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  • Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats. On Wednesday, three goats munched on the plants along the small city’s bike path behind the high school and near a river. The goats graze on the poison ivy, causing stress to the plants […]
  • Ex-student sues district over reaction to ‘Netflix n’ Chill’

    ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — A high school graduate is suing a South Dakota school district and two officials, accusing them of sexual discrimination over an article she wrote for a school newspaper in which she said she likes to “Netflix n’ Chill.” Addison Ludwig alleged in the lawsuit that she was unfairly singled out […]
  • 2 lives down, 7 to go: Cat survives being hit twice by cars

    GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road. State police say they recently received a report of a cat being struck by two vehicles in the rural town of Grafton, just outside Albany. When […]
  • Driver’s test arrest: Pot, gun, cash found in smelly car

    GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A 22-year-old man who went for his driver’s test left in handcuffs after the examiner became suspicious about a certain odor emanating from the car. News outlets report the examiner alerted a trooper at the Motor Vehicle Administration office, who searched the car. A Maryland State Police report says the […]
  • Holy cow! Bovine herd helps police corral suspect in Florida

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture. A Seminole County Sheriff’s helicopter captured the Sunday night incident on video as the crew gave play-by-play to officers on the ground. A crew member offered […]
  • Participants in travel race drive Prague subway train

    PRAGUE (AP) — Two participants in a travel competition were allowed by a driver to drive a subway train carrying passengers in the Czech capital, an incident the Prague Transport Authority called “unacceptable.” As part of the LowCost Race that takes two-member teams with a limited budget across Europe, the two faced a challenge to […]
  • Michigan man launches horse-and-buggy ride-hailing service

    COLON, Mich. (AP) — Look out Lyft, move over Uber: A southern Michigan man has launched a horse-and-buggy ride-hailing service. WWMT-TV reports Timothy Hochstedler dubs his service “Amish Uber,” but he’s not affiliated with the San Francisco-based company. A sign on the side of his buggy reads “Amish Horse & Buggy Rides $5,” and he […]
  • San Francisco’s wild parrots branching out throughout city

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s famous birds immortalized in the book and movie “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” are now roosting in several neighborhoods throughout the city, a newspaper reported Saturday. The parrots are roosting in other neighborhoods beyond their original home on the city’s Telegraph Hill, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The […]
  • Time capsule: Flags, Confederate cash, US medal

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Turn-of-the-century tour books, lots of Confederate cash, a post-Civil War medal from a Union veterans’ group, and a flag too tattered by time to tell whether it was U.S. or Confederate were among items removed Friday from a 1913 time capsule buried beneath a Confederate monument. The statue of the Confederacy’s […]
  • Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos

    PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos. Sierra Leyde didn’t have tattoos when she was named Miss Phelan at age 17. But she celebrated her 18th birthday with tattoos of flowers on her upper arm and […]