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  • Wayward wallaby gets the jump on police in Sydney Harbour Bridge chase

    Australians often joke that tourists expect to see kangaroos hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge but the joke was on police on Tuesday when a wayward wallaby led them in an early-morning chase across the famous landmark. Police said they chased the mysterious marsupial on foot and in a car over the bridge before dawn before catching it in a downtown park and taking it to the city's Taronga Zoo. "Officers took the startled macropod into police custody ... with the police mounted unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment," New South Wales Police said in a statement.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:48:59 -0500
  • Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured news

    SYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:44:48 -0500
  • Shiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty _ and books news

    Dead men tell no tales, but there's new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard's flagship harbored books among the booty. In an unusual find, researchers have discovered shreds of paper bearing ...

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:37:11 -0500
  • Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey

    The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, the same as for driving a vehicle, or while drugged. The measure, which passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature earlier this month, also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife. The drone measure was among 109 bills that Christie signed into law on his last full day in office, spokesman Brian Murray said by email.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:33:46 -0500
  • Wallaby leads police chase over Sydney Harbour Bridge

    A wallaby hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge held up early-morning traffic in Australia's biggest city on Tuesday, before being caught downtown by police officers. "Officers took the startled macropod into police custody near the Conservatorium of Music, with the police mounted unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment," New South Wales Police said in a statement. Video filmed from a pursuing patrol car showed a wallaby, about a meter high, hopping at a clip across the famous arch-span bridge, and a policeman stifles a laugh as he drives along behind it.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:33:17 -0500
  • Arizona police arrest 80-year-old man in armed bank robbery news

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Arizona have arrested an 80-year-old man they say robbed a credit union at gunpoint.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:18:03 -0500
  • Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings news

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia's capital may be reopening its doors in time for Valentine's Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country's elite caught up in what the government has described as a crackdown on corruption.

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:21:49 -0500
  • Police: Hand grenade disarmed after being found in trash

    STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A hand grenade found in the trash by Connecticut waste management employees has been disarmed.

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:56:01 -0500
  • Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back

    LUBEC, Maine (AP) — A fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged in waters near a Canadian island, and conservationists fear it could disintegrate before legal tangles are resolved.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:11:24 -0500
  • A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above news

    NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:16:13 -0500
  • Rapper with song 'Sell Drugsz' gets prison for selling drugs

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" has been sentenced to three years in prison for doing just that.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:14:48 -0500
  • Couple embrace before surrendering to pursuing officers

    APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A couple got out of an SUV and then embraced before surrendering to pursuing sheriff's deputies after a chase for miles across part of metro Phoenix.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:22:01 -0500
  • Outdoor center warns skiers of dive-bombing owl

    NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine outdoor center are warning skiers to watch out for an "aggressive dive-bombing" owl that recently struck a man.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:05:57 -0500
  • French police stop drunk driver, 73, after 17 spins round roundabout

    PARIS (Reuters) - A Frenchman who drank excessive amounts of alcohol and then drove 17 times round a roundabout said he had not heard the sirens when police finally brought him to a halt. The dizzying drive was not the 73-year-old's first offence of its kind, Ouest France newspaper, which reported the tale, said of the incident in Brittany, western France. The driver's license was confiscated, it said. (Reporting by Brian Love; editing by Mark Heinrich)

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:48:48 -0500
  • Hoo is next? Man says he's latest victim of owls in Georgia

    ATLANTA (AP) — A spate of recent owl attacks has ruffled the feathers of metropolitan Atlanta's residents.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:06:03 -0500
  • Beach blades! Maine teen glides over frozen sand, surf

    YORK, Maine (AP) — Beachgoers in Maine have caught an unusual sight — an ice skater's blades gliding over frozen sand and surf.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:59:15 -0500
  • Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member news

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said they have arrested a 74-year-old fugitive Japanese gang member who was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:03:38 -0500
  • Say Cheese! Young chefs spar in grilled cheese challenge

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The youngest of three Maine chefs has taken first place in the inaugural Augusta Agricultural Trades Show gourmet grilled cheese sandwich contest.

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:10:36 -0500
  • Brief power outage darkens CES tech, electronics show

    The digital economy's big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage the show's organizers blamed on a glitch caused by heavy rains the day before in usually sunny Nevada. The irony of a partial blackout at a trade show dedicated to the latest electronic technology did not escape social or industry media. Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center lost power at about 11:15 a.m. local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:23:10 -0500
  • Holiday decor to park chalet? Capitol tree heads to Montana news

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:09:11 -0500
  • Russian man rams armored personnel carrier into shop, steals wine

    A man rammed an armored personnel carrier into a shop window before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine in a town in northern Russia on Wednesday morning, according to local media and video posted on social media. The man had swiped the vehicle from a privately-run motorsport training ground nearby, driven it through a forest and into Apatity, a small town just south of the Arctic circle, local news agency Hibinform said. Footage shared on social media showed the man subsequently exiting the vehicle through its hatch, briefly inspecting the damage, and entering the shop through the broken window.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:53:44 -0500
  • Baby sloth ready for visitors at Pittsburgh National Aviary news

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's indoor zoo dedicated to birds has an adorable new member: a baby two-toed sloth.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:53:45 -0500
  • Lobsters must be comfortably numb before cooking: Swiss government

    Switzerland has banned the common culinary practice of throwing fresh lobsters into boiling water as part of an overhaul of its animal protection rules. "Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:50:53 -0500
  • Japanese astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' of height increase

    Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he'd be safe on his return to Earth. "My height's been measured here in space and somehow, somehow, I've grown 9 cm! In only three weeks I've really shot up, something I haven't seen since high school," he tweeted.

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:05:37 -0500
  • Couple with pot gifts again arrested in Nebraska

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A California couple arrested in Nebraska last month for carrying 60 pounds of marijuana they described as family Christmas gifts have again been arrested in Nebraska, this time on suspicion of carrying drug money.

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:34:15 -0500
  • Rome's mangy Christmas tree to be carved up into souvenirs news

    ROME (AP) — Rome's pathetic Christmas tree, so droopy and dried out that residents nicknamed it "The Mangy One," will be carved up and turned into souvenirs and a lactation hut for mothers and babies, city officials said Tuesday.

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:08:03 -0500
  • Good Samaritans rescue moose calf trapped in snow

    CROUSEVILLE, Maine (AP) — A group of concerned citizens in Maine saved a young moose trapped in the snow.

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:49:55 -0500
  • Swiss police arrest 80-year-old man for masked bank robbery

    BERLIN (AP) — Swiss authorities say they have apprehended an 80-year-old man on allegations he robbed a bank near the city of Lucerne.

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:46:00 -0500
  • Maine whale biologist says whale protected her from shark

    BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A marine biologist believes a humpback whale shielded her from a 15-foot tiger shark in the South Pacific.

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:01:30 -0500
  • Arizona high school put on lockdown as 4 bobcats are rescued

    ANTHEM, Ariz. (AP) — A high school north of Phoenix was put on lockdown for several hours as authorities rescued four bobcats from a drainage pipe.

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:38:44 -0500
  • Principal parodies Mariah Carey to announce school's out

    FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Sometimes a snow day calls for a song.

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:48:56 -0500
  • Postal carriers say aggressive turkeys stopping mail service

    ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (AP) — Postal carriers say a rafter of aggressive wild turkeys have prevented them from delivering mail to more than two dozen homes in a Cleveland suburb.

    Sun, 07 Jan 2018 15:04:58 -0500
  • Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany news

    The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to ...

    Sun, 07 Jan 2018 13:26:16 -0500
  • Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade news

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious.

    Sat, 06 Jan 2018 19:12:42 -0500
  • Florida man calls 911 to report himself drunk driving news

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year's Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving.

    Sat, 06 Jan 2018 14:40:05 -0500
  • Police: Snow thwarts shoplifter in North Dakota

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a North Dakota man who wheeled a shopping cart with stolen merchandise out of a Hobby Lobby craft store was stopped by snow.

    Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:54:49 -0500
  • English boy is reunited with camera that drifted to Germany news

    BERLIN (AP) — An English boy has been reunited in Germany with a video camera he lost four months ago on the other side of the North Sea.

    Sat, 06 Jan 2018 12:41:31 -0500
  • United flight diverted to Alaska after man spreads feces in lavatories

    "We received a report of a passenger who had messed up the bathrooms with his own feces," Anchorage Airport Police Lieutenant Joe Gamache said by telephone. The man, a 22-year-old Vietnamese passport holder with U.S. residency, was escorted off the plane in handcuffs on Thursday night and met by law enforcement in the terminal, Gamache said. After being interviewed by authorities through a translator, he was transported to an Anchorage hospital for a mental evaluation.

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:20:04 -0500
  • Just shy of her 100th birthday, Mississippi woman bags deer

    MORGANTOWN, Miss. (AP) — A 99-year-old hunter in Mississippi wants to know why people are making a big fuss about her recent kill. It was a doe after all, not a prized buck.

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:39:43 -0500
  • Man alleges bobcat attack; condo owner says it was housecat news

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida contractor says he was attacked by a bobcat inside a woman's condo, but the animal's owner says her feline is no predator, just a 10-pound domestic longhair kitty named Calli.

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:17:55 -0500
  • Rats! DC wages war against resurgent rodents with dry ice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Any mists spotted rising over the swamp may just be Washington wielding its newest weapon in its never-ending war on rats: dry ice.

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:02:39 -0500
  • Fowl weather friends: Arkansas students print 3-D duck leg

    Eighth-grade science students have used a 3-D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a duck found without a foot shortly after he hatched. The students in northeastern Arkansas created the leg at Armorel ...

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:19:24 -0500
  • Police: Man breaks into evidence undetected, takes back bike

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — Provo police say a man broke into the department's evidence room undetected and took back his bike.

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 08:08:51 -0500
  • Valuable vodka bottle reported stolen found in Copenhagen news

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say a valuable bottle of vodka that was reported stolen from a Copenhagen bar has been found.

    Fri, 05 Jan 2018 08:02:39 -0500
  • Merchandise featuring Fiona the hippo brings in big bucks

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Merchandise inspired by Ohio's famous baby hippo, Fiona, has returned nearly half a million dollars to the Cincinnati Zoo.

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:46:38 -0500
  • Kid wit: Dad measures baby's growth with cheesesteaks news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia father put the city's signature sandwich to use in a whole new way: measuring his baby's size in cheesesteaks.

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:38:45 -0500
  • It's so cold in Florida, iguanas are falling from trees news

    It's so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling from their perches in suburban trees. Temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) early Thursday in parts of South Florida, according ...

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:02:10 -0500
  • Half-ton butter sculpture unveiled at Pennsylvania Farm Show news

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A half-ton (0.45 metric tons) of butter has been transformed into a sculpture celebrating Pennsylvania's dairy industry and heralding the start of the state's 102nd Farm Show.

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:41:54 -0500
  • Police: Man used bank robbery cash to buy engagement ring

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man robbed a bank in Ohio and used the money to buy his fiancee an engagement ring.

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:23:50 -0500
  • Growing obsession: Palestinian stuffs pillows with 67 years of hair

    TUBAS, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian mother Ezzeya Daraghmeh opens up a pillowcase and pulls out large clumps of her multi-colored hair that she has kept for nearly seven decades. "I like my hair and I hate to throw it away. Even when Icomb my hair or wash it I keep the hair that falls off," the 82-year-old told Reuters at her home in Tubas in the West Bank. Daraghmeh started collecting her hair when she was 15, storing the different shades of black, brown, grey and white colored locks in a mattress before opting to use it to stuff three big pillows in her home. ...

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:43:36 -0500
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