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  • Dig at Pilgrim and Native American memorial sparks intrigue

    Archaeologists combing a hill near Plymouth Rock where a park will be built in tribute to the Pilgrims and their Native American predecessors have made a poignant discovery: It’s not the first time the site has been used as a memorial. David Landon of the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s Fiske Center for Archaeological Research says his […]
  • 7 sent back to Canada after using library lawn to enter US

    DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — Seven people apprehended after entering Vermont illegally from Quebec by driving across the lawn of a library built in both the United States and Canada were immediately returned to Canada, the U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday. Surveillance videos released by the Border Patrol shows the car drive by the Haskell […]
  • Glue gaffe: 2 men freed in Greece after drug bust mix-up

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A public prosecutor in northern Greece cleared two men arrested on drug trafficking charges after authorities acknowledged that a white substance seized in their car was adhesive powder and not cocaine, court authorities said Thursday. The prosecutor dropped drug possession and trafficking charges against the men, Albanian nationals ages 38 and […]
  • Colby would be official Wisconsin cheese under bill

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In cheese-obsessed Wisconsin, which proudly touts itself as America’s Dairyland, the dairy cow is the official domestic animal, milk is the official state beverage and cheese is the official dairy product. But believe it or not, in a state that produces more cheese than any other at 3.4 billion pounds (1.5 […]
  • 12-foot python escapes inside Louisiana’s largest mall

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve been searching for a 12-foot python that escaped from its enclosure inside Louisiana’s largest shopping mall. Cara, a yellow and white Burmese python, slithered out of its enclosure at the Blue Zoo in the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, news outlets reported. She was […]
  • World’s tallest horse, Big Jake, dies in Wisconsin at age 20

    POYNETTE, Wis. (AP) — The world’s tallest horse has died in Wisconsin. The 20-year-old Belgian named Big Jake lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette. Valicia Gilbert, wife of the farm’s owner, Jerry Gilbert, said Big Jake died two weeks ago but declined to give the exact date of death when The Associated Press reached […]
  • World’s tallest horse Big Jake dies in Wisconsin at age 20

    POYNETTE, Wis. (AP) — The world’s tallest horse has died in Wisconsin. The 20-year-old Belgian named Big Jake died several weeks ago, WMTV reported Monday. The horse lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette. Messages left Monday at the farm by The Associated Press seeking the date the horse died weren’t immediately returned. Big Jake […]
  • Big cats, bears, ferrets get COVID-19 vaccine at Oakland Zoo

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against the coronavirus as part of a national effort to protect animal species using an experimental vaccine. Tigers Ginger and Molly were the first two animals at the Oakland Zoo to get the vaccine this week, the […]
  • Authorities: Guard hid pills in Rice Krispies treats

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A guard was fired and arrested after trying to smuggle prescription stimulant pills into a South Carolina women’s prison by hiding them in Rice Krispies treats, authorities said. Marcy Shaffer, 43, took the treats out of their original packages, pushed the pills inside and put them in a plastic bag, according […]
  • Picasso kept in Maine house closet for 50 years is sold

    AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) — A mixed-media painting attributed to Pablo Picasso has been sold after spending 50 years in a closet in a house in Maine. John McInnis Auctioneers, based in Massachusetts, confirmed that the painting entitled “Le Tricorne” sold on Saturday, the Boston Globe reported. The 16 x 16 inch (40 x 40 centimeter) […]