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Woman unaware she had $39M lottery ticket in purse for weeks

BERLIN (AP) — Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros ($39 million). Lotto Bayern said Wednesday that the 45-year-old woman was the sole winner of a draw on June 9, having correctly guessed seven fields on a […]
2 months ago

Woman unaware she had $39M lottery ticket in purse for weeks

BERLIN (AP) — Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros ($39 million). Lotto Bayern said Wednesday that the 45-year-old woman was the sole winner of a draw on June 9, having correctly guessed seven fields on a […]
2 months ago
This photo provided by Suffolk County Police Department, Friday July 23, 2021, shows a bull on the ...

Ranging Bull: ‘Barney’ eludes capture days after farm escape

MASTIC, N.Y. (AP) — An escaped bull has eluded capture for several days on Long Island despite searchers employing a helicopter and night-vision equipment along with attempts to lure the roaming animal with grain and a cow. Police in Suffolk County say they began responding to calls about the 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) bull running loose Tuesday […]
2 months ago
In this July 18, 2021, photo, a man who used a fake identity arrives at the Sultan Babullah airport...

Man with coronavirus disguises as wife on Indonesian flight

TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian man with the coronavirus has boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a niqab covering his face and carrying fake IDs and a negative PCR test result. But the cover didn’t last long. Police say a flight attendant aboard a Citilink plane traveling from Jakarta to Ternate […]
2 months ago
This undated photo provided by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency shows a marble cake containing abo...

Cocaine disguised as cake seized from vehicle in Maine

A New York man and a Maine woman are facing charges over cocaine disguised as a cake that was seized from their vehicle, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday. Acting on a tip, police stopped the car on Interstate 295 in Gardiner on Tuesday, and a drug-sniffing dog found 4 pounds (2 kilograms) of […]
2 months ago
RJ Jones, center, of Southfield and his wife Cheryl Jones have their cameras ready while standing w...

Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill. The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the first to be seen in Michigan, said Molly Keenan of Michigan Audubon. […]
2 months ago
RJ Jones, center, of Southfield and his wife Cheryl Jones have their cameras ready while standing w...

Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill. The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the first to be seen in Michigan, said Molly Keenan of Michigan Audubon. […]
2 months ago

Hoe no! Facebook snafu spells trouble for gardening group

Moderating a Facebook gardening group in western New York is not without challenges. There are complaints of wooly bugs, inclement weather and the novice members who insist on using dish detergent on their plants. And then there’s the word “hoe.” Facebook’s algorithms sometimes flag this particular word as “violating community standards,” apparently referring to a […]
2 months ago

Florida man tries to throw live gator onto building’s roof

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man told police officers he was “teaching it a lesson” when he tried to throw a live alligator he had stolen from a miniature golf course onto the roof of a beachside cocktail lounge, authorities said. The 32-year-old man was arrested early Thursday when Daytona Beach Shores […]
2 months ago
In this image made from video, firefighters display a reticulated python captured in Benjasiri Park...

Don’t look up! Bangkok’s slitherers keep snake catchers busy

BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok parkgoers looking for relief from renewed coronavirus restrictions got a slithering surprise Thursday when a python as long as two of the Thai capital’s ubiquitous motorbikes was spotted in one of the city’s most popular green spaces. The reticulated python was only the latest big serpent to turn up in the […]
2 months ago

Unwanted pets: Giant goldfish turn up in Minnesota waterways

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Minnesota said they’re finding more giant goldfish in waterways, prompting a plea to citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes. The goldfish, which can grow to the size of a football, compete with native species for food and increase algae in lakes. Officials in […]
2 months ago

Deputy helps hoof wayward cows home along Michigan road

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy hoofed it for 3 miles along a two-lane Michigan road to help guide eight wayward cows back to a farm. The Ingham County sheriff’s office transport unit responded Friday to a report of cattle blocking a road near Mason, WLNS-TV reported Monday. The deputy and two other men […]
2 months ago

Salon owner sells business for $1 to ‘worthy’ employee

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Salon owner Pio Imperati took a chance and hired hairstylist Kathy Moura right out of technical high school 15 years ago. It has worked out so well that Imperati sold her his venerable New Haven, Connecticut, business for $1. “She’s a good hairdresser, a good barber, she’s very nice,” Imperati […]
3 months ago

Gutter ball: Michigan man finds 160 bowling balls under home

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man made a striking discovery under his house when he went to demolish his back stairs: about 160 bowling balls. David Olson, 33, said he found one ball buried in the sand behind cinder blocks this month and continued finding more over the following days. “I was actually […]
3 months ago

Unopened Legend of Zelda game from 1987 sells for $870,000

DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda that was made in 1987 has sold at auction for $870,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold Friday. The auction house said it was a rare version that was created during a limited production run that took place during a […]
3 months ago

Trooper performs Heimlich after motorist chokes on marijuana

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver after a man allegedly attempted to swallow a bag of cannabis when he was pulled over for speeding. Ohio State Police Sgt. Ray Santiago said the traffic stop occurred on July 3 in Portage County. Trooper Charles Hoskin conducted a […]
3 months ago

Goat lottery planned to protect Hawaii historic park

HONOLULU (AP) — To protect historic lands from invasive goats, Hawaii officials will distribute the live animals to the public via a lottery. Hawaii officials will hold the lottery as a way to remove at least 700 goats from Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, which is an important cultural and historical site on the […]
3 months ago

Eye-popping 6,000 fake lashes seized at New Orleans airport

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three thousand pairs of fake eyelashes have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents after officials determined they were illegally imported from China to New Orleans. The four boxes of long lashes seized Tuesday at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport were destined for a local beauty supply store, […]
3 months ago
Rory McIlroy in action on the 10th tee during day two of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish...

Spectator takes swing of McIlroy’s club at Scottish Open

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — A spectator was escorted from the course at the Scottish Open on Friday after taking a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag and taking a few swings with it. The incident took place on the 10th tee, where McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway at The Renaissance Club […]
3 months ago

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 […]
3 months ago

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 […]
3 months ago

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 […]
3 months ago

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 […]
3 months ago

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 […]
3 months ago