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  • Goats return to Reagan Library to eat and create a firebreak

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — More than 350 goats are using their mouths to help protect The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum from wildfire danger. The herd returned this week to eat brush around the institution’s campus in the Southern California community of Simi Valley. The goats create a firebreak between the natural vegetation […]
  • Flock of giant California condors trashes woman’s home

    TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Giant California condors are rare — but not at Cinda Mickols’ home. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in the city of Tehachapi and made quite a mess. Mickols’ daughter, Seana Quintero of San Francisco, began posting photos of the […]
  • Play it again, Sam: Polish city recruits new bugle players

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ready to welcome tourists back, Polish’s southern city of Krakow has recruited two more trumpeters to play the city’s trademark bugle call every hour from the tower in St. Mary’s Basilica. They joint a contingent traditionally composed of retired firefighters who are physically fit and good musicians. A spokesman for Krakow […]
  • Detroit pizza man paints street, tries to save people dough

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit pizzeria owner who was upset over people getting $150 tickets for unwittingly parking in a handicap zone got a bucket of blue paint and marked the street himself. “People come to Detroit, try to support our city and walk away with a $150 ticket, and they feel like they were […]
  • Comic strip artists band together for a silly and good cause

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday — pants. More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from “Blondie” to “Zippy the Pinhead” are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in need. Participating […]
  • Customs: Woman hid cocaine in shoes at Atlanta airport

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman was caught trying to smuggle $40,000 worth of cocaine in multiple pairs of shoes through the Atlanta airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Customs officers stopped the 21-year-old on Sunday after she arrived on a flight from Jamaica, the agency said in a statement Monday. Her bags […]
  • Feds: Man used fraudulent PPP loan to buy alpaca farm

    BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a Massachusetts pizza parlor lied about the number of employees he had to fraudulently obtain more than $660,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds, then used some of the money to buy and stock an alpaca farm in Vermont, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Dana McIntyre, 57, of Grafton, Vermont, was […]
  • Food of the future? EU nations put mealworms on the menu

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Dried yellow mealworms could soon be hitting supermarket shelves and restaurants across Europe. The European Union’s 27 nations gave the greenlight Tuesday to a proposal to put the Tenebrio molitor beetle’s larvae on the market as a “novel food.” The move came after the EU’s food safety agency published a scientific opinion […]
  • Wine that went to space for sale with $1 million price tag

    LONDON (AP) — The wine is out of this world. The price is appropriately stratospheric. Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. The auction house thinks a wine connoisseur might pay as much as $1 million to own […]
  • Traveling owl: Man drives hours with bird in truck’s grille

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A man moving from Alabama to southwest Florida traveled hundreds of miles with an owl stuck in his truck’s grille. The owl survived. Torie Gray said he saw a vehicle ahead of him swerve on Interstate 75 to avoid the great horned owl. But somehow he hit it and it became […]