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  • Shocked? Electric eel powers aquarium’s Christmas lights

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium may be shocked to learn that an electric eel named Miguel Wattson is lighting up a Christmas tree. A special system connected to Miguel’s tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree, according to a news release. Miguel releases low-voltage blips […]
  • ‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Missouri rescue mission

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of a tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of a Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him. The beagle-mix puppy, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in November by Mac’s […]
  • Mississippi residents protest pothole with holiday decor

    MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a Mississippi city are protesting a large pothole in their neighborhood by decorating it with holiday cheer. The Enterprise-Journal reports residents of McComb’s Edgewood neighborhood have topped the pothole and its yellow traffic cone with tinsel, spray-painted pinecones, white leaves and what appear to be holly berries. The newspaper […]
  • ‘Thanksgiving antics’ NC elk gets tangled up in red hammock

    MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (AP) — An elk is running around western North Carolina with a shredded hammock on its head, and apparently a love of apples is to blame. News outlets report Jim Beaver told the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office on Thanksgiving that an elk was stuck in his yard with its antlers tangled up […]
  • Police: Man called out of work drunk, tried to rob workplace

    OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a man called out of his Steak ‘n Shake job because he was “intoxicated,” then showed up anyway and demanded money while holding a co-worker at gunpoint. The Gainesville Times reports 20-year-old Kentarias Gowans, of Flowery Branch, is charged with offenses including aggravated assault. Oakwood Police investigator […]
  • LSU fans invited to grab a grassy gift ahead of championship

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University fans will have a chance to take home an unusual souvenir as the football team heads to the SEC championship — free slabs of Tiger Stadium sod. LSU Athletics announced that fans can claim their grassy gifts on Monday at the bullpen lot at Alex Box Stadium […]
  • Homeowners relish tree at heart of California Christmas rite

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — At the heart of an annual California Christmas tradition lies a struggling deodar cedar tree in the city of Fresno. Nearly a century ago, the tree was decorated by Willian and Mae Winning in memory of their teenage son after he died from a fall, the Fresno Bee reported Sunday. Neighbors […]
  • Uninvited gator interrupts Florida family’s Thanksgiving

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida family refused to make room at their Thanksgiving table for an uninvited guest, who was so angry at being left out that he repeatedly slammed the front door. Homeowner Chhaa Behary says she peeked through her window to get a good look at the unwanted visitor, and saw […]
  • Police: Woman arrested for firing gun into KFC drive-thru

    SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia woman fired a gun into a KFC after learning her order lacked napkins and a fork. News outlets report 33-year-old Jonelle Jade Dare was arrested Tuesday in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on an outstanding warrant from Shelbyville, Kentucky, where’s she’s accused of shooting into the restaurant drive-thru […]
  • Woman gives daughter born at airport apt middle name

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A woman who gave birth at an airport in North Carolina has given the baby a name tied to where she was born. News outlets report Nereida Araujo went into labor Wednesday on a flight from Tampa, Florida, to Charlotte, North Carolina. American Airlines spokeswoman Crystal Byrd says the flight crew […]