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  • At Flag Day ceremony, Mexico’s ‘tri-color’ flies upside down

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry, with troops flying the country’s red, white and green “tri-color” upside down. Local media show images of the giant flag fluttering over Mexico City’s Campo Marte parade ground Saturday with its iconic eagle inverted. President Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged the gaffe, but […]
  • Oklahoma City receives rare lake effect snow from storm

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City, meet the Great Lakes. A weather event known as lake effect snow that’s common in the upper Midwest and northeastern U.S., made a rare appearance at Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner on Wednesday. Meteorologist Ryan Barnes with the National Weather Service in Norman said an area south of the lake […]
  • Student calls 911 from school, says he was sleepwalking

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania middle school canceled classes after a student who said he was sleepwalking was found inside the building. State police say the seventh-grade student called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to report he was inside Wendover Middle School in Hempfield Township. The student told authorities he had been sleepwalking and […]
  • Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door

    DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) — The feeding habits of a Cooper’s hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of a New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons. A hawk has been killing and devouring pigeons near the entrance to M & T Bank in suburban Syracuse for several weeks. Property manager […]
  • Got skunks in your home? Don’t use a smoke bomb

    FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks. The Detroit Free Press reports the man’s attempt sparked a fire Monday that quickly spread from the crawlspace to the first floor. The fire eventually spread through the walls […]
  • Massachusetts transit bosses under fire for $100K bathroom

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts transportation officials are under fire for authorizing a no-bid contract for a tiny, $100,000 bathroom inside a state office building. WCVB-TV reports that the 115-square-foot bathroom and adjoining kitchenette was installed last year at the State Transportation Building inside the new state Transportation Department and MBTA board room. The project was […]
  • Runaway cow defends its freedom in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled. The red Limousin beef cow that fled last month has gained celebrity status as it defends its life and freedom, roaming […]
  • Nothing to see here! Police clear T-Rex walking student

    EAST LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — Police in a Philadelphia suburb received an unusual report about a dinosaur on the loose. But officers in East Lansdowne did not panic and took things in stride when they realized what was happening. They posted a video showing a person in a Tyrannosaurus rex costume “taking their kid to […]
  • Bicyclist blames Waze for directing him into Lincoln Tunnel

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City bicyclist delivering Chinese food is blaming the Waze navigation app for directing him into the busy Lincoln Tunnel, where bikes are banned. A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman says 19-year-old Bruce Lee was stopped Tuesday evening after he pedaled into the tunnel, which […]
  • Police: Man’s target practice leaves bulletholes in walls

    CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man who was taking target practice in his home was arrested after bullets went through the wall into his neighbors’ apartment. A Cape Coral police news release says 61-year-old Ivan Bakh was arrested Sunday and charged with firing a weapon in public and shooting into a […]