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  • Silicon Valley landlord rents $1,500 studio to 2 cats news

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two cats are living large at a $1,500-a-month studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:13:57 -0500
  • Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails news

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:10:06 -0500
  • Chocolate spill creates sweet hot mess on Arizona highway news

    FLAGSSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet hot mess on their hands after a tank trucker's trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling a river of liquid chocolate onto westbound lanes of Interstate 40.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:50:11 -0500
  • Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer become neighbors in Rhode Island

    MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has bought a house in Rhode Island, and his new neighbor is a familiar face from their days together in the Trump administration: former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:36:01 -0500
  • Woman drinking wine from Pringles can banned from Walmart news

    WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Police in northern Texas say a woman has been banned from a local Walmart after she spent several hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store's parking lot while drinking wine from a Pringles can.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:13:12 -0500
  • Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief news

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.

    Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:59:58 -0500
  • All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in 'anger room' news

    It took Smash customer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a baseball bat to wreck what looked like an old car radio, after which two friends battered telephones, audio speakers, rice cookers and even a mannequin. All three paid 158 yuan ($23) to spend half an hour in an "anger room" in Beijing, where patrons wearing protective gear use hammers and bats to vent their frustration on household objects while staff play music of their choice in the background. Since the venture opened in September, customers have smashed around 15,000 bottles every month, said 25-year-old Jin Meng, who co-founded Smash with her friends.

    Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:01:04 -0500
  • Leave $350 hats at home, NY middle school administrators beg

    GREAT NECK, N.Y. (AP) — Administrators at a New York middle school are begging students to leave their winter hats made by Italian apparel company Moncler at home because the pricy tops keep getting lost.

    Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:55:21 -0500
  • Houston police chief nabs driver for going 140 mph

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's police chief says he set a new personal record when he issued a ticket to someone who blew past him going 140 mph (225 kph).

    Sat, 12 Jan 2019 15:14:06 -0500
  • Brewery launch is on target in former missile command center

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new brewery is set to launch in a Cold War-era missile command center near Pittsburgh.

    Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:24:40 -0500
  • Man pleads guilty after alligator threat

    BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

    Fri, 11 Jan 2019 05:55:16 -0500
  • Police: Man doing doughnuts crashes car

    RIVERSIDE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man doing doughnuts in a car he had just bought struck a power pole in Ohio, sending him and his two children to the hospital.

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:40:25 -0500
  • Police: Woman breaks into police station, wanted to date cop news

    WYOMING, Pa. (AP) — Police say a woman smashed her way into a closed Pennsylvania police station looking for an officer she'd been sexually harassing ever since he arrested her.

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:18:50 -0500
  • Detectives: Burglar in closed police substation left ID

    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer's chicken dinner, detectives didn't need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal.

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:18:28 -0500
  • New Mexican arrested for allegedly stealing postal truck

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a woman who allegedly stole a postal truck has been arrested in Raton.

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 19:42:25 -0500
  • Austrian train workers rescue wild goat buried in snowdrift news

    BERLIN (AP) — Austrian train workers have shut down their track clearing operations to rescue a mountain goat after seeing it get buried in a deluge of snow they had been clearing from the rails.

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:32:01 -0500
  • Police: Reporter who helped foil robbery finds missing woman

    SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A reporter who helped police catch a robbery suspect last week followed up with another good deed by finding an 89-year-old suburban Detroit woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing temperatures.

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:26:31 -0500
  • Oklahoma game warden catches poacher via dating app

    CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman looking for love got more than she bargained for when she unwittingly shared her exhilaration about illegally shooting a "bigo buck" on a dating app with a state game warden.

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:51:46 -0500
  • A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack news

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe.

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:20:23 -0500
  • Missing Michigan cat found 2 months later in Florida

    DETROIT (AP) — A cat who went missing from suburban Detroit for two months turned up more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away in Florida.

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:22:47 -0500
  • Not for pick-up: Spilled chicken cause traffic problems

    CENTRE, Ala. (AP) — These chicken tenders aren't for pick-up. An Alabama sheriff's office is warning people against eating chicken that tumbled on to a rural highway after a truck wreck.

    Mon, 07 Jan 2019 09:52:09 -0500
  • California woman arrested for allegedly biting jogger

    Authorities have arrested a woman they say bit a jogger who pepper-sprayed her dog at a San Francisco Bay Area park. Nineteen-year-old Alma Cadwalader of Oakland was arrested Friday by police with the East Bay Regional Park District. Authorities say Cadwalader's dog tried to attack the jogger Thursday on a trail in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 22:26:41 -0500
  • College fanatics living it up on San Jose billboard news

    The quartet, who were each provided with a tent and sleeping bag, has been since been reduced to Clemson Tigers fan Nancy Volland of Mount Dora, Florida and Alabama Crimson Tide supporter Llyas Ross Sr from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Volland, a 59-year-old married mother of two daughters, said her time on the 40-foot wide by 8-foot deep platform had flown by but admitted it came with its share of challenges. "It's not like camping in the woods," Volland told Reuters in a telephone interview from the platform.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 20:10:29 -0500
  • Bank robbery suspect held after stripping, awaiting arrest

    SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are holding a man they say tried to rob a San Diego County bank, then told frightened customers to call 911, stripped to his underwear and awaited arrest.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 19:08:45 -0500
  • Stolen purple penguin statue returned to hotel museum

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A large purple penguin statue that was swiped from a hotel in Oklahoma City apparently managed to waddle back home after police released surveillance camera images of a man with the $3,000 piece of art tucked under his arm.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:38:39 -0500
  • Man accused of guitar thefts has 1 thing to say: 'Go Eagles'

    PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of breaking into a music store and stealing guitars tells reporters he has one thing to say: "Go Eagles."

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 16:39:47 -0500
  • College fanatics living it up on San Jose billboard news

    The quartet, who were each provided with a tent and sleeping bag, has been since been reduced to Clemson Tigers fan Nancy Volland of Mount Dora, Florida and Alabama Crimson Tide supporter Llyas Ross Sr from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Volland, a 59-year-old married mother of two daughters, said her time on the 40-foot wide by 8-foot deep platform had flown by but admitted it came with its share of challenges. "It's not like camping in the woods," Volland told Reuters in a telephone interview from the platform.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:55:53 -0500
  • Krispy Kreme delivers doughnuts to officers over pastry loss

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Krispy Kreme has stepped in to comfort Kentucky police officers mourning the loss of a doughnut truck that caught fire.

    Thu, 03 Jan 2019 06:45:29 -0500
  • 'Why don't you die?': Australian's fight with a spider sparks police call

    An Australian man triggered an emergency police response after a noisy exchange with a spider startled a passerby into reporting what sounded like a violent disturbance to the authorities, media reported. The neighbour then called the police emergency number, according to media reports. The tweet showed what appeared to be a law enforcement communication log that included the initial emergency call, followed by an update 15 minutes later that said "police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders)".

    Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:57:16 -0500
  • Thieves use mechanical diggers to tear open Italian security van

    Thieves used mechanical diggers on Wednesday to prise open an armored van on a highway in southern Italy and made off with more than 2 million euros ($2.3 million) in cash, police said. The blue security van had left the city of Bari and was carrying pensions to be distributed in post offices in nearby Matera when it was blocked on the road by two lorries. Two diggers then tore open the vehicle, using their mechanical arms like can openers to gain access to the cash.

    Wed, 02 Jan 2019 11:49:32 -0500
  • From duct-taped shoes to $11M: Man leaves surprise donations news

    SEATTLE (AP) — Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he had long planned.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:48:56 -0500
  • Kansas teen to get high school, Harvard diplomas in 1 month news

    ULYSSES, Kan. (AP) — A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma — and a few days later he'll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor's degree.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:05:49 -0500
  • Weed that sprouted holiday cheer mysteriously uprooted news

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Ohio has apparently met an early demise.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:56:08 -0500
  • Runaway cow caught on I-80 recovering at animal sanctuary

    WANTAGE, N.J. (AP) — A cow bound for a slaughterhouse who led authorities on an hour-long chase along Interstate 80 in New Jersey before being captured is recuperating at an animal sanctuary.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 09:41:11 -0500
  • A year after being stolen, New Jersey man's dog is returned

    WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:10:26 -0500
  • Armed standoff ends after SWAT member sings Christmas carol

    EAST VINCENT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an armed man who held off SWAT members for 10 hours surrendered after one of them sang him a Christmas carol.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:15:20 -0500
  • Montana lawmaker proposes state rock and roll song

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby.

    Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:43:19 -0500
  • Man held after using front-end loader to make get-away

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police have arrested a 42-year-old Anchorage man suspected of stealing a front-end loader and using it as his get-away vehicle after a burglary.

    Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:06:19 -0500
  • 2 homeless men allegedly broke into home, cooked dinner

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two homeless men have been charged with burglary after a California man said he came home to find them cooking dinner.

    Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:34:40 -0500
  • NY baby is named after highway where she was born in a car

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was my way and the highway for a newborn New Yorker, who's now named after the expressway where she was born in her parents' minivan as they raced to a hospital.

    Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:08:52 -0500
  • Police: Couple broke into home, washed clothes, made coffee

    UNIONTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeastern Ohio say a couple broke into a home, washed their clothes, took a shower and made some coffee before the homeowner's relative confronted the pair.

    Thu, 27 Dec 2018 05:56:17 -0500
  • Officials: Man broke into home, got owner to give him a ride news

    WATERBORO, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine say a man broke into a home, had a bite to eat, watched TV and even got a car ride from his unsuspecting victim.

    Wed, 26 Dec 2018 18:17:23 -0500
  • 6 customers draw guns on men attempting to steal tools

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say two men were surrounded by customers with guns while attempting to steal tools from a Washington store.

    Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:08:43 -0500
  • Vermont community attempts to make world's largest s'more news

    MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — One Vermont community is celebrating the holidays and the winter solstice with a massive bonfire and what they hope will be the world's largest s'more.

    Tue, 25 Dec 2018 07:47:54 -0500
  • Man finds a $10,000 surprise inside designer bag on subway

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Chanel purse left in a Manhattan subway station held a $10,000 surprise for the man who found it.

    Sat, 22 Dec 2018 20:39:27 -0500
  • Michigan couple remarry after realizing 1st try wasn't legal

    STANTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple learned that they broke the law when they wed two years ago, so they asked a judge to void the illegal marriage and then to do it all over again.

    Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:58:38 -0500
  • Aquarium apologizes for tweets about sea otter news

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — California's Monterey Bay Aquarium has apologized after some people perceived a tweet about a sea otter as body-shaming.

    Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:11:36 -0500
  • Police: Naked man tears down neighbor's holiday decorations

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Investigators say a 61-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested for tearing down a neighbor's Christmas decorations while drunk and naked.

    Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:02:12 -0500
  • 2 little pigs 'pardoned' ahead of Miami Christmas Eve feasts

    MIAMI (AP) — In a nod to the annual tradition of the U.S. president pardoning two turkeys ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a pair of pigs has been spared from roasting for Christmas Eve feasts in Miami.

    Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:34:12 -0500
  • Inmate hitches ride with officer, goes back to jail

    GREENUP, Ky. (AP) — A jail inmate who escaped from authorities and tried hitchhiking along a highway didn't enjoy freedom for long because the motorist he flagged down was a law enforcement officer.

    Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:53:21 -0500
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