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  • Philly got Patti LaBelle’s name wrong on honorary street

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia honored singer Patti LaBelle with her very own street earlier this week. Unfortunately, the signs didn’t get her name right. The city’s Streets Department didn’t capitalize the “b” in the legendary soul singer’s last name on the signs that were put up before Tuesday’s ceremony on Broad Street. A stretch between […]
  • Police and residents rescue 6-foot snake from car engine

    EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police and bystanders teamed up to rescue a 6-foot-long (1.8-meter-long) snake that had wrapped itself around the engine block of a car in Connecticut. East Windsor police say the reptile had to be removed from a resident’s vehicle on Thursday. Police wrote in Facebook post that it “was not exactly […]
  • Sweet! Florida man wins July 4 key lime pie-eating contest

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Key West man has won the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin’ Contest on the subtropical island where the pie originated. David Johnson plunged face-first into a 9-inch (23-centimeter) pie smothered with whipped cream during Thursday’s challenge. The rules forbid contestants from using their hands. He consumed it in 58.2 […]
  • Mower strikes, kills man sleeping on side of Oregon highway

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was sleeping in the grass on the side of an Oregon highway died after he was hit by a mower. The Statesman Journal reports a state Department of Transportation employee was mowing along the shoulder of state Highway 42 near the rural community of Tenmile on […]
  • The Latest: Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs to win

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan’s Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest. In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 […]
  • Bones found in bag at snack stand identified as human

    ALPINE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say bones in a plastic bag found hanging on the door of a snack stand at a scenic overlook in New Jersey have been identified as human. Bergen County prosecutors say a positive identification of the remains found Monday at the Stateline Lookout overlook in Alpine has not yet been […]
  • We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan’s Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Thursday, just a few hot dogs shy of breaking the record he set last year. In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the […]
  • $5,000 tip on $55 bill leads to woman’s arrest in Florida

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Police say a $5,000 tip a woman left on a $55 cafe bill wasn’t a case of generosity or charity. The woman is accused of using her boyfriend’s credit card to leave the tip as revenge, and she’s charged with theft in the incident. Clearwater police say Serina Wolfe was upset […]
  • Germany: 180 sheep fall from steep Alpine pass to deaths

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say about 180 sheep slipped off a steep Alpine pass to their deaths. An official in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria told the dpa news agency Wednesday the accident happened Sunday as some 300 sheep walked on a trail with very dry soil from recent hot weather. Local official Peter […]
  • Man sentenced for importing scorpions, giant millipedes

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who illegally imported scorpions, giant millipedes and other invertebrates, some of which escaped inside a postal delivery truck, has been spared a prison term. Wlodzimie Lapkiewicz instead was ordered Tuesday to serve six months of home confinement and four years of probation. The 30-year-old Metuchen man had […]