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  • A hot dog? Firefighters rescue pet stuck in heating duct

    WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — It wasn't a cat in a tree, but a dog in a heating duct that took firefighters to a home in Virginia.

    Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:22:17 -0400
  • Workers take dive into deep doo to unclog sewer pumps news

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Divers spent two days deep inside a South Carolina sewer, pulling out huge balls of oily, black used wet wipes and baby wipes that had clogged intake pumps.

    Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:47:35 -0400
  • 12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000 news

    BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:37:43 -0400
  • Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes news

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team.

    Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:45:25 -0400
  • Motorists stunned as metal balls roll down Seattle street news

    SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Seattle temporarily closed a street after motorists were stunned by dozens of large metal balls that spilled out of a truck and cascaded down the street, damaging several cars.

    Thu, 18 Oct 2018 19:48:13 -0400
  • 'Call my lawyer,' says sweater seized with stolen sneakers

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year.

    Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:08:38 -0400
  • Hi Mickey, 'Bye Mickey: 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day news

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when their Los Angeles-bound plane took off from Florida on time: Their biggest hurdle was now eliminated for achieving their goal of visiting six Disney parks on two coasts in one day.

    Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:39:48 -0400
  • Nebraska's message for tourists? 'It's not for everyone'

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's no longer nice, at least in its next tourism campaign. The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone."

    Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:55:50 -0400
  • No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers news

    Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money. A man working near the scene shot video footage showing the workers in a village in Batangas city, south of the capital Manila, sorting through wallets and removing and laying out items including identity cards found in them. Police officer Mario David, who went to investigate what he suspected were stolen items, said many of the wallets were pulled out from deep in the drain, meaning they had been there for a long time.

    Thu, 18 Oct 2018 05:59:29 -0400
  • Nobel Prize winner honored with dedicated campus bike rack news

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated spot in a bicycle rack.

    Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:51:52 -0400
  • Perfect scapegoat: Goat on road jams morning traffic near DC

    GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — The appearance of a goat on a road in a Maryland suburb of Washington created traffic delays and an opportunity for county police to come up with many puns.

    Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:49:50 -0400
  • Police find stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

    Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:47:30 -0400
  • $1,000 reward to nail thieves of California hammer sculpture news

    HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The artist who created an 800-pound (363 kilograms) sculpture of a hammer that was stolen from a Northern California community center is offering a $1,000 reward to nail the thieves.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:01:28 -0400
  • Couple plans to visit 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day news

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Tennessee couple plans to visit six Disney parks on two U.S. coasts in one day.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:20:20 -0400
  • Doggy bag: Beagle intercepts roast pig at Atlanta airport news

    ATLANTA (AP) — A passenger traveling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig's head in baggage at the world's busiest airport.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:01:25 -0400
  • She came, she saw, she conquered, British woman claims conker crown news

    Standing in a rain soaked English village, more than 200 competitors armed with horse chestnuts dangling from shoelaces faced off for the World Conker Championship. The quintessential British school playground pastime involves competitors taking it in turns to launch their conkers in a bid to break those of their opponents. Victory can also be claimed if you force your opponent's shoelace to become knotted three times.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:44:39 -0400
  • Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch? Doritos lure rogue pig back home news

    HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:02:18 -0400
  • Oink oink, honk honk: Rogue pig goes hog wild in traffic

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It was a classic case of a ham on the lam.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 16:44:37 -0400
  • Home where witch trials victim John Proctor lived for sale news

    PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 16:17:18 -0400
  • Man nicknamed 'Willy Wonka' pleads guilty to multiple crimes

    SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The leader of a multistate ATM and vehicle burglary ring known as "Willy Wonka" or the "Chocolate Man" has pleaded guilty to 60 charges.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:05:18 -0400
  • Naming Rights: Orlando's new police chief is named Orlando

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando's newest police chief is already making a name for himself. His name? Orlando.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:37:33 -0400
  • A wagging finger sticking out of your mobile phone is creepy. Why? news

    A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. "My PhD subject is around touch in communications," explains Marc Teyssier, a researcher at Telecom Paristech engineering school.

    Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:18:55 -0400
  • Giant hammer artwork stolen in Northern California news

    HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are looking for a hammer. A really, really big one.

    Wed, 10 Oct 2018 21:33:00 -0400
  • For sale to the highest bidder: A 12-pound chunk of the moon news

    BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who can't make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth.

    Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:27:43 -0400
  • Woman with 'emotional support squirrel' removed from plane

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police at a Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a Cleveland-bound flight after she was found carrying an "emotional support squirrel."

    Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:59:30 -0400
  • Restaurant offers free steak tips for tips on burglar

    RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant is offering free steak tips to anyone with tips on a recent burglary at their location.

    Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:20:43 -0400
  • And the fattest bear in Alaska is ... 409 Beadnose news

    Beadnose nosed out a larger Alaska brown bear, a male called 747 – and likened to a jumbo jet – in online votes collected by staff at Katmai National Park and Preserve during a wildly popular event called Fat Bear Week. Male bears are bigger but Beadnose was deemed to be more rotund. “Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savor her victory.” Katmai, which hugs the mountainous Gulf of Alaska coast, is known for its massive, salmon-chomping ursine residents.

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 23:57:32 -0400
  • Axe throwing takes aim at sunny Los Angeles news

    "Axe throwing gives people a good reason to put down their phones," said operation's manager Carly Chalom, better known as Seven, a nickname she got after competing in an especially epic axe throwing battle. "Put that down, step away for an hour or two, and throw some axes.

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 22:09:42 -0400
  • Investigators want to know who left gator in Lake Michigan news

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities don't know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is.

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 18:13:32 -0400
  • Gecko butt-dials 'bazillion' times from Hawaii seal hospital news

    HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed.

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:25:17 -0400
  • Animal sanctuary, farm team up to save pig from slaughter news

    HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — An animal sanctuary and a farm in New Hampshire are working together to spare a young slaughterhouse-bound pig to promote local agriculture.

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:03:59 -0400
  • Inflatable sea monster takes over a rusting warehouse news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A giant sea monster has taken over a building at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, but only temporarily.

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:23:08 -0400
  • Determined runner struck by deer finishes half marathon

    SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A runner who was struck by a deer during a half marathon in New Jersey still managed to cross the finish line.

    Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:49:43 -0400
  • From 'special seed' to 2,170-pound winning pumpkin news

    HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — "One special seed" and months of care by an Oregon commercial pilot produced a massive pumpkin that tipped the scales at a global weigh-in Monday in Northern California, the fourth time his gargantuan plants were awarded top honors.

    Mon, 08 Oct 2018 19:28:34 -0400
  • Man allegedly posts video of how to remove an ankle monitor

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is charged with a felony after he allegedly filmed himself removing an ankle monitor and then posted the video on Facebook.

    Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:16:21 -0400
  • Walk on the wild side: Dutch jogger runs into lion cub news

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A jogger's run through the Dutch countryside turned into a walk on the wild side when he discovered a lion cub in a field.

    Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:57:15 -0400
  • Dogs owners march on UK parliament demanding new Brexit 'Wooferendum' news

    Bulldogs, both English and French breeds, were among those walked through central London to Parliament Square. One grey Schnauzer wore a homemade banner declaring "Brexit's Barking Mad". The march backed a wider campaign for a 'People's Vote' on Brexit, at which Britons would have the chance to vote on whatever Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May is able to bring back from Brussels.

    Sun, 07 Oct 2018 10:54:19 -0400
  • How many squirrels in Central Park? Count aims to find out news

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's one of the enduring mysteries of life in New York City: Just how many squirrels live in Central Park?

    Sat, 06 Oct 2018 15:18:33 -0400
  • Lottery ticket leads FBI to Illinois bank robbery suspect

    PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a dropped lottery ticket led investigators to the man who robbed a suburban Chicago bank.

    Sat, 06 Oct 2018 13:24:15 -0400
  • Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K news

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man curious about a rock he'd used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it's a meteorite worth $100,000.

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:51:26 -0400
  • Good Samaritan driver revives squirrel after car scare news

    BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — A motionless squirrel apparently stunned by a passing car has been revived by the driver who performed chest compressions beside a Minnesota road.

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 16:32:02 -0400
  • Florida store owner: Don't warm urine in my microwave

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave.

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:39:12 -0400
  • Rwandan entrepreneur woos drinkers with beetroot wine news

    Rwandans enjoy eating beetroot but entrepreneur Assumpta Uwamariya has found a novel use for the vegetable - turning it into a red wine that has proven popular with customers in several African countries and even as far away as Germany. Unable to find a job after graduating from university, Uwamariya started growing beetroot for a living and then learned how to turn it into a rich, earthy red wine known as "Karisimbi".

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:21:15 -0400
  • Ohio man says rescued cow is a regular backseat passenger

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man driving home from work Tuesday says he did a double-take before firing up his cellphone to record a cow poking her head out the back window of a pickup truck.

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 11:09:01 -0400
  • Swedish girl Saga pulls out pre-Viking era sword from lake news

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Her name conjures up Old Nordic tales about heroic accomplishments and that's exactly what Saga this summer did when she stumbled on a pre-Viking-era sword in a southern Sweden lake.

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:05:18 -0400
  • Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash

    HOLLADAY, Utah (AP) — A toddler in Utah was a little too helpful when he shredded more than $1,000 that his parents were saving.

    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 07:33:12 -0400
  • Postal worker leaves mail on side of road, quits job

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says hundreds of pieces of mail meant for Philadelphia residents were dropped on the side of a New Jersey road when the carrier responsible for them quit his job.

    Thu, 04 Oct 2018 21:54:14 -0400
  • San Francisco has new 'Snapcrap' app to report dirty streets

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A newcomer to San Francisco has created a free app to make it easier for people to report poop and used needles on the city's famously dirty streets.

    Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:45:06 -0400
  • Tipsy birds flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota

    GILBERT, Minn. (AP) — Police in a small northern Minnesota community have been taking some strange calls about birds that seem to be intoxicated.

    Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:43:20 -0400
  • Whoops! Typos on highway signs vex drivers from New York to Ohio news

    Generations of literate drivers in New York City, for example, have done a double take when passing a sign reading "Verrazano" - with a missing "z" - directing traffic to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, connecting the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. In New York, it has taken five decades to get around to correcting the bridge road signs, which surely have vexed generations of schoolchildren and their tax-paying parents. This week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to fix the 54-year-old howler on traffic signs to the bridge named for Giovanni da Verrazzano, the 16th-century Italian explorer who sailed into New York Harbor.

    Thu, 04 Oct 2018 12:07:46 -0400
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