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  • Kind of a big dill: Boston hosts 2nd annual pickle fair

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pickle Fair is back and it's kind of a big dill.

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 09:49:27 -0400
  • Park system celebrates 150 years with pink flamingo record news

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Parks officials in Buffalo, New York, are tickled pink over claiming a new world record for having the longest line of garden flamingos .

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:25:00 -0400
  • Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:23:51 -0400
  • Lone woman digs for family lost under Guatemalan volcanic rubble news

    By Carlos Jasso and Sofia Menchu SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (Reuters) - Eleven days after the Fuego volcano rained down on the Guatemalan village of San Miguel Los Lotes, a backhoe ripped the roof off one of the homes buried by ash, revealing a corpse in the still-hot dust. "It's my sister Lola," said Eufemia Garcia Ixpata, a 48-year-old fruit vendor who lost dozens of family members in the eruption. Garcia ran to find a sheet of paper and a marker to prepare a name tag before the body was taken to a grade school that was being used as a makeshift morgue.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:34:12 -0400
  • Woman who took dead butterfly from exhibit gets probation

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman who took a dead butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:12:14 -0400
  • Man finds rattlesnake under hood while trying to start car news

    HANCOCK, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine — the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:45:03 -0400
  • Bank robbery suspect gives ID, easily tracked by police

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a quick-thinking bank teller in Ohio convinced a suspected robber to hand over his own license.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:56:14 -0400
  • In India, rats have a $19,000 meal news

    GUWAHATI, India (AP) — It was a cash machine heist with a difference: The attackers were hungry rodents.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:52:45 -0400
  • Deputy frees bear trapped inside car

    CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. (AP) — A bear that managed to break into a car needed help from a sheriff's deputy to get out.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:46:45 -0400
  • Wife credited with returning husband to jail following error

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Court records say a Colorado inmate, mistakenly released from jail, enjoyed less than two hours of freedom before his wife realized the error and made him turn himself in.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:35:24 -0400
  • Rat breaches bank ATM in India, eats $18,000 worth of cash

    By Zarir Hussain GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - When bank technicians in India were finally summoned to investigate why an ATM (automated teller machine) had not been working for days, they began to smell a rat. What they found inside the ATM was almost $18,000 worth of shredded Indian rupee notes and one dead rodent that had somehow eluded the machine's security camera for its next, and last, meal, a State Bank of India (SBI) official said on Thursday. "The ATM was out of order for a few days and when our technicians opened the kiosk we were shocked to find shredded notes and a dead rat," said Chandan Sharma, SBI branch manager in the town of Tinsukia in the northeastern state of Assam.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:46:41 -0400
  • 2 people injured while trying to avoid hitting kangaroo

    DODSON, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Highway Patrol Trooper says two people were injured after the driver swerved their vehicle to avoid hitting a kangaroo on the road.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:59:30 -0400
  • 400 flown from James Bond mountain after Swiss cable car breaks down news

    Helicopters airlifted about 400 people off the Swiss mountain featured in the 1969 James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" on Thursday after a cable car broke down, stranding them briefly at about 10,000 feet above sea level. The tourists were atop the 2,970-meter (9,744 ft) Piz Gloria mountain when a technical defect disabled a gondola further down the mountain, the Schilthorn AG company, which operates the cable car system, said in a statement. The guests were then taken in a separate cable car to a nearby ridge, where four helicopters were enlisted to ferry them the rest of the way down the mountain to the ski station of Muerren.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:51:04 -0400
  • Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:36:43 -0400
  • Pro-smoking Japanese lawmaker apologizes for heckling cancer patient

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese member of parliament apologized on Thursday for jeering a lung cancer patient testifying about the dangers of secondhand smoke, saying he had spoken out to prevent discrimination against smokers. Japan lags many countries in efforts to fight smoking, with attempts to tackle tobacco often stymied by pro-smoking politicians, restaurateurs and Japan Tobacco, which is one-third owned by the government. Yoichi Anami, a ruling party MP, shouted "Enough already!" at a hearing last week when Kazuo Hasegawa, a 47-year-old non-smoker with stage four lung cancer, was testifying about the danger of secondhand smoke.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:30:38 -0400
  • Police: Trucker with stuck tree branch leaves wake of wrecks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says an oblivious driver with a large branch stuck to his truck wrecked multiple cars, leaving behind a five-block path of destruction.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:24:07 -0400
  • Slow farm tractor flees police, setting off low-speed chase

    BREWER, Maine (AP) — Police say a slow-moving farm tractor that fled a traffic stop in Maine led police on a nearly 3-mile, low speed chase.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:02:24 -0400
  • Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage news

    LONDON (AP) — No beer at this time of year?

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:17:00 -0400
  • Erratic driving of front-end loader leads to DUI arrest

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 35-year-old Alaska man suspected of weaving through traffic while driving a front-end loader has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:08:37 -0400
  • Police: Thief tried paying waitress with her own stolen card

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress' stolen credit card.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:33:10 -0400
  • Blood, sweat and accessories: artist recycles bodily fluids for fashion news

    By Stuart McDill LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling to make your fashion more personal? A London fashion student can help you decorate your attire with crystal accessories formed from your bodily excretions. Royal College of Art graduate Alice Potts showcased her quirky design methods with a pair of ballet shoes adorned with crystals formed from sweat and a fake fur featuring urine-crystals at the RCA's annual fashion show.

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:44:00 -0400
  • Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency wants its wooly mammoth tusk back.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:29:28 -0400
  • Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland

    HELSINKI (AP) — An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:11:09 -0400
  • Indiana trooper wins praise for stopping too slow driver

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he's overwhelmed by the widespread praise he's receiving online.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:48:25 -0400
  • Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans' flags

    ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:30:00 -0400
  • Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf news

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was a gray wolf.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:39:14 -0400
  • Baby born on Paris suburban train gets free rides until 25

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris public transport company RATP says a baby boy born in a suburban train will get free rides in the French capital until he is 25.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:28:52 -0400
  • Australian artist emerges alive from three-day burial under road

    By Melanie Burton HOBART (Reuters) - An Australian performance artist who was buried in a steel container under a busy road for 72 hours as part of a so-called dark arts festival was released from his self-imposed prison on Sunday. Mike Parr, a 73-year-old performance artist whose creative endeavors typically explore physical limits, was entombed in the mini-shipping container late on Thursday and the road was resealed above him. Oxygen was pumped into the container where Parr had access to water, reading and writing material, a heater and a distress button in case anything went wrong - but no food.

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:29:29 -0400
  • Vows in the air: German couple married in tightrope wedding news

    BERLIN (AP) — A couple in eastern Germany have gotten married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 meters (46 feet) above the ground.

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 11:04:25 -0400
  • Australian supermarket giant says 'yes' to mass nude photograph news

    More than 11,000 Australians who rushed for the chance to strip for American photographer Spencer Tunick will soon wear only smiles after a national supermarket chain changed its mind about allowing the shoot to go ahead on a suburban rooftop carpark. "We're over the moon," John Lotton, director of the Provocare Festival of the Arts, told Reuters on Saturday. After festival organizers agreed to move the event from busy weekend trading hours to a quiet Monday morning, Woolworths shed its inhibitions to allow the event to go ahead on July 9.

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:53:47 -0400
  • Research on dogs might shed light on human responses to food: study news

    Researchers in Hungary who found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food say the dogs’ responses were similar to what might be expected in normal and overweight humans. The study suggested dogs could be used as models for future research into the causes and psychological impacts of human obesity, the authors of the paper from Budapest's ELTE University said. Researchers put two bowls - one of them holding a good meal, the other empty or containing less attractive food - in front of a series of dogs.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:18:21 -0400
  • Mortuary must pay widow $50K for 'coerced' cremation

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana mortuary business must pay a woman $50,000 after her husband was cremated against his wishes.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:22:50 -0400
  • Deputy: Florida man chugged can of beer during DUI stop

    BIG COPPITT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 48-year-old Florida man raised a can of beer and chugged it after a sheriff's deputy stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:09:53 -0400
  • Signs seeking return of heirloom: 'My mother will kill me'

    MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, "My mother will kill me."

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:09:56 -0400
  • Czech president torches underpants, stunt stuns journalists

    PRAGUE (AP) — A fiery stunt by the Czech president has really stunned journalists this time.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:26:43 -0400
  • Emergency slide accidently deployed from plane

    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — An emergency slide was accidentally deployed from a plane at a Connecticut airport, causing the flight to be delayed for several hours.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:54:59 -0400
  • Firefighters break windows of car blocking hydrant

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters had to break the windows and run a hose through a car that was blocking a fire hydrant in New Jersey.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:49:06 -0400
  • North Dakota mayor re-elected with all 3 of town's votes

    RUSO, N.D. (AP) — The man believed to be North Dakota's oldest mayor has breezed to another term, winning unanimously in a vote that saw 100 percent turnout.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:34:25 -0400
  • Trucks collision in Arkansas causes fire and spills Fireball

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:31:41 -0400
  • Montana man rescues tired fawn from bed of sewer sludge news

    FORT BENTON, Mont. (AP) — A north-central Montana man rescued a tired fawn from a bed of drying sewer sludge while others helped reunite the baby deer with its mother nearby.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:23:57 -0400
  • Airplane-towed banner falls in NJ, smashes car window news

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An airplane-towed banner broke loose and came down near New Jersey's statehouse, fluttering to the ground and shattering the rear windshield of a parked car.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:27:49 -0400
  • 2 inn workers eat pot-laced candy left by guests, get sick

    SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Police say two employees of an inn at a popular Vermont tourist destination ate marijuana-laced chocolate left behind by guests and got sick.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:16:57 -0400
  • Minnesota online sensation raccoon captured atop skyscraper news

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe. "After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:27:05 -0400
  • Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe

    WINSTED, Minn. (AP) — A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:14:51 -0400
  • Big hurdles for bold push to split California into 3 states news

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation's most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, but the entire nation.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:35:20 -0400
  • St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25-story tower news

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:27:17 -0400
  • Rare sightings of big bug draw fans from around the world

    ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:10:52 -0400
  • 'Dead' husband returns after Japan police send wrong body

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese wife has told police the body she thought was of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up alive a year later.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:52:52 -0400
  • Coin toss decides Kentucky magistrate race

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With both candidates in a Kentucky magistrate primary tied at 127 votes, they used a coin flip to decide the race.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:08:32 -0400
  • Sisters give birth on same day in Georgia

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Two sisters. Two new babies around the same time — again.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:53:05 -0400
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