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  • Trucker saves dogs thrown from vehicle on New York highway news

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway. The dogs were rescued by a passing trucker, but one was so badly mangled that a front leg had to be amputated.

    Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:47:40 -0500
  • Cow steals spotlight at student's graduation photo shoot news

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:53:34 -0500
  • Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy news

    Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains. Researchers in Cuba have found that the venom of the blue scorpion, whose scientific name is Rhopalurus junceus, endemic to the Caribbean island, appears to have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties, and may be able to delay tumor growth in some cancer patients. While some oncologists abroad say more research is needed to be able to properly back up such a claim, Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using scorpion venom since 2011 to manufacture the homeopathic medicine Vidatox.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:43:33 -0500
  • Truck crashes through home, misses sleeping woman

    TEMPLETON, Mass. (AP) — A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch.

    Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:42:43 -0500
  • Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers news

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:16:41 -0500
  • Candidate whose missed vote led to tie loses on dice roll

    WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — A city council candidate in northeastern Arkansas whose runoff election ended in a tie after he didn't vote has lost his bid for the seat by a roll of the dice.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:34:32 -0500
  • Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore news

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Holland Tunnel between New Jersey and New York City may be in for a makeover after critics called the placement of its holiday decorations a distraction, a possible trigger for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder — and just plain ugly.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:05:46 -0500
  • Man puts up sculpture of middle finger as a message to town

    WESTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who is in an ongoing dispute with his town has let officials know exactly how he feels by erecting a large wooden sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised on his front lawn.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:35:22 -0500
  • Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport news

    A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday. About 70 finches were found hidden inside a shipment of hair rollers at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialist inspected the unidentified male passenger's luggage. The birds may have been destined for sale to Guyanese immigrants for a game that involves betting on how often the finches chirp per minute, said Customs spokesman Anthony Bucci.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:55:19 -0500
  • Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself

    Becky Linebaugh, an incumbent alderman in the small town of Hoxie, rolled a "six" to hold on to her seat for a third term, defeating challenger Cliff Farmer who came up short with a "four." The dice roll broke a 223-223 tie in a Dec. 4 runoff election, according to the Lawrence County Clerk's Office, which oversaw the game of chance that ultimately decided the winner. The runoff was scheduled after none of three candidates for alderman in the Nov. 6 election got a majority of the vote in Hoxie, a town of about 2,700 people located 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Little Rock. "I early voted because I was afraid something might happen and I might not be able to make it to the election." Her opponent, Cliff Farmer, 33, had a different approach.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:11:05 -0500
  • 89-year-old Alabama woman jailed over messy appliance store

    CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — Odean Cleckler, 89, said she has been doing her best to help run her husband's used-appliance business since he died a decade ago. This week, that work landed her and her son in jail.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:24:09 -0500
  • Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:06:15 -0500
  • 'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home news

    A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat. The last spotting of the whale, dubbed Benny the Beluga by the British media, was on Dec. 12 east of Gravesend, said a spokesman for the Port of London Authority which oversees the river. The last sighting of beluga whales in UK waters was in 2015 when they were spotted off northeastern England near the Northumberland coastline, but they left shortly afterwards.

    Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:44:18 -0500
  • Crews rescue man stuck in grease vent of empty restaurant news

    SAN LORENZO, Calif. (AP) — A man who authorities say was possibly trying to burglarize an abandoned Chinese restaurant has been rescued from the grease vent, where officials say he had been trapped for two days.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:13:40 -0500
  • Man sues after getting finger caught in airplane armrest

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man is suing after he says one of his pinky fingers was caught in an airline armrest mechanism for nearly an hour during a flight to Los Angeles.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:34:53 -0500
  • Report: 'High-tech' robot on Russian TV was man in suit

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian media say a contraption presented by Russian state television as a high-tech robot was in fact a man in a commercially available robot costume.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:57:32 -0500
  • Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill news

    Firefighters in the town of Werl in western Germany tackled an unusual emergency late on Monday when a tank at a local firm making liquid chocolate overflowed and poured out onto a street. The firefighters closed off the street and shoveled the chocolate - about 10 square meters (108 square feet) - to one side before a specialist cleaning company cleaned the road. "Despite this heartbreaking incident, it is unlikely that a chocolate-free Christmas is imminent in Werl," the fire department said.

    Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:55:00 -0500
  • Apparent Grinch on video driving through Christmas display

    GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — An apparent Grinch was spotted on surveillance video plowing through a Christmas display outside a suburban Indianapolis home and tips are being sought to find the man.

    Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:49:35 -0500
  • Rat found in vending machine at Florida high school

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Students at a Florida high school found an unwelcome surprise in a vending machine: a rat climbing the rows of packaged snacks and drinks.

    Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:16:21 -0500
  • This Chinese city is feeding garbage to a billion cockroaches to combat waste news

    The air is warm and humid - just as cockroaches like it - to ensure the colonies keep their health and voracious appetites. Expanding Chinese cities are generating more food waste than they can accommodate in landfills, and cockroaches could be a way to get rid of hills of food scraps, providing nutritious food for livestock when the bugs eventually die and, some say, cures for stomach illness and beauty treatments. On the outskirts of Jinan, capital of eastern Shandong province, a billion cockroaches are being fed with 50 tonnes of kitchen waste a day - the equivalent in weight to seven adult elephants.

    Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:18:11 -0500
  • Teacher accused of cutting boy's hair pleads not guilty news

    VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A California high school teacher pleaded not guilty to several charges of child cruelty and battery after she allegedly forced a haircut on one of her students, authorities said.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:22:28 -0500
  • Clarification: Alderman-Key Missed Vote story

    HOXIE, Ark. (AP) — In a story Dec. 6, The Associated Press reported that Cliff Farmer, an Arkansas political candidate who missed voting for himself in a local election, was vacationing in Florida. Farmer was on a work-related trip.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:29:21 -0500
  • Uranus Examiner ends publication, blaming judgmental people

    URANUS, Mo. (AP) — The Uranus Examiner, a small Missouri newspaper whose name inspired chuckles and groans when it launched a few months ago, is closing.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:06:04 -0500
  • Leaping lemur surprises Florida trooper during DUI arrest news

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:02:04 -0500
  • Man yells 'there's no Santa' at Florida holiday event

    CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed "there's no Santa Claus" over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:32:49 -0500
  • Moose rings Alaska home's doorbell

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose used the doorbell to awaken a couple in Alaska.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 07:31:10 -0500
  • Feng shui or in the way? Begrudged boulders won't budge

    HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine restaurant owner is citing feng shui (fung shway) as a reason not to move boulders outside the building that are in the way of a sidewalk project.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:50:40 -0500
  • Man, woman drive from Arizona to Wyoming with kids in trunk

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A man and woman admit in court they drove from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:31:31 -0500
  • California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting boy's hair news

    VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A high school teacher in central California was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the national anthem, authorities said.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:18:54 -0500
  • Bah, Humbug: Florida neighbors scorn woman over display

    HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been scorned by her neighbors in a high-rise Florida condo because of a holiday message she spelled out in lights across her balcony.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:29:24 -0500
  • Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell news

    NEW YORK (AP) — It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:30:08 -0500
  • It's now or never pedestrians: German town has Elvis lights news

    BERLIN (AP) — Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the central German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a U.S. soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:23:50 -0500
  • New study explains creation of deadly California 'firenado' news

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 22:49:18 -0500
  • Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China news

    BEIJING/JIAXING, China (Reuters) - Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him. Ren's mixing of martial arts and bullfighting worries his mother, but the 24-year-old has never been hurt. "It symbolizes the bravery of a man," Ren told Reuters in Jiaxing in China's eastern province of Zhejiang.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:51:52 -0500
  • Dragged carpet roll investigated in Alaska man's death

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A video showing a car pulling a rolled-up carpet down a snowy Alaska road may be linked to the death of a man found dead in the vehicle later that night.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:10:21 -0500
  • Police: Man freed from jail steals car from its parking lot

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man released from jail immediately stole a car from its parking lot.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:51:05 -0500
  • Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban news

    SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be — his little brother.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:03:48 -0500
  • Utah man accused of hammering ice pick through man's penis

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping after authorities say he hammered a tool resembling an ice pick through another man's penis during an argument.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:30:49 -0500
  • 'Nutcracker' prince proposes to stunned Dewdrop Fairy

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The prince in the "Nutcracker" had a special present for his favorite ballerina during a performance of the holiday classic in Kansas.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:14:51 -0500
  • CHP may have used Tesla Autopilot to stop speeding car news

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says it may have used the Autopilot system of a Tesla to stop the car after its driver fell asleep.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:18:01 -0500
  • Sheriff: Man pulls gun on Popeyes worker in condiments clash

    MARRERO, La. (AP) — A man is accused of pointing a gun at the manager of a Popeyes in Louisiana during a dispute over condiments.

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:14:09 -0500
  • Dutch court rejects man's request to be 20 years younger news

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69.

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:40:34 -0500
  • Saving Clark's neck? Panic at 'Lampoon's Christmas' display

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A holiday display meant to re-create a scene from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action.

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 07:15:24 -0500
  • Minnesota church ends 70-year tradition of lutefisk dinner

    FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota church has ended its 70-year tradition of serving a dinner of lutefisk, a Nordic dish of dried cod soaked in lye, and the pastor has penned a eulogy for the dinner's end.

    Sun, 02 Dec 2018 17:41:24 -0500
  • Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating news

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating while proposing to his fiancee, who nonetheless told him yes. Video shared on social media by the New York Police Department showed the man fumble the ring before lying on the sidewalk in the popular tourist destination and peering into the grating while his partner looked on in concern. "She said 'Yes' - but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate," the NYPD wrote on Twitter. ...

    Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:16:06 -0500
  • Royal Mail delivers: Postman, can you take this to heaven? news

    LONDON (AP) — A 7-year-old Scottish boy who sent a birthday card to his father in heaven has received a heart-warming reply.

    Sat, 01 Dec 2018 09:18:04 -0500
  • FanDuel pays out bets on Alabama to win title ahead of game news

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Roll in dough, Tide!

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:12:51 -0500
  • DC clerk stalls marriage over 'foreign' New Mexico ID card news

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A District of Columbia clerk and a supervisor refused to accept a New Mexico man's state driver's license as he sought a marriage license because she and her supervisor believed New Mexico was a foreign country.

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:05:18 -0500
  • Air New Zealand Christmas ad replicates Trump's U.N. laughter moment news

    An Air New Zealand advertisement released for the Christmas season this week takes a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump by portraying an American boy wearing a "Make Christmas Great Again" red cap being laughed at by other children on Santa's "naughty" list. The three-minute advert beckoning travelers with a Christmas greeting from "the nicest place on earth" sees Santa accidentally emailing his 2018 list of naughty children to a student in New Zealand named Elvis Anderson instead of his elves at the North Pole.

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:51:41 -0500
  • Court: Man put clothes, ID on stand-in corpse in $2M scheme

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death seven years ago to collect a $2 million life insurance policy arranged for a stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes in Moldova, according to a judge's detention order.

    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:23:04 -0500
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