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  • Knitting with a repurpose: Woman makes suit of plastic bags

    GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — Rosa Ferrigno’s new suit takes recycling to an extreme — she knitted it from more than 300 plastic grocery bags. The 75-year-old woman from Greece in western New York whiled away the winter knitting a skirt and jacket from filmy brown bags scissored into thin strips that were tied together to […]
  • Thief steals 140 sap buckets in Vermont

    ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A sap bucket thief has brought a sour note to Vermont’s maple sugaring season. Fred Hopkins tells MyNBC5 that someone took 140 of his sap buckets, a first for him. Hopkins makes award-winning maple syrup at his home in the town of St. Albans and gifts it to friends and […]
  • Squabble over airport’s name heads to court in Florida

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Apparently, this region ain’t big enough for two airports with the name “Orlando.” The authority that governs Orlando International Airport has sued the authority for the much smaller Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Florida’s Space Coast, claiming its name is misleading passengers into believing they’re going to the theme park mecca […]
  • Escaped wallaby goes on walkabout in Dallas neighborhood

    DALLAS (AP) — A wallaby who apparently escaped his owners went on a walkabout in an east Dallas neighborhood before being recaptured. Tim Tiernan said he and his wife were taking a morning walk Wednesday when they saw what they first thought was a dog. The wallaby hopped into the couple’s driveway and up to […]
  • Man recreates bunny suit marriage proposal for anniversary

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his wife. Londonderry resident Mark DeAngelis says he asked his wife Jolene to marry him on Easter 1998, surprising her in a bunny […]
  • Fire ball above LA not an alien invasion, just a film shoot

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department would like residents to know that aliens are not invading. The LAPD says a fire ball that dashed through the sky over downtown Wednesday evening was part of a movie production. The department tweeted a video of the fiery streak with the reassuring message that it […]
  • Man uses nude mannequins to send message to ‘nosey’ neighbor

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jason Windus gave his California neighbor something to look at during a dispute over the height of a backyard fence — naked mannequins having a garden party. Four of the fashion dummies are seated in wicker chairs around a matching table. Another is standing with its arms over its head […]
  • LA-area pursuit suspect breakdances before surrendering

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Law-breaking turned into breakdancing at the end of a Southern California vehicle pursuit. TV news helicopters were overhead Tuesday night when a suspect pursued by the California Highway Patrol finally surrendered, but broke out into a 10-second dance before being handcuffed. The pursuit began in the Calabasas area and headed east […]
  • Police: Duo nabbed trying to steal Capone statue in Arkansas

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — It was a caper Scarface might have sanctioned … until they dropped him and got collared. Authorities say two Missouri men snatched a statue of Al Capone from its seat outside the Ohio Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas, early Saturday morning. Club owner Mike Pettey told the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record […]
  • Man returns library book 53 years late

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man says he has returned an overdue library book — 53 years after he first borrowed the book. Fair Lawn resident Harry Krame says he checked out “The Family Book Of Verse” by Lewis Gannet from his school library when he was 13 and Lyndon Johnson was […]