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  • Waiter returns lost $424,000 check to retired social worker

    NEW YORK (AP) — A waiter has returned a cashier’s check worth nearly $424,000 to the retired social worker who lost it. Armando Markaj found a bank envelope while cleaning off a table last Saturday at Patsy’s restaurant in East Harlem. Markaj ran outside but the customer was gone. He opened the envelope and got […]
  • Snake turns up in washing machine smelling ‘like Downy’

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family’s washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash. Sanela Kamencic tells WMAQ-TV she was “totally creeped out” when the snake turned up Wednesday in the washing machine in Evanston. Police Officer Pedro Carrasco and […]
  • New Jersey homeowner finds 2 bears battling in his yard

    FRANKFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Spring was in the air when a New Jersey homeowner found two black bears battling in his yard. Corey Bale tells NJ.com he went outside to investigate last week after a neighbor told him there was a bear behind his Frankford Township home. But when he stepped outside, he heard […]
  • Dog runs away from home to be with daycare buddies

    ST. ANN, Mo. (AP) — Sometimes, a guy just wants to hang out with his buddies. Such was apparently the case with Hugo, a dog who ran away from home last week in north St. Louis County and went straight to his doggy day care. KTVI-TV reports that Hugo is often boarded at Happy Tails […]
  • Berlin park’s drug dealer solution panned by authorities

    BERLIN (AP) — A creative attempt by a downtown Berlin park manager to keep drug dealers away from families and joggers has been met with an emphatic “nein” from German officials. Cengiz Demirci demarcated certain areas in the popular Goerlitzer Park with pink spray-painted lines for the dealers to stand behind, with the intention of […]
  • Chef stopped at Los Angeles airport with 40 frozen piranhas

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A famous South American chef says he was stopped as he brought 40 piranhas in a duffel bag through Los Angeles International Airport. Virgilio Martinez, chef-owner of Central restaurant in Peru, tells the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that he hoped to serve the predatory, sharp-toothed fish during an LA food […]
  • Eagle with 8-foot wing span crashes into Alaska home

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Many are familiar with uninvited guests unexpectedly crashing at the house, but an eagle took such a scenario to new heights in Kodiak. An eagle grabbed a piece of freezer-burned halibut that someone had thrown out, and apparently misjudged its climb up a cliff with the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) piece of fish […]
  • Authorities: Woman pulls gator from pants during stop

    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a Florida woman pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop. The Charlotte County sheriff’s deputy stopped a pickup truck Monday afternoon after it ran a stop sign and 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons told him he and his 25-year-old passenger Ariel Machan-Le Quire […]
  • 8 trapped ducklings rescued from storm drain

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued eight ducklings from a storm drain on the University of Connecticut campus. The school says bystanders walking near the chemistry building called the fire department after noticing a mother duck and two ducklings crying outside the drain on Sunday evening. The school says a firefighter attached to a […]
  • NYPD: Shoplifter slugs worker after stuffing soap down pants

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man slugged a worker who caught him stuffing a bar of soap down his pants at a New York City pharmacy. The New York Police Department released a video Saturday of the person in the April 1 incident and asked for the public’s help in tracking him down. […]