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  • Mysterious bowls of mashed potatoes confuse Mississippians

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, are confused by the bowls of mashed potatoes they’re finding on their cars, porches and mailboxes. Resident Jordan Lewis described the Belhaven neighborhood as a quirky one, with residents decorating road signs and putting Christmas trees in potholes. “So we don’t know if someone […]
  • Metal rod falls from truck, narrowly misses Miami driver

    MIAMI (AP) — A metal rod fell from a pickup truck and broke through the windshield of an SUV, narrowly missing the driver on a Florida expressway. Teresita McConney tells WSVN she heard a bang while driving on the Dolphin Expressway on Thursday. The rod pierced through the glass, just to the right of the […]
  • Police video shows robber was really robot vacuum cleaner

    BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have released police body camera video showing the moment when officers in Oregon realized a suspected robber holed up in a bathroom was really a robotic vacuum cleaner. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies discovered the menacing appliance after entering the bathroom with guns drawn. Assisted by a Beaverton […]
  • Pet project: Musician creates a playlist for shelter animals

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra’s music director has gone to the dogs. And the cats. Yannick Nézet-Séguin (yah-NEEK’ nay-ZAY’ say-GEN’) has curated a playlist for four-legged friends that’s being piped into the shelter at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He debuted the playlist at the shelter last week. He […]
  • Police: Firefighter went into store nude on dare to buy soda

    MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A firefighter who police say walked naked into a Rhode Island convenience store on a dare has been placed on leave. Police responded to a 7-Eleven in Middletown the afternoon of April 3 for a report of a naked customer. The owner said the man with a “smile on his face” […]
  • Woman charged for damaging neighbor’s racy Easter display

    CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who used garden shears to destroy her neighbor’s racy Easter display has been charged with criminal mischief. The display at a dental office in Clifton, New Jersey, featured five mannequins dressed in lingerie, all holding Easter baskets and surrounded by Easter eggs. It had drawn mixed reviews […]
  • Dentist vows to put racy Easter display back up

    CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey dentist who created a racy Easter display is vowing to put it back up after a female neighbor used gardening shears to damage it. The display at a dental office in Clifton, New Jersey, featured five mannequins dressed in lingerie, fishnet stockings and colorful wigs, all holding Easter […]
  • Deputies respond to home invasion, find robot vacuum cleaner

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Deputies in Portland, Oregon responded to a possible home invasion, but the intruder they found wasn’t alive or a person. It was a robotic vacuum cleaner. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a house sitter in Cedar Hills called 911 Monday, saying someone was inside the bathroom. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says deputies […]
  • Suit targets California’s ban on ‘Come on You Whites’ plate

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A soccer fan says in a lawsuit that the California Department of Motor Vehicles violated his First Amendment rights by rejecting a personalized license plate he said would celebrate his favorite team, but which the DMV determined might be deemed offensive. Jon Kotler applied for a plate that would read “COYW,” […]
  • Thieves keep stealing wheels from city’s police cars

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Somebody slowed the police’s roll: Thieves keep stealing the wheels off of the patrol cars in Mississippi’s capital city. Jackson police spokesman Sgt. Roderick Holmes tells local news outlets that three police cars were towed Saturday after police discovered their wheels had been stolen. The cars had been parked behind a […]