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  • Customer threw iguana at restaurant manager, police say

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a customer at an Ohio restaurant pulled out a turquoise iguana from under his shirt, swung it around and threw it at the manager. Police say the Madison man walked into Perkins Restaurant in Painesville, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland, on Tuesday. He laid down in […]
  • Eastern hellbender voted Pennsylvania’s official amphibian

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that’s sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, which can grow to be more than 2 feet (a half meter) long and is battling […]
  • Harvard dorm ends decades-old goat roast tradition

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard University residence hall is ending a decades-old tradition of skinning and barbecuing a goat in the courtyard. The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reports that Dunster House Faculty Deans Cheryl Chen and Sean Kelly informed students of the decision in an email last week, citing student discomfort with the tradition […]
  • Muskrat love: Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat rodent

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native to the area — “on days of abstinence, including […]
  • Connecticut police solve decapitated chicken mystery

    WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police have captured a man they say has been leaving decapitated chickens outside a Connecticut home. Westport police say a resident called at about 11:30 p.m. Friday to say someone had just dropped a bag containing two headless chickens and a headless pigeon on his property, then ran toward a nearby […]
  • Thai oil rig workers rescue dog swimming 135 miles offshore

    BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land. A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that they saw […]
  • Firefighters rescue ducklings from drain in San Diego area

    CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California have rescued 13 ducklings from a storm drain. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports churchgoers called police Sunday afternoon after hearing the ducks chirping from the drain in Chula Vista. Fire officials say the ducklings might have fallen through holes in a grate while walking through a […]
  • 100-year-old yoga instructor keeps moving, dancing

    HARTSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A 100-year-old yoga instructor has no plans to stop practicing and teaching. On a spring day in Hartsdale, a northern suburb of New York City where she leads her classes, Tao Porchon-Lynch said she first encountered the ancient practice at age 7 in her native India. Strolling along a beach, she […]
  • Police: Pair made laxative cookies for striking workers

    UHRICHSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a couple made laxative-laced cookies for striking school employees because they were tired of the noise from the picket line near their home. Authorities in eastern Ohio say none of the striking workers ate the sugar cookies, but the couple was charged with contaminating the treats. Police say the […]
  • German police: Shiny gold Porsche a danger to other drivers

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have ordered a blinged-out golden Porsche off the road for being too shiny. Hamburg’s Morgenpost reported Friday the 31-year-old driver was stopped in the northern city last week and told his Porsche Panamera, sporting a reflective gold foil finish, might blind other drivers and was a danger. He was told […]