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  • Quirk resolved: Border Missourians get Missouri addresses

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A quirk in the mail delivery system that forced some rural Missouri residents living along the Iowa and Arkansas borders to have mailing addresses in neighboring states has been fixed, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday.

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:13:48 -0400
  • 'Beluga whale' spotted in River Thames near London news

    A beluga whale was spotted on Tuesday near barges in the River Thames near London, hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat, naturalists said. "Can't believe I'm writing this, no joke - BELUGA in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort," ecologist Dave Andrews wrote. Video footage showed the white mammal surfacing in the Thames near Gravesend, Kent.

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:30:42 -0400
  • Cambodia's Festival of the Dead: rice offerings and Buddhist chants news

    Cambodians threw rice on the ground on Tuesday to mark the 'Festival of the Dead' or Pchum Ben and feed the spirits of the dead. "During the first day of Pchum Ben, our dead relatives came to find us for food," Mang Noy, 74, told Reuters at Tuol Tumpoung pagoda. Mang Noy said her family's food offerings were for more than 20 relatives killed by the regime.

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:46:24 -0400
  • Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard.

    Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:11:56 -0400
  • U.N. debut for New Zealand's 'First Baby': diaper change, peace summit news

    With a mock security pass that lists her as the "First Baby" of New Zealand, 3-month-old Neve Te Aroha made her United Nations debut on Monday when her mother - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - spoke at a peace summit in the General Assembly. Ardern, 38, is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:14:09 -0400
  • Six Flags St. Louis offers perks for customer coffin time

    EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — Six contestants for a promotion at Six Flags St. Louis will compete for a $300 prize, season tickets and other perks, and all they have to do is spend 30 hours in a coffin.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:12:13 -0400
  • Agency says two-headed snake may go to educational facility news

    WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife and conservation research hospital says a two-headed snake recently found near the nation's capital may be sent to an educational facility.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:09:09 -0400
  • Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

    HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth.

    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:58:22 -0400
  • $18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

    HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes.

    Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:50:21 -0400
  • State investigating restaurant that calmed lobsters with pot

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana.

    Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:04:18 -0400
  • In Peru, Hitler runs for mayor despite threat from Lennin

    In Peru, Hitler hopes to return to power in a small town in the Andes, despite a threat from a detractor named Lennin. Campaign slogans reading "Hitler returns" and "Hitler with the people" have appeared around the highland town of Yungar, where local politician Hitler Alba is seeking a new term as mayor. "I'm the good Hitler," Alba said on local broadcaster RPP.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:34:16 -0400
  • Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

    HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:39:50 -0400
  • Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore news

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:17:53 -0400
  • The artist as an algorithm: robot-made Rembrandt for sale news

    A team of French entrepreneurs who believe so have written a computer algorithm that can create original paintings with some resemblance to works by Old Masters such as Rembrandt. "We are artists with a different type of paintbrush. The artworks are created by the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), an algorithm that learns to generate new images by being fed a database of existing paintings - 15,000 portraits in the case of the "Belamy" pictures.

    Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:18:24 -0400
  • Get ready for 'Bongzilla,' selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum news

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:18:58 -0400
  • Plants, but no pants: Florida man gardens in the nude

    STUART, Fla. (AP) — Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:45:20 -0400
  • Too soon? Fans find Red Sox division title banner in street news

    SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year's American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:15:15 -0400
  • Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles news

    In an unassuming house on France's River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner's bed while another keeps watch at the door. Over two decades, 67-year-old reptile enthusiast Philippe Gillet has amassed a collection of more than 400 phobia-inducing animals, including rattlesnakes, tarantulas and lizards in his home in western France near the city of Nantes. Gillet says the two alligators, named Ali and Gator, were rescued from a leather farm but most of the animals are pets that outstayed their welcome elsewhere and have been abandoned or donated.

    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:45:09 -0400
  • Too soon? Fans find Red Sox division title banner in street news

    SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year's American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:14:40 -0400
  • Fishmonger offers lobsters some herb before the butter

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — These lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:48:30 -0400
  • Tired Londoners rent sleep pods for some zzz's news

    Exhausted Londoners hoping to take a rest from their busy schedules are being offered an alternative to coffee breaks: a sleep pod where they can grab some shut-eye for £15 ($20) an hour. Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, Pop & Rest in London’s trendy Shoreditch area boasts four "sleep pods" – rooms with dark walls and a lavender aroma to aid relaxation, each supplied with ear plugs and an eye mask. Mauricio Villamizar, 28, said he and his Pop & Rest co-founder Yoann Demont came up with the idea for their venture after observing Londoners’ hectic lifestyle and long working hours.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:06:10 -0400
  • Delaware DMV selfie zones aim to discourage license photos

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Division of Motor Vehicles has installed "Safe Selfie Zones" at its four locations, to allow newly licensed drivers to share the news — and not their personal details.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:59:51 -0400
  • Police in New Jersey search for alligator on the loose

    MULLICA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey are warning residents about an alligator that's on the loose.

    Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:25:36 -0400
  • Man who walked near boiling-hot Old Faithful geyser ticketed news

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials have ticketed a man caught on video wandering close to Old Faithful geyser, where he risked burns from the boiling-hot water that erupts every hour or so.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:21:08 -0400
  • Authorities pull globe, not honey pot, from bear cub's head news

    BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A bear cub in Wisconsin had a Winnie the Pooh moment, but it wasn't a honey pot that got stuck on its head. It was a hard plastic globe.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:17:06 -0400
  • Driving lesson ends with car landing in a swimming pool

    MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (AP) — A driving lesson went off the deep end in Maryland when authorities say the car jumped a curb, crashed through a fence and landed in a swimming pool.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:54:18 -0400
  • Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts news

    There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:47:48 -0400
  • Careless whiskers: Train commuter caught on video shaving

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man caught on video lathering up and giving himself a shave while riding on a New Jersey train was violating the agency's rules.

    Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:18:17 -0400
  • Missouri town gets new newspaper, The Uranus Examiner

    URANUS, Mo. (AP) — Cue the giggling: A small Missouri town has a new newspaper called The Uranus Examiner.

    Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:41:38 -0400
  • 'Jaws of Life' used to free bear with head stuck in milk can news

    ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can in northern Minnesota.

    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:35:28 -0400
  • Kangaroo gets the jump on Mississippi owners and flees

    HARRISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A kangaroo is on the run — or maybe the jump — in central Mississippi.

    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:45:26 -0400
  • Suspicious item turns out to be science experiment

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police officers spent two hours investigating a suspicious plastic container found behind a Missouri sandwich shop before determining it was a high school science experiment.

    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:13:46 -0400
  • Kentucky town mourns its first female mayor, Lucy Lou, a dog

    RABBIT HASH, Ky. (AP) — The town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, is known for a string of highly esteemed mayors, one of whom died this week. She was 12, and a dog.

    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:15:28 -0400
  • Labrador dog named Lucy saves Oregon man from sex conviction news

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence.

    Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:09:09 -0400
  • Man buys Slim Jims for his dog, lottery ticket, wins $10M

    FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man will be living large thanks to his decision to buy some Slim Jims for his dog.

    Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:28:06 -0400
  • Hundreds of fun-loving Philadelphia bicyclists ride nude news

    Hundreds of bicyclists spent the afternoon gearing up for a ride around Philadelphia and then took off — their clothes.

    Sat, 08 Sep 2018 21:00:23 -0400
  • Homeless vet to get all cash raised by New Jersey couple: GoFundMe

    A homeless veteran who spent his last $20 to help a woman will receive the more than $400,000 that was raised for him.

    Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:19:17 -0400
  • A traffic stop, and a proposal: She said yes in Miami Beach

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman was in for a huge surprise when Miami Beach police pulled her over.

    Fri, 07 Sep 2018 08:00:27 -0400
  • Texas animal control seizes hundreds of snakes, rodents news

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals' living conditions.

    Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:30:24 -0400
  • Man fined $124 for kicking seagull that ate cheeseburger

    HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124.

    Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:20:41 -0400
  • Connecticut restaurant owner fined over no dog pee sign

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A sarcastic sign in the window of a Connecticut restaurant asking people not to let their dogs pee on the eatery's outside flower pot has earned the owner a $250 fine.

    Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:44:57 -0400
  • Guinness World Records celebrates oldest trapeze artist, highest-jumping dog

    An octogenarian flying trapeze artist, the owner of the world's fastest jet-propelled go-kart and a dog named Feather with a flair for jumping are among the record-breaking stars to win a place in the latest edition of Guinness World Records. Others to feature in the 2019 edition of the book, which went on sale on Thursday, include the creator of the world's largest knitting needles and an Irish butcher, Barry John Crowe, who has produced the most sausages - 78 - in one minute. Betty Goedhart, from California, has been named the world's oldest trapeze artist at 85 and attributes her success to "doing things I enjoy doing".

    Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:20:17 -0400
  • St. Louis apartment with kitchen-bathroom combo creates stir news

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is the new tenant of a tiny apartment with a unique layout — the kitchen and bathroom are in the same place.

    Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:41:13 -0400
  • Wisconsin pilot flees officers, later crashes into cornfield

    OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say they were trying to arrest a Wisconsin man on a domestic abuse-related charge when he fled in an airplane before crashing into a cornfield.

    Sun, 02 Sep 2018 20:54:19 -0400
  • Thief in Mexico tries to steal hearse, with body inside.

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in central Mexico they've caught a man who made off with a hearse — complete with a corpse inside.

    Sat, 01 Sep 2018 20:28:23 -0400
  • High school football score is 99-81, setting Iowa record

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Council Bluffs Jefferson beat Sioux City North 99-81 on Friday night in the highest-scoring game in the history of Iowa high school football.

    Sat, 01 Sep 2018 18:04:45 -0400
  • Oregon officer rescues baby deer stuck in fence news

    An animal welfare officer in Oregon is getting attention after her body-worn camera captured her heroics.

    Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:01:03 -0400
  • Smallest North Dakota city to double in population _ to 4 news

    RUSO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's smallest incorporated city was on the verge of dissolving after the death of its longtime mayor. But now it's rebounding, with expectations to double its population — from two residents to four.

    Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:14:55 -0400
  • Venomous rattlesnake found near Massachusetts go-kart track

    BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Police responding to a Massachusetts go-kart track found a venomous snake wrapped around a tree in the parking lot.

    Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:40:26 -0400
  • Sprinting naked man leads LA police on lengthy pursuit

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A naked man who sprinted with Los Angeles police officers running after him and a police helicopter overhead is in custody after a lengthy chase .

    Fri, 31 Aug 2018 10:26:58 -0400
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