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  • Airline passenger fined after keeping free airline apple

    DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not declaring she was bringing a free apple into the U.S. that she received on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris. Crystal Tadlock tells KDVR-TV in Denver that flight attendants had passed out the apples and she placed it […]
  • Strip club agrees to replace racy billboard

    TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a Connecticut adult entertainment club has agreed to replace a risqué billboard that sits along an interstate highway after several people complained. The billboard for the Electric Blue Cafe in Tolland that features two scantily clad dancers went up along Interstate 84 a couple of weeks ago. Tolland […]
  • Dream job: Harley-Davidson interns get a free motorcycle

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And the best part? They’ll keep their bikes at the end of the 12-week […]
  • Town bids farewell to iconic, 200-year-old copper beech tree

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in a western New York town are bidding a sad farewell to an iconic 200-year-old tree. A public ceremony is planned Monday evening to commemorate the tree that towers over Copper Beech Park in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. It’s dying from a devastating fungus. Town Supervisor Bill Smith tells […]
  • Squirrel wins UC Berkeley student senate seat

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Berkeley has elected a squirrel to its student senate. The Sacramento Bee reports “Furry Boi” was named April 13 to the Associated Students of the University of California Senate. The squirrel initially took the form of a critter living among campus trees, running on platforms such as […]
  • Police rescue baby raccoon trapped under SUV hood

    EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A baby raccoon halted Northern California traffic after he crawled inside the engine compartment of an SUV stopped at a traffic signal. The East Bay Times reports that police Lt. Fred Dauer thought he had come across a traffic accident in Emeryville on Friday when he saw cars parked and people […]
  • It’s true! Broadway was traffic-free for 2 Manhattan miles

    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway was closed to traffic for two Manhattan miles, but only for a few hours. Thirty blocks of Broadway was open only to pedestrians and bicycles from Times Square down to Union Square on Saturday. City officials invited pedestrians and bikers to join the fun and games from 9 a.m. to […]
  • Germany: Truck tips over, floods field with fish

    BERLIN (AP) — Oh sprat! A tractor-trailer tried to take a turn and toppled over, tipping its entire load of fish onto a German farmer’s field. Police says some 20 metric tons (22 tons) of sprat spilled out of the truck in Friday’s accident in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. German news agency dpa […]
  • Michigan couple gives 14th son creative middle name

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple had a little bit of fun naming their 14th son. Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the birth of their son on Wednesday. Jay Schwandt said they’ve decided to name him Finley Sheboygan Schwandt. The name doesn’t appear to have any ties with the Wisconsin city. It’s inspired […]
  • Mom: Preschool’s ban of the term ‘best friend’ is silly

    GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term “best friend.” Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown. The little girl told her mother […]