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  • Troopers cite 10 sports car drivers for going too slow

    HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — State police in Connecticut usually pull over cars for driving too fast.

    Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:26:02 -0400
  • Bar patrons tackle gunman after being held at gunpoint

    FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say patrons tackled and disarmed a man after he held them at gunpoint outside a Southern California bar.

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:47:40 -0400
  • Police: Man angry about loud music waves gun at school dance

    THATCHER, Ariz. (AP) — A 72-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of waving a gun at a high school dance in Arizona because he didn't like the loud music.

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:33:23 -0400
  • Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California news

    SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Visitors were flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California on Friday to get a whiff of a so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:20:07 -0400
  • Restaurant cites worldwide freakout over its french fries

    WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine restaurant says news about the anger surrounding a change in its french fries has reached people all over the world.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:44:00 -0400
  • Like a fish out of water: Barrels of bait spill on highway

    NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) — There are plenty of fish in the sea — and almost as many on a Maine highway.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:54:04 -0400
  • Baby boom at Arizona hospital with 16 pregnant nurses news

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A baby boom is brewing at a suburban Arizona hospital where 16 intensive care nurses recently discovered they are all pregnant.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:43:05 -0400
  • Gulp! Georgian boy solves six Rubik's cubes under water in one breath

    An 18-year-old student from Georgia solved six Rubik's Cubes under water in one breath on Friday, in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record. Vako Marchelashvili was submerged in a glass tank for just over one minute and 44 seconds as he flipped, turned and solved the cubes in front of a crowd at the Gino Paradise aqua park Tbilisi.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:25:24 -0400
  • Mooning case against Virginia softball coach's wife wanes

    FLOYD, Va. (AP) — The moon over Virginia was half-visible that May evening, as was the one on the softball field, authorities say.

    Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:33:54 -0400
  • California deputy shoots into car to free trapped bear news

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California deputy fired several beanbag rounds into a back car window to free a trapped bear that had likely been searching for snacks.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:43:25 -0400
  • University honors students who found love in elevator in '72 news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:40:10 -0400
  • Swiss brothers get ready to refloat the bubble car news

    Oliver and Merlin Ouboter have more than 7,200 orders for their Microlino, a modern version of the Isetta which swaps the old single-cylinder petrol engine for a 20 horsepower electric motor but keeps the famous front-opening door. The brothers, whose father Wim made millions from modernized kick-scooters, plan to launch the car in December. "The average modern car is way too big for normal use," said Oliver, the project's 24-year-old operations chief.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:30:27 -0400
  • Karachi's rooftop cattle get a crane lift to the ground news

    Residents of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, watched as cattle were lowered by crane from the top of a four-storey home ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha. Unlike other Muslims who buy animals for slaughter a few days before the sacrificial holiday, Syed Ejaz Ahmad, 55, said raising his own calves was more economical. Ahmad started raising calves in a rooftop shed about 15 years ago.

    Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:25:13 -0400
  • Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain

    Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest. "We've discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England's history," said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:23:58 -0400
  • ASPCA says more than 600 birds removed from home

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says more than 600 birds were removed from a house in central Ohio after reports of animal neglect and a complaint from the public about living conditions.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:43:14 -0400
  • Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo.

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:56:53 -0400
  • Trump 'live figure' thumps Merkel at Berlin's Madame Tussauds news

    Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest attraction on Tuesday - a posturing Donald Trump figure striking a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball. Unlike the usual wax figures, the new moving "Trump" in the Berlin museum is an actor wearing a silicone mask modeled on the billionaire U.S. president, dancing to the Abba hit "Money, Money, Money". Relations between the two leaders got off to a frosty start, although Trump said they had had a "great meeting" on the sidelines of a NATO summit last month.

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:08:29 -0400
  • Minnesota deputies rescue women stranded on unicorn raft news

    STARK, Minn. (AP) — It was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:52:14 -0400
  • Man rescued from mud with parrot perched on his shoulders news

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:47:17 -0400
  • Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind

    GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts firefighters say a man who donated to their muscular dystrophy drive accidentally dropped his wedding ring into their boot.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:02:03 -0400
  • Rhode Island alone celebrates Victory Day, debate lingers

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the end of World War II as a state holiday, although it remains the only state in the U.S. to do so.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:13:10 -0400
  • Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals news

    A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. One of the bright red "urinoirs" installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation. "There's no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot," said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:00:31 -0400
  • Dog running on interstate can't resist lure of stuffed teddy news

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A dog could not resist being lured away from a busy Massachusetts highway by a teddy bear.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 17:46:15 -0400
  • Residents split in goose dispute in Long Island village

    BRIGHTWATERS, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a Long Island village are divided over what to do about a glut of goose droppings around town.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:09:41 -0400
  • Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat news

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:03:31 -0400
  • Officers seize 3 king cobras, 300 other reptiles from home

    ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:36:07 -0400
  • India lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize prime minister news

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:10:39 -0400
  • Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts news

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:55:42 -0400
  • Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga-practicing Oregon governor news

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:16:48 -0400
  • Bronze Archie statue honors artist for hometown anniversary

    MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckle-faced Archie is now greeting visitors at a New Hampshire town in honor of a local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:03:17 -0400
  • School demolition crews unearth 124-year-old time capsule

    SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — Construction crews tearing down a former middle school in Massachusetts have found a 124-year-old time capsule.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:26:20 -0400
  • Missy Elliott praises woman's karaoke version of 'Work It' news

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman's karaoke version of Missy Elliott's hit song "Work It" has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:34:59 -0400
  • Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy news

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:29:23 -0400
  • Colorado college reprinting up to 9.2K diplomas to fix typo

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado university is offering to reprint up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper found a big typo.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:19:24 -0400
  • 2 lives down, 7 to go: Cat survives being hit twice by cars

    GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:28:33 -0400
  • Michigan twins from different parties advance in election

    KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:59:14 -0400
  • Driver's test arrest: Pot, gun, cash found in smelly car

    GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A 22-year-old man who went for his driver's test left in handcuffs after the examiner became suspicious about a certain odor emanating from the car.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:23:29 -0400
  • Cardinals challenge fans to eat $75 belly busting burger

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals fans can reap a reward while expanding their waistlines watching football this season.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:13:18 -0400
  • Holy cow! Bovine herd helps police corral suspect in Florida

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:32:58 -0400
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad opines on Trump, James spat news

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James.

    Sun, 05 Aug 2018 08:09:46 -0400
  • San Francisco's wild parrots branching out throughout city

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's famous birds immortalized in the book and movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" are now roosting in several neighborhoods throughout the city, a newspaper reported Saturday.

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 19:12:30 -0400
  • Amazin' frets: Free therapy for New York Mets fans news

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio.

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 18:25:07 -0400
  • Man who harassed Yellowstone bison arrested at Glacier park news

    MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:00:03 -0400
  • Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos

    PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:31:23 -0400
  • Michigan man befriends wild turkey who moved into his yard news

    GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the large bird.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:58:51 -0400
  • Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood

    More than 100 goats burst into a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. The herd of goats had been at work clearing some land for the county when scores of the inquisitive animals escaped at about 7 a.m. local time (1300 GMT) and wandered into a West Boise suburb, their owner said. "They were on a pond that the county had hired us to clear, and it looks like they pushed through some of the wood boards and got out that way," said Matt Gabica, owner of We Rent Goats, a company that provides goats to clear weeds on private and public property.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:54:54 -0400
  • No kidding: Dozens of goats chow down in Idaho neighborhood

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 100 escaped goats munched on manicured lawns in Idaho's capital city before being rounded up and hauled away Friday morning.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:24:24 -0400
  • NYC twister: Queens tornado knocks down trees, crushes car

    NEW YORK (AP) — A tornado that touched down in Queens toppled at least 50 trees, crushed a car and broke a limb that hit a man.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:49:23 -0400
  • Hawaii judge evicts Oahu nudists from rental house

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge has ordered the eviction of the tenants of an Oahu rental home that advertised naked parties and gained the ire of neighbors.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:21:09 -0400
  • Couple thinks they found Prohibition-era booze in new home

    QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A couple moving into a Massachusetts home have found what they believe is a stash of Prohibition-era booze.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:34:28 -0400
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