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  • Cellphone video shot by California inmates shows escape news

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Video shot by three inmates with a smuggled cellphone shows their methodical escape through a vent at the maximum-security wing of a Southern California jail last year, along with scenes from their days on the run.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:25:30 -0400
  • University professor charged with keying her neighbors' cars

    BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania professor known for her expertise on consumer trends has been charged with keying her neighbors' cars.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:23:31 -0400
  • Statue kept decades in Philly closet sent to Italian church news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A nearly life-sized statue missing for decades from an Italian church is being returned by an American couple who finally solved the mystery of their family's odd relic.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:46:32 -0400
  • Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested news

    HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — A man is accused of drunkenly strolling down a Maine road wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to where his arm had been amputated.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:22:15 -0400
  • Teacher who cartwheeled without underwear given probation

    PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — A former substitute teacher in Oklahoma who exposed herself to students when she did a cartwheel while wearing a long skirt but no underwear has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:43:58 -0400
  • Hop on! Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand flood news

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:29:30 -0400
  • Happy birthday carrot cake of sorts for Singapore's Canola the manatee

    Canola the manatee, hand-raised by her carers since she was abandoned by her mother at birth, celebrated her third birthday at Singapore's River Safari on Wednesday with a 2-metre (6.6-ft) high "cake" made of cabbages, carrots and sweet potato leaves. The marine mammal enjoyed the crunchy treat shaped in a letter 'C' with other manatees at the river-themed attraction. Last year, Canola was named a park icon at the River Safari in the small city-state, becoming a wildlife ambassador to encourage the public to keep the world's freshwater habitats pristine.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:20:10 -0400
  • Man sentenced to 120 days in jail after pet fish cut in half

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after police say he cut a pet fish in half during a domestic dispute.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:09:14 -0400
  • Police: Woman arrested after topless road rage attack

    SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts motorist has been arrested after getting out of her sport utility vehicle, removing her shirt and charging topless while holding a knife toward another motorist.

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:54:42 -0400
  • Man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was arrested on federal smuggling charges Tuesday after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, U.S. prosecutors said.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:44:26 -0400
  • L.A. man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans news

    A Los Angeles man was arrested on Tuesday after federal prosecutors said he arranged to smuggle into the United States three live, highly venomous king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip canisters. Rodrigo Franco, 34, was charged with illegally importing merchandise into the country in connection with a parcel from Hong Kong that was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on March 2 containing the 2-foot (0.61 meter)-long snakes concealed inside the canisters. Three albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles were also found in the package, prosecutors said, adding that Franco on that same day mailed a box to Hong Kong with six protected turtles inside.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:37:57 -0400
  • Cyber staff: Wisconsin company offers to microchip employees news

    A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:25:43 -0400
  • 926-pound shark won't be recognized as New Jersey's record news

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 926-pound (420-kilogram) Mako shark caught off the New Jersey coast won't be recognized as a state record because more than one angler helped catch it.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:40:41 -0400
  • Ohio fair butter sculpture features athletes, chocolate milk news

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A butter sculpture at this year's Ohio State Fair includes the traditional cow and calf along with four student-athletes and a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) bottle colored to look like chocolate milk.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:24:59 -0400
  • Long-lost class ring found after 52 years

    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Fifty-two years after losing his high school ring shortly after graduation, a man has gotten it back — and it was all of 3 miles away from where he grew up in New Hampshire.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:59:15 -0400
  • No ho-ho-ho-liday as Santas meet in Denmark news

    By Stine Jacobsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - It's summertime in Denmark but Santas from around the world are already planning for the festive season, with more than 150 gathering in Copenhagen to share some early Christmas cheer. The annual World Santa Claus Congress, now in its 60th year, has drawn attendees from a dozen countries, most sporting traditional red coats and white beards despite the warmer-than-winter weather. "We have a discussion about important things in life -- for example, which day is Christmas Day?" said Santa Wolfgang from Germany, who has been participating in the congress since 1996.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:15:45 -0400
  • 8 Indiana siblings rack up 448 years of combined marriage

    VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Eight siblings who grew up in southwestern Indiana have amassed nearly 450 years of combined marriage.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:25:33 -0400
  • Philadelphia-area transit agency deals with station spiders

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia area's transit agency is dealing with a spider problem at one station in the city.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:05:27 -0400
  • Woman gets kidney donation from stranger-turned-friend

    WINCHESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mother has a new outlook on life after receiving a kidney donation from a complete stranger.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:56:43 -0400
  • Attorney: Client ate 'everything' bagel, did not take drugs news

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge says his client tested positive for morphine because he ate an 'everything' bagel with poppy seeds.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:43:48 -0400
  • City using goats to tame vegetation at closed landfill

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire city has turned to a herd of hungry goats to tame the vegetation at its closed landfill.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:39:32 -0400
  • Police: Men arrested trying to buy drugs at police station

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say two men have been arrested after they tried to buy drugs from an officer at a Connecticut police station.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:01:39 -0400
  • Marijuana business offers weed for weeds on cleanup day

    GARDINER, Maine (AP) — A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:36:00 -0400
  • He was purrfect: Honorary cat mayor in Alaska town dies news

    TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20.

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:39:36 -0400
  • That stinks! Man seeking dropped phone falls in trash chute news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man looking for a dropped cellphone ended up in a stinky situation, tumbling into a building's trash chute where he had to be rescued.

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:49:56 -0400
  • Rescuers need help after they get stuck helping kayakers

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:10:33 -0400
  • UK girl left in tears after she's fined for selling lemonade

    LONDON (AP) — A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:40:47 -0400
  • Gambler drops 75 pounds to win a share of a $1 million bet

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A professional gambler dropped some pounds and gained some wealth after betters wagered $1 million he couldn't reduce his body fat to less than 10 percent.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:01:06 -0400
  • No dye: Cancer patients' gray hair darkened on immune drugs news

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:41:05 -0400
  • Police: Woman steals taxi, picks up paying passengers

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say a 65-year-old woman stole a taxi and picked up a fare.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:24:56 -0400
  • Is that really a beached whale beneath Paris' Notre Dame? news

    PARIS (AP) — A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:08:22 -0400
  • Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact news

    FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dali's vast estate.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:46:26 -0400
  • Man livestreams as he speeds on beach, cursing and drinking

    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 27-year-old man broadcast live on Facebook as he sped down a Florida beach, running over beach chairs and umbrellas while drinking from a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:39:10 -0400
  • Homeowner finds WWI artillery shell in basement

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman has found a World War I artillery shell in her basement.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:56 -0400
  • A weird Florida mystery: Frozen pork falling from the sky news

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:50 -0400
  • New librarian finds live Civil War-era shells in her office news

    CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts librarian on her first day on the job has come across live military shells from the Civil War inside a closet in her new office.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:06:06 -0400
  • Builder of illegal LA mansion gets fines, community service news

    The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports ( ...

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:42:37 -0400
  • Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million news

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:45:45 -0400
  • Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-need news

    By Taylor Harris NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which exhibits winning entries every year, is donating about 20 of the top gowns to brides whose plans were shattered by the sudden bankruptcy of wedding dressmaker Alfred Angelo last week. Kari Curletto said she spent three months on her submission "Quilted Enchantment," with its six-foot cathedral train.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:18:04 -0400
  • Texas company recalls coffee with Viagra-like substance

    A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited. Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs ...

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:53:55 -0400
  • McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweatsuit to delivery items news

    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast-food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:11:44 -0400
  • Trooper reels in massive 650-pound tuna during fishing trip

    RYE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state trooper reeled in a big fish — a massive 650-pound (295-kilogram) tuna.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:03:27 -0400
  • Swedish train to be named Trainy McTrainface in tribute to Boaty

    A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains "Trainy McTrainface" after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll. Trainy McTrainface won 49 percent of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. Last year, the British government said a new 200 million pound ($259 million) polar research ship would be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough even though the name "Boaty McBoatface" had topped an online poll.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:32:44 -0400
  • 10-year-old boy trips over 1.2M-year-old fossil in desert

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A boy's misstep on a family hike in New Mexico has given the world a prehistoric wonder.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:35:06 -0400
  • London Zoo welcomes a new kind of visitor: Robotic dinosaurs news

    LONDON (AP) — London Zoo is welcoming a new star attraction this summer: robotic dinosaurs.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:34:39 -0400
  • Alabama man to display head of 820-pound hog shot in yard news

    SAMSON, Ala. (AP) — Hogs aren't unusual in rural south Alabama, but Wade Seago said he'd never seen anything like the 820-pound (372-kilogram) animal he shot and killed in his front yard.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:19:35 -0400
  • Cops: Customer threatened to shoot someone over bad sandwich

    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a fast-food restaurant customer angry about the way his sandwich tasted and looked threatened to shoot somebody over it.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:22:52 -0400
  • Self-described drug dealer calls 911, reports stolen cocaine news

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn't the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:30:02 -0400
  • Man beats odds of catching blue lobster, donates to science news

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:16:39 -0400
  • Stranded fugitive arrested after flagging down deputy

    RACELAND, La. (AP) — A fugitive who authorities say evaded capture since 2013 has been arrested after he flagged down a deputy in Louisiana.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:01:25 -0400
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