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  • Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash

    CLEARFIELD, Utah (AP) — Two Utah firefighters responding to a car crash left the scene with purple manicures after calming a young girl upset over the collision. North Davis Fire District Chief Allen Hadley and Captain Kevin Lloyd checked on the crying and screaming girl while medics evaluated her mother. The two dads, both fathers […]
  • Giant pumpkin weighing nearly 1 ton sets California record

    HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won first place at the 46th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off, setting a record for the largest in California. Leonardo Urena of Napa won $15,000 Monday when his pumpkin logged 2,175 pounds (986 kilograms). Weigh-off spokesman Timothy Beeman says Urena’s pumpkin […]
  • A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to […]
  • Dog lost since 2007 found over 1K miles away in Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A toy fox terrier that disappeared from its family’s south Florida home in 2007 was found this week over a thousand miles away in Pittsburgh and reunited with its owner on Friday. The 14-year-old named Dutchess was found hungry, shivering and in serious need of a nail trim under a shed on […]
  • Big avocado earns Hawaii family Guinness World Records honor

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness World Records for the world’s heaviest avocado. The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday. The average avocado weighs about 6 ounces […]
  • Plane hits car in emergency landing on road; no major injury

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A plane crash turned into a traffic crash when a small aircraft having engine trouble made an emergency landing on an Ohio roadway and rear-ended a car near an intersection. The two pilots aboard the plane and the driver in the BMW they hit weren’t seriously hurt in the Thursday afternoon […]
  • ‘Is this your turd?’: Missouri city’s cleanup flags dog poop

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Officials in a southwest Missouri city are planting small flags in piles of abandoned dog poop as part of a campaign to get residents to clean up after their pets downtown. The Police Department in Springfield, Missouri, posted photos of the flags in use on its Facebook page Wednesday. The flags […]
  • You’re gonna need a bigger boat? UMaine has printer for that

    The world’s largest 3D printer has created the world’s largest 3D-printed boat. And the University of Maine demonstrated Thursday that it’s seaworthy. The university unveiled the 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat that was printed at the university’s Advanced Structures & Composite Center. It’s one example of how the massive printer can create larger prototypes to assist companies […]
  • Police: High school coach lifted $40 from player’s wallet

    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico football coach has been fired and faces criminal charges after authorities said a student used a cellphone video to capture the coach on video taking money from a player’s wallet. State Police arrested Miyamura High School coach John D. Roanhaus on Saturday following a review of the footage […]
  • Goat rams through sliding glass door, naps inside bathroom

    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio homeowner never envisioned becoming semi-famous because of a goat butting its way into her home and taking a nap in her bathroom. “This is the most random story in the world,” Jennifer Keathley said Tuesday, breaking out into laughter. The break-in happened Friday when an escaped male goat from a […]