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  • Mississippi gov is pranked in shout-out to high school grads

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — This one slipped through the cracks. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves asked people to submit names of high school seniors so he could read them aloud on a webcast — a recognition for teenagers who are missing traditional graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic. On a Facebook live session Saturday, Reeves […]
  • Moose family reunion: Trooper brings calves, mom together

    HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah state trooper has helped a pair of newborn moose calves reunite safely with their mother after spotting them on a mountain road. The trooper noticed the hours-old calves without their mother on the road as he drove home from work, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Salt […]
  • Virginia family out for ride finds nearly $1 million in road

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia family out for a ride to get a change of scenery after being holed up due to the coronavirus found nearly $1 million in two bags lying in the road. David and Emily Schantz left their Caroline County home with their children last Saturday and drove their pickup truck […]
  • Authorities: Dispute over $10 ends in fight, fatal shooting

    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A dispute over $10 sparked a brawl at an Ohio home this week that ended with one man fatally shooting another, authorities said. Dhameer Haamid Scott, 24, of Middletown, turned himself in Wednesday and will face murder charges in the death of John Booker, 36. It wasn’t known if Scott has […]
  • Dining with dummies? Renowned restaurant adds mannequins

    WASHINGTON, Va. (AP) — One of the country’s most renowned restaurants says mannequins will add a touch of whimsy and help with social distancing when customers return to its grand dining room later this month. Mannequins dressed in fine 1940’s-style attire were already theatrically staged Thursday at The Inn at Little Washington, tucked in the […]
  • 9-year-old boy in Tennessee catches 80-pound lake sturgeon

    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A nine-year-old boy in Tennessee became the third child in his family to catch a monster fish, reeling in an 80-pound sturgeon that outweighed him by far. Coye Price was eager to catch something big after his 11-year-old sister Caitlin hooked a 40-pound striper and his 8-year-old sister Farrah reeled in […]
  • Detroit-area residents lift spirits with costumed parades

    FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Sarah Ignash spends her days looking after dogs in normal times. With her business temporarily shuttered because of the coronavirus, though, she’s taken to walks on the wild side through her Detroit suburb with dancing bears, bipedal zebras and the like. Ignash, whose business in nearby Roseville specializes in boarding, grooming […]
  • Peacock on the prowl falls for officer’s decoy, not love

    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston police officer used an electronic mating call Monday to help capture a peacock that had escaped from a nearby zoo. An officer lured the curious peacock that had escaped from Franklin Park Zoo into a fenced-in yard while playing a mating call on his cell phone, The Boston Globe reported. […]
  • Man who sought trial by combat now wants ex-wife evaluated

    HARLAN, Iowa (AP) — A Kansas man who sought legal permission in Iowa to engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife is not insane but merely angry over their child custody arrangement, according to a psychological evaluation. David Ostrom, of Paola, Kansas, asked in a Jan. 3 court filing to be allowed to fight […]
  • Cops: McDonald’s mask scofflaw breaks window, steals panties

    BROOKLYN, Conn. (AP) — A man who had been kicked out of a McDonald’s restaurant for having no face mask threw a rock through the window, stole some underwear from a Walmart and surrendered when police threatened to set a dog on him, authorities said. Jason Daddario, 37, was charged with criminal mischief and breach […]