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In this July 19, 2017 photo, a cell phone tower that resembles a pine tree can be seen along northbound I-475 Road near Maumee, Ohio.  Two looming cell towers in Toledo suburb are now sprouting faux branches to make them look like pine trees and blend in with their surroundings. ( Katie Rausch /The Blade via AP)
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  • In this July 19, 2017 photo, a cell phone tower that resembles a pine tree can be seen along northbound I-475 Road near Maumee, Ohio.  Two looming cell towers in Toledo suburb are now sprouting faux branches to make them look like pine trees and blend in with their surroundings. ( Katie Rausch /The Blade via AP) Odd News

    Ohio cell towers camouflaged to blend in with surroundings

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Efforts to turn two looming cell towers in Ohio into faux pine trees to help them blend in with their surroundings are getting mixed reviews from residents. The Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2uihs7w) some residents in Springfield Township have derisively dubbed the towers “frankenpines.” Adding branches to the towers in the Toledo suburb […]
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    Rescuers need help after they get stuck helping kayakers

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes. That happened in the marshes of Hilton Head Island when a rescue airboat tried to help two kayakers who had gotten stuck during low tide. The Island Packet reports that authorities were called Thursday afternoon. David Refosco is second mate with Beaufort Water […]
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    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. Walter Fisher tells the New York Post he began overeating while on a losing streak and gained 40 to 50 pounds in a month. The […]
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    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. Buffalo resident Judith Sobresky says she was pulling up tiles in her basement Thursday when she saw an odd object in the corner. Lodged between the floor and wall was the old artillery shell. Sobresky […]
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    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. They say Betty Thomas caught the cab around midnight Thursday and asked to be taken to the SugarHouse Casino. On the way, she asked the driver to make a stop at a gas station. It was at the […]
  • This photo provided by the Carlisle Police Department shows Civil War-era artillery shells that were discovered by a librarian at the Gleason Public Library in Carlisle, Mass., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. (Carlisle Police Department via AP) Odd News

    New librarian finds live Civil War-era shells in her office

    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. Gleason Public Library director Abby Noland tells The Boston Globe she found the shells Thursday morning inside a box with a label explaining they […]
  • This photo provided by Austin Adair taken Saturday, July 15, 2017, shows a 15-pound bag of frozen pork that fell from the sky onto the home of Travis Adair in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The home is near three airports, so Adair thinks it fell from a plane. (Austin Adair via AP) Odd News

    A weird Florida mystery: Frozen pork falling from the sky

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Meat falling from the sky is weird, even by Florida standards. But that’s what happened at 4 a.m. Saturday when a 15-pound (6.8-kilogram) bag of frozen pork landed on the Deerfield Beach home of Travis Adair and his family. Adair said Thursday that the package hit his roof with a […]
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    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. Nick Cyr says he was reading a book on his boat with two lines out Tuesday in Rye when he got a bite. He tells WBZ-TV (http://cbsloc.al/2gNhuRS ) he could immediately tell it was a […]
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    Truck laden with chocolate goes up in flames on UK highway

    LONDON (AP) — Traffic on a major highway in England has been disrupted for hours after a truck laden with chocolate bars burst into flames. Drivers faced long delays after parts of the highway in Kent, southern England, were closed Thursday as fire crews put out the blaze and road workers tried to clear the […]
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    Car trying to beat train gets knocked into police vehicle

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi police say a freight train hit a car trying to beat it across the tracks, knocking it into a police SUV and a car that had been pulled over for a traffic stop. Biloxi (bih-LUX-ee) Police Lt. Christopher De Back says the car hit by the train rolled over, injuring […]