without missing a beat, he got into a black, unmarked security car behind him and continued the ride to the presidential palace, television footage showed. ...

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:32:04 -0500
  • Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals news

    Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years. Effective March 1, Delta, the second largest U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said it will require passengers seeking to fly with pets to present additional documents outlining the passenger's need for the animal and proof of its training and vaccinations, 48 hours prior to the flight. This comes in response to what the carrier said was a 150 percent increase in service and support animals - pets, often dogs, that accompany people with disabilities - carried onboard since 2015.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:39:59 -0500
  • Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route to Lithuania

    Tobacco smugglers are using river iceflows and GPS technology to transport their goods into Lithuania, where an estimated one in every six cigarettes smoked in 2016 was illegally imported. The Baltic country's border guard said on Friday it had found thousands of packets of cigarettes attached beneath blocks of ice on the river Neris, which runs into Lithuania from Belarus, since the ice began flowing two weeks ago. The iceblocks carried GPS trackers to aid retrieval.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:40:12 -0500
  • Cops: Maine man punches self in face to avoid sobriety test news

    BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have accused a man of punching himself in the face three times to avoid a sobriety test.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:28:08 -0500
  • Russian police in unexpected encounter with crocodile

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement.

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:17:03 -0500
  • Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handling news

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie is disputing reports suggesting he tried to get special treatment that he enjoyed while he was governor.

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:21:37 -0500
  • Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking news

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:25:15 -0500
  • Pope stops popemobile to comfort fallen horseback policewoman

    IQUIQUE, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis ordered his popemobile to stop on Thursday after a mounted Chilean policewoman was thrown off her frightened horse, which had reared up as the pontiff passed by.

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:57:35 -0500
  • Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens, saying it looks like Satan

    Black-clad protesters in southern Athens have torn down a red sculpture shaped like an angel and broke its wings in a fresh act of violence against an artwork critics liken to Satan. It was displayed in early December in a busy area in the coastal suburb of Palaio Faliro. Protesters have included some residents, religious conservatives and supporters of far right political groups.

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:19:35 -0500
  • Paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley up for auction

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Oklahoma is up for auction, and bids have already surpassed $1,200.

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:48:24 -0500
  • Police: Woman tells of body in her home, leads them on chase

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a woman told them a man was fatally shot and was in her home, and then led them on a chase into Massachusetts and back before she was arrested.

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:59:51 -0500
  • Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroom

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two decapitated chickens inside a courtroom.

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:10:37 -0500
  • Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird news

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?"

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:48:09 -0500
  • Psychic paid $3.5 million for exorcisms gets prison for evading U.S. taxes

    By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - A self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced on Wednesday to 26 months in prison after admitting that she tried to avoid paying taxes on over $3.5 million that she received from an elderly Massachusetts woman seeking to cleanse herself of demons. Sally Ann Johnson, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise Casper in Boston, who said the evidence suggested the psychic took advantage of the Martha's Vineyard resident as the woman began to suffer from dementia.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:55:15 -0500
  • Peru shamans hold rituals, foresee good news during Pope's visit

    Peruvian shamans said on Wednesday they expect good news from the visit of Pope Francis to the Andean nation, and held rituals on a beach near Lima to give him strength to fight against accusations of sexual abuse that have plagued the Roman Catholic Church. Dressed in ponchos, the shamans passed rue leaves - believed to ward off evil and bring good luck - over photos of the Argentine pontiff, and stood by the ocean playing percussion instruments.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:10:27 -0500
  • Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite news

    BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:57:10 -0500
  • Goldman co-COO's ex-assistant charged with stealing $1.2 million of wine

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former personal assistant to Goldman Sachs Group Inc Co-Chief Operating Officer David Solomon has been charged with stealing hundreds of bottles of wine worth more than $1.2 million from his former boss. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday said Nicolas DeMeyer's theft scheme ran from 2014 to October 2016, when he allegedly stole seven bottles from the famed French estate Domaine de la Romanee-Conti in Burgundy that his boss had bought for $133,650. Using the alias Mark Miller, DeMeyer would sell stolen bottles to a North Carolina wine dealer, who would have them picked up at Solomon's Manhattan apartment, the indictment said.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:30:55 -0500
  • Spain, Portugal seize cocaine hidden in shipped pineapples

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spanish and Portuguese police say a joint operation resulted in the seizure of 745 kilograms (1,642 pounds) of cocaine, much of it allegedly concealed inside pineapples shipped from Latin America.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:38:30 -0500
  • Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan news

    DETROIT (AP) — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:31:52 -0500
  • Mom-daughter duo show 2 carjackers crime and cocoa don't mix

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in the Virginia suburbs of the nation's capital say two would-be carjackers fled from their intended victims when a splash of hot cocoa and a dash of resourcefulness entered the mix.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:45:21 -0500
  • Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction

    By Diego Oré MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September. The 4-metre-(13-foot)-long, 180-kg (396-pound) tail will be offered at a reserve price of 1.8 million Mexican pesos ($95,805), according to organizer Morton's Auction House. Anything raised above the reserve price will be donated to the BBVA Bancomer Foundation to help finance the reconstruction of some 5,000 damaged schools.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:34:23 -0500
  • Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F news

    MOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:44:34 -0500
  • Massachusetts police arrest man for stealing manhole covers

    WEBSTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say they have arrested a man who stole seven manhole covers and put traffic cones in their place.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:59:09 -0500
  • German linguists: 'Alternative facts' the non-word of 2017 news

    BERLIN (AP) — German linguists have declared the phrase "alternative facts," popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway, the non-word of 2017.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:16:31 -0500
  • 2 men hit each other in consecutive accidents in Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — Police in the eastern German city of Dresden say two men suffered minor injuries after backing in to one another in two consecutive accidents.

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:47:01 -0500
  • Wayward wallaby gets the jump on police in Sydney Harbour Bridge chase

    Australians often joke that tourists expect to see kangaroos hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge but the joke was on police on Tuesday when a wayward wallaby led them in an early-morning chase across the famous landmark. Police said they chased the mysterious marsupial on foot and in a car over the bridge before dawn before catching it in a downtown park and taking it to the city's Taronga Zoo. "Officers took the startled macropod into police custody ... with the police mounted unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment," New South Wales Police said in a statement.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:48:59 -0500
  • Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured news

    SYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:44:48 -0500
  • Shiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty _ and books news

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dead men tell no tales, but there's new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard's flagship harbored books among the booty.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:37:11 -0500
  • Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey

    The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, the same as for driving a vehicle, or while drugged. The measure, which passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature earlier this month, also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife. The drone measure was among 109 bills that Christie signed into law on his last full day in office, spokesman Brian Murray said by email.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:33:46 -0500
  • Wallaby leads police chase over Sydney Harbour Bridge

    A wallaby hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge held up early-morning traffic in Australia's biggest city on Tuesday, before being caught downtown by police officers. "Officers took the startled macropod into police custody near the Conservatorium of Music, with the police mounted unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment," New South Wales Police said in a statement. Video filmed from a pursuing patrol car showed a wallaby, about a meter high, hopping at a clip across the famous arch-span bridge, and a policeman stifles a laugh as he drives along behind it.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:33:17 -0500
  • Arizona police arrest 80-year-old man in armed bank robbery news

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Arizona have arrested an 80-year-old man they say robbed a credit union at gunpoint.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:18:03 -0500
  • Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings news

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia's capital may be reopening its doors in time for Valentine's Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country's elite caught up in what the government has described as a crackdown on corruption.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:21:49 -0500
  • Police: Hand grenade disarmed after being found in trash

    STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A hand grenade found in the trash by Connecticut waste management employees has been disarmed.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:56:01 -0500
  • Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back

    LUBEC, Maine (AP) — A fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged in waters near a Canadian island, and conservationists fear it could disintegrate before legal tangles are resolved.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:11:24 -0500
  • A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above news

    NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:16:13 -0500
  • Rapper with song 'Sell Drugsz' gets prison for selling drugs

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" has been sentenced to three years in prison for doing just that.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:14:48 -0500
  • Couple embrace before surrendering to pursuing officers

    APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A couple got out of an SUV and then embraced before surrendering to pursuing sheriff's deputies after a chase for miles across part of metro Phoenix.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:22:01 -0500
  • Outdoor center warns skiers of dive-bombing owl

    NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine outdoor center are warning skiers to watch out for an "aggressive dive-bombing" owl that recently struck a man.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:05:57 -0500
  • French police stop drunk driver, 73, after 17 spins round roundabout

    PARIS (Reuters) - A Frenchman who drank excessive amounts of alcohol and then drove 17 times round a roundabout said he had not heard the sirens when police finally brought him to a halt. The dizzying drive was not the 73-year-old's first offence of its kind, Ouest France newspaper, which reported the tale, said of the incident in Brittany, western France. The driver's license was confiscated, it said. (Reporting by Brian Love; editing by Mark Heinrich)

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:48:48 -0500
  • Hoo is next? Man says he's latest victim of owls in Georgia

    ATLANTA (AP) — A spate of recent owl attacks has ruffled the feathers of metropolitan Atlanta's residents.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:06:03 -0500
  • Beach blades! Maine teen glides over frozen sand, surf

    YORK, Maine (AP) — Beachgoers in Maine have caught an unusual sight — an ice skater's blades gliding over frozen sand and surf.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:59:15 -0500
  • Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member news

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said they have arrested a 74-year-old fugitive Japanese gang member who was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:03:38 -0500
  • Say Cheese! Young chefs spar in grilled cheese challenge

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The youngest of three Maine chefs has taken first place in the inaugural Augusta Agricultural Trades Show gourmet grilled cheese sandwich contest.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:10:36 -0500
  • Brief power outage darkens CES tech, electronics show

    The digital economy's big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage the show's organizers blamed on a glitch caused by heavy rains the day before in usually sunny Nevada. The irony of a partial blackout at a trade show dedicated to the latest electronic technology did not escape social or industry media. Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center lost power at about 11:15 a.m. local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:23:10 -0500
  • Holiday decor to park chalet? Capitol tree heads to Montana news

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:09:11 -0500
  • Russian man rams armored personnel carrier into shop, steals wine

    A man rammed an armored personnel carrier into a shop window before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine in a town in northern Russia on Wednesday morning, according to local media and video posted on social media. The man had swiped the vehicle from a privately-run motorsport training ground nearby, driven it through a forest and into Apatity, a small town just south of the Arctic circle, local news agency Hibinform said. Footage shared on social media showed the man subsequently exiting the vehicle through its hatch, briefly inspecting the damage, and entering the shop through the broken window.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:53:44 -0500
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