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  • Scooby the camel returned to Ohio owners after getting loose

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A young camel named Scooby is back at home after going on a 90-minute jaunt that blocked traffic and provided an uncommon photo opportunity for motorists in Ohio.

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:12:03 -0500
  • 100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite.

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:13:50 -0500
  • Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The air crew who used their U.S. Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the U.S. Navy said Friday.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:05:28 -0500
  • 'Cone Weed' gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town news

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:29:07 -0500
  • Lawsuit: Couple detained after hibiscus mistaken for pot

    SARVER, Pa. (AP) — A couple who say they were handcuffed for hours in a police patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana are suing the police and an insurance company.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:02:06 -0500
  • NYC taxi drivers camp it up in playful pinup calendar news

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years ... courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy?

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:15:51 -0500
  • Phoenix man tries turning locomotive into a runaway train

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man was close to turning a locomotive into his own runaway train.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:56:50 -0500
  • Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis

    Finnish police reprimanded a man for traveling in a car boot to hide his meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipila during a government crisis last summer, saying this was breach of the traffic code. A police statement did not name the man in the boot, but in effect indicated the traveler was State Secretary Samuli Virtanen, who is also the deputy to Foreign Minister Timo Soini. The meeting took place in June, a day after Virtanen's co-ruling Finns party had elected anti-immigration hardliners as its new leaders.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:05:19 -0500
  • Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks

    PLAINS, Pa. (AP) — A man who always joked that he didn't want to venture into the afterlife hungry got his wish when he was buried with two cheesesteaks from his favorite sandwich shop — Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:53:32 -0500
  • Billionaire Norwegian given $30,400 drunken driving fine

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 22-year-old Norwegian student has been handed a 250,000-kroner ($30,400) fine for drunken driving — but can still count herself lucky.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:32:13 -0500
  • Correction: MOMA-Stolen Art story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 12 about the theft of photographs from a museum in New York, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the theft took place. It was at MoMA PS1 in Queens, not the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:44:01 -0500
  • I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris

    (Reuters) - A canceled Formula One tire test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath. The 18-year-old, racing in this weekend's Macau F3 race, told reporters he was soaking in the bathtub after arriving in Sao Paulo when the two-day test at Interlagos was canceled for security reasons. The Formula Three European champion then flew back to Paris, on to Shanghai and Macau.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:32:17 -0500
  • California woman leads officers on second chase in 2 days

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the same woman led officers on vehicle chases through Southern California on back-to-back days.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:20:19 -0500
  • Small town Connecticut election decided by coin toss

    BOLTON, Conn. (AP) — An election for the governing board of a small Connecticut town has been decided by a coin toss.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:57:49 -0500
  • Drive-thru-window becomes squeeze-thru for McDonald's thief news

    COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — A McDonald's drive-thru window became a squeeze-thru window for a woman who apparently needed a fast food fix.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:02:05 -0500
  • Cards Against Humanity says it's fighting border wall

    HOUSTON (AP) — The party game Cards Against Humanity says it's bought U.S.-Mexico border land and hired a lawyer to try to stop President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:09:27 -0500
  • Trump's cheeseburger in Japan still drawing lines news

    TOKYO (AP) — Haruyuki Sano traveled 1 ½ hours for a taste of the same cheeseburger U.S. President Donald Trump ate with Japan's prime minister during his visit last week.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:29:25 -0500
  • Trump pauses address to nation to take 2 big swigs of water news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had his own water bottle moment.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:12:54 -0500
  • Oh, man! Town drops 'men' from name of its governing board

    BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town has removed the word "men" from the name of its governing body.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:44:15 -0500
  • Man smeared in deer blood struggles with police, arrested

    CUSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested after police received a report of someone smeared in blood outside a western Michigan gas station.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:15:07 -0500
  • Viral video star looks to reunite with mystery dance partner

    BORDENTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is looking for the woman who busted a move while he danced in a supermarket parking lot.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:18:02 -0500
  • 6 Czechs fined for sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan news

    PRAGUE (AP) — Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:33 -0500
  • Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate

    HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — Police officers in a Massachusetts town jokingly recommend drivers get a little more creative if they make their own illegal license plates.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:24:26 -0500
  • Another North Carolina woman hits lottery jackpot twice

    GRANITE FALLS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman hit the jackpot with two scratch-off lottery tickets, marking the second such instance in three weeks.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:40:16 -0500
  • Man detained after Danish police crack public bench thefts

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Denmark says a man is suspected of stealing 12 of Copenhagen's green public benches that Danes instantly associate with the capital city.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:20:10 -0500
  • School worksheet quizzed students on 'boy toy,' affairs

    HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as "boy toy" and "trophy wife."

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:35:29 -0500
  • India gives 'king of sweets' a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry news

    India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights. Luscious rosogolla, or sweet cheese balls dripping with sugar syrup, have long been a favorite dessert across the Indian subcontinent and among the diaspora.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:29:32 -0500
  • Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape news

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:50:47 -0500
  • Suitcase of sapphires and other gems worth 1 million pounds stolen from London train news

    British police were hunting for an unidentified man on Tuesday after a suitcase containing 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London's Euston station. The owner, a 35-year-old jewelry dealer, boarded a train to Birmingham on Nov. 8 but when the train arrived at Rugby in central England, he discovered that his suitcase of rubies, emeralds and sapphires was no longer on the luggage rack. Police released a grainy image of a man who they said they would like to speak to.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:16:32 -0500
  • Sydney ferry named Ferry McFerryface after 'Boaty' overruled news

    SYDNEY (AP) — A new Sydney Harbor ferry will be christened Ferry McFerryface — Sydney's second favorite choice after the now famous jokey Mc-moniker, Boaty McBoatface.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:51:29 -0500
  • Police search for wedding ring lost in Halloween candy bag

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont trick-or-treater may have picked up more than candy on Halloween this year.

    Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:41:02 -0500
  • Trend? College football players pop the question on-field news

    Carlos Correa seems to have started something.

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:21:57 -0500
  • Police: Dine-and-dash 'sushi bandit' cited in eastern Idaho

    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A man authorities say is the dine-and-dash "sushi bandit" has been cited in eastern Idaho for suspicion of petit theft.

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:09:32 -0500
  • SEAL candidate injured in study-session slapping incident

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy is investigating a slapping incident near San Diego that left a SEAL candidate in a coma.

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:40:07 -0500
  • Big cheetah-like feline captured in Pennsylvania

    READING, Pa. (AP) — Police captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of a Pennsylvania city.

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:21:55 -0500
  • Weather observer braves frigid 100 mph wind for 'fun'

    MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Weather observers stationed atop the highest peak in the Northeast are having some fun with a blast of cold wind.

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:21:45 -0500
  • Kenya craftsmen to build boat out of plastic waste news

    By Siegfried Modola LAMU, Kenya (Reuters) - The beaches of Kenya's idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. When a resident organized a beach clean-up that collected 33 tons of rubbish in a single summer, British-Ethiopian safari organizer Ben Morrison decided he couldn't stand by while his beloved island was ruined. "It is getting harder and harder for boat builders to find wood.

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:35:59 -0500
  • Police: Suspect's overwhelming gas shuts down interrogation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A police interrogation of a Kansas City man charged with drug and gun offenses ended prematurely when an investigator was driven from the room by the suspect's excessive flatulence.

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:41:56 -0500
  • Man drops cocaine in his hat while in court on a drug charge

    EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge.

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:44:08 -0500
  • 'That's art?' Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window news

    By Roselle Chen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been “forgotten in the display.” Sculpted after artist Duane Hanson's son, the lifelike artwork, titled "Baby in a Carriage, 1983," is valued at about $80,000 to $120,000, according to director of American art at Heritage Auctions in Manhattan. If you could watch our footage of this baby in the window, it would crack you up because truly all day, people, women, children, mothers, grandfathers, cops will stop and look at it and wonder truly for a second, or more than a second, is that really a baby?", Director of American art at Heritage Auctions, Aviva Lehmann, told Reuters, adding that this "is exactly what Hanson wanted you to think." The polyvinyl piece of a sleeping toddler wearing a lightlue sweatshirt and matching sweatpants, is topped off with a head of blonde human hair, furthering its authenticity.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:47:30 -0500
  • Unjust desserts: Suspect hands out doughnuts during robbery

    HOUSTON (AP) — A suspect robbing a Houston doughnut shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cellphones he stole.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:05:38 -0500
  • Drivers get turkeys instead of traffic tickets in Montana

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:54:11 -0500
  • 'Real-life Iron Man,' Harlem Globetrotter set Guinness marks news

    NEW YORK (AP) — A British inventor billed as a real-life version of the superhero Iron Man has hit the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit at 32 mph (51 kph), a Guinness world record.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:30:13 -0500
  • Shooting on busy I-95 in Providence shuts down highway

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities are swarming over Interstate 95 in Providence, following a midmorning shooting on the busy stretch of road.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:48:58 -0500
  • Woman switches tags to get $1,800 in electronics for $3.70

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman tried to sneak more than $1,800 worth of electronics through a Florida Walmart's self-checkout by switching the items' price tags with those from clearance items.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:10:32 -0500
  • New Jersey diner adding gratuities to kids' bills

    WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey diner is adding an 18 percent gratuity to the bills of children who go there without their parents.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:53:59 -0500
  • Udder surprise: Heifer found in family's swimming pool

    NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — An 800-pound heifer made a big splash when it was found in a North Carolina family's swimming pool.

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:41:39 -0500
  • Man charged with DUI after going to vote a day early news

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say they've arrested a man who showed up to an elementary school intoxicated and hoping to vote — on the wrong day.

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:53:18 -0500
  • Sheep can recognize Baaaa-rack Obama's face, new study shows news

    LONDON (AP) — A new study shows that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces from photographs on computer screens.

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:21:26 -0500
  • Police: Thief didn't get far in motorized grocery store cart

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of stealing a motorized shopping cart from an Alaska grocery store didn't get very far or go very fast before his low-speed getaway attempt was foiled by police.

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:03:02 -0500
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