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  • Police: Psychic said girl was possessed, scammed mom of $70K

    SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — A woman claiming to be a psychic stole more than $70,000 from a client by telling the woman her 10-year-old daughter was possessed by a demon and she needed the money to banish the spirit, police in Massachusetts said. Tracy Milanovich, 37, of Somerset, is charged with obtaining property by trick, […]
  • Man gets prison for stealing home deed without signing loan

    BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to prison for trying to steal a new $219,000 home by snatching and filing a signed deed without signing loan documents. Stanley Livingston, 45, was given a three-and-a-half-year sentence last month in Polk County court, the Ledger reported. A jury convicted him in September of grand […]
  • ‘On the Farm Again’ Woman makes hay replica of Willie Nelson

    HUDDLESTON, Va. (AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson frequently sings about traveling and seeing things he may never see again. Chances are he had never before encountered a 15-foot-tall hay sculpture of himself — guitar and iconic pigtail braids included — like the one a Virginia woman recently created. Huddleston native Beth Bays has been […]
  • Happy New Year! Your Corvette has been speared by a signpost

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A flying highway sign gave a driver an unwelcome New Year’s Eve gift when it impaled the rear window of his Corvette during a highway mishap that left multiple vehicles damaged in south Florida. The large highway merge sign speared the rear window of the car Tuesday afternoon on the […]
  • 2020 starts on frigid note with polar bear plunges

    NEW YORK (AP) — 2020 began in frigid fanfare for hundreds of people who splashed through the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge. Swimmers wearing Santa hats and other costume braved 40-degree temperatures (4 degrees Celsius) to partake in the New York City tradition. The weather was chillier than last […]
  • Kiss them goodbye: Hershey is retiring fleet of Kissmobiles

    HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. will soon retire its vehicles that are shaped like its Hershey’s Kisses. The Hershey Kissmobiles, which are each made up of three massive Kisses candies, have traveled across the country since 1997. The chocolate company has confirmed that the 26-foot-long vehicles won’t return in 2020. The company decided […]
  • Happy 2020: Server at Michigan restaurant gets $2,020 tip

    ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The restaurant bill was $23. But the tip at a small-town restaurant in Michigan was much larger: $2,020. “Things like this don’t happen to people like me,” server Danielle Franzoni told The Alpena News. Franzoni, 31, got the tip while working Sunday at Thunder Bay River Restaurant in Alpena. The credit […]
  • Drag queen, lime among New Year’s ‘drops’ in Florida Keys

    There are going to be plenty of things dropping for New Year’s Eve in Key West, Florida. The Sunshine State’s hedonistic, subtropical island has six different “drops” Tuesday evening modeled after New York City’s famous ball drop. Among them is Gary Marion, known as the drag queen Sushi, who will be lowered in a huge […]
  • Correction: Big Buoy story

    NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story December 30, 2019, about a buoy washing ashore in Florida, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the buoy was floating in the Atlantic Ocean for two years. The buoy was freed from its South Carolina anchors in 2017 and was placed back off the coast of […]
  • Couple return for a 2nd dunk at Dunkin’, this time with vows

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple reunited for extra-sweet wedding vows at the same Dunkin’ Donuts where their young love splintered nearly 30 years ago. Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy were married Friday afternoon, joined by family, friends and customers buying coffee and pastries at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Grafton Street in Worcester. “It […]