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Needing a break: Snooker player falls asleep during match

YORK, England (AP) — Still feeling the effects of the coronavirus, a top snooker player fell asleep in the middle of his match in one of the most prestigious events in the sport. “My head went down and I woke up and I didn’t have a clue where I was,” Mark Williams said after his […]
20 hours ago
FILE - The Tan Hill Inn, following fresh snow fall, in Richmond, Yorkshire Dales,  England, Saturda...

Lock in: Dozens stuck in England’s highest pub after storm

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of customers who stopped for a drink at Britain’s highest altitude pub got a longer stay than they bargained for, after the building was cut off by a blizzard. Sixty-one people woke up Monday after their third night at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales, 270 miles (435 kilometers) […]
20 hours ago

Rare coin minted in Colonial New England sells for $350,000

BOSTON (AP) — One of the first coins minted in Colonial New England, which was recently found among other coins in a candy tin, has sold at auction for more than $350,000, more than it was expected to get, the auctioneer said Friday. The one shilling silver coin made in Boston in 1652 — considered […]
3 days ago

$1K offered for President Warren Harding’s stolen dog collar

MARION, Ohio (AP) — A radio station serving U.S. President Warren G. Harding’s Ohio hometown says a reward offered by one of its listeners is providing new hope of finding a long lost dog collar stolen from his historic home. Scott Spears, host of a morning radio show on WWGH-FM in Marion, near the 29th […]
5 days ago

Man’s obit urges betting a bunch on the Huskers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Milton Andrew Munson’s obituary recalled his life as an Air Force veteran, a pharmacist, husband and father, and as a Nebraska football fan. That was evident in one line in the obit: “In lieu of flowers, please place an irresponsibly large wager on Nebraska beating Iowa.” Munson, 73, died Nov. 16. […]
6 days ago

Got the wrong goat: West Point cadets try to nab Navy mascot

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — West Point cadets attempting to nab the U.S. Naval Academy’s mascot ahead of the annual Army-Navy football game ended up grabbing a different goat, according to a report. U.S. Military Academy cadets traveled this weekend to a farm near Annapolis, Maryland, that is home to Navy mascot Bill, who belongs […]
6 days ago

Missing the point: Man in Germany drives to driving test

BERLIN (AP) — A man in Germany has discovered the hard way that it’s best to get a driving license first before trying to use it. Police in Bergheim, near Cologne, said Tuesday that the 37-year-old drove himself to his driving test, parking an Opel Zafira outside the test center in front of an astonished […]
7 days ago

Drivers scramble as cash falls from armored truck on freeway

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Drivers scrambled to grab cash Friday morning after bags of money fell out of an armored truck on a Southern California freeway, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly before 9:15 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad. “One of the doors popped open and bags of cash fell out,” California Highway Patrol […]
10 days ago
FILE - This June 1912, file photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows ash drifts around Ka...

Winds whip up volcanic ash from 1912 eruption in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volcano scientists issued an alert Wednesday, warning that a cloud of ash — from an eruption more than century ago — was headed toward Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The ash is from the powerful 1912 eruption of Novarupta, a volcano on the Alaska Peninsula that dropped volcanic ash that is still visible […]
12 days ago
German Shepherd Gunther VI sits by the pool at a house formally owned by pop star Madonna, Monday, ...

Story about dog ‘selling’ mansion part of long-running tale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Editor’s note: AP is replacing the story about the sale of a Miami mansion once owned by Madonna with this piece, which looks at how the tale of a German shepherd and a trust has long been used as a publicity stunt to dupe reporters. The AP fell for parts […]
13 days ago

Buck takes shelter inside church on hunting season’s 1st day

STURGIS, Mich. (AP) — A 10-point buck sought sanctuary inside a southern Michigan church on opening day of the state’s firearm deer hunting season. Pastors at Grace Sturgis encountered the buck inside the church’s auditorium on Monday before it leapt through a window and back into the wild. A video the church posted on Facebook […]
13 days ago

Roadrunner, going faster, ends up in Maine after hitchhike

FREEDOM, Maine (AP) — A wayward roadrunner is on the mend in Maine after traveling across the country in a moving van. The greater roadrunner, a species native to Southwestern states, hitched a ride in the storage area of a moving van from Las Vegas to Westbrook, Maine. Volunteers took the bird to Avian Haven, […]
14 days ago
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Our Lady of the Lake hospital employees load a d...

Deer runs into hospital, up escalator; later is euthanized

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A deer ran through the front door of a Louisiana hospital and climbed up an escalator Monday before it was captured and later euthanized because of injuries. News outlets reported that surveillance video showed the animal bounding into Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge through an open […]
14 days ago

Escape attempt with bedsheets thwarted at Paris prison

PARIS (AP) — French prison guards thwarted an escape attempt from the Paris region’s second-largest jail on Sunday, with French media identifying the would-be escapee as a suspected Islamic State sympathizer who dug a hole in the wall of her cell and rappelled out on knotted sheets. The Justice Ministry said the prisoner was caught […]
16 days ago

Python hitches sailboat ride from Florida Keys to mainland

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A python looking for a joyride snuck aboard a sailboat in the Florida Keys and ended up staying until the boat finished its nearly 100-mile voyage, police said. The crew found the 7-foot (2.1-meter) snake in the boat’s shower after docking Friday in Marco Island on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast […]
16 days ago
In this photo provided by Nona Windham, Naomi Pascal's teddy bear sits on a rock near the Hidden La...

Girl, teddy bear reunited a year after loss in Glacier park

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A little girl who lost a special teddy bear she’d had since being adopted from an Ethiopian orphanage thought it was gone forever when she forgot it along a trail in Glacier National Park last year. Her parents and family friends still held onto a glimmer of hope. Hope won out. […]
18 days ago
FILE - A cyclist wearing a face mask passes traditional red phone boxes, in London, on Nov. 5, 2020...

Thousands of red UK phone boxes to be protected from closure

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of Britain’s iconic red phone boxes will be protected from removal under new rules, the U.K.’s telecommunications regulator said Tuesday. The public payphone boxes may look like obsolete relics in an age of ubiquitous smartphones, but regulator Ofcom said they can still be a “lifeline” for people in need. The regulator […]
21 days ago

Trash can travels: Myrtle Beach bin makes its way to Ireland

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Instead of a message in a bottle, it was the decals on a barnacle-covered trash barrel that shows just how far it traveled, from the southeastern U.S. coast to a beach in Ireland, more than 3500 miles (5633 kilometers) from home. The City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina announced Monday […]
22 days ago
FILE - Elf on the Shelf figures are piled in a box at the company's studio Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020,...

With a wink, judge fights ‘tyranny’ of Elf on the Shelf

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Santa may have fewer eyes in homes this Christmas season after a Georgia judge — jokingly — banned the Elf on the Shelf. Cobb County Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Leonard posted a mock order on Twitter Thursday banishing these elves. “Tired of living in Elf on the Shelf tyranny? Not […]
22 days ago
Two girls operate the Giant Joystick at LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre, March 31, 2007 ...

Game on: 9-foot video game joystick on record as largest

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A 9-foot-tall (2.7-meter-tall) video game joystick made of wood, rubber and steel has made it into the Guinness World Records 2022 as the largest. Dartmouth College professor Mary Flanagan created the giant controller — nearly 14 times the size of an original classic Atari controller — in 2006 to celebrate her […]
24 days ago
In this photo provided by Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, recovering COVID-19 patient Jonathan...

After long COVID battle, Iowa man decides to wed in hospital

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Jonathan Johnson spent weeks on a ventilator battling COVID-19, then decided to get married — in the hospital. The 28-year-old man surprised his fiancée with the help of hospital staff and arranged a wedding last month in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Council Bluffs, tying the knot […]
24 days ago
FILE — A tiny home in a wealthy Boston suburb stands next to trees and shrubs Sept. 30, 2021, in ...

Tiny house in wealthy Boston suburb sells for $315,000

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — A tiny home in a wealthy Boston suburb has sold after about a month on the market, albeit for far less than the original asking price of almost $450,000. The roughly 250-square-foot (23-square-meter) home in Newton sold on Monday for $315,000, according to Coldwell Banker Realty’s Hans Brings Results agency. The […]
25 days ago
This photo, provided by The Strong National Museum of Play, shows the three toys being inducted thi...

American Girl Dolls, Risk, sand make it to Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — American Girl Dolls and the strategy board game Risk were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday in recognition of their influence on the toy industry. Sand, which the group called perhaps the most universal and oldest toy in the world, was also inducted. All three were honored […]
26 days ago
Donna Craig-Brown holds a large potato dug from her garden at her home near Hamilton, New Zealand W...

Doug the ugly New Zealand potato could be world’s biggest

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were weeding their garden in New Zealand when Colin’s hoe struck something huge just beneath the soil’s surface. As the couple knelt down and began digging around the object, Colin wondered if it was some kind of strange fungal growth, a giant puffball. After Colin pried […]
26 days ago