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  • Woman with ’emotional support squirrel’ removed from plane

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police at a Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a Cleveland-bound flight after she was found carrying an “emotional support squirrel.” Passengers had already boarded Frontier Airlines Flight 1612 at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday night when they were told there was a “situation” and everyone needed […]
  • Gecko butt-dials ‘bazillion’ times from Hawaii seal hospital

    HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed. Or, more specifically, foot-dialed. By a gecko. Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was at lunch when she got a call from Ke Kai Ola, the Big Island hospital where she’s director. There […]
  • Determined runner struck by deer finishes half marathon

    SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A runner who was struck by a deer during a half marathon in New Jersey still managed to cross the finish line. Christina Sanchez tells the Asbury Park Press that she was on Mile 10 of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon at Sandy Hook on Sunday when a large buck […]
  • Animal sanctuary, farm team up to save pig from slaughter

    HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — An animal sanctuary and a farm in New Hampshire are working together to spare a young slaughterhouse-bound pig to promote local agriculture. Beans and Greens Farm of Gilford is hoping to send the pig named Grover to the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary in Haverhill where it will live out its days. […]
  • Look! Down on the highway! It’s a … plane?

    AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A vintage commercial airplane is set to undertake a long, slow journey from Maine to New York where it will be turned into a cocktail lounge. The long trip ahead of the Lockheed Constellation, known as the “Connie,” kicked off Monday at a send-off event Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine. The plane […]
  • Man wins woman’s weight in beer at wife-carrying contest

    NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Baseball’s fall classic focuses on an American pastime. A Maine ski resort has its own fall classic based on a Finnish tradition. More than 30 teams from Maine to California participated Saturday in the North American Wife Carrying Championship. The event at the Sunday River ski resort featured male competitors completing […]
  • Lottery ticket leads FBI to Illinois bank robbery suspect

    PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a dropped lottery ticket led investigators to the man who robbed a suburban Chicago bank. Court documents say an FBI agent found an Illinois lottery scratch-off ticket that surveillance video showed falling from the man’s pocket during the Sept. 28 robbery of a Chase Bank branch in Palatine. Agents […]
  • Phony Craigslist ad leads people to loot property

    GREENE, Maine (AP) — Come one, come all, but actually, everything isn’t free. The Sun Journal reports a recent bogus Craigslist ad promised free items up for grabs at a Greene, Maine property whose owner is away in Florida. Property owner George Stanley says he reported the scam to Maine State Police and had the […]
  • Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man curious about a rock he’d used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it’s a meteorite worth $100,000. In fact, the nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University. […]
  • Florida store owner: Don’t warm urine in my microwave

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave. Parul Patel says he’s become “sick and tired” of people walking into his BP gas station and On the Fly convenience store in Jacksonville to warm their containers of urine. […]