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    Timber rattlesnake caught lingering near Massachusetts home

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Timber rattlesnakes are known to thrive in some rural areas of Massachusetts, but finding them in urban areas is almost unheard of. That’s why state environmental police and animal control personnel were surprised to receive a report Sunday of a large rattler hanging around a Springfield home. Animal Control Officer Daniel […]
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    ‘Curious’ baboon knocks out power to Zambian tourist town

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baboon in Zambia has interfered with machinery at a power station in a tourist town near Victoria Falls, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people for several hours. State broadcaster ZNBC says the blackout affected residents in Livingstone and surrounding areas Sunday and reports that it was caused by […]
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    6 cars stolen from driveways on same night in same town

    GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Police say six cars were stolen from people’s driveways on the same night in the Connecticut town of Greenwich. Police tell the Greenwich Time ( ) all six cars were unlocked with the keys inside when they were taken from homes Saturday night. Lt. Louis Pannone says “people need to be […]
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    Forever’s gonna start tonight: Wedding set for total eclipse

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An astronomy buff and her fiance want to make sure nothing eclipses their Missouri wedding ceremony. Samantha Adams tells The Kansas City Star ( ) that her longtime fascination with the stars prompted her to schedule the ceremony for 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 — during an extremely rare total […]
  • In this photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, a van is shown with a piece of scrap metal on its roof  in Orange County, Florida, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The highway patrol said the scrap metal fell from a truck that had lost control and overturned on an overpass. The van driver and the driver of the semi had only minor injuries. (Florida Highway Patrol via AP) Odd News

    Florida driver survives crash when metal object falls on van

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell from a tractor-trailer and crushed his van. The Florida Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar of Orlando suffered only minor injuries on Saturday when the metal fell from an interstate overpass and landed on […]
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    Bees at center of swarm, attack moved from suburbia to farm

    RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — Police say that the New Jersey beehive at the center of an attack on a beekeeper and his wife has been moved to a farm. Ramsey Police Chief Bryan Gurney told The Record ( on Sunday that professionals moved the hive from the town that is just a short distance from […]
  • In this March 16, 2015, photo provided by the Australian Greens MPs, Scott Ludlum, right, deputy leader of the Greens party, stands with Adam Bandt during a Parliament House press conference. Ludlum announced he is ending his nine-year career in Parliament because he has discovered he has technically never been a senator. Ludlam said on Friday, July 14, 2017, he was "personally devastated" to learn that he is a citizen of New Zealand as well as Australia, which makes him ineligible for the Senate job he has held since July 2008. (Greens MPs via AP) Odd News

    Australia senator’s 3 election wins officially didn’t happen

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The deputy leader of an Australian political party announced Friday that he was ending his nine-year career in Parliament because he had discovered he had technically never been a senator. Scott Ludlam, the 47-year-old deputy leader of the minor Greens party, said he was “personally devastated” to learn that he was […]
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    Raccoon gets busy in backseat of convertible, giving birth

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant raccoon decided to get busy in the backseat of a convertible — giving birth. Employees at an auto detailing shop in Florida’s Manatee County first discovered the mother, who crawled through a plastic cover on the car’s window. Devon Straight, who works with a wildlife rescue group, said they […]
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    Suspect flees police, falls through ceiling and is captured

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Police say they’ve nabbed a fleeing suspect after he fell through the ceiling at a Florida apartment complex into a shower. Winter Haven Police officers said they were searching Tuesday for 32-year-old Demario Webster with an outstanding warrant for alleged probation violations when they chased him to a woman’s apartment. […]
  • In a Friday, June 2, 2017 photo, goats from the landscaping company Munchers on Hooves graze on leaves and weeds near the Sindecuse Health Center on Western Michigan University's campus. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University’s hiring of goats to clear 15 woodland acres on campus.  (Carly Geraci | Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) Odd News

    Grievance filed over mowing goats at university in Michigan

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University’s hiring of goats to clear 15 acres (6.07 hectares) of woodland on campus. Kathi Babbit is the chief steward of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local union. Babbit wrote in a July newsletter that the […]