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  • German nudist chases down boar who snatched his laptop

    BERLIN (AP) — A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop. Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets to the mirth of fellow bathers at Berlin’s Teufelssee, or Devil’s […]
  • ‘Chief mouser’ Palmerston retires as UK’s top diplomatic cat

    LONDON (AP) — Time spent in lockdown was just superb for Palmerston, the chief mouser at the U.K. Foreign Office. It was so good, in fact, that the cat has decided to leave sorting out international affairs to the human diplomats and retire to the countryside after four long, hard years on the job. Palmerston […]
  • Minnesota man sells ’57 pickup for $75 he paid 44 years ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man sold the 1957 Chevy pickup for he drove for 44 years for $75, the same price he paid decades ago. Bob Sportal of Prinsburg handed over the key last month to the grandson of the man he brought the truck from, KARE-TV reported. Sportal was in his early 20s […]
  • Couple in Confederate flag flap finds Scandinavian solution

    ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — A couple who came under attack for displaying the Norwegian flag outside their mid-Michigan inn because some observers mistook it for a Confederate flag have found another way to show their Scandinavian pride. Greg and Kjersten Offenbecker, who own The Nordic Pineapple in St. Johns, outside Lansing, took Norway’s flag […]
  • Woman with husband’s bones gets close look at Munich Airport

    BERLIN (AP) — Police at Munich Airport got a surprise during their search of a wooden box being transported by a 74-year-old passenger that turned out to contain the bones of the woman’s dead husband, authorities said Tuesday. Customs officials, a doctor and prosecutors were called in, and they determined no crime had been committed, […]
  • New Wisconsin justice sworn in during ultramarathon

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky has finished her 100-mile (161-kilometer) ultramarathon after being sworn in mid-run. Karofsky, who finished the run Sunday, was sworn in around 1 p.m. Saturday at the 35-mile marker of her route in south-central Wisconsin. State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet administered the oath of […]
  • US Marshals put Fyre Festival merchandise up for auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than three years after the highly publicized Fyre Festival famously fizzled out in the Bahamas, merchandise and other “minor assets” are up for sale — courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service. In a release Thursday, the U.S. Marshals announced that 126 items from the festival will be auctioned off, with […]
  • RI issues tax refunds signed by Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island mistakenly sent more than 175 tax refund checks signed by Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, rather than the state treasurer and controller. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation uses the signatures on test files, which were mistakenly printed on the real checks and sent out on Monday, a spokesperson […]
  • Rhode Island boy digs up massive 2 1/2-pound mollusk

    NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — An 11-year-old Rhode Island boy clamming with his grandfather found a giant quahog that is thought to be one of the largest ever harvested in state waters. Cooper Monaco, of Wakefield, found the massive mollusk Monday in the Weekapaug section of Westerly, and donated it to the University of Rhode Island’s […]
  • S. Korean tries washing money over virus fears, suffers loss

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Money laundering is not a good idea, as a South Korean found out when he or she put banknotes in a washing machine to remove possible traces of the coronavirus. Officials say the loss was considerable. The person living in Ansan city, near Seoul, placed an unspecified amount of 50,000-won […]