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  • UK girl left in tears after she's fined for selling lemonade

    LONDON (AP) — A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:40:47 -0400
  • Gambler drops 75 pounds to win a share of a $1 million bet

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A professional gambler dropped some pounds and gained some wealth after betters wagered $1 million he couldn't reduce his body fat to less than 10 percent.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:01:06 -0400
  • No dye: Cancer patients' gray hair darkened on immune drugs news

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:41:05 -0400
  • Police: Woman steals taxi, picks up paying passengers

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say a 65-year-old woman stole a taxi and picked up a fare.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:24:56 -0400
  • Is that really a beached whale beneath Paris' Notre Dame? news

    PARIS (AP) — A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:08:22 -0400
  • Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact news

    Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist ...

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:46:26 -0400
  • Man livestreams as he speeds on beach, cursing and drinking

    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 27-year-old man broadcast live on Facebook as he sped down a Florida beach, running over beach chairs and umbrellas while drinking from a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:39:10 -0400
  • Homeowner finds WWI artillery shell in basement

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman has found a World War I artillery shell in her basement.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:56 -0400
  • A weird Florida mystery: Frozen pork falling from the sky news

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:50 -0400
  • New librarian finds live Civil War-era shells in her office news

    CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts librarian on her first day on the job has come across live military shells from the Civil War inside a closet in her new office.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:06:06 -0400
  • Builder of illegal LA mansion gets fines, community service news

    The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports ( ...

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:42:37 -0400
  • Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million news

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:45:45 -0400
  • Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-need news

    By Taylor Harris NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which exhibits winning entries every year, is donating about 20 of the top gowns to brides whose plans were shattered by the sudden bankruptcy of wedding dressmaker Alfred Angelo last week. Kari Curletto said she spent three months on her submission "Quilted Enchantment," with its six-foot cathedral train.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:18:04 -0400
  • Texas company recalls coffee with Viagra-like substance

    A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited. Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs ...

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:53:55 -0400
  • McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweatsuit to delivery items news

    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast-food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:11:44 -0400
  • Trooper reels in massive 650-pound tuna during fishing trip

    RYE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state trooper reeled in a big fish — a massive 650-pound (295-kilogram) tuna.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:03:27 -0400
  • Swedish train to be named Trainy McTrainface in tribute to Boaty

    A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains "Trainy McTrainface" after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll. Trainy McTrainface won 49 percent of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. Last year, the British government said a new 200 million pound ($259 million) polar research ship would be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough even though the name "Boaty McBoatface" had topped an online poll.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:32:44 -0400
  • 10-year-old boy trips over 1.2M-year-old fossil in desert

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A boy's misstep on a family hike in New Mexico has given the world a prehistoric wonder.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:35:06 -0400
  • London Zoo welcomes a new kind of visitor: Robotic dinosaurs news

    LONDON (AP) — London Zoo is welcoming a new star attraction this summer: robotic dinosaurs.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:34:39 -0400
  • Alabama man to display head of 820-pound hog shot in yard news

    SAMSON, Ala. (AP) — Hogs aren't unusual in rural south Alabama, but Wade Seago said he'd never seen anything like the 820-pound (372-kilogram) animal he shot and killed in his front yard.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:19:35 -0400
  • Cops: Customer threatened to shoot someone over bad sandwich

    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a fast-food restaurant customer angry about the way his sandwich tasted and looked threatened to shoot somebody over it.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:22:52 -0400
  • Self-described drug dealer calls 911, reports stolen cocaine news

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn't the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:30:02 -0400
  • Man beats odds of catching blue lobster, donates to science news

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:16:39 -0400
  • Stranded fugitive arrested after flagging down deputy

    RACELAND, La. (AP) — A fugitive who authorities say evaded capture since 2013 has been arrested after he flagged down a deputy in Louisiana.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:01:25 -0400
  • Herd of scared buffalo make break for it, roam through town

    GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — These buffalo have been roaming through a New Hampshire town.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:46:24 -0400
  • Metamorphosis: Philadelphia street horrified as cockroaches invade

    Residents of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media on Tuesday. "There were thousands of them," resident Pat Wall told NBC10 television of the Sunday-night incident. "It was a horror story that I couldn't believe I was living." A small task force of city workers on Tuesday found the source of the infestation, a drain clogged with refuse, said John DiGiulio, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:02:22 -0400
  • Man kills raccoon with hammer after it bites him on head

    ARNOLD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says he was attacked by a raccoon as he worked on his car outside his home, and killed the animal with the only weapon he had: a hammer.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:37:50 -0400
  • Officials try to figure out why roaches swarmed from manhole

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to figure out what caused thousands of cockroaches to emerge from a manhole and swarm a neighborhood.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:09:30 -0400
  • Woman gives birth in Uber car on way to California hospital

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California mom says that when she prayed her fourth birth would be a fast one, she couldn't imagine it would happen in an Uber car on the way to the hospital.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:52:36 -0400
  • Cheesemaker kicks up a stink over vanishing prize-winning cheddar

    A British cheesemaker has offered a 500 pound ($652) reward for the recovery of 40 kilograms of prize-winning cheddar stolen from an agricultural show in south-west England. The award-winning cheddar and the reserve champion, each weighing 20 kilograms, were allegedly stolen on Saturday after being left in a marquee in Yeovil, not far from the village of Cheddar, after which the world-renowned cheese is named. The two blocks disappeared along with the certificates that prove their prize-winning quality which could raise their value.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:21:34 -0400
  • Police helicopter crew recorded couple having sex, British court told

    The crew of a police helicopter filmed people sunbathing in the nude, naturists at a campsite and even a couple having sex, a court in Britain was told on Tuesday, the BBC reported. South Yorkshire police officers Matthew Lucas, 42, and Lee Walls, 47, and pilots Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64, each denied charges of misconduct in public office when they went on trial in Sheffield in the north of England.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:06:16 -0400
  • Police officer with stun gun sets naked man on fire

    MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Police say an officer using a stun gun to restrain a naked man accidentally set the man's chest hair and beard on fire.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:58:19 -0400
  • Police: Man threatens to pull gun over wrong taco order

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he threatened to pull a gun on a taco shop employee for giving him the wrong order.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:41:10 -0400
  • Flood destroys entire cash contents of Wisconsin bank vault

    BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:33:14 -0400
  • Dog pulls baby deer from water to save it from drowning news

    PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that saw a baby deer in danger of drowning in New York jumped in and dragged it to shore.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:07:21 -0400
  • US YouTube star in Thailand finds coin stunt falls flat news

    BANGKOK (AP) — An American expat in Thailand who is a YouTube star with 3.29 million subscribers is in hot water for posting a video of an age-old practice among kids: flattening coins on railroad tracks.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:42:04 -0400
  • California judge who pocketed 2 cardholders agrees to resign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California judge who agreed to resign after swiping two art deco-style business cardholders from a judges' dinner in San Francisco said Monday that he remains deeply remorseful.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:33:45 -0400
  • Illinois school dorm director teaches dog to bark in whisper news

    GREENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A resident director who lives in a dorm at a college in southern Illinois has taught his dog to bark in a whisper.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:15:44 -0400
  • At a snail's pace. Larry lands world snail racing title

    LONDON (Reuters) - "Ready, steady, slow," was the cry as 'Team Uslime Bolt' and their rivals got underway at the World Snail Racing championships in the English village of Congham. More than 150 snails took part in Saturday's championships, held on a damp cloth on a table top in a field, vying to become the latest winner of an event which dates back to the 1960s. Larry, owned by Tara Beasley, was this year's winner, completing the 33 cm course in two minutes and 20 seconds on Saturday.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:42:53 -0400
  • River roll call as 'swan upping' gets under way on Britain's Thames news

    By Mark Hanrahan SHEPPERTON, England, (Reuters) - Six old-fashioned skiffs interrupted the sleepy pace of life on a stretch of the river Thames on Monday as teams embarked on the annual "upping" - a combined census and health visit for swans. "It's tradition - it's part of British history", David Barber, the swan marker on queen's crew told Reuters of the endeavour dating back to the 12th century, when swans were an important food source. The upping is in part about pomp and ceremony.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:53:27 -0400
  • See this? Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

    LONDON (AP) — Doctors intending to perform cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman in Britain found something rather unexpected: 17 contact lenses mashed together in her right eye.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:26:42 -0400
  • Hyenas spark admiration, not fear, in Ethiopia's Harar city news

    By Tiksa Nagari HARAR, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Hyenas roam the streets of the ancient walled city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia every night, seeking scraps of meat to drag to the nearby caves. Abbas Yusuf, known as Hyena Man, learnt to feed the hyenas from his father, Yusuf Mume Salleh, who fed them for 45 years before passing the job to his son 13 years ago. "Hyenas have never attacked the people of Harar after my father started feeding them, unless you harm their babies," Abbas Yusuf told Reuters.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:09:21 -0400
  • Baboon causes power cut in Zambian tourist town

    A baboon plunged a Zambian tourist town into darkness on Sunday after tampering with equipment at a hydro-electric power station, the state electricity company said on Monday. The 108 megawatt power station in Livingstone, a hub for tourists visiting nearby Victoria Falls, is close to a national park but it is rare for animals to wander into the plant. Zesco Ltd, which owns the power station, said the baboon disturbed a high voltage transformer leaving about 40,000 customers without electricity for five hours.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:43:54 -0400
  • Timber rattlesnake caught lingering near Massachusetts home

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Timber rattlesnakes are known to thrive in some rural areas of Massachusetts, but finding them in urban areas is almost unheard of.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:40:34 -0400
  • 'Curious' baboon knocks out power to Zambian tourist town

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baboon in Zambia has interfered with machinery at a power station in a tourist town near Victoria Falls, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people for several hours.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:13:49 -0400
  • 6 cars stolen from driveways on same night in same town

    GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Police say six cars were stolen from people's driveways on the same night in the Connecticut town of Greenwich.

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:37:37 -0400
  • Bees at center of swarm, attack moved from suburbia to farm

    RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — Police say that the New Jersey beehive at the center of an attack on a beekeeper and his wife has been moved to a farm.

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:11:02 -0400
  • Forever's gonna start tonight: Wedding set for total eclipse

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An astronomy buff and her fiance want to make sure nothing eclipses their Missouri wedding ceremony.

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:01:18 -0400
  • Florida driver survives crash when metal object falls on van news

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell from a tractor-trailer and crushed his van.

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:52:18 -0400
  • No Whining: Pope's humor intact despite rough few weeks news

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis hasn't lost his sense of humor despite a rough few weeks of clamorous exits of top Vatican officials and some other negative headlines.

    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:41:23 -0400
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