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  • Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94

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    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California podiatrist who made history when he shot 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. He was 94.

    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:14:32 -0400
  • Idaho woman says she crashed because she saw a sasquatch

    MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror.

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:48:31 -0400
  • Elderly couple on wrong flight; end up in NY, not Michigan

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 96-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man were wheeled to the wrong gate at a South Florida airport and ended up on a flight to upstate New York instead of Michigan.

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0400
  • Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump

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    ISTANBUL (AP) — One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump — made of cake icing.

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:39:34 -0400
  • Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

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    WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword.

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:30:28 -0400
  • Police: Florida man cited for eating pancakes in the street

    LAKEWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've charged a Florida man recorded on video sitting in the street eating pancakes.

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:16:54 -0400
  • Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper.

    Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:16:50 -0400
  • Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker

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    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:53:18 -0400
  • Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps

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    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:01:59 -0400
  • California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack

    MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:15:04 -0400
  • Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armory

    STOW, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:58:57 -0400
  • Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets.

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:13:59 -0400
  • Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking. The plant, built by American Reduction Co on a wide bend of the Youghiogheny River, shut down in 1936 after processing waste from the city of Pittsburgh since the early 20th century.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:57:21 -0400
  • Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money

    NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:21:08 -0400
  • 'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M

    REDUCTION, Pa. (AP) — "The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:39:36 -0400
  • Suspect in Massachusetts liquor store robbery found sleeping

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts didn't have to look far for a suspect in the knifepoint robbery of a Pittsfield liquor store.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:44:36 -0400
  • After fight, Indiana man receives 'ATHE1ST' license plate

    ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate.

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:44:00 -0400
  • Cat stuck in peanut butter jar gives birth to kittens, dies

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    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A stray cat found earlier this week with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar has been euthanized, but not before giving birth to a litter of kittens.

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:47 -0400
  • Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:13:21 -0400
  • Police: Man checks out of hospital, steals ambulance

    EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance.

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:39:29 -0400
  • Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired over PBS budget cuts

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    A viral online video imagines lovable "Sesame Street" character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS.

    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:02:37 -0400
  • That's not carry-on: Loose snake slumbers on Alaska flight

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anna McConnaughy was flying to Alaska's largest city when the announcement came over the intercom: a passenger on a previous flight had brought a pet snake on board.

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:26:08 -0400
  • What a croc: Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — What a croc!

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:43:34 -0400
  • Authorities: Man errantly texted prosecutor about drug swap

    EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin.

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:47:21 -0400
  • Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly

    TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued at about $150,000 in his unit.

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:34:42 -0400
  • Michigan college student's dating resume goes viral

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student has received dozens of phone calls after creating and sharing a dating resume.

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:55:47 -0400
  • Good luck coins prove fatal for Thai "piggy bank" turtle

    A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said. The green turtle named Omsin, "piggy bank" in Thai, underwent a seven-hour-long operation this month to remove 5 kg (11 lb) of coins which she had mistaken for food. "Her cause of death is blood poisoning," one of the vets told reporters.

    Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:50:48 -0400
  • 'You know there's crocs there' says teen bitten after jumping in river

    (Reuters) - An Australian teenager who was bitten by a crocodile when he jumped into a river in northern Queensland on a dare is now recovering in hospital and looking forward to a date with the British backpacker he was trying to impress. Lee De Paauw, 18, had met Sophie Paterson while drinking at with a group of friends into the early hours of Sunday morning at a backpackers' hostel in Innisfail in northern Queensland. According to local media, De Paauw told Paterson that backpackers were more likely to get eaten by crocodiles than Australians, and was ready to back up his words.

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:59:13 -0400
  • Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico

    The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday. The jersey and a second one Brady wore in a championship victory two years earlier were taken by a former Mexican media executive who had been credentialed to cover the February game in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials. Mexican authorities found the missing jersey at the home of Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former director of Mexico's La Prensa newspaper, in a raid following a Federal Bureau of Investigation request, a government source told Reuters.

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:09:33 -0400
  • Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday. The jersey and a second one Brady wore in a championship victory two years earlier were taken by a former Mexican media executive who had been credentialed to cover the February game in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials. A Mexican newspaper group said on Monday a former staffer was involved in the theft, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Houston Police Department and league security.

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:36:25 -0400
  • You're nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

    PARIS (AP) — Arrests can't come any easier than this.

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:27:53 -0400
  • Quacks on the tracks: NYPD rescues duck from subway line

    NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn't an ordinary police call for someone trying to duck a subway fare.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:49:33 -0400
  • Lack of comma sense ignites debate after ruling in $10M suit

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one. And it's reignited a longstanding debate over whether the punctuation is necessary.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:01:53 -0400
  • Police: Robber breaks leg, calls for help, gets arrested

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway — first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling the authorities to help him.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:52:34 -0400
  • Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin resident Jean Smith snatches up entire stocks of her beloved Kerrygold Irish butter from stores when visiting family in Nebraska, thanks to an antiquated law in her dairy-obsessed state that bans it and any other butter that hasn't been graded for quality.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:20:30 -0400
  • Woman 'almost crashed car' when snake slithered from vent

    VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Something more than air came slithering out of a car vent in Florida.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:46:49 -0400
  • Thimble, wheelbarrow, boot kicked out of Monopoly board game

    By Tom James SEATTLE (Reuters) - If you have ever wanted to rampage through a game of Monopoly like a dinosaur, you're in luck. The popular U.S. board game is changing out three of its playing tokens, swapping in a penguin, T-Rex and rubber ducky in for the thimble, wheelbarrow and boot, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toymaker Hasbro Inc said Friday. The move is part of a broader campaign to update the board game based in part on votes by consumers during a promotional period earlier this year.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:08:22 -0400
  • Chinese firms offer pollution solutions with bottled air, hat filters, smog socks

    Even as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledges to ensure that blue skies never become a luxury, a state-backed firm is doing brisk business selling 48 yuan ($6.95) cans of fresh air bottled in a forest in western China. From air-filter necklaces to anti-smog stockings, Chinese companies are touting innovative - if not odd - products to consumers worried about the quality of the air that they breathe. At the close of the annual meeting of parliament on Wednesday, Li said air pollution must be brought under control and blue skies should never be a luxury.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:48:11 -0400
  • New Zealand police shoot dog delaying flights at Auckland

    Flights from New Zealand's Auckland Airport are returning to schedule after a runaway dog near the tarmac was shot dead by police because it was delaying planes taking off. Sixteen domestic and international flights were delayed for safety reasons at the nation's busiest airport while the dog was on the loose for three hours, a spokeswoman for Auckland Airport, Lisa Mulitalo, told Reuters. "The dog was clearly distressed and wouldn't let anyone near it so the decision was made to shoot the dog," she said.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:48:49 -0400
  • St. Patrick's toast held after fuss over lawmakers' drinking

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers raised a glass to St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day on Thursday, a week after a legislator complained about heavy drinking at the State House.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:21:10 -0400
  • New Zealand police shoot dog delaying flights at Auckland

    Flights from New Zealand's Auckland Airport are returning to schedule after a runaway dog near the tarmac was shot dead by police because it was delaying planes taking off. Sixteen domestic and international flights were delayed for safety reasons at the nation's busiest airport while the dog was on the loose for three hours, a spokeswoman for Auckland Airport, Lisa Mulitalo, told Reuters. "The dog was clearly distressed and wouldn't let anyone near it so the decision was made to shoot the dog," she said.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:50:47 -0400
  • New York court to determine if chimp is legally a person

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights?

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:47 -0400
  • Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706-carat diamond in village

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    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A pastor in Sierra Leone has discovered the largest uncut diamond found in more than four decades in this West African country and has turned it over to the government, saying he hopes it helps to boost recent development in his impoverished nation.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:53:17 -0400
  • Teenager finds 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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    MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A teenager has found a 7.44 carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:51:39 -0400
  • Ex-judge admits illegally seeking wife's texts for beer

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina trial judge says he illegally offered a law enforcement officer beer and money to produce text messages he believed would show his wife was having an affair.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:39:48 -0400
  • Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706-carat diamond

    By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - A Christian pastor has found one of the world's largest uncut diamonds - weighing 706 carats -- in Sierra Leone's eastern Kono region. A local chief from Kono handed the stone to President Ernest Bai Koroma on behalf of Emmanuel Momoh who made the discovery. The presidency said in a statement on Thursday that Koroma thanked the chief who acted as an intermediary for not smuggling it out of the country.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:37:41 -0400
  • Watch out! Video shows train's snow wave engulfing platform

    RHINECLIFF, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak customers in New York now know what to do when a train is approaching a station on snow-covered tracks: stand back.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:46:17 -0400
  • UK authorities seek owner of gold trove stashed inside piano

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    LONDON (AP) — British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a "life-changing" amount of money found stashed inside a piano.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:12:34 -0400
  • Troopers charge 2 women in fight over shoveled parking spot

    ASHLAND, Pa. (AP) — State troopers have charged two Pennsylvania women with disorderly conduct for a hair-pulling fight that erupted over a newly shoveled parking spot on a snowy street.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:48:44 -0400
  • Police search for unhappy customer who threw food at workers

    JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia are searching for an unhappy customer who threw her takeout order at restaurant workers.

    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:28:14 -0400
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