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THIS CORRECTS THAT BIG JAKE WAS CERTIFIED AS THE TALLEST HORSE IN 2010, NOT 2020 AS ORIGINALLY SENT...

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 […]
3 months ago
In this Thursday, July 1, 2021, image released by the Oakland Zoo, a tiger receives a COVID-19 vacc...

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 […]
3 months ago
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A guard was fired and arrested after trying to smuggle prescription sti...

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 […]
3 months ago
AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) — A mixed-media painting attributed to Pablo Picasso has been sold after...

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) […]
3 months ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Montana man was reunited with his 14-week-old border collie two da...

Montana man reunites with puppy after bear attack in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Montana man was reunited with his 14-week-old border collie two days after the dog disappeared following a bear attack on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Jason Umbriaco was hospitalized after the brown bear with two cubs bit him twice Sunday, Alaska’s News Source reported. “It was just a shock. I couldn’t believe […]
3 months ago
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A venomous snake has been captured two days after it was spotted on the ...

Venomous snake captured in North Carolina capital

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A venomous snake has been captured two days after it was spotted on the loose in a neighborhood of North Carolina’s capital. The Raleigh Police Department sent out a notice late Wednesday announcing that the zebra cobra was found and safely removed from a northwest Raleigh neighborhood. Police didn’t give more […]
3 months ago
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An exit off Interstate 95 in Florida had to be closed for three ho...

‘Homing pigeons that can’t find their home’ block I-95 exit

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An exit off Interstate 95 in Florida had to be closed for three hours after 100 homing pigeons fell off a truck and refused to move, posing a driving hazard to motorists, officials said Wednesday. A crate carrying 100 homing pigeons fell off the truck late Tuesday near Daytona Beach. […]
3 months ago
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city is quacking down on ducks. Dozens of ducks — e...

Ducks invade neighborhood; not everyone quacked up about it

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city is quacking down on ducks. Dozens of ducks — estimated to be as many as 60 — have taken over a neighborhood in Baton Rouge, WBRZ-TV reports. Residents say they are multiplying and becoming a nuisance. The ducks have for some reason become attached to homeowner Jennifer […]
3 months ago
This June 13, 2021 photo provided by the Forest Preserve District of Will County in Naperville, Ill...

Man ticketed in suburban Chicago dog park for tree treatment

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man who said he sprayed trees in a suburban Chicago park to protect them after an anxious dog chewed off the bark has been ticketed by authorities. Asher Thomas is accused of “altering flora” in a Naperville dog park. The ticket from the Will County Forest Preserve carries a $225 […]
3 months ago
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Trying to fill this dumpling order left one business in a pinch: A com...

Maine course: Error sends dumpling machine to wrong Portland

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Trying to fill this dumpling order left one business in a pinch: A common but disruptive shipping error sent a custom dumpling-making machine manufactured in China to the wrong Portland in May. The owners of Little Brother Chinese Food, which sells frozen dumplings in Portland, Maine, ordered a custom dumpling machine […]
3 months ago
SYDNEY (AP) — Police have fined two men who had to be rescued from an Australian forest after...

Police rescue spooked nude sunbathers from Australian forest

SYDNEY (AP) — Police have fined two men who had to be rescued from an Australian forest after they were startled by a deer while nude sunbathing on a beach and became lost. The men called for help about 6 p.m. Sunday after they became lost in the Royal National Park south of Sydney, a […]
3 months ago
FILE - In this Thursday, April 11, 2019, file photo, Florence Fang talks with reporters after a new...

Yabba dabba dispute resolved. Fred Flintstone can stay

HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) — Fred Flintstone fought the law — and he won. Technically, the owner of the fanciful Flintstones house in a posh San Francisco suburb settled a lawsuit with the town of Hillsborough. But the agreement will allow Fred and his friends to remain. In a yabba dabba dispute that pitted property rights […]
3 months ago
MILTON, N.H. (AP) — A 32-year-old man was accidentally shot in the head in New Hampshire afte...

8-year-old shooting chipmunks accidentally strikes uncle

MILTON, N.H. (AP) — A 32-year-old man was accidentally shot in the head in New Hampshire after the bullet fired by his 8-year-old nephew ricocheted while they were shooting chipmunks, police said. The man was injured Friday in Milton and is expected to recover, Fosters Daily Democrat reports. Police said a bullet shot by the […]
3 months ago
This aerial video still image provided by KABC-7 shows a cow and police car in the Whittier Narrows...

Songwriter Diane Warren saves escaped cow from slaughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songwriter Diane Warren stepped in Thursday to save the life of cow that eluded capture for more than a day after a herd escaped from a Southern California slaughterhouse and stampeded through a suburb. The Grammy-winning artist contacted the city of Pico Rivera to arrange to have the cow sent to […]
3 months ago
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The revenge of the cows heated up Thursday with yet another instance...

Holy cow, not again! More bovines get loose in a US town

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The revenge of the cows heated up Thursday with yet another instance of a herd getting loose in a U.S. community. This time a cattle-hauling truck rolled over along Interstate 64 in West Virginia, and an emergency dispatcher in Cabell County said a bridge connecting Huntington to Lawrence County, Ohio, also […]
3 months ago
An FBI agent applied for a federal warrant in 2018 to seize a fabled cache of U.S. government gold ...

Affidavit: FBI feared Pennsylvania would seize fabled gold

An FBI agent applied for a federal warrant in 2018 to seize a fabled cache of U.S. government gold he said was “stolen during the Civil War” and hidden in a Pennsylvania cave, saying the state might take the gold for itself if the feds asked for permission, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. The […]
3 months ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio, the state that launched the national movement to offer millions o...

Ohio ends incentive lottery with mixed vaccination results

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio, the state that launched the national movement to offer millions of dollars in incentives to boost vaccination rates, planned to conclude its program Wednesday — still unable to crack the 50% vaccination threshold. The state’s not alone in mixed results for prize giving. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s May 12 announcement […]
3 months ago
Feeling like you are being watched? It could be from a lot farther away than you think. Astronomers...

Can ET see us? Study finds many stars with prime Earth view

Feeling like you are being watched? It could be from a lot farther away than you think. Astronomers took a technique used to look for life on other planets and flipped it around — so instead of looking to see what’s out there, they tried to see what places could see us. There’s a lot. […]
3 months ago
While Pope Francis is usually the star at Vatican gatherings, Spider-Man, or at least an Italian wh...

‘Super-hero’ in Spider-Man outfit meets pope at Vatican

While Pope Francis is usually the star at Vatican gatherings, Spider-Man, or at least an Italian who dresses up like the character, was the attention-grabber among the public lined up in rows during the pontiff’s weekly Wednesday audience. Matteo Villardita, 28, dons the comic-book and movie super-hero outfit to cheer up hospitalized children, like those […]
3 months ago
BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) — A golden retriever who had been missing for two weeks was rescued Tuesd...

Chunk, dog missing for 2 weeks, retrieved safe from bay

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) — A golden retriever who had been missing for two weeks was rescued Tuesday from a bay in New Jersey. Authorities say that New Jersey State Police troopers Ryan Koehler and Vincent Ferdinandi, of Point Pleasant Station, responded to the report of a dog swimming in Barnegat Bay and were able to […]
3 months ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — How do astronauts do laundry in space? They don’t. They wea...

Dirty laundry in space? NASA, Tide tackle cleaning challenge

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — How do astronauts do laundry in space? They don’t. They wear their underwear, gym clothes and everything else until they can’t take the filth and stink anymore, then junk them. NASA wants to change that — if not at the International Space Station, then the moon and Mars — and […]
3 months ago
HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study. The baby Hawaiian bo...

NASA sends squid from Hawaii into space for research

HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study. The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researcher Jamie Foster, who completed her doctorate at […]
3 months ago
THORNTON, N.H. (AP) — Surveillance video helped police get to the bottom of a series of vehic...

Bandit responsible for vehicle break-ins is a black bear

THORNTON, N.H. (AP) — Surveillance video helped police get to the bottom of a series of vehicle break-ins in town of Thornton. Home security footage captured the bandit — a black bear — opening the door of a vehicle and then crawling inside. Police believe the bear was rummaging for food and that the bear […]
3 months ago
A Connecticut aquarium plans to auction off the chance to name three of its five recently arrived b...

Aquarium to auction off chance to name 3 beluga whales

A Connecticut aquarium plans to auction off the chance to name three of its five recently arrived beluga whales to raise money for their care and to offset the cost of transporting them from Canada. President and CEO Stephen Coan said the Sea Research Foundation has teamed with the New York-based auction house Guernsey’s to […]
3 months ago