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  • Moose rings Alaska home’s doorbell

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose used the doorbell to awaken a couple in Alaska. The couple thought maybe it was an aftershock or some kids playing a prank when the doorbell rang in their Anchorage home early Wednesday. Kyle Stultz tells KTVA-TV he looked out the door and found nothing. He assumed it was […]
  • Feng shui or in the way? Begrudged boulders won’t budge

    HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine restaurant owner is citing feng shui (fung shway) as a reason not to move boulders outside the building that are in the way of a sidewalk project. Annie Huang, co-owner of Lucky Garden in Hallowell, tells members of the city’s highway committee on Thursday that the boulders are culturally […]
  • Bah, Humbug: Florida neighbors scorn woman over display

    HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been scorned by her neighbors in a high-rise Florida condo because of a holiday message she spelled out in lights across her balcony. Kathy Hill says the Ebenezer Scrooge phrase ‘Bah Humbug” is one of her favorites at Christmas. But other residents of the twin towers of […]
  • New study explains creation of deadly California ‘firenado’

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer’s deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday. The churning funnel of smoke and flame killed a firefighter […]
  • Cheesecake giveaway clogs roads, draws crowds _ and police

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A large-scale cheesecake giveaway clogged not only arteries but also the roads surrounding a Virginia restaurant where one person was taken to a hospital and faces a disorderly conduct charge. Arlington County Police say they received calls Wednesday about traffic disruptions as a Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Clarendon was participating in […]
  • Woman pleads guilty to bludgeoning, crushing boyfriend

    ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to killing her boyfriend by stabbing him, hitting him with a table leg and crushing him under the weight of her roughly 300 pounds. Windi Thomas, of Erie, faces a sentence of 18 to 36 years after pleading guilty to third-degree murder. She had been scheduled […]
  • Amusement park finds wallet lost nearly 4 years ago

    HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has his wallet back nearly four years after it apparently fell out of his pocket while riding a roller coaster. It was a running family joke to tell the kids to look for dad’s wallet every time they visited Hersheypark. Jon Anson tells WHTM-TV he got a call […]
  • Sheriff: Man pulls gun on Popeyes worker in condiments clash

    MARRERO, La. (AP) — A man is accused of pointing a gun at the manager of a Popeyes in Louisiana during a dispute over condiments. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 59-year-old Earl Jethroe of Marrero walked into the eatery Friday, ordered a meal and apparently took issue with the condiments provided by employees. At some point, the […]
  • Beloved gift shop turtle celebrates 50th birthday party

    BRISTOL, N.H. (AP) — A turtle given to a bedridden little boy in New Hampshire back in 1968 celebrated her 50th birthday with party hats, a sheet cake with the right number of candles and many well-wishers. Diane the Turtle was given to Jim Tonner when he was 12 and being treated for hip arthritis […]
  • Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69. A Dutch court on Monday rejected Ratelband’s request to shave 20 years off his age in a case that drew worldwide attention. “Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years […]