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  • Cyber staff: Wisconsin company offers to microchip employees news

    A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:59:51 -0400
  • 926-pound shark won't be recognized as New Jersey's record news

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 926-pound (420-kilogram) Mako shark caught off the New Jersey coast won't be recognized as a state record because more than one angler helped catch it.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:40:41 -0400
  • Ohio fair butter sculpture features athletes, chocolate milk news

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A butter sculpture at this year's Ohio State Fair includes the traditional cow and calf along with four student-athletes and a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) bottle colored to look like chocolate milk.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:24:59 -0400
  • Long-lost class ring found after 52 years

    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Fifty-two years after losing his high school ring shortly after graduation, a man has gotten it back — and it was all of 3 miles away from where he grew up in New Hampshire.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:59:15 -0400
  • No ho-ho-ho-liday as Santas meet in Denmark news

    By Stine Jacobsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - It's summertime in Denmark but Santas from around the world are already planning for the festive season, with more than 150 gathering in Copenhagen to share some early Christmas cheer. The annual World Santa Claus Congress, now in its 60th year, has drawn attendees from a dozen countries, most sporting traditional red coats and white beards despite the warmer-than-winter weather. "We have a discussion about important things in life -- for example, which day is Christmas Day?" said Santa Wolfgang from Germany, who has been participating in the congress since 1996.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:15:45 -0400
  • 8 Indiana siblings rack up 448 years of combined marriage

    VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Eight siblings who grew up in southwestern Indiana have amassed nearly 450 years of combined marriage.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:25:33 -0400
  • Philadelphia-area transit agency deals with station spiders

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia area's transit agency is dealing with a spider problem at one station in the city.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:05:27 -0400
  • Woman gets kidney donation from stranger-turned-friend

    WINCHESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mother has a new outlook on life after receiving a kidney donation from a complete stranger.

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:56:43 -0400
  • Attorney: Client ate 'everything' bagel, did not take drugs news

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge says his client tested positive for morphine because he ate an 'everything' bagel with poppy seeds.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:43:48 -0400
  • City using goats to tame vegetation at closed landfill

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire city has turned to a herd of hungry goats to tame the vegetation at its closed landfill.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:39:32 -0400
  • Police: Men arrested trying to buy drugs at police station

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say two men have been arrested after they tried to buy drugs from an officer at a Connecticut police station.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:01:39 -0400
  • Marijuana business offers weed for weeds on cleanup day

    GARDINER, Maine (AP) — A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:36:00 -0400
  • He was purrfect: Honorary cat mayor in Alaska town dies news

    TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20.

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:39:36 -0400
  • That stinks! Man seeking dropped phone falls in trash chute news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man looking for a dropped cellphone ended up in a stinky situation, tumbling into a building's trash chute where he had to be rescued.

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:49:56 -0400
  • Rescuers need help after they get stuck helping kayakers

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes.

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:10:33 -0400
  • UK girl left in tears after she's fined for selling lemonade

    LONDON (AP) — A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:40:47 -0400
  • Gambler drops 75 pounds to win a share of a $1 million bet

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A professional gambler dropped some pounds and gained some wealth after betters wagered $1 million he couldn't reduce his body fat to less than 10 percent.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:01:06 -0400
  • No dye: Cancer patients' gray hair darkened on immune drugs news

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:41:05 -0400
  • Police: Woman steals taxi, picks up paying passengers

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say a 65-year-old woman stole a taxi and picked up a fare.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:24:56 -0400
  • Is that really a beached whale beneath Paris' Notre Dame? news

    PARIS (AP) — A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:08:22 -0400
  • Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact news

    FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dali's vast estate.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:46:26 -0400
  • Man livestreams as he speeds on beach, cursing and drinking

    CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 27-year-old man broadcast live on Facebook as he sped down a Florida beach, running over beach chairs and umbrellas while drinking from a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:39:10 -0400
  • Homeowner finds WWI artillery shell in basement

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman has found a World War I artillery shell in her basement.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:56 -0400
  • A weird Florida mystery: Frozen pork falling from the sky news

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:34:50 -0400
  • New librarian finds live Civil War-era shells in her office news

    CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts librarian on her first day on the job has come across live military shells from the Civil War inside a closet in her new office.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:06:06 -0400
  • Builder of illegal LA mansion gets fines, community service news

    The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports ( ...

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:42:37 -0400
  • Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million news

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:45:45 -0400
  • Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-need news

    By Taylor Harris NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle. Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which exhibits winning entries every year, is donating about 20 of the top gowns to brides whose plans were shattered by the sudden bankruptcy of wedding dressmaker Alfred Angelo last week. Kari Curletto said she spent three months on her submission "Quilted Enchantment," with its six-foot cathedral train.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:18:04 -0400
  • Texas company recalls coffee with Viagra-like substance

    A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited. Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs ...

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:53:55 -0400
  • McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweatsuit to delivery items news

    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast-food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:11:44 -0400
  • Trooper reels in massive 650-pound tuna during fishing trip

    RYE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state trooper reeled in a big fish — a massive 650-pound (295-kilogram) tuna.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:03:27 -0400
  • Swedish train to be named Trainy McTrainface in tribute to Boaty

    A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains "Trainy McTrainface" after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll. Trainy McTrainface won 49 percent of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. Last year, the British government said a new 200 million pound ($259 million) polar research ship would be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough even though the name "Boaty McBoatface" had topped an online poll.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:32:44 -0400
  • 10-year-old boy trips over 1.2M-year-old fossil in desert

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A boy's misstep on a family hike in New Mexico has given the world a prehistoric wonder.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:35:06 -0400
  • London Zoo welcomes a new kind of visitor: Robotic dinosaurs news

    LONDON (AP) — London Zoo is welcoming a new star attraction this summer: robotic dinosaurs.

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:34:39 -0400
  • Alabama man to display head of 820-pound hog shot in yard news

    SAMSON, Ala. (AP) — Hogs aren't unusual in rural south Alabama, but Wade Seago said he'd never seen anything like the 820-pound (372-kilogram) animal he shot and killed in his front yard.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:19:35 -0400
  • Cops: Customer threatened to shoot someone over bad sandwich

    SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a fast-food restaurant customer angry about the way his sandwich tasted and looked threatened to shoot somebody over it.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:22:52 -0400
  • Self-described drug dealer calls 911, reports stolen cocaine news

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn't the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:30:02 -0400
  • Man beats odds of catching blue lobster, donates to science news

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:16:39 -0400
  • Stranded fugitive arrested after flagging down deputy

    RACELAND, La. (AP) — A fugitive who authorities say evaded capture since 2013 has been arrested after he flagged down a deputy in Louisiana.

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:01:25 -0400
  • Herd of scared buffalo make break for it, roam through town

    GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — These buffalo have been roaming through a New Hampshire town.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:46:24 -0400
  • Metamorphosis: Philadelphia street horrified as cockroaches invade

    Residents of a Philadelphia street were horrified when thousands of cockroaches emerged from a sewer drain, forming a swarm so big that it covered the street at one stage, according to city officials and local media on Tuesday. "There were thousands of them," resident Pat Wall told NBC10 television of the Sunday-night incident. "It was a horror story that I couldn't believe I was living." A small task force of city workers on Tuesday found the source of the infestation, a drain clogged with refuse, said John DiGiulio, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Water Department.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:02:22 -0400
  • Man kills raccoon with hammer after it bites him on head

    ARNOLD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says he was attacked by a raccoon as he worked on his car outside his home, and killed the animal with the only weapon he had: a hammer.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:37:50 -0400
  • Officials try to figure out why roaches swarmed from manhole

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to figure out what caused thousands of cockroaches to emerge from a manhole and swarm a neighborhood.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:09:30 -0400
  • Woman gives birth in Uber car on way to California hospital

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California mom says that when she prayed her fourth birth would be a fast one, she couldn't imagine it would happen in an Uber car on the way to the hospital.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:52:36 -0400
  • Cheesemaker kicks up a stink over vanishing prize-winning cheddar

    A British cheesemaker has offered a 500 pound ($652) reward for the recovery of 40 kilograms of prize-winning cheddar stolen from an agricultural show in south-west England. The award-winning cheddar and the reserve champion, each weighing 20 kilograms, were allegedly stolen on Saturday after being left in a marquee in Yeovil, not far from the village of Cheddar, after which the world-renowned cheese is named. The two blocks disappeared along with the certificates that prove their prize-winning quality which could raise their value.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:21:34 -0400
  • Police helicopter crew recorded couple having sex, British court told

    The crew of a police helicopter filmed people sunbathing in the nude, naturists at a campsite and even a couple having sex, a court in Britain was told on Tuesday, the BBC reported. South Yorkshire police officers Matthew Lucas, 42, and Lee Walls, 47, and pilots Matthew Loosemore, 45, and Malcolm Reeves, 64, each denied charges of misconduct in public office when they went on trial in Sheffield in the north of England.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:06:16 -0400
  • Police officer with stun gun sets naked man on fire

    MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Police say an officer using a stun gun to restrain a naked man accidentally set the man's chest hair and beard on fire.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:58:19 -0400
  • Police: Man threatens to pull gun over wrong taco order

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he threatened to pull a gun on a taco shop employee for giving him the wrong order.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:41:10 -0400
  • Flood destroys entire cash contents of Wisconsin bank vault

    BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:33:14 -0400
  • Dog pulls baby deer from water to save it from drowning news

    PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that saw a baby deer in danger of drowning in New York jumped in and dragged it to shore.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:07:21 -0400
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