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  • Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia

    SYDNEY (AP) — A man who couldn't resist a month-old meerkat has been fined with snatching the baby animal from a zoo in Perth, Australia.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:22:53 -0500
  • Soccer: Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder news

    Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women's Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday. The incident took place ahead of Manchester City's home game with Reading on Oct. 26 and involved their England skipper Steph Houghton and visiting captain Kirsty Pearce. A coin toss to decide who kicks off is a requirement under the Laws of the Game but McNamara left his coin in the dressing room and allowed the captains to play rock, paper, scissors to determine kick off and playing ends, the BBC reported.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:52:57 -0500
  • Syracuse profits by handwriting thousands of late-tax notes news

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A city in New York state has found a novel way of motivating residents to pay their back taxes: personal notes handwritten by city officials.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:44:21 -0500
  • National Grid to use 'noise cannon' to scare away crows

    NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — After all else failed, National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:12:55 -0500
  • 'Unusual air activity' over Ireland sparks investigation

    LONDON (AP) — Irish aviation officials are investigating reports of bright lights moving quickly in the skies over Ireland.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:48:12 -0500
  • Runaway elephant returned to upstate New York sanctuary

    WESTTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll.

    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:18:57 -0500
  • France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill news

    PARIS (AP) — Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add "your plane has been seized by the government" to the list of things that can delay your flight.

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 20:29:44 -0500
  • Animal control officers, nearby helpers catch loose chicken

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below.

    Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:16:01 -0500
  • Alaska man sentenced for faking death to avoid prison term

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A commercial fisherman who faked his death to avoid incarceration for a sexual assault has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

    Thu, 08 Nov 2018 19:58:29 -0500
  • What's in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49 news

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed.

    Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:04:31 -0500
  • Bond between donkey, emu may make adoption difficult

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption.

    Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:31:20 -0500
  • Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.

    Wed, 07 Nov 2018 20:11:04 -0500
  • GOP candidate called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee wins race news

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Despite being labeled a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica," a Republican candidate won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia.

    Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:32:53 -0500
  • Twins from different parties get different election outcomes

    KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side.

    Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:08:25 -0500
  • Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Identical twins have given birth about two hours apart from each other.

    Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:55:03 -0500
  • 'Frog ladders' help critters escape death-trap drains news

    A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death. The Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team -- the memorably acronymed WART -- hopes that by placing 20 of the rust-resistant aluminum ladders down drains near known breeding pools in England's West Midlands, they can boost the dwindling amphibian population. "The amphibians are coming to breed and then hitting the road, getting across the roads, hitting the curb, along the curb and into the drains.

    Wed, 07 Nov 2018 08:23:44 -0500
  • Woman tries to drive away with North Dakota squad car

    DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Charges are pending against a 23-year-old woman who police say got into a police car and tried to drive away in northeast North Dakota.

    Tue, 06 Nov 2018 11:45:30 -0500
  • Who steals portable toilets? German court renders verdict

    BERLIN (AP) — The portable toilets kept on disappearing — and now a German company knows why.

    Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:51:34 -0500
  • Close call: UK fisherman saved from aggressive seals

    LONDON (AP) — A British fisherman had to be rescued from a cliff face after fleeing an aggressive colony of more than 50 gray seals and their young pups, the coast guard said Monday.

    Mon, 05 Nov 2018 09:16:44 -0500
  • Montana woman rescues wandering llama from Yellowstone park news

    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A pack llama that escaped from a guided hike in southern Yellowstone National Park in August was rescued by a Montana outfitter last weekend, just days before most of the park's entrances were to close for winter preparations.

    Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:31:04 -0400
  • NY family thinks bones under home are long-missing father

    LAKE GROVE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York family says they've found human bones beneath their basement, and they believe the remains are those of their patriarch who disappeared half a century ago.

    Fri, 02 Nov 2018 13:43:08 -0400
  • Python presents slithery situation at Texas Goodwill store

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Goodwill worker collecting clothes and other items at a Texas sorting center was surprised to find an albino python clinging to the side of a bin.

    Fri, 02 Nov 2018 11:48:09 -0400
  • Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum news

    "It tastes like chewing on a urine-infested mattress," said Samuel West, who, as curator of the Disgusting Food Museum, knows a thing or two about unpleasant victuals. "It's a fermented sort of rotten Icelandic shark," he says. "Anthony Bourdain, the late TV personality, called it the single most disgusting thing he'd ever eaten, and I totally agree with him." From spicy rabbit heads to fruit bat soup, the collection, now on display in the Swedish city of Malmo, aims to challenge perceptions of taste and help visitors contemplate why one culture's abomination is another's delicacy.

    Fri, 02 Nov 2018 07:49:15 -0400
  • Bare buns: Half-naked woman falls through Cook Out ceiling

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a half-naked woman fell twice through a restaurant's ceiling and landed in its kitchen.

    Thu, 01 Nov 2018 07:39:35 -0400
  • Drunk baggage handler falls asleep in hold, flies to Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a baggage handler told them he was drunk when he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago.

    Thu, 01 Nov 2018 06:26:38 -0400
  • Police: Men arrested in pumpkin smashing crime spree news

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Police in the southern Oregon town of Grants Pass have arrested two men suspected in a pumpkin-powered crime spree, ending weeks of incidents of smashed gourds and broken car windows.

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 20:07:18 -0400
  • Relief: Police recover stolen inflatable colon news

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There was a sigh of relief after police recovered a giant inflatable colon that is used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer.

    Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:46:50 -0400
  • People find severed head in Oakland yard, take it to police

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police investigators on Monday were trying to determine whether a decaying human head found in an Oakland backyard belongs to a recently discovered headless corpse.

    Mon, 29 Oct 2018 18:16:38 -0400
  • 100s of Oregon 'witches' paddle down river, minus the brooms news

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of "witches" traded in broomsticks for paddles in Oregon during the last weekend before Halloween.

    Mon, 29 Oct 2018 17:00:55 -0400
  • Look what we found: Tiny female lion cub in French garage news

    PARIS (AP) — France's customs agency says it's made an extremely surprising discovery in a garage in Marseille: a lion cub.

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:28:08 -0400
  • 'Corpse flower' that smells like dirty diapers to bloom news

    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, a rare "corpse flower" that gets its nickname from its putrid smell is expected to bloom next week at Dartmouth College's greenhouse.

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:01:27 -0400
  • Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help news

    Six hundred employees of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company run by Savji Dholakia, received cars made by Indian manufacturer Maruti Suzuki, while around a thousand more staff were offered gifts of cash deposits and apartments in a huge outdoor ceremony in Surat, Gujarat. Indians often give each other gifts in the run-up to Diwali, a major Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil that this year falls on Nov. 7. Dholakia is famous across India for giving lavish gifts to his employees at Diwali, including hundreds of apartments in 2016's ceremony.

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:55:30 -0400
  • Eggs with benefits: Sydney's same-sex penguins become parents news

    The yet-to-be-named chick, weighing 91 gm (3.21 oz), was born on the evening of Oct. 19 and is the first sub-Antarctic penguin born at the aquarium. The couple, who formed a bond before the 2018 breeding season, doted on the adopted chick, said Tish Hannan, an aquarium official. "The first 20 days of a penguin chick's life are the most vulnerable, so it is extra-important the chick is very happy, healthy and well fed by his parents," she added.

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 23:56:28 -0400
  • Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 'rebel' newspaper news

    BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic "Unite or Die" snake design on the masthead.

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 16:34:51 -0400
  • UK police hunt shoplifter who looks like David Schwimmer news

    LONDON (AP) — British police are hunting a shoplifter who bears a striking resemblance to Ross Geller, the character played by David Schwimmer on the TV show "Friends."

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 11:03:37 -0400
  • Soap believed to be cocaine lands dealers, buyer behind bars

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police say the only clean part of an intended drug deal at a North Carolina airport was the fact that the drugs in question were actually soap bars.

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:36:32 -0400
  • What a break! Man's fall leads to hospital lottery pool win

    STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man walking to buy a lottery ticket for this week's massive Mega Millions jackpot fell and broke his hip, but the trip to the hospital turned into his lucky break.

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 07:47:34 -0400
  • Blowtorch used to kill spiders may have started house fire

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man apparently set a California home on fire while using a blowtorch to kill spiders.

    Thu, 25 Oct 2018 07:46:08 -0400
  • Scientists find tiny baby octopus floating on Hawaii trash news

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii scientists found two tiny baby octopuses floating on plastic trash they were cleaning up as they monitored coral reefs.

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:52:46 -0400
  • Judge chases prisoners, nabs one during attempted escape

    CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) — A judge removed his robe and gave chase after two handcuffed prisoners made a run for it from his Washington state courtroom.

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 17:36:37 -0400
  • Woman saves husband who emerges from coma to see son's birth

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man awoke from a medically-induced coma just in time for the birth of his son after his wife, at 39 weeks pregnant, saved him from cardiac arrest.

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:52:40 -0400
  • Authorities nab suspected serial diaper dumper

    FRANKLIN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say they've captured a man suspected of dumping his grandson's soiled diapers along several New Jersey roadways over the past year.

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:33:44 -0400
  • Call to wrong number delivers rescue ride to man in pain

    COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — A phone call to a wrong number in Nebraska delivered just what a man in pain needed: a ride to a hospital.

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:32:28 -0400
  • Conductor uses tie to rescue dog on train tracks

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Transit train conductor took off his tie and used it as a leash to rescue a wayward dog named Shelby on the tracks.

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018 08:39:35 -0400
  • Hawaii bonsai tree stolen after owner raised it for decades news

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii police are trying to find a rare bonsai tree that was stolen from a nursery owner who says he spent 56 years caring for it.

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:56:17 -0400
  • Seeking to remove MLK sculpture that doesn't look like him news

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A community activist says he has gathered more than 6,000 signatures to replace a large sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. in a western New York park.

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:14:06 -0400
  • Man whose flatulence ended police interview pleads guilty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man whose excessive flatulence forced a police detective to cut shot an interrogation has pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges.

    Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:24:20 -0400
  • 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
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