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  • Police: Man gets arrested in attempt to support jailed lover

    LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say they’ve arrested a man who wanted to go to jail to support his jailed girlfriend. Raymond Pace, 47, was charged with offenses including possession of methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia, news outlets report. Pace called authorities Saturday to report a stolen laptop, according to a statement by […]
  • 2 men accused of gluing winning numbers onto lotto ticket

    FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it. Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday and charged with offenses including uttering counterfeit instrument over $1,000. The state lottery commission called […]
  • Animal house: Squirrel wrecks home, insurance won’t fix it

    ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta couple said they came home from a winter vacation to find their house had been ransacked by an unusual suspect: a squirrel. Kari and Dustin Drees bought their first home last month in Atlanta’s affluent Buckhead district and went to visit family a week later, news outlets reported. During their […]
  • Feds, Colorado seek answers in mysterious drone sightings

    FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) — Groups of drones have been spotted buzzing over rural parts of northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska for weeks, unnerving residents. Now, U.S. officials are working with state and local authorities to determine who is behind the mysterious nighttime flights. Morgan County Sheriff David Martin hosted a closed-door meeting with law […]
  • Man left drugs, gun in designer bags at convenience store

    GALLIANO, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are perplexed over why a man left apparent designer bags holding drugs, a gun, cash and a digital scale in a convenience store. The man went into the store early Thursday and put the Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags on a chair, according to a news release Friday. “The […]
  • Police: Psychic said girl was possessed, scammed mom of $70K

    SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — A woman claiming to be a psychic stole more than $70,000 from a client by telling the woman her 10-year-old daughter was possessed by a demon and she needed the money to banish the spirit, police in Massachusetts said. Tracy Milanovich, 37, of Somerset, is charged with obtaining property by trick, […]
  • Man gets prison for stealing home deed without signing loan

    BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to prison for trying to steal a new $219,000 home by snatching and filing a signed deed without signing loan documents. Stanley Livingston, 45, was given a three-and-a-half-year sentence last month in Polk County court, the Ledger reported. A jury convicted him in September of grand […]
  • ‘On the Farm Again’ Woman makes hay replica of Willie Nelson

    HUDDLESTON, Va. (AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson frequently sings about traveling and seeing things he may never see again. Chances are he had never before encountered a 15-foot-tall hay sculpture of himself — guitar and iconic pigtail braids included — like the one a Virginia woman recently created. Huddleston native Beth Bays has been […]
  • Happy New Year! Your Corvette has been speared by a signpost

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A flying highway sign gave a driver an unwelcome New Year’s Eve gift when it impaled the rear window of his Corvette during a highway mishap that left multiple vehicles damaged in south Florida. The large highway merge sign speared the rear window of the car Tuesday afternoon on the […]
  • 2020 starts on frigid note with polar bear plunges

    NEW YORK (AP) — 2020 began in frigid fanfare for hundreds of people who splashed through the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge. Swimmers wearing Santa hats and other costume braved 40-degree temperatures (4 degrees Celsius) to partake in the New York City tradition. The weather was chillier than last […]