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  • Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured to safety with beef jerky

    MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A group of mountain bikers on a North Carolina trail spotted a dog trapped 30 feet (9 meters) down in a sinkhole — and it took a salty snack and some straps to lift him to safety. The group was riding the Sinkhole Trail at Pisgah National Forest, about 50 miles […]
  • Snake lands on Mississippi woman as she opens her front door

    MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A woman in Mississippi received a slithering surprise when she got home from work last week: a snake that had been lodged on top of her front door landed on her head. The encounter happened after the intruder made its way on top of Christina Mitchell’s door on Thursday, the Enterprise-Journal […]
  • Donkey sculpture on front lawn burned in Maine town

    BOWDOINHAM, Maine (AP) — A donkey sculpture on a front lawn in a Maine town was set on fire in what one lawmaker called an act of “political terrorism.” The sculpture was burned around 2 a.m. Saturday morning in Bowdoinham, on the property of former select board member Theresa Turgeon, who said she’s currently running […]
  • Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime

    MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident’s apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official. The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, “Place mail in ballots here.” Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over […]
  • Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution: an electrified fence around it. John Oliveira, 54, a disabled Navy veteran and a member of the New Bedford School Committee, put the fence up a few weeks ago. Oliveira told […]
  • Ouch! Bee sting to the mouth floors Tour de France rider

    CHAMPAGNOLE, France (AP) — Having ridden nearly 3,200 kilometers (almost 2,000 miles), over four mountain ranges, Tour de France rider Lukas Pöstlberger was forced by a bee sting to the mouth to abandon Friday with the finish in Paris just two days away. The Austrian rider, who has devoted his Tour to helping team leader […]
  • Poop knives, arachnophobic entomologists win 2020 Ig Nobels

    Maybe this year’s Ig Nobels, the spoof prizes for dubious but humorous scientific achievement, should have been renamed the Ick Nobels. An anthropologist who tested an urban legend by fashioning a knife out of frozen human feces, and a man who found that spiders oddly give scientists who study insects the heebie-jeebies, are among the […]
  • Germany: Victim refuses to testify after defendant proposes

    BERLIN (AP) — A 48-year-old man in Germany avoided a lengthy jail sentence after he made a marriage proposal in court to the woman he was on trial for allegedly trying to kill with a bayonet and she refused to testify against him. Judges in the western city of Bonn nonetheless convicted the man Thursday […]
  • Drone lands in outfield at Wrigley Field, causing delay

    CHICAGO (AP) — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center. As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the […]
  • Bones to pick, for $8M: Stan the T rex goes up for auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — He weighed at least 7 tons and had eyes the size of baseballs. His bite could have crushed a car. He bore scars from fierce prehistoric battles. All this could be yours for as much as $8 million. The legend of the Tyrannosaurus rex nicknamed Stan is getting fresh life thanks […]