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  • Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders' hairdos for free news

    At a barbershop tucked away in a small Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for his hair dye to bleach his natural black into the color of the president of the United States. On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as a spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong Un. "Many people say that I look like Kim Jong Un, especially when I have this hairstyle," said Huy, who was nicknamed "Un" for his likeness to the North Korean leader.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:32:23 -0500
  • Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire news

    PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:44:34 -0500
  • Dog shoots man: German court rules owner not fit for license

    BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn't fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:53:04 -0500
  • Burglar crashes car into Oklahoma adult novelty store

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are searching for a man who crashed his car into the glass doors of an adult novelty shop, then ran inside and stole lingerie and sex toys.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:17:25 -0500
  • Big thaw hits Harbin ice sculptures in China news

    Ice and snow sculptures carved by nearly 10,000 artists in the city of Harbin have melted during a sudden warm spell, forcing the earliest closure of the main venue at China's biggest winter festival. Daytime temperatures have poked above freezing in northern China's warmest week this winter, prompting the closure of the Harbin Ice and Snow World after Sunday, more than 10 days ahead of schedule. "Of course, we do have a sense of crisis," a park official said, adding that it was closed for safety reasons because the sculptures had started to melt.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:44:48 -0500
  • Beer from 1886 shipwreck may yield new brew

    COBLESKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:23:14 -0500
  • Home investor finds staircase booby-trapped with a knife

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise — a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife.

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:57:51 -0500
  • Nightmare: Man's car stolen while he's asleep in back seat

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A man's nap in the back of his car in Delaware turned into a nightmare after the car he was sleeping in was stolen and crashed.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:04:15 -0500
  • Hungry bear goes for ride after getting stuck on trash truck

    WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — Drivers were startled to see a hungry bear that got stuck in the back of garbage truck and took a ride across a stretch of eastern North Carolina.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:40:08 -0500
  • Cockroaches named after exes to be fed to Texas zoo animals

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:32:51 -0500
  • We've got this mountain of trash - why don't we ski down it? news

    What to do with the mountain of garbage a major metropolitan area produces is an age-old question. Copenhagen has come up with a brand-new answer: ski down the mountain. The waste is actually inside Copenhill, a waste-treatment plant 10 minutes from downtown Copenhagen.

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:03:49 -0500
  • Woman finds tiger in house, tells dispatch: 'I'm not lying' news

    HOUSTON (AP) — A woman who called Houston's non-emergency dispatch line after discovering a tiger inside a cage at an abandoned home told the shocked dispatcher: "I'm not lying."

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:57:59 -0500
  • 'Tinder for cows' matches livestock in the mood for love news

    A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called "Tudder" - a mix of dating app Tinder and udder - it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of. Valuable information is available on matters like milk yield and protein content, or calving potential, explained Doug Bairner, CEO of Hectare Agritech which runs SellMyLivestock (SML) and Graindex, a UK-based online agritech trading platform.

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:16:01 -0500
  • We've got this mountain of trash - why don't we ski down it? news

    What to do with the mountain of garbage a major metropolitan area produces is an age-old question. Copenhagen has come up with a brand-new answer: ski down the mountain. The waste is actually inside Copenhill, a waste-treatment plant 10 minutes from downtown Copenhagen.

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:19:49 -0500
  • Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner news

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:06:18 -0500
  • Couple named 'breeder of year' face animal cruelty charge

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire couple honored as a "Breeder of the Year" by the American Kennel Club faces an animal cruelty charge.

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:05:29 -0500
  • Russia teen refits car, gets shoutout from Elon Musk

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian teenager has refitted his car to drive it backward, and got a shoutout from Tesla's CEO Elon Musk. But this didn't stop the police from stripping him of the car registration.

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 06:02:24 -0500
  • Camels found wandering in Arizona yard are back home news

    SAHUARITA, Ariz. (AP) — Two camels in southern Arizona are back home after going for an impromptu trek in the desert.

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:46:39 -0500
  • Police: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house news

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger.

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:44:47 -0500
  • Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary news

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a situation that has both terrified and delighted the locals: the polar bears that moved into a populated area.

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:29:43 -0500
  • Volunteer discovers $4,000 inside donated book in Phoenix

    PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of dollars found inside a donated book has been returned to the former owner.

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:07:55 -0500
  • Haunted by jeers, town rethinks teen trick-or-treat penalty

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city's penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change.

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:05:21 -0500
  • Man who dumped tuna in woods pleads guilty, gets probation

    PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caught a tuna out of season and then dumped the headless, 400-pound carcass in the woods has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to related charges.

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:10:50 -0500
  • Toronto police probe hurling of chair from high-rise balcony

    No one was injured or killed in the incident, which occurred on Saturday, Toronto Police Service media relations officer David Hopkinson said. It caught the attention of users of Reddit who expressed safety concerns and sparked the police investigation.

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:03:04 -0500
  • Not a rom-com: Mom scouting date for son draws campus ire

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — It's almost Valentine's Day, and at Towson University in Maryland a mother has been trying so hard to find a date for her son that police are concerned.

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:30:33 -0500
  • Troopers: Teen arrested for taking control of Alaska flight

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested after he briefly took control of a small plane during a short commercial flight over western Alaska, authorities said.

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:23:16 -0500
  • Indonesia police apologise for using snake in Papua interrogation

    Indonesian police have apologised and pledged disciplinary action after officers draped a live snake around the neck of a suspect to persuade him to confess during an interrogation session in the easternmost area of Papua. Reports of human rights abuses by security forces often emerge from Papua, where a separatist movement has simmered for decades.

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 05:20:54 -0500
  • Utah students find handgun in snowbank at school bus stop

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — A Utah school district is praising two elementary school students who reported to a school bus driver that they'd found a handgun in a snow bank at their bus stop.

    Sat, 09 Feb 2019 18:20:01 -0500
  • House call turns into horse call for police in Minnesota

    INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis resident reported a strange intruder in her basement. It was a horse.

    Sat, 09 Feb 2019 17:52:17 -0500
  • NY woman resorts to baseball bat after patty not available news

    NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who couldn't get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest.

    Sat, 09 Feb 2019 16:54:02 -0500
  • Texas students don wigs in tribute to late painter Bob Ross

    ABILENE, Texas (AP) — There were lots of happy little trees at one Texas middle school this week.

    Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:57:53 -0500
  • Texas grandma uses child's scooter to fight off masked men

    TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas woman used her granddaughter's scooter to defend herself against a pair of machete-wielding men wearing clown masks who attempted to rob the woman and her husband.

    Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:21:48 -0500
  • A dying disk: Warm weather deteriorates river's wheel of ice news

    WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's giant spinning ice disk may soon meet its end because of unseasonably warm weather.

    Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:09:20 -0500
  • Tip leads to cocaine stashed in jailed man's prosthetic leg

    STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — The discovery of cocaine inside a Virginia inmate's prosthetic leg has led to an investigation into a suspected drug distribution operation at that jail.

    Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:46:10 -0500
  • Russians take to social media to celebrate the cold spell news

    MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of Russia's Urals and Siberia, where temperatures recently plunged to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (Celsius) have taken to social media to celebrate the cold.

    Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:27:14 -0500
  • Greek minister caught taking a puff tells EU official to butt out news

    Greece's deputy health minister has told the European Union's top health official to butt out after getting a reprimand for smoking in public. Deputy minister Pavlos Polakis was caught on video footage this week holding a cigarette while dancing in a club. It drew a rebuke from EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, who was in Athens to mark World Cancer Day.

    Wed, 06 Feb 2019 10:40:57 -0500
  • Police get in snowball fight with kids during snowstorm

    DUVALL, Wash. (AP) — Police grabbed a tactical shield and engaged in some fun as a major winter storm blanketed parts of Washington state.

    Wed, 06 Feb 2019 08:29:15 -0500
  • Police: Man fails to open register, steals chicken instead

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a man entered a fast-food restaurant and tried to swipe some cash but couldn't open the register so he made off with some fried chicken instead.

    Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:26:32 -0500
  • Art exhibit shows Ivanka Trump lookalike vacuuming up crumbs news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new art exhibit at a Washington museum shows an Ivanka Trump lookalike pushing a vacuum cleaner and invites spectators to toss crumbs for her to clean up.

    Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:53:37 -0500
  • College student finds man in closet wearing her clothes

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina college student says she found a man in her closet wearing her clothes.

    Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:29:39 -0500
  • Memories made of this: USB stick found in frozen seal poo

    Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo. The scat, valuable for studying the health of leopard seals, had been stored in a freezer for a year before it was thawed out for analysis, the researchers said. "Concealed deep inside the scat was a USB stick," the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said on its website.

    Tue, 05 Feb 2019 07:46:41 -0500
  • New app lets dog lovers swipe right for perfect pet match news

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right.

    Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:58:45 -0500
  • Officials launch ice guessing contest on Vermont lake

    NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials have launched their annual contest to guess how long the ice will last on Lake Memphremagog.

    Mon, 04 Feb 2019 11:07:16 -0500
  • Voters reject plan to name streets in German municipality

    BERLIN (AP) — Voters in a municipality in northwestern Germany have delivered a clear message: no street names, thanks.

    Sun, 03 Feb 2019 16:25:12 -0500
  • Super Bowl super fan can't stop because Patriots won't stop news

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — One of the handful of fans who has seen every single Super Bowl is keeping the streak alive as he prepares to cheer for his New England Patriots.

    Sat, 02 Feb 2019 15:01:32 -0500
  • Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring news

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs.

    Sat, 02 Feb 2019 09:06:21 -0500
  • NFL: Fans in St. Louis can flush away anger at Kroenke news

    Rams owner Stan Kroenke seems to be particularly reviled in St. Louis, so much so that one chain of sports bars has gone to extra lengths to give erstwhile fans an avenue to flush away their anger. Hotshots will install 35 urinal guards sprinkled through their nine locations, each with a mugshot of Kroenke in the center to help their male customers aim. Hotshots director of marketing Justin Boyd said the light-hearted promotion was a response to the void felt by football fans since the Rams left town.

    Sat, 02 Feb 2019 06:16:03 -0500
  • City loses appeal of electrical damage caused by squirrel

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says an insurance company doesn't have to pay for damages after a squirrel climbed onto an electrical transformer and triggered a high-voltage spark that damaged a city's power substation.

    Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:22:45 -0500
  • Who's the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test news

    BERLIN (AP) — A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.

    Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:04:11 -0500
  • Indiana town marshal rescues horse that got stuck in tree news

    WINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana town marshal wielding a chain saw rescued a horse that became wedged between two branches of a tree trunk amid subzero cold .

    Thu, 31 Jan 2019 12:49:51 -0500
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