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  • Police: Drunken man took wrong Lyft to wrong home

    CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a drunken man took the wrong Lyft and tried to get into a house he mistakenly thought was his home.

    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:18:19 -0500
  • Police capture pair of runaway emus in coastal Texas

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Police in coastal Texas have captured a pair of runaway emus that had been on the lam for a day after escaping from their owner's backyard.

    Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:42:38 -0500
  • Papal Swiss Guard keep cool heads with 3-D helmets

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    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's Swiss Guard, the colorfully dressed mini-army that helps protect the pope, will have cooler heads now they have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3-D printers. The new helmets, made of a thermoplastic, were distributed to the corps on Tuesday, the 513th anniversary of their foundation as a mercenary force in 1506, the Vatican said. They are nearly identical in appearance to the previous version but bear the coat of arms of Pope Julius II, who first used the corps for his personal protection. ...

    Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:33:15 -0500
  • Brexit survival kit helps Britons face the worst with freeze-dried fajita

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    With just nine weeks to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union, a company is selling worried Britons a survival kit to help them prepare for the worst.  The "Brexit Box", retailing at 295 pounds ($380), provides food rations to last 30 days, according to its producer, businessman James Blake who says he has already sold hundreds of them. With still no deal on how Britain will trade with the EU once it leaves, retailers and manufacturers have warned a "no-deal" Brexit could cause food and medicine shortages due to expected chaos at ports that could paralyze supply lines. Customer Lynda Mayall, 61, who ignored government assurances that there is no need to stockpile food for Brexit, said: "I thought: let's make sure I'm covered in the event of things going awry.

    Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:29:18 -0500
  • Illinois man accused of letting 11-year-old drive to school

    ROUND LAKE PARK, Ill. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a northern Illinois man who police say allowed an 11-year-old relative to drive herself to school in a stolen rental car while he rode along.

    Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:08:03 -0500
  • Wisconsin man uses ax on his property after spat over toys

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin police say a 34-year-old man who thought his wife damaged his action figures retaliated by taking an ax to the family's car, television and laptop in the house.

    Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:02:11 -0500
  • Video captures moose chasing skiers at Colorado resort

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A woman, in an effort to warn others of the dangers of moose, posted a video on social media of a moose charging skiers and snowboarders at a ski resort.

    Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:04:09 -0500
  • Cat rescued after sliding down dam's spillway

    HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A wayward cat is safe after it was rescued from a dam in Indiana.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:30:14 -0500
  • Another ice disk grabs attention in Maine

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    MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The massive ice disk that formed on a Maine river has a baby brother.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:45:07 -0500
  • Police seek volunteers to get drunk for them; many respond

    KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department's request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:32:57 -0500
  • Pets, owners flock to Madrid church for blessing of animals

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    Dogs, cats and birds were blessed at a church in Madrid on Thursday on the feast day of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals, with many of the owners making an annual pilgrimage for their pets. St Anthony the Abbot's church priest Angel Garcia expected up to 15,000 pets to be brought in for this year's ceremony. "St. Anthony cared a great deal about dogs and abandoned animals, healing and feeding them.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:20:44 -0500
  • Commuter's 'delay scarf' bought by German train company

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    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest rail company, under fire for its unpunctual service, is trying to mollify one disgruntled commuter by buying her "delay scarf."

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:14:51 -0500
  • Giant rotating ice disk stops moving

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    WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame seems to have met its end.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:38:22 -0500
  • Idaho woman has 50-pound tumor removed

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman who thought she was gaining weight because of menopause discovered she actually had a 50-pound tumor that had been growing inside her for decades.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:36:50 -0500
  • Face value: One-time Afghan wedding singer a ringer for Canada's Trudeau

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    Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon's striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show. The 28-year-old first caught the attention of fans when he traveled to the capital, Kabul, to appear on "Afghan Star", a televised musical competition that draws contestants from around the South Asian nation. "People are calling me the Justin Trudeau of Afghanistan... Since I came to Kabul, I have become very popular and people are grabbing photos with me," he told Reuters at the studio.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:01:15 -0500
  • Silicon Valley landlord rents $1,500 studio to 2 cats

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two cats are living large at a $1,500-a-month studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:13:57 -0500
  • Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:10:06 -0500
  • Chocolate spill creates sweet hot mess on Arizona highway

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    FLAGSSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet hot mess on their hands after a tank trucker's trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling a river of liquid chocolate onto westbound lanes of Interstate 40.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:50:11 -0500
  • Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer become neighbors in Rhode Island

    MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has bought a house in Rhode Island, and his new neighbor is a familiar face from their days together in the Trump administration: former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:36:01 -0500
  • Woman drinking wine from Pringles can banned from Walmart

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    WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Police in northern Texas say a woman has been banned from a local Walmart after she spent several hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store's parking lot while drinking wine from a Pringles can.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:13:12 -0500
  • Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.

    Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:59:58 -0500
  • All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in 'anger room'

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    It took Smash customer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a baseball bat to wreck what looked like an old car radio, after which two friends battered telephones, audio speakers, rice cookers and even a mannequin. All three paid 158 yuan ($23) to spend half an hour in an "anger room" in Beijing, where patrons wearing protective gear use hammers and bats to vent their frustration on household objects while staff play music of their choice in the background. Since the venture opened in September, customers have smashed around 15,000 bottles every month, said 25-year-old Jin Meng, who co-founded Smash with her friends.

    Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:01:04 -0500
  • Leave $350 hats at home, NY middle school administrators beg

    GREAT NECK, N.Y. (AP) — Administrators at a New York middle school are begging students to leave their winter hats made by Italian apparel company Moncler at home because the pricy tops keep getting lost.

    Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:55:21 -0500
  • Houston police chief nabs driver for going 140 mph

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's police chief says he set a new personal record when he issued a ticket to someone who blew past him going 140 mph (225 kph).

    Sat, 12 Jan 2019 15:14:06 -0500
  • Brewery launch is on target in former missile command center

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new brewery is set to launch in a Cold War-era missile command center near Pittsburgh.

    Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:24:40 -0500
  • Man pleads guilty after alligator threat

    BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

    Fri, 11 Jan 2019 05:55:16 -0500
  • Police: Man doing doughnuts crashes car

    RIVERSIDE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man doing doughnuts in a car he had just bought struck a power pole in Ohio, sending him and his two children to the hospital.

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:40:25 -0500
  • Police: Woman breaks into police station, wanted to date cop

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    WYOMING, Pa. (AP) — Police say a woman smashed her way into a closed Pennsylvania police station looking for an officer she'd been sexually harassing ever since he arrested her.

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:18:50 -0500
  • Detectives: Burglar in closed police substation left ID

    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer's chicken dinner, detectives didn't need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal.

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:18:28 -0500
  • New Mexican arrested for allegedly stealing postal truck

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a woman who allegedly stole a postal truck has been arrested in Raton.

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 19:42:25 -0500
  • Austrian train workers rescue wild goat buried in snowdrift

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    BERLIN (AP) — Austrian train workers have shut down their track clearing operations to rescue a mountain goat after seeing it get buried in a deluge of snow they had been clearing from the rails.

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:32:01 -0500
  • Police: Reporter who helped foil robbery finds missing woman

    SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A reporter who helped police catch a robbery suspect last week followed up with another good deed by finding an 89-year-old suburban Detroit woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing temperatures.

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:26:31 -0500
  • Oklahoma game warden catches poacher via dating app

    CHECOTAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman looking for love got more than she bargained for when she unwittingly shared her exhilaration about illegally shooting a "bigo buck" on a dating app with a state game warden.

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:51:46 -0500
  • A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe.

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:20:23 -0500
  • Missing Michigan cat found 2 months later in Florida

    DETROIT (AP) — A cat who went missing from suburban Detroit for two months turned up more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away in Florida.

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:22:47 -0500
  • Not for pick-up: Spilled chicken cause traffic problems

    CENTRE, Ala. (AP) — These chicken tenders aren't for pick-up. An Alabama sheriff's office is warning people against eating chicken that tumbled on to a rural highway after a truck wreck.

    Mon, 07 Jan 2019 09:52:09 -0500
  • California woman arrested for allegedly biting jogger

    Authorities have arrested a woman they say bit a jogger who pepper-sprayed her dog at a San Francisco Bay Area park. Nineteen-year-old Alma Cadwalader of Oakland was arrested Friday by police with the East Bay Regional Park District. Authorities say Cadwalader's dog tried to attack the jogger Thursday on a trail in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 22:26:41 -0500
  • College fanatics living it up on San Jose billboard

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    The quartet, who were each provided with a tent and sleeping bag, has been since been reduced to Clemson Tigers fan Nancy Volland of Mount Dora, Florida and Alabama Crimson Tide supporter Llyas Ross Sr from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Volland, a 59-year-old married mother of two daughters, said her time on the 40-foot wide by 8-foot deep platform had flown by but admitted it came with its share of challenges. "It's not like camping in the woods," Volland told Reuters in a telephone interview from the platform.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 20:10:29 -0500
  • Bank robbery suspect held after stripping, awaiting arrest

    SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are holding a man they say tried to rob a San Diego County bank, then told frightened customers to call 911, stripped to his underwear and awaited arrest.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 19:08:45 -0500
  • Stolen purple penguin statue returned to hotel museum

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A large purple penguin statue that was swiped from a hotel in Oklahoma City apparently managed to waddle back home after police released surveillance camera images of a man with the $3,000 piece of art tucked under his arm.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:38:39 -0500
  • Man accused of guitar thefts has 1 thing to say: 'Go Eagles'

    PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of breaking into a music store and stealing guitars tells reporters he has one thing to say: "Go Eagles."

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 16:39:47 -0500
  • College fanatics living it up on San Jose billboard

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    The quartet, who were each provided with a tent and sleeping bag, has been since been reduced to Clemson Tigers fan Nancy Volland of Mount Dora, Florida and Alabama Crimson Tide supporter Llyas Ross Sr from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Volland, a 59-year-old married mother of two daughters, said her time on the 40-foot wide by 8-foot deep platform had flown by but admitted it came with its share of challenges. "It's not like camping in the woods," Volland told Reuters in a telephone interview from the platform.

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:55:53 -0500
  • Krispy Kreme delivers doughnuts to officers over pastry loss

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Krispy Kreme has stepped in to comfort Kentucky police officers mourning the loss of a doughnut truck that caught fire.

    Thu, 03 Jan 2019 06:45:29 -0500
  • 'Why don't you die?': Australian's fight with a spider sparks police call

    An Australian man triggered an emergency police response after a noisy exchange with a spider startled a passerby into reporting what sounded like a violent disturbance to the authorities, media reported. The neighbour then called the police emergency number, according to media reports. The tweet showed what appeared to be a law enforcement communication log that included the initial emergency call, followed by an update 15 minutes later that said "police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders)".

    Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:57:16 -0500
  • Thieves use mechanical diggers to tear open Italian security van

    Thieves used mechanical diggers on Wednesday to prise open an armored van on a highway in southern Italy and made off with more than 2 million euros ($2.3 million) in cash, police said. The blue security van had left the city of Bari and was carrying pensions to be distributed in post offices in nearby Matera when it was blocked on the road by two lorries. Two diggers then tore open the vehicle, using their mechanical arms like can openers to gain access to the cash.

    Wed, 02 Jan 2019 11:49:32 -0500
  • From duct-taped shoes to $11M: Man leaves surprise donations

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    SEATTLE (AP) — Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he had long planned.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:48:56 -0500
  • Kansas teen to get high school, Harvard diplomas in 1 month

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    ULYSSES, Kan. (AP) — A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma — and a few days later he'll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor's degree.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 14:05:49 -0500
  • Weed that sprouted holiday cheer mysteriously uprooted

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    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Ohio has apparently met an early demise.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:56:08 -0500
  • Runaway cow caught on I-80 recovering at animal sanctuary

    WANTAGE, N.J. (AP) — A cow bound for a slaughterhouse who led authorities on an hour-long chase along Interstate 80 in New Jersey before being captured is recuperating at an animal sanctuary.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 09:41:11 -0500
  • A year after being stolen, New Jersey man's dog is returned

    WALL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car.

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:10:26 -0500
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