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  • Firefighters rescue girl stuck in McDonald's playground

    SPENCER, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters in Massachusetts responded to a fast food restaurant over the weekend to free a young girl who got stuck in the playground.

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:56:41 -0500
  • From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated U.S. headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year. A tweet by Trump in May read simply: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." White House officials batted away questions about what the word meant and even the dictionary company Merriam-Webster drew a blank. Trump left it up to the reader to divine his meaning, with a follow-up: "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ???

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:58:00 -0500
  • Wisconsin man fleeing police crashed while checking phone

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions.

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:45:50 -0500
  • Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly

    EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:40:06 -0500
  • Woman who robbed banks while pregnant sentenced to prison

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman accused of robbing three banks while she was more than eight months pregnant pleaded guilty to robbing two of them and was sentenced to four years in prison.

    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:53:17 -0500
  • Man who streaked at Buffalo Bills game pleads guilty, fined

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills fan who ran naked across the field during a blowout loss last month and earned praise from other fans for rushing better than the team's players has pleaded guilty to exposure.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:05:14 -0500
  • Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks

    MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:24:20 -0500
  • Ice cream shop's cow derriere logo gets icy reception

    MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey ice cream shop is changing its logo of a cartoon cow with a pronounced derriere after the play on words drew complaints that it was sexist.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:47:46 -0500
  • Maine police: Bouncing roll of duct tape leads to 911 call

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Bangor, Maine, say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:14:37 -0500
  • Postal Service probes glue-like substance found on mailboxes

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Some residents in a New Jersey city have noticed a glue-like substance on mailboxes is preventing their letters from going down the chute.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:26:18 -0500
  • Retired justice 'so disappointed' to be kept off jury

    BOSTON (AP) — She was impartial enough to serve as a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, but apparently that wasn't enough for Geraldine Hines to be named a juror in a murder trial.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:15:39 -0500
  • Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia demand higher wages

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:38:11 -0500
  • New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:23:27 -0500
  • Correction: Tattooed Santa-Mall Crackdown story news

    LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — In a story Dec. 5 about a tattooed mall Santa Claus, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Cherry Hill Programs runs the Oxford Valley Mall. Cherry Hill Programs runs the mall's Santa photo operation.

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:35:32 -0500
  • Zippy's back! Town's elf on a shelf has been returned news

    DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town is happy to report that its beloved elf on a shelf has been returned, more than a day after he vanished.

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:22:42 -0500
  • Secret Santa couple pays off $10K in layaway orders in Maine

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Representatives for a Maine Toys R Us store say a husband and wife stopped in to pay off $10,000 in layaway orders for other families.

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:37:35 -0500
  • Police: Woman drove with transit sign sticking out of car news

    SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car.

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:48:40 -0500
  • Cops: Woman parks in police chief's spot while smoking pot

    NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a woman arriving at a Long Island court to answer a marijuana possession summons was smoking pot when she parked her vehicle in the local police chief's spot.

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:23:24 -0500
  • Delta flight makes emergency bathroom stop in Montana

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Delta flight from New York City to Seattle had to make a stop in Billings after the plane's toilets stopped working and passengers couldn't hold it any longer.

    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:47:42 -0500
  • Skydiving Santa crashes on Florida beach with Elf on a Shelf news

    GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — A skydiving Santa looking to make a grand entrance while taking an Elf on the Shelf to a 9-year-old girl crashed into a tree and light pole before hitting a Florida beach and breaking his leg.

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:00:20 -0500
  • 'Big as my head': Hawaii woman seeks record for huge avocado news

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the massive avocado she snagged is the world's largest.

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:22:28 -0500
  • The search is on for Zippy, town's missing life-size elf

    DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — Police in a New Hampshire town are looking for Zippy, a beloved life-size elf on a shelf that usually can be seen at various sites leading up to Christmas.

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:13:34 -0500
  • Man accused of illegally catching tuna, dumping it in woods

    GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been accused of catching a tuna out of season and then dumping its headless 400-pound carcass in the woods.

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:26:07 -0500
  • Police: DUI suspect dances on car, flees on kid's scooter

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Police say a Nevada woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after she drove down a highway the wrong way, danced atop her SUV and attempted to flee from officers on a kid's scooter.

    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:08:18 -0500
  • Astronauts make, fling, float, eat pizzas on space station news

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first-ever pizza party in space is getting sky-high reviews.

    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:13:10 -0500
  • Police: Squirrel blamed for vandalizing Christmas lights

    SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — It was a squirrel that nearly stole Christmas in a New Jersey town.

    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:40:13 -0500
  • Skiing Santas ho-ho-hold court at ski resort's annual bash news

    NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Santa Claus is known for shimmying down chimneys, but for one day a year, dozens of Santas try to avoid tumbling down a mountain.

    Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:46:53 -0500
  • Opossum breaks into liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.

    Sat, 02 Dec 2017 18:37:56 -0500
  • Selfie-service: Man cooks Waffle House meal as worker sleeps news

    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When a man found the only worker at an empty South Carolina Waffle House asleep, he took his meal into his own hands.

    Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:56:16 -0500
  • Sphinx from 90-year-old movie set unearthed in California news

    GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments."

    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:21:34 -0500
  • Cat banned from library develops social media following

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A tabby named Max has been playing a game of cat and mouse with some Minnesota college librarians.

    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:29:18 -0500
  • Vermont city thanks French city for misspelled jerseys

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city said merci via Skype on Thursday to a French city it's named after for some misspelled soccer jerseys that were sent its way.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:45:53 -0500
  • Beagle breakout: Pup caught on video scaling shelter cage

    WINDSOR, Va. (AP) — A video of a beagle at a Virginia animal shelter scaling her cage in an escape attempt has generated calls of interest from across the country.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:38:52 -0500
  • Builders race to save football's Eagles from Billy Penn jinx

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Superstitious construction workers have placed a small statue of Philadelphia's founder atop the city's newest skyscraper in an effort to save the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles from a fabled jinx.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:16:42 -0500
  • Oh, deer: Startled doe scrambles through Mississippi school news

    ENTERPRISE, Miss. (AP) — A deer darted through two hallways of a Mississippi school, startling students as they were arriving for the day.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:22:41 -0500
  • Anonymous driver sends police $1,000 30 years after crash

    SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A person who apparently sped off after hitting a parked car in a Minneapolis suburb more than 30 years ago anonymously sent $1,000 to local police this month and asked them to pass it on to the car's owner, if possible.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:07:45 -0500
  • Officials stumped in highway crash case that cost $3 million

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say they have no clues and have made no progress in the case of a hit-and-run driver who caused $3 million in damage by cracking a highway overpass.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:03:48 -0500
  • Hand grenade found in donation to California Goodwill store

    PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say someone left a hand grenade inside a box of donations that was dropped off by a woman at a Goodwill store in Southern California.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:31:52 -0500
  • Police arrest bank robbery suspect hiding in port-a-potty

    REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A bank robbery suspect is in police custody after authorities say he tried to make a smelly escape in a portable toilet.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:47:18 -0500
  • Stolen Ferrari trashed; man arrested after seeking gas money news

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man suspected of stealing a $300,000 Ferrari was arrested after asking for gas money, authorities said.

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:16:57 -0500
  • New Jersey police try to trace source of loud banging noise

    SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey are trying to trace the source of a loud banging noise that's waking residents and causing dogs to bark.

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:27:19 -0500
  • Two American tourists fined in Thailand for 'butt selfie' at temple

    Thai authorities have fined two American tourists for public indecency for posing for a "butt selfie" in front of a famous Buddhist temple, police said on Wednesday. The two, who police identified as Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, were arrested late on Tuesday at an airport in the capital, Bangkok. "The two American citizens have admitted taking the picture," district police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol told Reuters.

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:58:00 -0500
  • Rich San Francisco homeowners get sold-off street back news

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Residents of an exclusive San Francisco neighborhood who failed to pay taxes on their private, gated street for two decades got the street back Tuesday after supervisors voted to rescind the sale of the tax-defaulted property.

    Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:33:05 -0500
  • Video leads to arrest in case of stolen mounted zebra head

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman came home to find out a thief had broken in and stolen clothing, jewelry, prescription drugs and the mounted head of a zebra she had on a wall.

    Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:15:21 -0500
  • Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog news

    For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear - literally. Scientists said on Tuesday that genetic analysis of nine bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples from museum and private collections attributed to the yeti, also called the Abominable Snowman, found that eight came from Asian black bears, Himalayan brown bears or Tibetan brown bears and one came from a dog. "This strongly suggests that the yeti legend has a root in biological facts and that is has to do with bears that are living in the region today," said biologist Charlotte Lindqvist of the University at Buffalo in New York and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, who led the study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

    Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:29:36 -0500
  • Leaflets dropped over NFL games revive concerns about drones news

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man was cited for flying a drone over two NFL games this weekend and dropping political leaflets over the stadiums, reigniting concerns over remote aircraft at major sports events.

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:56:16 -0500
  • Harry Potter-themed town celebration draws droves of muggles

    NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — Wizards and muggles have turned out in droves for a Harry Potter-themed celebration in a small community, so much so the town is now looking to turn it into an annual event.

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:29:58 -0500
  • Police stop car with massive Christmas tree on top

    SUDBURY, Mass. (AP) — Police in a Massachusetts town are showing residents how not to transport their holiday trees.

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:08:21 -0500
  • Firefighters work for hours to free man stuck in trash truck news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say it took firefighters more than two hours to free a man who wound up stuck in a trash truck's compactor section.

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:06:37 -0500
  • City closes dog park after complaints of excessive noise

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city has shut down a recently opened dog park after complaints from a neighbor that the barking and yapping were making him "miserable."

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:20:46 -0500
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