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  • Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain

    Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest. "We've discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England's history," said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:23:58 -0400
  • ASPCA says more than 600 birds removed from home

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says more than 600 birds were removed from a house in central Ohio after reports of animal neglect and a complaint from the public about living conditions.

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:43:14 -0400
  • Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo.

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:56:53 -0400
  • Trump 'live figure' thumps Merkel at Berlin's Madame Tussauds news

    Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest attraction on Tuesday - a posturing Donald Trump figure striking a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball. Unlike the usual wax figures, the new moving "Trump" in the Berlin museum is an actor wearing a silicone mask modeled on the billionaire U.S. president, dancing to the Abba hit "Money, Money, Money". Relations between the two leaders got off to a frosty start, although Trump said they had had a "great meeting" on the sidelines of a NATO summit last month.

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:08:29 -0400
  • Minnesota deputies rescue women stranded on unicorn raft news

    STARK, Minn. (AP) — It was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:52:14 -0400
  • Man rescued from mud with parrot perched on his shoulders news

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:47:17 -0400
  • Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind

    GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts firefighters say a man who donated to their muscular dystrophy drive accidentally dropped his wedding ring into their boot.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:02:03 -0400
  • Rhode Island alone celebrates Victory Day, debate lingers

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the end of World War II as a state holiday, although it remains the only state in the U.S. to do so.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:13:10 -0400
  • Paris residents peeved at very public eco-friendly urinals news

    A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. One of the bright red "urinoirs" installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation. "There's no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot," said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:00:31 -0400
  • Dog running on interstate can't resist lure of stuffed teddy news

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A dog could not resist being lured away from a busy Massachusetts highway by a teddy bear.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 17:46:15 -0400
  • Residents split in goose dispute in Long Island village

    BRIGHTWATERS, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a Long Island village are divided over what to do about a glut of goose droppings around town.

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:09:41 -0400
  • Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat news

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:03:31 -0400
  • Officers seize 3 king cobras, 300 other reptiles from home

    ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:36:07 -0400
  • India lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize prime minister news

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India.

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:10:39 -0400
  • Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts news

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:55:42 -0400
  • Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga-practicing Oregon governor news

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:16:48 -0400
  • Bronze Archie statue honors artist for hometown anniversary

    MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckle-faced Archie is now greeting visitors at a New Hampshire town in honor of a local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:03:17 -0400
  • School demolition crews unearth 124-year-old time capsule

    SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — Construction crews tearing down a former middle school in Massachusetts have found a 124-year-old time capsule.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:26:20 -0400
  • Missy Elliott praises woman's karaoke version of 'Work It' news

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman's karaoke version of Missy Elliott's hit song "Work It" has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott.

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:34:59 -0400
  • Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy news

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:29:23 -0400
  • Colorado college reprinting up to 9.2K diplomas to fix typo

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado university is offering to reprint up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper found a big typo.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:19:24 -0400
  • 2 lives down, 7 to go: Cat survives being hit twice by cars

    GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:28:33 -0400
  • Michigan twins from different parties advance in election

    KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:59:14 -0400
  • Driver's test arrest: Pot, gun, cash found in smelly car

    GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A 22-year-old man who went for his driver's test left in handcuffs after the examiner became suspicious about a certain odor emanating from the car.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:23:29 -0400
  • Cardinals challenge fans to eat $75 belly busting burger

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals fans can reap a reward while expanding their waistlines watching football this season.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:13:18 -0400
  • Holy cow! Bovine herd helps police corral suspect in Florida

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture.

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:32:58 -0400
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad opines on Trump, James spat news

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James.

    Sun, 05 Aug 2018 08:09:46 -0400
  • San Francisco's wild parrots branching out throughout city

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's famous birds immortalized in the book and movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" are now roosting in several neighborhoods throughout the city, a newspaper reported Saturday.

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 19:12:30 -0400
  • Amazin' frets: Free therapy for New York Mets fans news

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio.

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 18:25:07 -0400
  • Man who harassed Yellowstone bison arrested at Glacier park news

    MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 20:00:03 -0400
  • Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos

    PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:31:23 -0400
  • Michigan man befriends wild turkey who moved into his yard news

    GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the large bird.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:58:51 -0400
  • Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood

    More than 100 goats burst into a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. The herd of goats had been at work clearing some land for the county when scores of the inquisitive animals escaped at about 7 a.m. local time (1300 GMT) and wandered into a West Boise suburb, their owner said. "They were on a pond that the county had hired us to clear, and it looks like they pushed through some of the wood boards and got out that way," said Matt Gabica, owner of We Rent Goats, a company that provides goats to clear weeds on private and public property.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:54:54 -0400
  • No kidding: Dozens of goats chow down in Idaho neighborhood

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 100 escaped goats munched on manicured lawns in Idaho's capital city before being rounded up and hauled away Friday morning.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:24:24 -0400
  • NYC twister: Queens tornado knocks down trees, crushes car

    NEW YORK (AP) — A tornado that touched down in Queens toppled at least 50 trees, crushed a car and broke a limb that hit a man.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:49:23 -0400
  • Hawaii judge evicts Oahu nudists from rental house

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge has ordered the eviction of the tenants of an Oahu rental home that advertised naked parties and gained the ire of neighbors.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:21:09 -0400
  • Couple thinks they found Prohibition-era booze in new home

    QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A couple moving into a Massachusetts home have found what they believe is a stash of Prohibition-era booze.

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:34:28 -0400
  • Feline and hen become fast fire friends news

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A cat seeking refuge from a raging Northern California wildfire found a fine-feathered friend as it awaited rescue from the heat and flames.

    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:35:49 -0400
  • Patriots fan turns Tom Brady's autograph into a tattoo news

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A young Connecticut woman didn't want to ever lose the autograph she got from Tom Brady.

    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:42:24 -0400
  • Police: Arkansas man tried to steal jet to go to concert

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Police say an Arkansas man accused of trying to steal a commercial jet told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers.

    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 16:05:37 -0400
  • Christmas comes early for London department store news

    By Hanna Rantala LONDON (Reuters) - On a hot summery Thursday in London, Santa Claus turned up 144 days early wearing a studded leather jacket to open the new Christmas shop at department store Selfridges. Holding a guitar and sporting black sunglasses, Santa was dressed to fit the store's theme of "Selfridges Rocks Christmas". With London basking in the midst of a heatwave, t-shirts rather than Christmas jumpers seemed more appropriate but Selfridges defended the move to start the Christmas countdown almost five months before Dec. 25.

    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:31:25 -0400
  • New Delhi robbers escape with valuable commodity: Hair news

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Posing as customers, the three men entered a little New Delhi workshop early one morning. Then one pulled out a gun, and the trio demanded the most valuable thing there: Hair.

    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 05:21:22 -0400
  • Colorado man fined $1K for repeatedly feeding bears

    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been fined $1,000 for intentionally feeding bears for the third time in the past eight years.

    Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:59:43 -0400
  • Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales news

    SEATTLE (AP) — Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters, a display that has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population that has not seen a successful birth since 2015.

    Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:37:27 -0400
  • National Comedy Center opens in 'I Love Lucy' star's town news

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The National Comedy Center is open for laughs in "I Love Lucy" comedian Lucille Ball's hometown.

    Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:49:40 -0400
  • Python that went missing during California fire is found news

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a Northern California neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief now that a 14-foot python that went missing after a pet store was evacuated during a wildfire has been found safe.

    Wed, 01 Aug 2018 02:11:01 -0400
  • Two love: Identical twin brothers to wed identical sisters news

    GRASS LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Two sets of 24-year-old identical twins had their first date together, became engaged at the same time and are now preparing to tie the knot in Michigan this weekend.

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 20:11:13 -0400
  • 2 drivers cited for going too slow under Idaho's new law

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police are starting to enforce a new law targeting slow drivers using the passing lanes of highways.

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:14:55 -0400
  • Injured Chicago Cubs fan feels 'lucky to be alive'

    CHICAGO (AP) — A man, who was wearing a plastic bucket on his head when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field's centerfield scoreboard during a Chicago Cubs game, said he feels lucky to be alive.

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:01:30 -0400
  • Marilyn Manson handcuffed in Maine, but it's just a joke

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — No, Marilyn Manson didn't get arrested in Bangor, Maine.

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:35:06 -0400
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