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  • Around 2,000 people vie to prove German city doesn’t exist

    BERLIN (AP) — Around 2,000 people are vying to win 1 million euros ($1.1 million) offered by a German city to anyone who can deliver solid proof it doesn’t exist. Officials in Bielefeld announced the competition last month, saying that there are “no limits to creativity” but only incontrovertible evidence will be rewarded. The idea […]
  • Cock-a-doodle-doo! French rooster crows over court win

    PARIS (AP) — Maurice the rooster can keep crowing, a French court ruled Thursday, as it rejected a complaint from neighbors who sued over noise nuisance. Maurice’s case and several other lawsuits against the sounds of church bells, cow bells, cicadas and the pungent smells from farms have prompted a national debate over how to […]
  • Rare, two-headed rattlesnake found in New Jersey forest

    PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — It looks like something from a science fiction movie. A newborn two-headed timber rattlesnake has been found in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Herpetological Associates of Burlington County CEO Bob Zappalorti says the snake has two brains and each head acts independently of the other. Two employees at the organization spotted […]
  • Florida man parks Smart car in kitchen so it won’t blow away

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It started as a light-hearted challenge between a Florida couple, can a Smart car fit into their kitchen? The answer: Yes it can. Patrick Eldridge parked his smart car in his kitchen to protect it from Hurricane Dorian because he didn’t want it to “blow away” and to prove that he […]
  • Anonymous flyer denies ‘Sasquatch’ reason for bridge closure

    BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) — An anonymous flyer denying that Bigfoot is behind the prolonged closure of a bridge in a Vermont town has got locals talking about the mythical forest creatures. The flyer first spotted at the Bradford post office said the prolonged closure of the Creamery Bridge over the Waits River was not due […]
  • Woman fell asleep in her parked car, woke to find it missing

    HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a possible carjacker apparently removed a sleeping 80-year-old woman from her parked car before stealing the vehicle and leaving her in the driveway. Hamilton police say the woman told them she’d fallen asleep in her parked car in a driveway around 9 p.m. Wednesday, but woke […]
  • Brew the years: Beer fans ‘CANvention’ opens in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In middle school, Dan Scoglietti rode his bike through Chicago, picking up old beer cans with his twin brother, Ed. It was an odd hobby for a pre-teen in the 1970s that turned into a lifetime pursuit. “We’d go to junior high and trade beer cans,” says Scoglietti, now 57. “Today, […]
  • Funeral home trying to unload unclaimed ashes of nearly 100

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa funeral home is calling on families to pick up the unclaimed cremated remains of nearly 100 people that it has been keeping in a locked closet for years, some since the mid-1990s. Lanae Strovers, of Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, told TV station KCCI that she has […]
  • Governor steps in to help woman keep ‘PB4WEGO’ vanity plate

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s governor has stepped in to help a woman keep a 15-year-old vanity license plate showing a common phrase parents say. The state Division of Motor Vehicles asked Wendy Auger to surrender the plate, which reads “PB4WEGO.” The division said phrases related to excretory acts aren’t permitted. reports Gov. […]
  • S Carolina turtle patrol group finds two-headed hatchling

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A group that monitors sea turtles in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has reported finding a two-headed Loggerhead hatchling. News outlets report Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island says the hatchling was found alive Tuesday and released into the ocean. The group’s leader, marine biologist Amber Kuehn, says a […]