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  • Christmas crystal: Man charged with mailing meth to inmate

    MACON, Ga. (AP) — A man sent some illegal holiday cheer to a woman in jail and he ended up getting arrested himself, officials in a Georgia county say. News outlets report 40-year-old Timothy Lee Snow sent the woman a Christmas card filled with drugs. Bibb County Jail inmate Mary Beth Odum, 40, had told […]
  • FBI is trying to catch a “bad wig bandit” in North Carolina

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI is asking the public’s help in catching a so-called “bad wig bandit” who’s been robbing banks in North Carolina. The FBI said in a statement on Thursday that the suspect wore a different wig during each heist in the Charlotte area. One wig was blonde. Another was black. The […]
  • Group hopes to prevent “opossum dropping” on New Year’s Eve

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A movement is growing in North Carolina to prevent the act of so-called “opossum dropping.” The practice involves suspending an opossum in a transparent box on New Year’s Eve and slowly lowering it the ground as people count down to midnight. The Raleigh News & Observer reported that a western North […]
  • Man breaks into Taco Bell, prepares food, takes nap

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Taco Bell wasn’t open on Christmas Day but a burglar in Georgia decided he wanted a festive feast anyway — and to take a nap while he was at it. Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into the restaurant, prepared food and fell asleep […]
  • ‘Send Nudes’: Drivers shocked by road sign’s racy request

    PINE KNOT, Ky. (AP) — Drivers traveling along a Kentucky highway didn’t have to check their direct messages to receive the infamous sexting request: send nudes. An electronic road sign that was hacked early Thursday morning asked drivers on Highway 92 in Pine Knot to “send nudes,” news outlets reported. Officials with the Kentucky Transportation […]
  • Correction: ODD–Opossum Dropping story

    In a story published Nov. 19, 2019, about New Year’s Eve opossum drops in North Carolina, The Associated Press, citing a story from The News & Observer of Raleigh, erroneously reported that the last opossum drop occurred in Brasstown on Dec. 31, 2018. The final opossum drop there occurred on Dec. 31, 2017. Copyright © […]
  • Michigan town ‘stinks;’ Council buys marijuana odor device

    BESSEMER, Mich. (AP) — Is that a skunk? No, it’s marijuana. A small town in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is buying an odor-detection device and drafting an ordinance to crack down on the unpleasant smell of blooming marijuana plants. Bessemer City Manager Charly Loper said the Nasal Ranger could be used to check a variety […]
  • Las Vegas firefighters discover illegal gas station at home

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas firefighters have discovered what officials described as an illegal, homemade gas station in a backyard. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue shared images online of the makeshift gas station discovered by firefighters Tuesday showing two yellow tanks in the corner of a walled yard with a gas pump nozzle on […]
  • Search off for ‘command vehicle’ in mystery drone case

    A Colorado sheriff on Wednesday rescinded his call for people to be on the lookout for a “command vehicle” that may be operating mysterious groups of drones spotted in recent weeks over northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska. That request for public assistance “is no longer pertinent or relevant,” the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office said on […]
  • Florida mom hits jackpot: 2 sets of twin boys born in 2019

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Doctors told a Florida woman she had a better chance of winning the lottery than of giving birth to two sets of twins in the same year. But Alexzandria Wolliston said she won the jackpot with the births of Mark and Malakhi in March and Kaylen and Kaleb in […]