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  • Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium news

    LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 17:28:36 -0400
  • Fugitive says he'll surrender if people like wanted poster

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police department has reached a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that at least one expert calls unethical.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 16:23:32 -0400
  • Belgian monks resurrect brewery after two century break news

    Belgian monks at the Grimbergen abbey are on the verge of brewing beer again after a break of more than 200 years. "For us, it's important to look to the heritage, to the tradition of the fathers for brewing beer because it was always here," Father Karel Stautemas told Reuters on Tuesday, a day after the local council approved the brewery plan. Marc-Antoine Sochon, an expert at Carlsberg who will be the project's brewmaster, said the 10,000 hectolitre-per-year facility aimed to make limited edition versions of beer already brewed on a commercial scale under the Grimbergen name.

    Tue, 21 May 2019 11:49:05 -0400
  • Polish sextuplets surprise parents and doctors expecting five news

    Poland's first sextuplets on record, two boys and four girls, were born in the southern city of Krakow on Monday to the surprise of parents and doctors who had expected five babies. "We have already made some preparation at home with five children in mind so now we'll have to rearrange things a bit," said the children's mother Klaudia Marzec.

    Tue, 21 May 2019 10:51:55 -0400
  • Eiffel Tower climber in custody after daring ascent

    Rescuers successfully talked down a man who scaled the upper heights of the Eiffel Tower on Monday, forcing the monument's evacuation, and handed him over to police. Television channels ran live shots as rescuers perched on the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower's wrought-iron struts, just below the highest viewing platform, tried to persuade the unknown man to give himself up. The lattice tower, named after its designer and builder Gustave Eiffel, is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 20:19:38 -0400
  • Rescuers try to talk down Eiffel Tower climber news

    Rescuers were trying to talk down a man who scaled the Eiffel Tower on Monday and forced the monument's evacuation. Live television images showed one specialist fireman and another rescuer perched on the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower's wrought-iron struts, just below the highest viewing platform trying to persuade the unknown man to give himself up. France's BFM TV reported that he had threatened to commit suicide.

    Mon, 20 May 2019 14:21:47 -0400
  • Van passenger impaled by tripod on California freeway news

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van.

    Sat, 18 May 2019 22:48:55 -0400
  • Thief must pay $28K to fix stolen 'Dukes of Hazzard' Sno-Cat

    EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 to cover damages after he pleaded guilty to stealing a Sno-Cat painted to look like the "General Lee" car featured in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard."

    Fri, 17 May 2019 13:50:24 -0400
  • Leaping Lizards: Florida wildlife officials catch big lizard

    KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have finally captured a large invasive Asian water monitor that had been running loose in the Florida Keys for more than a year.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 10:00:29 -0400
  • Coin toss settles rare Philippine election tie

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine election officials settled a rare tie in a mayoral race on Friday by tossing a coin.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 09:52:53 -0400
  • Raven chicks in the Tower ward off prophecy of doom for Brexit Britain news

    Britain's political establishment is in chaos over Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May's days in office are numbered but the kingdom and the Tower of London appear safe from legendary doom after the birth of four raven chicks at the famous fortress. Legend has it that should the six resident ravens ever leave the almost 1,000-year-old Tower, home to the crown jewels and now a popular tourist attraction, then the castle and the kingdom will fall. It is believed that since the reign of King Charles II in the 17th Century a small group of the birds have been kept there to prevent this from happening and the current group of seven ravens have now been joined by four newcomers, the Tower said.

    Fri, 17 May 2019 04:17:50 -0400
  • NYPD used Woody Harrelson photo to find lookalike beer thief news

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor, according to a report published Thursday.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 22:25:35 -0400
  • Spray foam-encased kitten rescued by Oregon garbage worker news

    HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A kitten that was found encased in hardened spray foam is expected to make a full recovery after being rescued from a garbage can by an Oregon sanitation worker, authorities said Thursday.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 20:45:42 -0400
  • My kind of mix-up: $5,760 bottle of wine served by mistake

    LONDON (AP) — A British restaurant has given some customers an unexpected treat, accidentally serving them a 4,500-pound ($5,760) bottle of red wine.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 16:59:37 -0400
  • Retrial planned for man who broke $4.5M statue's thumb news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to retry a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 15:51:10 -0400
  • Correction: Costly Coffee story news

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story May 15 about a California cafe serving what it calls the world's most expensive coffee, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the coffee beans are organic. They are not. The coffee is selling for $75 a cup.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 14:26:35 -0400
  • Bird lays eggs on fake turf, displacing soccer teams for now

    TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — A little birdie has displaced soccer players in New Jersey.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 12:38:21 -0400
  • Unwanted: Grenade found in Goodwill store's donation bin

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Goodwill store got a donation it didn't need or expect — a grenade.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 12:04:16 -0400
  • Take or pay: Belgian ex-king faces paternity fines news

    A Belgian court has ordered the country's former king to pay 5,000 euros ($5,600) a day until he takes a DNA paternity test to resolve a long-running case brought by a woman who says she is his daughter. A judicial source said the 84-year-old King Albert II must pay the sum to Belgian artist Delphine Boel, 50, for every day he now fails to heed a court order made last year to provide a sample. Court-ordered DNA tests have already proved that she is not the offspring of her legal father, Jacques Boel, scion of one of Belgium's richest industrial dynasties.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 10:13:59 -0400
  • Alligator blocks runway at Air Force base in Florida

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway.

    Thu, 16 May 2019 08:13:14 -0400
  • Kitten stowaways found after long journey in steel column news

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes.

    Wed, 15 May 2019 21:18:25 -0400
  • Semi-trailer hauling honey overturns along Indiana highway news

    HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A semi-trailer hauling honey overturned on a northwestern Indiana highway, spilling some of the sticky substance and restricting travel for hours.

    Wed, 15 May 2019 15:09:30 -0400
  • Nebraska farmer cuts off trapped leg using pocket knife

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A farmer says he had to cut off his own mangled leg with a pocket knife after it became trapped in a grain hopper in northeastern Nebraska.

    Wed, 15 May 2019 15:04:08 -0400
  • Police: 5-year-old brings crack cocaine to preschool

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy brought about two dozen vials of crack cocaine into a preschool at a Roman Catholic church.

    Wed, 15 May 2019 09:21:06 -0400
  • Danish candidate places election ad on adult site

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — While most of the candidates for Denmark's general election are making good use of the internet, posting their promises on websites and social media, one has gone a step further.

    Tue, 14 May 2019 07:15:44 -0400
  • Merkel fan accidentally grounds chancellor's plane

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's government plane has been grounded by an excited fan who jumped out of her van to take a photo of it at Dortmund airport but forgot to put the parking brake on, and the vehicle rolled slowly into the nose of the jet.

    Tue, 14 May 2019 04:56:09 -0400
  • Police: New Mexico driver fled and said, 'I don't think so'

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she fled an officer during a traffic stop and told him, "I don't think so."

    Sun, 12 May 2019 23:59:27 -0400
  • No-contest plea in machete attack: 'He owes me choke ahi'

    LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai man pleaded no contest after telling police he was under the influence of a hallucinogenic when he used a machete to wreak havoc on his former boss' home because of a fish dispute.

    Sun, 12 May 2019 19:30:37 -0400
  • Woman escapes with cat from car that plunged into river

    BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — A woman was able to save herself and her cat after the car they were riding in plunged into a Massachusetts river.

    Sun, 12 May 2019 13:50:18 -0400
  • Police: South Dakota man stole sex toys from couple's house

    TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man is accused of stealing $500 worth of sex toys from a couple's home over a period of about two years.

    Sat, 11 May 2019 12:11:08 -0400
  • New Jersey gets official state microbe: Streptomyces griseus

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A microorganism that played a role in treating tuberculosis is now officially recognized as New Jersey's state microbe.

    Fri, 10 May 2019 17:11:25 -0400
  • Snake turns up in washing machine smelling 'like Downy' news

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family's washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash.

    Fri, 10 May 2019 14:49:42 -0400
  • Guns N' Roses sues brewery over its 'Guns 'N' Rosé' beer news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rock band Guns N' Roses is accusing a Colorado brewery of piggybacking off their fame to sell beer and merchandise.

    Fri, 10 May 2019 14:16:08 -0400
  • Waiter returns lost $424,000 check to retired social worker

    NEW YORK (AP) — A waiter has returned a cashier's check worth nearly $424,000 to the retired social worker who lost it.

    Fri, 10 May 2019 12:50:17 -0400
  • New Jersey homeowner finds 2 bears battling in his yard

    FRANKFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Spring was in the air when a New Jersey homeowner found two black bears battling in his yard.

    Fri, 10 May 2019 06:49:25 -0400
  • Baby giraffe at Seattle zoo gets therapeutic shoes news

    SEATTLE (AP) — The newest baby giraffe at a Seattle zoo has been outfitted with therapeutic shoes to help treat abnormalities in his rear legs.

    Thu, 09 May 2019 17:28:44 -0400
  • Dog runs away from home to be with daycare buddies

    ST. ANN, Mo. (AP) — Sometimes, a guy just wants to hang out with his buddies.

    Thu, 09 May 2019 15:51:21 -0400
  • High-tech sex toy for women wins back a rescinded award news

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A trade group has reinstated an award to the makers of a robotic sex toy for women that it had taken away four months ago for not keeping with its image.

    Thu, 09 May 2019 10:01:06 -0400
  • Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes news

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million bank notes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.

    Thu, 09 May 2019 04:11:48 -0400
  • Chef stopped at Los Angeles airport with 40 frozen piranhas news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A famous South American chef says he was stopped as he brought 40 piranhas in a duffel bag through Los Angeles International Airport.

    Thu, 09 May 2019 01:46:52 -0400
  • Stop bugging him: Philippine leader brushes off finger-sized pest news

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seemed unfazed when a finger-sized cockroach scrambled onto his shoulder as he spoke at a campaign rally on Wednesday night. Alerted by his anxious aide, Duterte swatted the roach away. "It's Liberal! That's for sure," Duterte said to laughter from the crowd.

    Thu, 09 May 2019 01:29:04 -0400
  • Australia's central bank takes 'responsibilty' for note typo news

    Millions of A$50 ($35) banknotes in Australia have an embarrassing typographical error that was overlooked by the country's central bank before they were printed and circulated. The goof first became known on Thursday when a listener on radio outlet Triple M sent the station a magnified photo of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) new A$50 note highlighting the word "responsibility" misspelt as "responsibilty" three times. The A$50 currency is the most widely circulated in Australia and accounts for nearly half the total value of other banknotes in use, according to the RBA.

    Thu, 09 May 2019 00:24:12 -0400
  • Denver is 1st US city to decriminalize 'magic mushrooms' news

    DENVER (AP) — Voters narrowly made Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in "magic mushrooms."

    Wed, 08 May 2019 20:52:37 -0400
  • Orchestra searching for child who charmed crowd with 'wow!' news

    BOSTON (AP) — America's oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert.

    Wed, 08 May 2019 12:58:03 -0400
  • Tanzania plans cable car for Mount Kilimanjaro news

    A cable car could increase tourist numbers by 50 percent by providing access to the mountain for those unable to climb it, Constantine Kanyasu, the deputy minister for tourism, said. "There are two companies one from China and another from a Western country that have shown interest." "This won’t be the first time in the world, cable cars are there in Sweden, Italy, the Himalayas,” he said. Porter and guide groups who take tourists up the mountain oppose the project because they fear cable cars will reduce the number of climbers.

    Tue, 07 May 2019 10:11:40 -0400
  • Whose poo is this? Prague Zoo takes a closer look at dung news

    PRAGUE (AP) — After producing plenty of elephant dung and other manure for years, Prague Zoo has capitalized on its expertise by creating a new permanent exhibit on the world of animal excrement.

    Tue, 07 May 2019 09:24:03 -0400
  • Authorities: Woman pulls gator from pants during stop

    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a Florida woman pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop.

    Tue, 07 May 2019 08:17:54 -0400
  • Coffee cup in 'Game of Thrones' scene perks up viewers news

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Game of Thrones" fans got a taste of the modern world when eagle-eyed viewers spotted a takeout coffee cup on the table during a celebration in which the actors drank from goblets and horns.

    Mon, 06 May 2019 17:17:00 -0400
  • Iguana thrown at restaurant manager in protective custody

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An iguana injured when a man pulled the lizard from under his shirt and threw it at an Ohio restaurant manager remains in protective custody at a humane society that is awaiting court permission to provide medical treatment.

    Sat, 04 May 2019 14:50:11 -0400
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