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  • College grad says she found secret message in classic poem

    MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A recent Massachusetts college graduate believes she has discovered a secret message in the epic poem “Paradise Lost,” by John Milton. The Boston Globe reports 23-year-old Miranda Phaal found what she believes to be an acrostic while reviewing the poem about the biblical story of Adam and Eve as a senior […]
  • Alaska university taking PB&J as payment for parking tickets

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — What a lip-smacking offer! Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly. KTUU-TV reported the university would take donations for their annual payment tradition until Nov. 8 to help combat […]
  • Mangoes spilled from truck in Maryland make for traffic mess

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Mangoes spilling from an overturned tractor trailer caused a not-so-sweet morning commute on the Beltway in Maryland. News outlets report the truck overturned early Wednesday on Interstate 495 in Bethesda. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer says one person suffered minor injuries. It’s unclear what caused the truck […]
  • Caller leads LA police to $800,000 in stolen artwork

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — This time, detectives didn’t have to track down the stolen art. Someone brought it to them. Los Angeles police said Tuesday they recovered $800,000 worth of prints by Scottish abstract expressionist Benjamin Creme after a caller said they were in a home in the Los Angeles suburb of San Fernando. Police […]
  • Astronaut casts Pennsylvania absentee ballot from space

    NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — An election official in Pennsylvania didn’t think anything of the absentee ballot application until he saw the out-of-this-world voting location. The New Castle News reports that the application to Lawrence County’s voter services department listed the location as “International Space Station, low Earth orbit.” Director Ed Allison says his reaction […]
  • Sheriff: Louisiana man rode electric cart from bar to bar

    HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has avoided a driving while intoxicated charge by operating an electric-powered shopping cart to get from one bar to another. A news release from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Brice Kendell Williams is accused of taking the cart Sunday from a Walmart in Houma to a […]
  • Busted: Police say man helped escapees, bought them sausage

    MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who rented a motel room for seven men and bought them sausage biscuits has been arrested, because authorities say the seven were escapees from a jail. News outlets report 38-year-old Trevor Toney of Monroe was arrested last week on charges of assisting escape and accessory after the fact. […]
  • Drunk Austrian policeman suspended after crashing into car

    BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say an allegedly intoxicated off-duty policeman has been suspended after crashing into a car that was being checked by other officers. Police said the incident happened at around 1 a.m. Monday in Tyrol province. Officers were able to get out of the way as their 55-year-old colleague drove into the […]
  • Storm briefly frees historic barge stuck above Niagara Falls

    NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) — Parks officials are monitoring a century-old grounded barge that briefly broke loose during a storm last week in the river just above Niagara Falls. WGRZ says the rusty iron scow had been stuck since 1918 on rocks in the upper rapids above the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. High […]
  • Chick-fil-A backs Sunday’s National Sandwich Day _ oops!

    ATLANTA (AP) — Everyone who is a fan of Chick-fil-A knows that the chicken chain is closed on Sundays, in keeping with its founder’s Christian faith. But the Georgia-based fast-food chain apparently forgot when it sent an email to some of its loyalty members this week. “Calling all sandwich lovers,” the email said. “Some prefer […]