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  • Santa Claus back at work in Germany answering Christmas mail

    HIMMELPFORT, Germany (AP) — Santa Claus is at it again, answering thousands of Christmas letters from children around the world at a special post office in the northern German town of Himmelpfort. As part of the annual event organized by Germany’s Deutsche Post, Santa and 20 helpers last year responded to 277,200 letters from 64 […]
  • US court rules Kentucky man can get ‘IM GOD’ license plate

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase “IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving. Court documents show Ben Hart, a self-identified atheist, set out to get the Kentucky plate in 2016. But Hart’s request was denied by the […]
  • NJ will trap turkeys troubling Jersey Shore neighborhood

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has drumsticked up a plan to deal with flocks of wild turkeys that are ruffling some feathers in a Jersey Shore neighborhood. And it doesn’t involve them winding up on dinner plates in two weeks. The state Department of Environmental Protection will trap scores of turkeys that have […]
  • Hawaii man proposes to girlfriend while surfing

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend when — instead of hanging 10 — he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed. Hawaii News Now reported that Lauren Oiye said yes just before Chris Garth dropped the ring in the ocean. Multiple photographers nearby captured the Sunday moment. […]
  • Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F— PG&E,” describing it on Facebook last week […]
  • Michigan man uses battle ax to fight off intruder

    OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose hobbies include ritualized combat with replica weapons from the Middle Ages says he wielded a battle ax he calls “my baby” to fend off an intruder. Thirty-six-year-old Ben Ball tells WOOD-TV he was playing video games at his apartment in Oshtemo Township, about 130 miles (209 […]
  • Michigan hunters use branch saw to free entangled bucks

    BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Quick-thinking hunters in central Michigan have rescued two deer who literally became locked in battle. WOOD-TV reports that insurance agent Mark Johnson spotted the rutting bucks in a field with their antlers entangled. He figured the eight-point bucks would die from exhaustion or starvation if they stayed stuck. Video of […]
  • Coin toss rule could determine village’s tied mayoral race

    MAGNOLIA, Ohio (AP) — A mayoral election in a small Ohio village could once again be decided by a coin toss. The Canton Repository reports candidates Travis Boyd and Grant Downes each received 127 votes during Tuesday’s election in Magnolia, which straddles Stark and Carroll counties. A coin toss will determine the winner if Boyd […]
  • Sweet of taste of freedom: Chocolate Berlin Wall destroyed

    PARIS (AP) — So this is what freedom tastes like. A French chocolate sculptor celebrated the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall by taking a hammer to a chocolate replica of the infamous barrier, distributing the sweet chunks to applauding bystanders. Patrick Roger said it felt “amazing to share the taste, […]
  • Residents say wild turkeys are attacking community

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Some New Jersey residents have been getting an early Thanksgiving surprise. A gaggle of 40 to 60 wild turkeys have been aggressively terrorizing residents in a 55-and-up community in Ocean County daily. Holiday City residents say the turkeys are blocking doorways, pecking at cars and behaving aggressively when they are […]