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  • Police: Drunken man took wrong Lyft to wrong home

    CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a drunken man took the wrong Lyft and tried to get into a house he mistakenly thought was his home. Cape Elizabeth police say the Falmouth man mistakenly got into a Lyft summoned by a man who lived next door. Police say the man was dropped […]
  • Police capture pair of runaway emus in coastal Texas

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Police in coastal Texas have captured a pair of runaway emus that had been on the lam for a day after escaping from their owner’s backyard. Emus aren’t permitted in Galveston, but police say a man recently brought the large, flightless birds to the island after the death of his mother. […]
  • Parrot rescued after nearly 3 nights in storm drain

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An African Grey parrot is home after being trapped for nearly three nights in a storm drain in Los Angeles. Arturo Vasquez tells KABC-TV he turned to YouTube parrot advocate Marlene Mc’Cohen when no one would help him try to free his 10-year-old parrot Milly. Mc’Cohen says she rounded up a […]
  • Orangutan bites zoo volunteer, detaches her thumb

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A zoo in Ohio says one of its volunteer’s thumbs became detached when an orangutan reached through a barrier and bit her arm. The Toledo zoo says the volunteer’s injuries were not life-threatening and that she was treated at a hospital. Zoo officials tell The Blade that what happened isn’t the […]
  • Giant ice disk equipped with webcam after surviving storm

    WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame survived the weekend winter weather that pummeled New England and now has its own webcam. The webcam in Westbrook monitors the disk that’s been spinning in the Presumpscot River for more than a week and continues its counterclockwise rotation. The Portland […]
  • 9 brains, 3 hearts: Some wild facts about octopuses

    BOSTON (AP) — Mythology and superstition have portrayed octopuses as alien beings or evil creatures dwelling in the terrifying dark depths of oceans. Little wonder, considering they are a bit unusual. The giant Pacific octopus has three hearts, nine brains and blue blood, making reality stranger than fiction. Things to know about the giant Pacific […]
  • Half ton of fun: Cincinnati Zoo’s Fiona turning 2

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Now a half ton of fun, the Cincinnati Zoo’s famed prematurely born hippo will soon turn 2 years old. The zoo says a variety of activities will celebrate Fiona’s latest milestone. The hippo was born Jan. 24, 2017, at a dangerously low 29 pounds (13 kilograms). Round-the-clock critical care and outside help […]
  • Restaurant sign approved after concerns it was offensive

    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Officials in a New Hampshire city have approved a restaurant sign that initially was removed over concerns that it sounded like profanity. The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on words. It calls itself by the name of a […]
  • Another ice disk grabs attention in Maine

    MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The massive ice disk that formed on a Maine river has a baby brother. Officials at Baxter State Park in northern Maine shared a photo of an ice disk that’s about 30 or 40 feet wide, located in wilderness more than 200 miles north of much larger disk that formed in […]
  • Cat rescued after sliding down dam’s spillway

    HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A wayward cat is safe after it was rescued from a dam in Indiana. The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department writes on Facebook that a fisherman spotted the feline stranded on the spillway at the J. Edward Roush Lake dam. Officers could not reach the animal, so Army Corps of Engineers workers […]