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  • Legal briefs: Suspended judge pleads in underwear-theft case

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A suspended New York judge has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary for trying to sneak into a neighbor’s home to steal her underwear. Robert Cicale (sih-KAL’-ee) pleaded guilty Friday in Suffolk County court. Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Cicale had several pairs of worn women’s underwear stuffed into his jacket and […]
  • California Highway Patrol captures flightless fugitive emu

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities have captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway. The Fresno Bee reported Friday that the bird was apprehended following a brief pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers. Authorities say officers responded to a report that an ostrich was wandering along the right-hand shoulder of […]
  • Stinky shoppers unoffended after Mississippi store bans them

    GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — You stink, stay out! That’s the message from one Mississippi Delta convenience store to workers at a neighboring soybean oil mill. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the convenience store has a sign on its door stating “Notice: Bad Smelling Oil Mill People Please Do Not Enter.” Anurag Randive, who manages the Greenwood […]
  • Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill’s birthplace

    LONDON (AP) — A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet, valued at roughly 1 million pounds ($1.25 million), was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It had been installed […]
  • Yak on ride to butcher shop escapes to Virginia mountains

    LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a yak on its way to the butcher’s shop escaped to the nearby mountains avoiding animal control officers and treats trying to lure it back into a trailer. The News & Advance reports the yak named Meteor was on its last ride Tuesday from Buckingham, Virginia, to […]
  • Pig-headed pig’s escapades cause owner to face citations

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — This little piggy should have stayed home. The State reports that for the fourth time, Leroy – a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig – wandered over to Brennan Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, leading officials to slap Mcgregor Wallace with citations for owning a pig within city limits and having a fugitive […]
  • 9-pound, 11-ounce Tennessee baby is born on 9/11 at 9:11

    GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A Mississippi couple welcomed a 9-pound, 11-ounce baby into the world on 9/11, at 9:11 p.m. The Commercial Appeal reports Christina Malone-Brown was born by cesarean section at a hospital in Germantown, Tennessee. Christina’s father, Justin Brown, says bystanders joked his family should play the lottery. He says the doctor kept […]
  • Eno the elusive emu dies during capture in North Carolina

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Animal control officials in North Carolina are sad to report that an elusive emu has died while being captured. It was the end nobody wanted for the flightless bird, which was on the run for months. The emu was dubbed Eno and became a social media star, with people posting “Where’s […]
  • Swede has arm amputated after Castro’s crocodile bit him

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish newspaper says a man who was bitten by a crocodile that once belonged to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro has had his arm amputated. The Aftonbladet tabloid says 79-year-old Lars Liedegren was told doctors had to amputate above the elbow after he put his arm the wrong side of the […]
  • Ohio State denied request to trademark ‘The’ for merchandise

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has lost its fight to trademark the word “The.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office turned down the university’s request to trademark “The” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise. OSU submitted the trademark application last month. The patent office cited the trademark appears […]