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  • Stampede! Drone causes 1,500 elk to charge in Wyoming snow

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife refuge officials say a man with a drone caused 1,500 elk to stampede half a mile.

    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:23:35 -0500
  • Minneapolis women line up for 'she persisted' tattoos

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — So many women showed up at a Minneapolis tattoo parlor for a permanent reminder of female solidarity that it had to turn away some latecomers.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:05:35 -0500
  • Zoo: Live video of giraffe giving birth was labeled explicit

    HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of a New York zoo planning to live-stream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually explicit.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:51:32 -0500
  • Woman's sassy obit warns people to wait to claim her stuff

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Relatives of a 91-year-old Ohio woman who died this week are giving her the last word with a sassy, occasionally profane obituary that starts with the basics — "I was born. I lived. I died." — and instructs people to "wait the appropriate amount of time" before trying to claim her stuff.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:33:08 -0500
  • Henryetta abolishes decades-old dance ban

    HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) — Kick off the Sunday shoes: Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:22:16 -0500
  • Correction: France-Michelin Mistake story news

    BOURGES, France (AP) — In a story Feb. 22 about a restaurant mistakenly given a Michelin star, The Associated Press misspelled its name. The restaurant's name is "Le Bouche a Oreille," and not "Le Bouche a Oreilles."

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:59:15 -0500
  • Japanese men hold competition to celebrate baldness

    By Megumi Lim TSURUTA CITY, JAPAN (Reuters) - More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot spring facility in Tsuruta City, Japan, on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun. Members of the city's Bald Men Club took turns competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by sticking a suction cup, which is attached to a single red rope, to each of their heads. "I think I need to ice it!" Masatomo Sasaki, 64, a first-time participant at the tournament, said he used to feel insecure about his baldness but now feels differently.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:29:30 -0500
  • Cute calf video draws activists fearful of animal's fate

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — So much for sharing the good news about a newborn calf named Pitcher Diego.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:08:14 -0500
  • Altar in Mexico town hides illegal fuel tap

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Altars to the Virgin of Guadalupe are ubiquitous at businesses across Mexico. Now federal police say one has even been used in a gasoline smuggling racket in the central state of Puebla.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:10:22 -0500
  • Cops: Philly man made up abduction story to spur theft probe

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say a man made up a story that he had been carjacked with a child in his vehicle because he wanted police to work more urgently to find the car.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:01:01 -0500
  • Ohio policeman answers girl's request for math homework help

    MARION, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a 10-year-old Ohio girl who messaged police on Facebook for help with math homework says the responding officer's engaging approach is what counts, though his math was a little off.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:39:20 -0500
  • Man who smashed Trump star to pay damages, serve probation news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years of probation for vandalism.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:58:36 -0500
  • Bull that led police chase after slaughterhouse escape dies news

    NEW YORK (AP) — A plucky bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and led police on a wild chase through the streets on Tuesday only to die on its way to a shelter.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:43:19 -0500
  • Lieutenant governor gets resignation letter _ from husband

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's lieutenant governor has received a letter of resignation — from her husband.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:41:32 -0500
  • Follow that horse: German police track manure to culprit

    BERLIN (AP) — Police in Bavaria say they were able to track down a man responsible for a hit-and-run by following the hoof prints and manure left behind by the horse pulling his carriage.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:14:50 -0500
  • Kellogg's unveils Pop-Tarts pizza, tacos at NYC cafe news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pop-Tarts might not just be for breakfast anymore.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:03:00 -0500
  • Police: NY man with chain saw cuts through door, hurts boss

    LYONS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a 29-year-old man used a chain saw to cut through a door at his boss's upstate New York home, causing severe injuries to the employer's hand.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:53:40 -0500
  • Avalanche in Arctic Norway tosses kids around, no injuries news

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A resident in Arctic Norway says four adults and two children were inside a house when an avalanche hit, knocking the building off its foundations, but all managed to get out safely.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:33:41 -0500
  • Mom mails garbage to college student who didn't empty trash

    NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania college student got a reminder to take out the trash when his mother sent him some garbage in a care package.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:16:07 -0500
  • Single mom dresses the part at 'Dads and Donuts' event

    ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A single mom is generating attention online after she donned a mustache, dressed up like a dad for a school breakfast event and posed for photos with her son.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:38:36 -0500
  • Jeep stuck in sand dune for 40 years to be removed this week

    TRURO, Mass. (AP) — A Jeep that has been stuck inside a Massachusetts sand dune for 40 years is set to be removed.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:05:13 -0500
  • Trump wigs in big demand during Carnival season in Austria news

    PFAFSTAETTEN, Austria (AP) — So many people want to be Donald Trump this Carnival season in Austria that some costume shops have run out of wigs mimicking the U.S. president's memorable hairstyle.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:34:13 -0500
  • American flag has 51 stars for Pence visit to European Union news

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Star-Spangled Banner looked more starry than usual during one of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's appearances in Brussels.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:16:02 -0500
  • Cops warn of cows trying to sell dairy products after escape

    SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police in a Connecticut town are reminding people to not open their doors to "any unfamiliar cattle" after a pair of cows escaped from their pen and were found near the front door of a home a couple of houses away.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:19:56 -0500
  • Misspelled note on pickup apologizes for 'anger isusesh'

    CARBONDALE, Colo. (AP) — Police in western Colorado say a man battered somebody else's pickup with a baseball bat and then left a note acknowledging he had anger issues.

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:42:41 -0500
  • Joggers in bras, panties, briefs raise money for sick kids news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Some joggers weren't joking when they said they were going out for a "brief run."

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:08:51 -0500
  • Man practicing Parkour falls 40 feet down chimney in Denver

    DENVER (AP) — A 26-year-old man says he was making an action video with friends when he fell 40 feet down the chimney of a downtown Denver apartment building.

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:14:08 -0500
  • Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper: newspaper

    Dubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday. A video of the model, identified by local media as 23-year-old Viktoria Odintcova, went viral after she posted it on her Instagram account earlier in the week. It shows her stepping off a girder at the top of Dubai's 73-storey Cayan Tower and dangling in the void, held only by a man gripping her hand.

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:36:06 -0500
  • NY woman hits half-court shot, then gets marriage proposal news

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It was quite a night for a New York state college basketball fan who made a half-court shot to win a $500 gift card and received a marriage proposal seconds later.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:32:24 -0500
  • Milano Vice? Palm trees near Milan's cathedral spark debate news

    MILAN (AP) — The appearance of an oasis of palm trees opposite Milan's gothic-era Duomo Cathedral has spawned a vibrant public debate.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:59:48 -0500
  • Columbia University accidentally sends acceptance notices

    NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University says it's strengthening its procedures after it accidentally sent acceptance notices to 277 prospective students and then recalled them.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:42:45 -0500
  • Germany bans talking doll Cayla, citing security risk

    A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed. The Federal Network Agency recommended that parents who bought the doll for their children destroy it. "The Cayla doll is banned in Germany," agency head Jochen Homann said.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:53:03 -0500
  • Christie calls Phillies fan bitter; mayor calls him a bully news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's mayor is coming to the city's defense against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:40:38 -0500
  • 11-foot python slithers into South Florida student's car

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida college student says he was startled when he saw a large snake crawl under his roommate's car.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:45:59 -0500
  • Joey, the indoor pet squirrel, guards home against burglary news

    MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said.

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:15:59 -0500
  • Jeans get governor booted from North Dakota Senate's floor news

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's preference for wearing jeans got him booted from the state Senate's floor.

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:35:10 -0500
  • Woman accused of performing sex act in courthouse arrested

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a 26-year-old woman accused of performing a sex act inside a Florida courthouse and then posting a video online.

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:21:29 -0500
  • Cheeky tribute: Patriots fan gets Brady tattoo on backside

    BOSTON (AP) — Several people came into Boston Barber & Tattoo Co. on the day of New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade seeking team tattoos, but one request was a little cheekier than the others.

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:13:31 -0500
  • Albanian police find ton of marijuana hidden under house news

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have arrested a man who allegedly had 1.25 metric tons (1.38 tons) of dried cannabis hidden under his house.

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:13:19 -0500
  • Thimble dropped from Monopoly board game after getting a thumbs-down

    New versions of Monopoly will no longer give players the option of using a tiny silver-colored thimble as their pawn on the board, after fans voted to drop the piece that had featured in the game since its introduction in 1935. The thimble -- a tool used in sewing to prevent pricking one's thumb with a needle -- was the second of the games' original pieces to be dropped after players gave a thumbs-down to the iron in 2013, Providence, Rhode Island-based game maker Hasbro Inc said on Thursday. The surviving pieces that trace their roots back to the Great Depression include a battleship, boot and Scottie dog.

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:46:46 -0500
  • Thimble tossed! Game piece voted out of Monopoly board game news

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — You can still pass "Go" and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won't be able to do it with the thimble game piece.

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:28:51 -0500
  • City police commissioner gets parking ticket, and pays up

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In Philadelphia, no one escapes the scrutiny of the parking authority — not even the city's police commissioner.

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:35:40 -0500
  • Pastafarian colander pic strains legality for Dutch license

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has upheld a mayor's refusal to issue a driver's license to a man who submitted a photo of himself wearing a colander on his head.

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:39:11 -0500
  • Tired of screen addicts, Vienna cafe says phone juice costs extra

    Grumpy waiter service is as traditional as apple strudel in Vienna, but a cafe in one of the city's most recognizable landmarks has caused disquiet with what seems to be an Austrian first: charging customers for charging their phones. Tired of tourists powering up batteries for hours, cafe owner Galina Pokorny has introduced a 1 euro ($1.06) fee for those who plug in their mobiles for too long.

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:09:31 -0500
  • Ohio college student wins title as best grocery bagger

    MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A 23-year-old University of Akron accounting student has been named the nation's top grocery bagger after claiming the Ohio title two years in a row.

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:45:22 -0500
  • Half-ton concrete bird snatched from perch at chicken farm

    TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Where do you hide a 1,000-pound chicken?

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:21:57 -0500
  • New Jersey girl donates 1,300 books to children's hospital

    VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — A 12-year-old New Jersey girl spent Valentine's Day delivering over 1,300 books donated to a children's hospital.

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:45:59 -0500
  • Bike-promoting Belgian minister finds own cycle stolen

    A Belgian minister arrived by bike to a news conference to promote cycling on Tuesday, only to find it had been stolen when he left half an hour later. Ben Weyts, minister of mobility for the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, unveiled a plan to invest 300 million euros ($320 million) in cycle lanes until 2019, as part of a wider program to promote alternative modes of transport. "When we got back half an hour later, it was gone." While Belgium is a country obsessed with cycling as a sport, cars are the main method of commuting to work, leading to some of the worst road congestion in Europe.

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:50:03 -0500
  • Bad hair day: Student suspended for dying his hair pink

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi high school student who dyed his hair pink was suspended for violating the district's dress code policy.

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:50:34 -0500
  • Atlanta zoo names cockroach after Patriots QB Tom Brady news

    ATLANTA (AP) — More than a week after the Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, an Atlanta zoo has named a cockroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:53:33 -0500
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