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  • Slow farm tractor flees police, setting off low-speed chase

    BREWER, Maine (AP) — Police say a slow-moving farm tractor that fled a traffic stop in Maine led police on a nearly 3-mile, low speed chase. Police Sgt. Nelson Feero Jr. says a Brewer police officer pulled over the tractor Tuesday morning after he saw it knock over a series of traffic cones in a […]
  • Erratic driving of front-end loader leads to DUI arrest

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 35-year-old Alaska man suspected of weaving through traffic while driving a front-end loader has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Daniel Hughett also is charged with consuming alcohol in violation of a previous release from custody. A caller told Anchorage police Tuesday night that an intoxicated man […]
  • Police: Thief tried paying waitress with her own stolen card

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress’ stolen credit card. Police spokesman Lt. David De Foor said in a news release that officers arrested 21-year-old Shamon West on Tuesday at Shannon’s Restaurant in Pine Bluff. He says […]
  • Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency wants its wooly mammoth tusk back. The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska on Tuesday asked the public’s help in recovering an approximately 10,000-year-old tusk stolen from the Campbell Creek Science Center, an interpretive center in east Anchorage. The woolly mammoth is Alaska’s official state fossil. The tusk […]
  • Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland

    HELSINKI (AP) — An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland. Finnish public broadcaster YLE reported Tuesday that some of the flammable liquid spread by an ill-fated homeowner in Siuntio, […]
  • Bog turtle becomes New Jersey’s state reptile

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has an official state reptile. The governor on Monday signed legislation designating the title to the bog turtle. Two years ago, Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told his students that New Jersey didn’t have a state reptile. So, they decided to advocate for the bog turtle. It […]
  • Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans’ flags

    ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans’ graves in Massachusetts. The flags at Bellevue Cemetery, in Adams, were first reported missing earlier this month. Residents volunteered to replace the flags by hand, but then those went missing, too. Police were called […]
  • Musician wins suit against ex who sabotaged his scholarship

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has been ordered to pay more than $200,000 to her ex-boyfriend for sabotaging his opportunity at a prestigious scholarship because she didn’t want him to leave. Eric Abramovitz, currently with the Nashville Symphony in Tennessee, is a Canadian clarinetist who in 2013 applied to study at Los Angeles’ Coburn […]
  • Someone didn’t buy work gloves but left a ring inside

    SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois hardware store is looking for a man who apparently tried on a pair of snug work gloves and left a ring inside. Mark Driscoll, owner of Ace Hardware in Sugar Grove, Illinois, says he found the ring when he went to buy a pair of gloves before a […]
  • Signs seeking return of heirloom: ‘My mother will kill me’

    MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, “My mother will kill me.” Colin Trimmer is offering a reward for the return of his great-grandmother’s iron and brass bed frame, given to […]