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  • Postal service returning decade-old stolen Hawaii mail

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it has found mail stolen in Hawaii more than a decade ago. KHON-TV reported Monday that the family of a now-deceased postal worker discovered the stolen mail inside a storage unit and turned them over to officials. The postal service says the stolen mail is being sent […]
  • Authorities: Man built bomb to warn about alien threat

    MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man who allegedly placed a homemade bomb in a parking lot behind a Pennsylvania hotel told them he did it to warn police about aliens bent on destroying the planet. State troopers responded to the Bahney House in Myerstown on Sunday. They discovered a suspicious package and 29-year-old […]
  • Puppy who disappeared after crash found 13 days later

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A recently adopted puppy that disappeared after her owner crashed in Arizona survived 13 days in the mountains and has been reunited with her owner. The Arizona Daily Sun reports volunteers found Bella, a 4-month-old mixed yellow lab, almost two weeks after driver Michael Crocker rolled over his SUV off the […]
  • Historical marker commemorates reported alien abduction

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A historical marker has been placed near the river where two men in southern Mississippi said they were abducted by aliens in 1973. News outlets report the city of Pascagoula dedicated the marker Saturday at Lighthouse Park. Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker said they were on the shores of the Pascagoula […]
  • Snake on a mailbox halts mail delivery until it’s relocated

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Postal Service Creed covers rain, snow, heat and gloom of night, but it says nothing about snakes on a mailbox. One North Carolina postal worker who encountered that very thing said the mail delivery could wait until the snake was delivered elsewhere. The Charlotte Observer reports the worker found the […]
  • Georgia sheriff steps in after 140 people skipped jury duty

    DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff says he had to get involved when nearly three-fourths of people summoned for jury duty in his county failed to show up for court. WMAZ-TV reports courts in Laurens County faced a small crisis last week when only 60 people showed up for jury duty out of 200 […]
  • Jackpot: More than 2,000 winners in North Carolina lottery

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Turns out that zero can be a lucky number. North Carolina’s state lottery Saturday said it set a record payout after the winning numbers in a Pick 4 game came back “0-0-0-0.” The lottery said about 1,000 tickets at $1 were sold and will pay out at $5,000. Another 1,000 tickets […]
  • The Latest: Scamp the Tramp wins California Ugly Dog Contest

    The Latest on the Ugly Dog Contest in California (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Scamp the Tramp’s looks have made him a winner — but it wasn’t a beauty contest. The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize Friday at the 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa […]
  • Bear enters Montana home, settles in for nap in closet

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a black bear somehow locked itself inside a Montana home and then nestled onto a closet shelf that wasn’t too hard, wasn’t too soft, but just right for a nap. Missoula County sheriff’s officials say the bear just yawned when deputies knocked on the window and unlocked the door […]
  • Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

    Scamp the Tramp will never win a beauty contest. But he’s won an ugly one. The bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch took top honors Friday night at the 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa, California, won an appearance with Scamp on the “Today” show, $1,500 in cash, another $1,500 to donate […]