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  • Camels found wandering in Arizona yard are back home

    SAHUARITA, Ariz. (AP) — Two camels in southern Arizona are back home after going for an impromptu trek in the desert. Pima County sheriff’s officials said authorities Tuesday found the owners of the runaway camels. Deputies were called to a residence in the town of Sahuarita on Monday night and found the camels roaming a […]
  • Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school. Martha Everett lost the black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Workers found it in January behind […]
  • Volunteer discovers $4,000 inside donated book in Phoenix

    PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of dollars found inside a donated book has been returned to the former owner. KPNX-TV reports that volunteer Cathy McAllister was sorting books for a charity book sale in Phoenix last weekend when she found $4,000 in a chamber cut inside “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” The station […]
  • Man who dumped tuna in woods pleads guilty, gets probation

    PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caught a tuna out of season and then dumped the headless, 400-pound carcass in the woods has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to related charges. The Salem News reports that Harold Wentworth, of Gloucester, pleaded guilty on Monday to littering from a vehicle, improper […]
  • Police: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger. They called the city on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene. Authorities nicknamed the tiger “Tyson” after the movie “The Hangover.” Officials tell KHOU-TV […]
  • Not a rom-com: Mom scouting date for son draws campus ire

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and at Towson University in Maryland a mother has been trying so hard to find a date for her son that police are concerned. The Baltimore Sun reports that a woman in her 50s wearing a multicolored scarf approached students in two campus buildings last week, showing […]
  • Troopers: Teen arrested for taking control of Alaska flight

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was arrested after he briefly gained control of a small aircraft during a short commercial flight over western Alaska. KYUK-AM reports the teen was seated in the front passenger seat of the Piper Cherokee Six on a recent Yute Commuter Service flight from Napakiak to Bethel. […]
  • House call turns into horse call for police in Minnesota

    INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis resident reported a strange intruder in her basement. It was a horse. Inver Grove Heights police arrived at the woman’s home late Friday night to find a pale-colored horse walking through various rooms as officers watched through windows from the outside. Police Sgt. Adam […]
  • NY woman resorts to baseball bat after patty not available

    NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who couldn’t get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest. On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx — smashing a restaurant’s windows after learning the eatery had run out of her favorite food. Police […]
  • Strip club dancers charged in theft of police officer’s gun

    PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Two strip club dancers have been charged with stealing a Boston police officer’s handgun, prompting the department to place the officer on leave and open an internal investigation. Police say 25-year-old Neish Rivera, 22-year-old Melissa Dacier, and the officer went to a Providence strip club before going to a hotel last […]