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  • No more flying with reindeer: Unique Alaska planes to retire news

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Claire Richardson remembers taking off in an airplane uniquely configured for Alaska when a horrible smell seeped into the passenger area.

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:59:14 -0400
  • New Alaska highway stripes are crooked, paint staining cars

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — New yellow painted highway lines in the Alaska's Panhandle city of Ketchikan are crooked and the paint that's been used by state transportation officials has stained cars, officials said.

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:24:30 -0400
  • German police arrest wanted man after he tries to vote drunk

    BERLIN (AP) — A drunk German man who insisted on voting in Sunday's election despite lacking the necessary documents has landed in jail — after police discovered he was wanted for arrest.

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:35:34 -0400
  • Bum rap? Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle gold in rectum

    A Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly a kilogram (2.2 lb) of gold stashed in his rectum, a customs official said on Monday. The 45-year-old, headed for India, was arrested at Colombo airport on Sunday after customs officials noticed "suspicious movements", customs spokesman Sunil Jayarathne told Reuters. The suspect was carrying 904.77 grams of gold worth 4.5 million rupees ($29,577), but was freed after payment of 100,000 rupees, he said.

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:18:24 -0400
  • Rangers: Woman armed with frying pan helped stop forest fire

    BEDDINGTON, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers say the quick actions of a woman armed with a frying pan helped stop a forest fire.

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:37:46 -0400
  • Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance news

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance.

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:34:44 -0400
  • After 66 million years, creature wins state dinosaur honor news

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It took about 66 million years, but a duck-billed creature has finally won recognition as California's state dinosaur.

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:44:24 -0400
  • Corn maze marks 100 anniversary of women voting in New York

    SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York farm is marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state in distinctly fall fashion, with a corn maze in the shape of Susan B. Anthony.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:06:48 -0400
  • Graveyard plaque of Wild West figure was buried, not stolen

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — It turns out the graveyard plaque of the common-law wife of legendary gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holiday was just six inches under, not stolen from a cemetery.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:21:15 -0400
  • Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still inside

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Police in western Washington state say they've recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:58:09 -0400
  • Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow news

    MOSCOW (AP) — Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle.

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:57:42 -0400
  • New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bake sale at the University of New Mexico set up by a nonprofit group to charge students based on race and ethnicity ended after outraged opponents disrupted it.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:48:01 -0400
  • Batman comic series to feature scenery from Portland, Maine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Holy hometown, Batman!

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:50:17 -0400
  • Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride news

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:27:27 -0400
  • Cops: Owner taken for ride when test driver leaves with car

    DILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a man hoping to sell his car was taken for a ride when a prospective buyer drove away without him and never came back.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:18:50 -0400
  • LL Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:59:20 -0400
  • Cops: 8-year-old girl helps drive drunken Pennsylvania man

    DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:47:36 -0400
  • California TV viewers alarmed by apocalyptic emergency alert

    LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:45:00 -0400
  • Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

    ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — It took nearly 80 years, but a book borrowed during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:41:08 -0400
  • Prosecutors: Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic news

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker apparently spent more than $51,000 of her own money on an online psychic, showed up for work at the Capitol impaired by medication and hid a cellphone from investigators, prosecutors allege in a court filing this week.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:46:43 -0400
  • Police: Shop owner fires warning shot, gets stolen beer back

    COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida gas station owner chased a man and fired a warning shot, forcing him to return some stolen beer.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:37:47 -0400
  • 300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high school

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bat infestation prompted a Salt Lake City high school to cancel its after-school programs so school workers could root out the flying mammals.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:19:21 -0400
  • Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes-in-one in round

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school golfer has defied huge odds by recording two holes-in-one in the same round.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:09:31 -0400
  • 'Nasty' to have service dog in restaurant, customer says

    DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) — An argument broke out after a woman complained about a service dog being allowed inside a Delaware restaurant.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:02:09 -0400
  • Ex-Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusks

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years, two months in a U.S. prison for related money laundering counts.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:16:42 -0400
  • Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signs

    ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:05:25 -0400
  • Tractor-trailer makes wrong turn, gets stuck on boardwalk news

    VENTNOR, N.J. (AP) — A tractor-trailer apparently made a wrong turn and got trapped on a boardwalk at the New Jersey shore.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:55:58 -0400
  • Chocolate overload: Rig chock-full of candy bars overturns

    GORDONSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The scene was a chocoholic's delight: a rig full of candy bars overturned on a road in Virginia.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:16:28 -0400
  • Police: Man steals green chile burger after slapping victim

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he randomly slapped a customer and then stole the man's green chile cheeseburger before dashing away.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:26:08 -0400
  • Diamond on the highway: Officer comes to driver's rescue

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A police officer has come to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:58:10 -0400
  • Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:24:03 -0400
  • Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room news

    A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room. The cars at the Rady Children's Hospital are actually operated by a nurse or a doctor, and are part of a new program designed to make children more relaxed before their procedures. The parents are seeing that they're relaxed and that they're happy," said Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director of surgical services at the hospital.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:47:34 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike warns of 80-mile detour this weekend

    NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are warning motorists of an 80-mile detour they'll encounter in western Pennsylvania over the weekend.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:28:48 -0400
  • Pierogis made for Broadway find new home in restaurant

    NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of the now-closed Broadway musical "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" are keeping enthusiasm in the show going by opening a place to serve pierogis like the ones made for show attendees.

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:52:11 -0400
  • Michigan lottery tickets with 4 zeroes are worth $5,000

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When are four zeroes worth $5,000? When four zeroes are the winning numbers in a Michigan lottery drawing.

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:02:28 -0400
  • Geneva toilets flush with cash news

    Geneva prosecutors are investigating after toilets in a bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination euro banknotes, they said on Monday. "We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money," spokesman Vincent Derouand said, adding that neither throwing money away nor blocking a toilet was a crime. The Tribune de Geneve newspaper, which first reported the unusual deposit, said the first blockage occurred in the toilet serving the vault at UBS bank in Geneva's financial district, and three nearby bistros found their facilities bunged up with 500-euro notes a few days later.

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:03:22 -0400
  • Cops: Man who didn't want to drink alone breaks in with beer

    STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man who didn't want to drink alone forced his way into a woman's home and sat down with two 12-packs of beer.

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:14:55 -0400
  • Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog-gone expensive news

    (Reuters) - In Japan, caring for pets goes beyond the grave. At Pet Rainbow Fiesta, a pet funeral expo, held in Tokyo on Monday, visitors were given a host of options on performing rites for dead pets, including cremation, constructing a household altar and making offerings of incense. The basic funeral service fee starts from 95,800 yen ($860.66) for a one-kilogram hamster or bird and can go up to 114,800 yen for a 20-kilogram dog, according to funeral services company Kokolone.

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:48:41 -0400
  • Staying fit: Japan's elderly hits record in challenge to labor market news

    The event to mark Respect for the Aged Day in Japan drew over 200 people in an exercise meant to increase their body strength and balance. The exercise was more than just symbolic, as the number of people aged 65 and above has risen to a record high of 27.7 percent of Japan's population, government figures showed. Japan has been struggling with a declining workforce for decades, and its elderly ratio is the highest among Group of Seven nations, followed by Italy at 23.0 percent, Germany at 21.5 percent, and France at 19.7 percent.

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:47:31 -0400
  • Koala survives 10-mile Australia trip in wheel arch news

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — For a stowaway who made a 16-kilometer (10-mile) journey squeezed in a wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches.

    Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:12:29 -0400
  • Dog that disappeared in Florida in 2016 is found in New York

    FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that disappeared in Florida in February 2016 has been found in New York.

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:00:45 -0400
  • Gas station robbery suspect's getaway car runs out of fuel

    LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say an Indiana man who robbed a gas station made off with food, drinks and cigarettes. What he didn't steal was gas.

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:33:39 -0400
  • Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen

    BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen.

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:46:05 -0400
  • Fish tale: Fisherman gets up close view of humpback whale

    SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — A fisherman says he had a close encounter with a humpback whale near a New Hampshire beach.

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:53:01 -0400
  • Man who sent Hannibal Lecter photo to judge to go on trial news

    MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:39:40 -0400
  • 11-year-old boy gets lawn-mowing gig at White House news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An 11-year-old boy in khaki shorts and a red polo shirt got the lawn-mowing gig of a lifetime Friday when President Donald Trump put him to work in the Rose Garden.

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:13:48 -0400
  • Dirty money? Wads of cut-up cash found in Geneva toilets

    Talk about flush with cash. A Geneva official has confirmed a newspaper report that said wads of cut-up 500-euro notes (about $600 each) mysteriously turned up jammed into the toilets of three neighborhood ...

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:49 -0400
  • Police: People dressed as ninjas started fires in building news

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Police say two people dressed as ninjas broke into a New Jersey apartment building and set several fires.

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:54:48 -0400
  • Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes news

    By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards. The prizes are the brainchild of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and are intended not to honor the best or worst in science, but rather to highlight research that encourages people to think in unusual ways. "We hope that this will get people back into the habits they probably had when they were kids of paying attention to odd things and holding out for a moment and deciding whether they are good or bad only after they have a chance to think," Abrahams said in a phone interview.

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:40:11 -0400
  • Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels news

    BOSTON (AP) — Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement.

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:27:45 -0400
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