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200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

SARDIS CITY, Ala. (AP) — A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across...

Man with metal detector finds 222-year-old coin near church

EMBDEN, Maine (AP) — A man with a metal detector has found a long-hidden, 222-year-old coin under a few inches of soil outside a...

Man wins $2M after mistakenly buying extra lottery ticket

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket...

Can’t crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now...

Woman’s obituary: In lieu of flowers ‘do not vote for Trump’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An obituary for a Minneapolis-area woman who died at age 93 included one specific request for her mourners: Do...

Rare white sea turtle found on South Carolina beach

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Volunteers checking sea turtle nests on a South Carolina beach came upon a rare sight: a white sea turtle...

John Oliver now has a sewage plant named after him

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Comedian John Oliver made a secret trip to Connecticut last week to help cut the ribbon on a sign naming...

‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around...

‘There’s a lemur!’ 5-year-old helps crack SF Zoo theft case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police said Friday they arrested a man suspected of stealing a ring-tailed lemur from the San Francisco Zoo, where officials...

Brazil leader’s ally suspended after underwear cash jackpot

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian lawmaker stepped down from his position representing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government and was suspended from the senate, after...

Rudolph and his nose-so-bright into auction will take flight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rudolph and his still-shiny nose are getting a new home, and it's bound to be a lot nicer than the...

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in...

Law school dean accidentally emails private bar exam results

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The dean of South Carolina's largest law school is apologizing for forwarding an email that contained the names of students...

A taste for travel? Finnair to sell plane food in shops

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish carrier Finnair will start selling business class airplane food in supermarkets in a move to keep its catering staff employed...

Authorities: 37 pounds of meth found in driver’s spare tire

FOREST, Miss. (AP) — Law enforcement officers who pulled a driver over for a traffic violation in Mississippi allegedly discovered about 37 pounds of...

Driverless boat in Florida spins of control, smashing docks

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Three men conducting a photo shoot on a boat in a busy Florida river somehow went overboard, leaving...

Connecticut city OKs renaming sewage plant for John Oliver

It's official. Every time residents of Danbury, Connecticut, flush, they will be sending their special deliveries to the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. ...

Large Chinese mitten crab crawls into German woman’s home

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southern Germany say a woman got a shock while airing out her home when a 25-centimeter (10-inch) Chinese mitten...

Stolen Mao calligraphy worth millions found cut in half

HONG KONG (AP) — A calligraphy scroll by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong estimated to be worth millions of dollars was cut in half...

Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tasmanian devils, the carnivorous marsupials whose feisty, frenzied eating habits won the animals cartoon fame, have returned to mainland Australia...

Ex-jail employees charged for playing ‘Baby Shark’ on repeat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two former Oklahoma jail employees and their supervisor face misdemeanor cruelty charges after investigators found they forced inmates to stand...

3 blow up ATM in open Chinese restaurant, flee without cash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three men blew up an ATM in a Chinese takeout restaurant in Philadelphia while the establishment was still open but were...

Billions in bullion shifted ahead of Dutch bank rebuild

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — This really was the gold standard of road trips. ...

Oops! Tennessee puts virus test supplies on an auction site

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials accidentally listed 13 pallets of coronavirus testing materials and other supplies on an auction site, officials said. ...

Lottery winner out of luck when ticket gets lost in mail

RIDGE MANOR, Fla. (AP) — A woman who won $1,000 in a second chance drawing on July 29 isn't getting her prize because the...

Subway bread isn’t bread, Irish court says

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s Supreme Court has ruled that bread sold by the fast food chain Subway contains so much sugar that it cannot...

Authorities use pear to entice, capture escaped emu

BOSTON (AP) — An emu that was spotted roaming the streets of a city near Boston was corralled by authorities in Massachusetts. ...

Flash in dark sky was probably random meteor, expert says

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A flash that lit up the skies over parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the wee hours of Wednesday was probably...

Gray parrots separated at zoo after swearing a blue streak

LONDON (AP) — A British zoo has had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots who keepers say were encouraging each other to swear. ...

Giant pumpkins smash Utah state record at weigh-off in Lehi

LEHI, Utah (AP) — The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers group has recorded eight pumpkins from the state this year that weighed more than 1,000...

Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

LONDON (AP) — A rat has for the first time won a British charity's top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for...

Neighbor calls 911 when hockey fans yell ‘Shoot! Shoot!’

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A neighbor called sheriff's deputies on some rabid Tampa Bay Lightning fans who were screaming “shoot! shoot!" as they watched...

Bank manager finds 9.07-carat diamond in Arkansas state park

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bank manager discovered a 9.07-carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem...

3 accused of creating ‘man cave’ under Grand Central station

NEW YORK (AP) — Three railroad workers have been suspended for turning a storage room under New York's Grand Central Terminal into an unauthorized...

Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials...

Deputies searching for man who stole cat blood from clinic

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man caught on surveillance video is suspected of stealing cat blood from a veterinary clinic in Florida, sheriff's...

Complaint flushed: No charge in toilet election display

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor in Michigan has flushed a complaint about a toilet that was promoted as a place to drop absentee...

Renovated Lizzie Borden house on the market, again

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A home where Lizzie Borden lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, is on the market again, after being sold most...

Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured to safety with beef jerky

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A group of mountain bikers on a North Carolina trail spotted a dog trapped 30 feet (9 meters) down in...

Snake lands on Mississippi woman as she opens her front door

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A woman in Mississippi received a slithering surprise when she got home from work last week: a snake that had...

Donkey sculpture on front lawn burned in Maine town

BOWDOINHAM, Maine (AP) — A donkey sculpture on a front lawn in a Maine town was set on fire in what one lawmaker called...

Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident's apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official. ...

Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution:...

Germany: Victim refuses to testify after defendant proposes

BERLIN (AP) — A 48-year-old man in Germany avoided a lengthy jail sentence after he made a marriage proposal in court to the woman...

Drone lands in outfield at Wrigley Field, causing delay

CHICAGO (AP) — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night when a small...

Primate monkeys around with student’s phone, takes selfies

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who...

Bones to pick, for $8M: Stan the T rex goes up for auction

NEW YORK (AP) — He weighed at least 7 tons and had eyes the size of baseballs. His bite could have crushed a car....

Oops: VP Mike Pence missing from some Michigan ballots

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump ... and “Spike?” ...

Sheriff: Fleeing suspect abandons winning lottery ticket

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A suspect in Georgia left his good luck behind when he abandoned a winning lottery ticket while fleeing sheriff's deputies. ...

Grandson of Harding and lover wants president’s body exhumed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to...

Florida city repeals 13-year ban on saggy pants

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) — After 13 years, a South Florida city has overturned a ban on “saggy pants” — bottoms that reveal the wearer's...

Spartacus the serval cat found safe after escape from home

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A 40-pound (18-kilogram) African serval cat named Spartacus has been found safe and sound after escaping from his home and...

Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

St. Louis Zoo says python laid 7 eggs without male help

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Experts at the St. Louis Zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite...

African serval cat, named Spartacus, missing in NH town

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A 40-pound (18-kilogram) serval cat named Spartacus that was adopted from a zoo four years ago is missing after running...

Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House

BOSTON (AP) — It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler. ...

Contraband-laden drone snags in prison net; 2 arrested

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A drone carrying marijuana, cigarette lighters and cellphones got caught in a net above a Mississippi prison fence, resulting in...

Tennessee officials searching for tiger spotted by deputy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities were searching Thursday morning for a tiger in East Tennessee. ...

Voter bares arms, and more, after anti-Trump shirt is nixed

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A voter who was told she couldn’t wear an anti-Trump shirt at a polling place because it violated electioneering rules...

Dog’s bark saved Alabama family as fire swept through home

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A dog has been credited with saving an Alabama family’s lives after his bark awakened them to a fire that...

From heat to snow: Rocky Mountains see 60-degree plunge

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Summer came to an abrupt halt in parts of the Rocky Mountains on Tuesday as temperatures reaching into the...

City won’t waste John Oliver’s donation, on 1 condition

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city won't waste an opportunity to get a sizeable donation from comedian John Oliver about a weeks-long joke...

Austrian man spends 2.5 hours in box filled with ice cubes

MELK, Austria (AP) — An Austrian man beat his own record for the longest full body contact with ice cubes on Saturday. ...

Slow music: Chord change in Germany of 639-year organ piece

HALBERSTADT, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of fans attended a special kind of musical happening Saturday at a church in Germany: a chord change in...

Grave mistake: ‘Casket’ seen in river turns out to be dock

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) —...

New Hampshire 16-year-old swims across English Channel

A 16-year-old from New...

Saucy nugs? Man calls ‘boneless chicken wings’ moniker a lie

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —...

Once seen as loners, male elephants shown to follow elders

WASHINGTON (AP) — A...

Police: Man snatches shop tip jar after applying for job

NORTH CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP)...

Wheel-y mysterious: Hamster DNA find baffles German police

BERLIN (AP) — German...

Airline crews report jetpack flier near Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) —...

John Oliver: Name sewage plant for me, I’ll give to charity

Comedian John Oliver upped...

1 of 3 cubs orphaned by famous bear’s death captured

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) —...

3-year-old girl safe after being lofted by kite in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) —...

Beefalo on loose for weeks in Connecticut escaped slaughter

PLYMOUTH. Conn. (AP) —...

German police alerted to shots, find sleeping man and TV

BERLIN (AP) — German...

Kayaker reunites author with message in a bottle from 1985

MILTON, Del. (AP) —...

74 days, less than 1 mile later, Tennessee turtle recovered

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP)...

City naming sewage plant after John Oliver

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) —...

Travelers lost about $900K at airport checkpoints last year

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Travelers...

Live air-to-air missile found at central Florida airport

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) —...

Appeals court: On 2nd thought, tax bikini latex clubs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —...

Snowing cocoa? Chocolate factory glitch dusts Swiss town

BERLIN (AP) — Residents...

Philly Naked Bike Ride called off because of the coronavirus

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The...

Creator of mosquito-themed state flag says design was a joke

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) —...

Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) —...

Picture perfect? Woman receives ID with photo of empty chair

CENTERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —...

Some coffee with your coffee? Dunkin’ launching cereal line

CANTON, Mass. (AP) —...

Apt Bible passage at Catholic Mass coincides with earthquake

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) —...

Israeli jeweler makes $1.5m gold coronavirus mask

MOTZA, Israel (AP) —...

Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

MEXICO CITY (AP) —...

Eye candy: More than 50,000 pink flamingos mass in France

PARIS (AP) — Behold...

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