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  • Police: Unicorn-costumed robbery suspect has been unmasked news

    BALDWIN, Md. (AP) — The robbery suspect wore a unicorn costume, and police in Maryland say he has been unmasked.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:11:09 -0400
  • Police: Duo nabbed trying to steal Capone statue in Arkansas

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — It was a caper Scarface might have sanctioned ... until they dropped him and got collared.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:47:36 -0400
  • Germany: Drunk passenger demands high-speed train slow down

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say a drunken man with a fire extinguisher smashed his way into the driver's cab of a high-speed train running from Frankfurt to Paris and demanded that the driver slow down.

    Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:53:43 -0400
  • Police: Person with unicorn costume, crowbar robs store

    BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (AP) — Apparently not all unicorns are the embodiment of purity and grace.

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:34:36 -0400
  • T-shirt gun used to launch contraband into Oklahoma prison

    SAYRE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman was arrested after authorities say she used a T-shirt gun to launch drugs, cellphones and other contraband over a prison fence.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:25:23 -0400
  • Berlin zoo shows off new polar bear cub news

    BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin Tierpark zoo is showing off its new polar bear cub, a three-month-old with a cuteness and playfulness that could make her the German capital's next animal celebrity.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:10:46 -0400
  • Florida man finds bright green iguana in toilet, calls 911

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man called 911 after going to the bathroom and finding a bright green iguana swimming in his toilet.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:56:25 -0400
  • Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study news

    Nine wheels of Emmental cheese weighing 10 kilos (22 pounds) each were placed in separate wooden crates last September to test the impact of music on flavor and aroma. The cheese was exposed 24 hours a day to A Tribe Called Quest's hip hop track "We Got it From Here", Mozart's 'Magic Flute' opera or Led Zeppelin's rock classic "Stairway to Heaven". "The hip hop sample topped the list of all cheese exposed to music in terms of fruitiness...(it) was the strongest of these in terms of smell and taste." Benjamin Luzuy, a Swiss TV chief and jury member, told Reuters TV: "The differences were very clear, in term of texture, taste, the appearance, there was really something very different." The experiment, instead of using loudspeakers, used mini transmitters to conduct the energy of the music into the cheese.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:10:04 -0400
  • Escaped lion spends night in jail cell in South Africa news

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A lion that escaped a wildlife park and was captured weeks later spent the night in a South African jail cell, until authorities could send him back to the place he's meant to call home.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:24:25 -0400
  • Moving day: Bear family living in highway median relocated news

    TEMPLETON, Mass. (AP) — A portion of a Massachusetts highway was shut down while state wildlife officials moved a family of bears that had set up a den in the median.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:08:58 -0400
  • North Carolina thrift show sells 'haunted' furniture for $1K

    SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina thrift store has earned $1,000 off a hand-carved bedroom suite that may just be haunted.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:51:29 -0400
  • Court: Middle finger protected by the constitution

    TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — When it comes to the middle finger, police might need a thicker skin.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:59:34 -0400
  • Tel Aviv deploys 'zombie lights' for mobile-obsessed walkers news

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tel Aviv has taken a small step toward protecting the lives of "smartphone zombies."

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:29:19 -0400
  • Goat elected as honorary mayor sworn in for first term

    FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — The new honorary mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont — a 3-year-old goat named Lincoln — was officially sworn into office this week.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 06:02:46 -0400
  • Germany: Crematorium goes up in flames, bodies survive news

    BERLIN (AP) — A fire at a crematorium in southern Germany has caused significant damage to the building — but the 20 bodies stored inside remained intact.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 05:44:21 -0400
  • Hit by an arrow, mobile phone dies saving Australian man news

    An Australian man had a lucky escape while confronting a man armed with a bow outside his home, as a loosed arrow pierced the mobile telephone he was holding to take a photograph of the incident, Australian police said on Thursday. "The resident held up his mobile phone to take a photo of the armed man who then engaged the bow and was ready to fire," a police statement said. "It’s alleged the man fired the arrow at the resident which pierced through the man’s mobile phone causing the phone to hit him in the chin.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 02:25:10 -0400
  • Lamb found trotting through New York City bridge traffic

    NEW YORK (AP) — A wayward lamb running around a New York City bridge briefly held up traffic before its rescue.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 20:00:38 -0400
  • French fry-munching ferret found at California city hall

    BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Animal control officers are caring for a french fry-munching ferret abandoned outside City Hall in Banning, California.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:46:59 -0400
  • Birthday billboard blows up man's phone with well wishers

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A New Jersey man had to get a new phone number after he was overwhelmed with birthday wishes when his sons put up a billboard asking people to call him.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:33:45 -0400
  • Winter rescue: Stranded dog winched to safety on helicopter news

    LONDON (AP) — It was a routine winter training mission in northeastern Scotland until the Maritime and Coastguard Agency crew spotted a stranded dog on the snowy Cairngorms mountains below.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:14:47 -0400
  • Slovenian woman cuts hand to claim insurance

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Authorities say a Slovenian woman who deliberately cut off her hand with a circular saw to collect insurance money faces up to eight years in jail.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:53:55 -0400
  • Woman picks matching numbers 30 times to win lottery game news

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman parlayed a feeling to purchase 30 lottery tickets with the same numbers to win $150,000.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:03:25 -0400
  • Mississippi agency has spent $18,000 defending $200 fine

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state agency in Mississippi has spent nearly $18,000 challenging another agency's $200 fine.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:58:06 -0400
  • Painting sow Pigcasso hogs the limelight at South Africa farm news

    Brandishing a paintbrush in her snout, Pigcasso enthusiastically tosses her head to create bright, bold strokes across a canvas propped up in her sty. The sow was rescued from an abattoir as a piglet and brought to an animal sanctuary in Franschhoek, in South Africa's Western Cape region in 2016, where her new owners noticed her love of color and paint brushes.  "Pigs are very smart animals and so when I brought Pigcasso here to the barn, I thought how do I keep her entertained?" said Joanne Lefson, who runs Farm Sanctuary SA. "We threw in some soccer balls, rugby balls and of course there were some paintbrushes lying around because the barn was newly build ... She basically ate or destroyed everything except these paintbrushes ... she loved them so much," Lefson added.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:32:04 -0400
  • German yachtsman inflates trousers to survive 3 hours in sea news

    Knocked overboard in rough seas off New Zealand, a German yachtsman credited his jeans with saving his life after fashioning them into a make-shift life jacket that kept him afloat for over three hours before his rescue by coastguards. Arne Murke, 30, was sailing with his brother in Tolaga Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand's north island, on March 6, when the yacht's boom swung unexpectedly, whacking him into the water. Unable to reach the life jacket thrown by his brother, Murke was soon carried far off by the swell.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 01:00:47 -0400
  • Colorado rescuers save moose trapped in window well

    KEYSTONE, Colo. (AP) — Rescuers in Colorado hauled a bull moose to safety after it became trapped in a window well.

    Mon, 11 Mar 2019 19:30:31 -0400
  • Michigan man receives congratulatory telegram 50 years later news

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 has finally received a congratulatory telegram from family friends that was sent more than 50 years ago.

    Sat, 09 Mar 2019 12:40:40 -0500
  • CVS to change on hold music

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts doctor who pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle is getting his wish.

    Sat, 09 Mar 2019 07:02:52 -0500
  • Motorcyclist killed after hitting dead pig in roadway

    LITTLEROCK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcycle rider has died after he hit a dead pig on a Southern California road and was thrown from his bike.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:16:18 -0500
  • Surrogate bonds with baby gorilla rejected by mother news

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old gorilla at a Florida zoo has become a surrogate mother to a baby gorilla whose mother hasn't shown sufficient interest in her baby.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:30:11 -0500
  • In deceit proposal: Feds say man wed stranger to stay in US

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a couple was panhandling along a North Carolina road when a foreigner pulled over with a proposal for the woman: Marry him so he could stay in the country, and they'd receive $12,000 along with payments for a house and car.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:00:40 -0500
  • Judge: Jail time for man who attacked McDonald's worker

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who grabbed a McDonald's worker by the collar because he couldn't find a straw was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:17:10 -0500
  • Mystery good Samaritan enables man's $273M lottery win news

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An unemployed New Jersey man who won last Friday's $273 million Mega Millions jackpot said he wants to reward the mystery person who returned the tickets to a store where he'd left them a day earlier.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 22:30:06 -0500
  • Ghost-hunting past haunts Alaska board nominee

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Past ghost-hunting experiences have come back to haunt a man picked by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to serve on a compensation board for crime victims.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 20:28:01 -0500
  • A nanny state? Vermont town elects goat as honorary mayor

    FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln is poised to become the first honorary pet mayor of the small Vermont town of Fair Haven.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 15:49:39 -0500
  • Detainee tries to flee, but his orange jumpsuit betrays him

    SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — A detainee briefly escaped after a court hearing and ran through a North Carolina town, but his orange jumpsuit gave him away.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:55:14 -0500
  • Most expensive new car ever: Bugatti sells for $19 million news

    GENEVA (AP) — The most expensive new car ever sold is a one-off Bugatti luxury sports car that has gone for 16.7 million euros ($18.9 million).

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:51:15 -0500
  • Germany: Woman cries 'murder' over car blocking garage

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say officers called to investigate a murder arrived to find that the woman who had reported it just wanted someone to remove a car blocking her garage.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:45:28 -0500
  • Town calls for hefty fine, jail time for barking dog owners

    SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town is putting some bite in an ordinance that could result in hefty fines and even jail time for owners of barking dogs.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 07:02:55 -0500
  • Sinkhole opens at Kentucky zoo; no animals or people hurt

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky zoo has closed while engineers study a newly discovered sinkhole nearly as large as a football field.

    Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:41:05 -0500
  • Beachfront wedding day fight lands Florida groom in jail

    OCEAN RIDGE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man spent what was supposed to be his wedding night in jail after breaking the nose of a man who refused to move out of the way of the beachfront wedding pictures.

    Wed, 06 Mar 2019 09:31:48 -0500
  • Teacher wins $10K for reading fine print in insurance policy

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida travel insurance company has awarded a Georgia high school teacher $10,000 for reading the fine print in a policy she recently purchased.

    Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:56:15 -0500
  • Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines news

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.

    Tue, 05 Mar 2019 07:22:11 -0500
  • Cat that lived 6 years in Alaska general store gets evicted news

    HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat's presence violates food safety standards.

    Fri, 01 Mar 2019 16:05:49 -0500
  • Ratatouille? Tourist in Boston videos gull swallowing rat

    BOSTON (AP) — This rat is getting a lot of mouse clicks.

    Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:51:48 -0500
  • From a few icicles, a winter wonderland of ice sprouts news

    NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. (AP) — On a clear, frigid night in a courtyard made of walls of ice, Bruce McCafferty and his young son stand mesmerized, bathed in the pulsating rainbow light emanating from a series of stout ice formations.

    Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:13:25 -0500
  • California firefighters fan flames with broken window post news

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A California fire department enflamed some social media users but amused others by posting pictures of the busted-out windows of a car parked in front of a fire hydrant.

    Thu, 28 Feb 2019 07:36:55 -0500
  • 2 arrested in buffet brawl over crab legs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama police say a dispute over crab legs at a dinner buffet ended in a brawl that left two people facing misdemeanor charges.

    Wed, 27 Feb 2019 12:11:40 -0500
  • Man who bought $540 of Girl Scouts cookies is arrested

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who bought more than 120 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies to help the scouts escape the cold has been arrested on drug charges.

    Wed, 27 Feb 2019 05:00:08 -0500
  • Kenyans charged with imitating president to con businessmen news

    A Kenyan court charged seven men on Wednesday for impersonating President Uhuru Kenyatta and swindling a prominent businessman out of 10 million shillings ($100,000) in yet another high-profile corruption case. The suspects called tyre firm Sameer Africa boss Naushad Merali and his finance director Akif Butt pretending to be the president and asking to sell them land, court documents showed. One of the suspected fraudsters impersonated Kenyatta's voice, while the others arrived in fancy vehicles and suits to collect the money, police said.

    Wed, 27 Feb 2019 04:34:10 -0500
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