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  • Photo shows black bear relaxing at New Hampshire hotel

    BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — It seems bears enjoy a good view just like any other visitor to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. A photo snapped June 29 by an employee at the Omni Mount Washington Resort shows a black bear holding onto a rail on the veranda and looking out. The photo was […]
  • Rattlesnake, uranium, whiskey found during traffic stop

    GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Police in Oklahoma say they found a rattlesnake, a canister of radioactive powdered uranium and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey during a traffic stop of a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The traffic stop happened June 26 in Guthrie, about 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City. […]
  • Fearless dog chases bear from neighbor’s yard

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is promising to give his neighbor’s dog a steak for chasing a black bear from his backyard. Mark Stinziano tells WABC-TV his home security camera captured what happened Tuesday night when the bruin decided to snack on the bird feeder behind his West Milford home. The […]
  • Driver escapes injury when saguaro cactus pierces windshield

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say a driver escaped injury when his car’s windshield was pierced by the trunk of a saguaro cactus during a wreck Wednesday on the outskirts of Tucson. Pima County sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Jelineo said the black sports car struck the cactus while crossing a median. The broken-off cactus ended […]
  • Maine couple buys home that inspired ‘The Conjuring’

    HARRISVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Maine couple has bought a Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the horror movie “The Conjuring.” Cory Heinzen tells the Sun Journal in Maine that he’s heard doors opening, footsteps and knocks. He said the house in Harrisville, Rhode Island, is “very busy.” The movie is based on the story of […]
  • Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city’s most popular parks. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Tuesday that investigators went to Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city’s West Side and confirmed that the unusual resident is there as […]
  • Patron tackles Australian robber with bar stool, pot plant

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A patron at a hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast has foiled a holdup by attacking the robber with a bar stool and a pot plant. A video release by the Queensland police shows a hooded man enter the Mermaid Beach Hotel in the early hours of Friday morning and threaten a […]
  • Philly got Patti LaBelle’s name wrong on honorary street

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia honored singer Patti LaBelle with her very own street earlier this week. Unfortunately, the signs didn’t get her name right. The city’s Streets Department didn’t capitalize the “b” in the legendary soul singer’s last name on the signs that were put up before Tuesday’s ceremony on Broad Street. A stretch between […]
  • Police and residents rescue 6-foot snake from car engine

    EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police and bystanders teamed up to rescue a 6-foot-long (1.8-meter-long) snake that had wrapped itself around the engine block of a car in Connecticut. East Windsor police say the reptile had to be removed from a resident’s vehicle on Thursday. Police wrote in Facebook post that it “was not exactly […]
  • Sweet! Florida man wins July 4 key lime pie-eating contest

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Key West man has won the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin’ Contest on the subtropical island where the pie originated. David Johnson plunged face-first into a 9-inch (23-centimeter) pie smothered with whipped cream during Thursday’s challenge. The rules forbid contestants from using their hands. He consumed it in 58.2 […]