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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
  • Left behind: Thieves raid Virginia store of right foot shoes

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Try walking a mile in these shoes.

    Fri, 31 Aug 2018 08:31:03 -0400
  • Classmates can't find time capsule buried 30 years ago

    COLOMA, Mich. (AP) — Former classmates reunited in Michigan to uncover a time capsule buried 30 years ago. The result? They couldn't find it.

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:26:14 -0400
  • Humpback whales spotted feeding in Boston Harbor

    BOSTON (AP) — People taking whale watch cruises out of Boston usually have to travel miles out to sea to spot whales.

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:50:02 -0400
  • Supermarket shopper shocked by surprise snake on cart

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A woman shopping for groceries says she was surprised to find a snake on her shopping cart while picking out produce at a New York supermarket.

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:31:19 -0400
  • Rare translucent lobster caught off Maine coast, thrown back

    STONINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine fisherman says he caught a rare, nearly see-through "ghost lobster," then threw the crustacean back into the ocean because it was too small to keep.

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:07:20 -0400
  • Lab: 13 pounds of white powder seized is sugar, not fentanyl

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office thought it made a huge drug bust, seizing 13 pounds of fentanyl worth $2 million on the street. The powder was found in a home along with other drugs and paraphernalia. A field test indicated it was the powerful opioid, justifying a host of charges against three suspects.

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:24:13 -0400
  • Bomb technicians detonate mine in Puget Sound

    BROWNSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Coast Guard and Navy bomb technicians have detonated what they said appeared to be an unidentified mine floating in Puget Sound between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island.

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 06:11:24 -0400
  • Police: Pair stole trash cans around Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico men are facing charges after police say the pair went on a spree of stealing trash cans around Santa Fe.

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:29:21 -0400
  • Body found in fish tank in missing man's San Francisco home

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officers found human remains in a fish tank inside the home of a man who was reported missing weeks ago, San Francisco police said Tuesday.

    Tue, 28 Aug 2018 20:11:34 -0400
  • Bees besiege Times Square street, drawing swarm of tourists

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a case of hold the honey, double the mustard in Times Square at lunchtime on Tuesday. Police shut part of 43rd Street near Seventh Avenue after a thick swarm of bees gathered atop a blue and yellow umbrella over a hotdog cart in an area of Manhattan already buzzing with swarms of pedestrians, tourists and traffic. A police officer who keeps bees himself, arrived at the scene in Times Square, known as "The Crossroads of the World," at 2:30 p.m. (EST), wearing a mesh-hooded beekeeper suit. ...

    Tue, 28 Aug 2018 17:40:35 -0400
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