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  • Medical examiner’s macabre humor leads to complaint

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker is taking exception to the macabre humor that Maine’s chief medical examiner used in an old job posting. The 2017 posting for a deputy medical examiner touted Maine’s benefits like a “really short season for decomposing bodies” and the fact that others are “lost at sea.” The Bangor […]
  • Dog befriends baby giraffe after abandoned in South Africa

    MOKOPANE, South Africa (AP) — A dog in South Africa has befriended a baby giraffe that was abandoned at birth, rescued and taken to a local orphanage. Jazz the giraffe arrived at The Rhino Orphanage just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help. […]
  • Deer with snout stuck in Halloween bucket is rescued

    PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Animal control officers in New York came to the aid of a deer that had a plastic Halloween bucket stuck to its snout. TV station WABC reports that that the yearling deer was spotted in Putnam Valley northeast of New York City with its snout in a pumpkin-shaped bucket. The […]
  • Snow-like hail in Phoenix-area desert caps days of storms

    PHOENIX (AP) — Large hail coated the desert in parts of the Phoenix metro area as a string of storms that unleashed three days of wet weather blew out of Arizona. National Weather Service meteorologists say hail fell Thursday afternoon in parts of Phoenix and the suburbs of Goodyear, Avondale, Tempe, Mesa and Apache Junction […]
  • Illinois officer fined $350 for illegally parking patrol car

    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois police officer has been ticketed for parking his patrol car in a handicapped-accessible parking space. Lakemoor Police Chief David Godlewski said Tuesday that the officer was issued a $350 fine Sunday for parking illegally at the Lakemoor Crossings Shopping Center. The Northwest Herald reports that a resident […]
  • Bah humbug! North Pole lacks enough ice for sculptures

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Blame the Grinch or Mother Nature, but the annual Christmas in Ice sculpture park won’t open this year in North Pole, Alaska, because of a lack of ice. It’s the first cancellation since the event started 14 years ago in the city where Christmas is celebrated year-round and city light poles […]
  • Forgotten black cemetery found at Florida high school campus

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say ground penetrating radar has found what appear to be 145 caskets near a Florida high school. The Tampa Bay Times reports Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins on Wednesday announced the discovery at the southeast corner of the King High School campus. The district began investigating last month after cemetery […]
  • The search is on for a red panda that escaped a French zoo

    PARIS (AP) — A search is on for a red panda that broke out of a zoo in the Rhone region of southeastern France. Officials at the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine Zoo said the endangered animal was last seen 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the park by a surprised motorist. The park said the panda escaped last Friday […]
  • Nashville Police: Burglary suspect falls through ceiling

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say a burglar spotted on a homeowner’s camera system fell through the attic of a home while trying to hide from police. Metro Nashville police say Justin Mangrum fell through the ceiling of the home he was attempting to burglarize Wednesday, landing on the kitchen floor. News outlets […]
  • Boy suspected of using remote control car to smuggle drugs

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — California authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of using a remote-controlled car to transport $106,000 worth of methamphetamine across the border. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday that the boy was arrested Sunday near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego. Border patrol agents say they believe someone […]