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  • Don’t look up! Bangkok’s slitherers keep snake catchers busy

    BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok parkgoers looking for relief from renewed coronavirus restrictions got a slithering surprise Thursday when a python as long as two of the Thai capital’s ubiquitous motorbikes was spotted in one of the city’s most popular green spaces. The reticulated python was only the latest big serpent to turn up in the […]
  • Unwanted pets: Giant goldfish turn up in Minnesota waterways

    BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Minnesota said they’re finding more giant goldfish in waterways, prompting a plea to citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes. The goldfish, which can grow to the size of a football, compete with native species for food and increase algae in lakes. Officials in […]
  • Deputy helps hoof wayward cows home along Michigan road

    MASON, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy hoofed it for 3 miles along a two-lane Michigan road to help guide eight wayward cows back to a farm. The Ingham County sheriff’s office transport unit responded Friday to a report of cattle blocking a road near Mason, WLNS-TV reported Monday. The deputy and two other men […]
  • Salon owner sells business for $1 to ‘worthy’ employee

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Salon owner Pio Imperati took a chance and hired hairstylist Kathy Moura right out of technical high school 15 years ago. It has worked out so well that Imperati sold her his venerable New Haven, Connecticut, business for $1. “She’s a good hairdresser, a good barber, she’s very nice,” Imperati […]
  • Gutter ball: Michigan man finds 160 bowling balls under home

    NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man made a striking discovery under his house when he went to demolish his back stairs: about 160 bowling balls. David Olson, 33, said he found one ball buried in the sand behind cinder blocks this month and continued finding more over the following days. “I was actually […]
  • Unopened Legend of Zelda game from 1987 sells for $870,000

    DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda that was made in 1987 has sold at auction for $870,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold Friday. The auction house said it was a rare version that was created during a limited production run that took place during a […]
  • Trooper performs Heimlich after motorist chokes on marijuana

    ROOTSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver after a man allegedly attempted to swallow a bag of cannabis when he was pulled over for speeding. Ohio State Police Sgt. Ray Santiago said the traffic stop occurred on July 3 in Portage County. Trooper Charles Hoskin conducted a […]
  • Goat lottery planned to protect Hawaii historic park

    HONOLULU (AP) — To protect historic lands from invasive goats, Hawaii officials will distribute the live animals to the public via a lottery. Hawaii officials will hold the lottery as a way to remove at least 700 goats from Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, which is an important cultural and historical site on the […]
  • Eye-popping 6,000 fake lashes seized at New Orleans airport

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three thousand pairs of fake eyelashes have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents after officials determined they were illegally imported from China to New Orleans. The four boxes of long lashes seized Tuesday at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport were destined for a local beauty supply store, […]
  • Spectator takes swing of McIlroy’s club at Scottish Open

    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — A spectator was escorted from the course at the Scottish Open on Friday after taking a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag and taking a few swings with it. The incident took place on the 10th tee, where McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway at The Renaissance Club […]