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  • Reel-y? New beer can double as motion picture film developer news

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Kodak says a new beer hitting the market can be used to develop its Super 8 movie film.

    Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:02:22 -0400
  • Illinois governor's schedule includes recommended attire news

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — What if you were governor of Illinois and didn't have a thing to wear?

    Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:25:47 -0400
  • Florida man Googles self to find out which Florida Man he is

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new challenge making waves on social media pokes fun at Florida's reputation for producing strange news stories involving guns, drugs, booze and reptiles — or some combination of the four.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:56:06 -0400
  • A rare albino penguin makes its debut at zoo in Poland news

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An extremely rare albino penguin has made its debut at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland.

    Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:25:24 -0400
  • Knitting with a repurpose: Woman makes suit of plastic bags

    GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — Rosa Ferrigno's new suit takes recycling to an extreme — she knitted it from more than 300 plastic grocery bags.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:07:37 -0400
  • Thief steals 140 sap buckets in Vermont

    ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A sap bucket thief has brought a sour note to Vermont's maple sugaring season.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:18:51 -0400
  • Dozens of rattlesnakes removed from under Texas home news

    ALBANY, Texas (AP) — A Texas homeowner who reported seeing "a few" snakes under his home actually had dozens of rattlesnakes living beneath his house.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:31:28 -0400
  • Escaped wallaby goes on walkabout in Dallas neighborhood

    DALLAS (AP) — A wallaby who apparently escaped his owners went on a walkabout in an east Dallas neighborhood before being recaptured.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:50:41 -0400
  • Man recreates bunny suit marriage proposal for anniversary

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his wife.

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:21:05 -0400
  • LA-area pursuit suspect breakdances before surrendering news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Law-breaking turned into breakdancing at the end of a Southern California vehicle pursuit.

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:47:33 -0400
  • Man uses nude mannequins to send message to 'nosey' neighbor

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jason Windus gave his California neighbor something to look at during a dispute over the height of a backyard fence — naked mannequins having a garden party.

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:32:34 -0400
  • A no-paper jam: Printer ink spill blots all interstate lanes

    ATLANTA (AP) — A truck carrying 40,000 pounds of printer ink overturned on an Atlanta interstate, closing all lanes on an outer loop for four hours. That's 5,500 gallons (20,820 liters) of ink.

    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:43:38 -0400
  • Police: Unicorn-costumed robbery suspect has been unmasked news

    BALDWIN, Md. (AP) — The robbery suspect wore a unicorn costume, and police in Maryland say he has been unmasked.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:11:09 -0400
  • Police: Duo nabbed trying to steal Capone statue in Arkansas

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — It was a caper Scarface might have sanctioned ... until they dropped him and got collared.

    Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:47:36 -0400
  • Germany: Drunk passenger demands high-speed train slow down

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say a drunken man with a fire extinguisher smashed his way into the driver's cab of a high-speed train running from Frankfurt to Paris and demanded that the driver slow down.

    Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:53:43 -0400
  • Police: Person with unicorn costume, crowbar robs store

    BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (AP) — Apparently not all unicorns are the embodiment of purity and grace.

    Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:34:36 -0400
  • T-shirt gun used to launch contraband into Oklahoma prison

    SAYRE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman was arrested after authorities say she used a T-shirt gun to launch drugs, cellphones and other contraband over a prison fence.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:25:23 -0400
  • Berlin zoo shows off new polar bear cub news

    BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin Tierpark zoo is showing off its new polar bear cub, a three-month-old with a cuteness and playfulness that could make her the German capital's next animal celebrity.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:10:46 -0400
  • Florida man finds bright green iguana in toilet, calls 911

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man called 911 after going to the bathroom and finding a bright green iguana swimming in his toilet.

    Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:56:25 -0400
  • Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study news

    Nine wheels of Emmental cheese weighing 10 kilos (22 pounds) each were placed in separate wooden crates last September to test the impact of music on flavor and aroma. The cheese was exposed 24 hours a day to A Tribe Called Quest's hip hop track "We Got it From Here", Mozart's 'Magic Flute' opera or Led Zeppelin's rock classic "Stairway to Heaven". "The hip hop sample topped the list of all cheese exposed to music in terms of fruitiness...(it) was the strongest of these in terms of smell and taste." Benjamin Luzuy, a Swiss TV chief and jury member, told Reuters TV: "The differences were very clear, in term of texture, taste, the appearance, there was really something very different." The experiment, instead of using loudspeakers, used mini transmitters to conduct the energy of the music into the cheese.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:10:04 -0400
  • Escaped lion spends night in jail cell in South Africa news

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A lion that escaped a wildlife park and was captured weeks later spent the night in a South African jail cell, until authorities could send him back to the place he's meant to call home.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:24:25 -0400
  • Moving day: Bear family living in highway median relocated news

    TEMPLETON, Mass. (AP) — A portion of a Massachusetts highway was shut down while state wildlife officials moved a family of bears that had set up a den in the median.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:08:58 -0400
  • North Carolina thrift show sells 'haunted' furniture for $1K

    SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina thrift store has earned $1,000 off a hand-carved bedroom suite that may just be haunted.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 12:51:29 -0400
  • Court: Middle finger protected by the constitution

    TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — When it comes to the middle finger, police might need a thicker skin.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:59:34 -0400
  • Tel Aviv deploys 'zombie lights' for mobile-obsessed walkers news

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tel Aviv has taken a small step toward protecting the lives of "smartphone zombies."

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:29:19 -0400
  • Goat elected as honorary mayor sworn in for first term

    FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — The new honorary mayor of Fair Haven, Vermont — a 3-year-old goat named Lincoln — was officially sworn into office this week.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 06:02:46 -0400
  • Germany: Crematorium goes up in flames, bodies survive news

    BERLIN (AP) — A fire at a crematorium in southern Germany has caused significant damage to the building — but the 20 bodies stored inside remained intact.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 05:44:21 -0400
  • Hit by an arrow, mobile phone dies saving Australian man news

    An Australian man had a lucky escape while confronting a man armed with a bow outside his home, as a loosed arrow pierced the mobile telephone he was holding to take a photograph of the incident, Australian police said on Thursday. "The resident held up his mobile phone to take a photo of the armed man who then engaged the bow and was ready to fire," a police statement said. "It’s alleged the man fired the arrow at the resident which pierced through the man’s mobile phone causing the phone to hit him in the chin.

    Thu, 14 Mar 2019 02:25:10 -0400
  • Lamb found trotting through New York City bridge traffic

    NEW YORK (AP) — A wayward lamb running around a New York City bridge briefly held up traffic before its rescue.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 20:00:38 -0400
  • French fry-munching ferret found at California city hall

    BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Animal control officers are caring for a french fry-munching ferret abandoned outside City Hall in Banning, California.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:46:59 -0400
  • Birthday billboard blows up man's phone with well wishers

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A New Jersey man had to get a new phone number after he was overwhelmed with birthday wishes when his sons put up a billboard asking people to call him.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:33:45 -0400
  • Winter rescue: Stranded dog winched to safety on helicopter news

    LONDON (AP) — It was a routine winter training mission in northeastern Scotland until the Maritime and Coastguard Agency crew spotted a stranded dog on the snowy Cairngorms mountains below.

    Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:14:47 -0400
  • Slovenian woman cuts hand to claim insurance

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Authorities say a Slovenian woman who deliberately cut off her hand with a circular saw to collect insurance money faces up to eight years in jail.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:53:55 -0400
  • Woman picks matching numbers 30 times to win lottery game news

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman parlayed a feeling to purchase 30 lottery tickets with the same numbers to win $150,000.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:03:25 -0400
  • Mississippi agency has spent $18,000 defending $200 fine

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state agency in Mississippi has spent nearly $18,000 challenging another agency's $200 fine.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:58:06 -0400
  • Painting sow Pigcasso hogs the limelight at South Africa farm news

    Brandishing a paintbrush in her snout, Pigcasso enthusiastically tosses her head to create bright, bold strokes across a canvas propped up in her sty. The sow was rescued from an abattoir as a piglet and brought to an animal sanctuary in Franschhoek, in South Africa's Western Cape region in 2016, where her new owners noticed her love of color and paint brushes.  "Pigs are very smart animals and so when I brought Pigcasso here to the barn, I thought how do I keep her entertained?" said Joanne Lefson, who runs Farm Sanctuary SA. "We threw in some soccer balls, rugby balls and of course there were some paintbrushes lying around because the barn was newly build ... She basically ate or destroyed everything except these paintbrushes ... she loved them so much," Lefson added.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:32:04 -0400
  • German yachtsman inflates trousers to survive 3 hours in sea news

    Knocked overboard in rough seas off New Zealand, a German yachtsman credited his jeans with saving his life after fashioning them into a make-shift life jacket that kept him afloat for over three hours before his rescue by coastguards. Arne Murke, 30, was sailing with his brother in Tolaga Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand's north island, on March 6, when the yacht's boom swung unexpectedly, whacking him into the water. Unable to reach the life jacket thrown by his brother, Murke was soon carried far off by the swell.

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 01:00:47 -0400
  • Colorado rescuers save moose trapped in window well

    KEYSTONE, Colo. (AP) — Rescuers in Colorado hauled a bull moose to safety after it became trapped in a window well.

    Mon, 11 Mar 2019 19:30:31 -0400
  • Michigan man receives congratulatory telegram 50 years later news

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 has finally received a congratulatory telegram from family friends that was sent more than 50 years ago.

    Sat, 09 Mar 2019 12:40:40 -0500
  • CVS to change on hold music

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts doctor who pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle is getting his wish.

    Sat, 09 Mar 2019 07:02:52 -0500
  • Motorcyclist killed after hitting dead pig in roadway

    LITTLEROCK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcycle rider has died after he hit a dead pig on a Southern California road and was thrown from his bike.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:16:18 -0500
  • Surrogate bonds with baby gorilla rejected by mother news

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old gorilla at a Florida zoo has become a surrogate mother to a baby gorilla whose mother hasn't shown sufficient interest in her baby.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:30:11 -0500
  • In deceit proposal: Feds say man wed stranger to stay in US

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a couple was panhandling along a North Carolina road when a foreigner pulled over with a proposal for the woman: Marry him so he could stay in the country, and they'd receive $12,000 along with payments for a house and car.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:00:40 -0500
  • Judge: Jail time for man who attacked McDonald's worker

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who grabbed a McDonald's worker by the collar because he couldn't find a straw was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

    Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:17:10 -0500
  • Mystery good Samaritan enables man's $273M lottery win news

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An unemployed New Jersey man who won last Friday's $273 million Mega Millions jackpot said he wants to reward the mystery person who returned the tickets to a store where he'd left them a day earlier.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 22:30:06 -0500
  • Ghost-hunting past haunts Alaska board nominee

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Past ghost-hunting experiences have come back to haunt a man picked by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to serve on a compensation board for crime victims.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 20:28:01 -0500
  • A nanny state? Vermont town elects goat as honorary mayor

    FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln is poised to become the first honorary pet mayor of the small Vermont town of Fair Haven.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 15:49:39 -0500
  • Detainee tries to flee, but his orange jumpsuit betrays him

    SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — A detainee briefly escaped after a court hearing and ran through a North Carolina town, but his orange jumpsuit gave him away.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:55:14 -0500
  • Most expensive new car ever: Bugatti sells for $19 million news

    GENEVA (AP) — The most expensive new car ever sold is a one-off Bugatti luxury sports car that has gone for 16.7 million euros ($18.9 million).

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:51:15 -0500
  • Germany: Woman cries 'murder' over car blocking garage

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say officers called to investigate a murder arrived to find that the woman who had reported it just wanted someone to remove a car blocking her garage.

    Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:45:28 -0500
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