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  • 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 […]
  • Football-making town sets record for most thrown at once

    ADA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio town long associated with the manufacturing of footballs has set a Guinness World Record for the most thrown at the same time. The organization certified the record after the attempt was made Oct. 25 by 950 people simultaneously throwing a football on the Ada War Memorial Stadium football field, […]
  • Man who made 27,000 crosses for shooting victims is retiring

    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who made more than 27,000 crosses to commemorate victims of mass shootings across the country is retiring. Greg Zanis came to realize, after 23 years, his Crosses for Losses ministry was beginning to take a personal and financial toll on him, according to The Beacon-News. “I had a […]
  • N Carolina couple call 911 on vacuum thought to be intruder

    HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — ‘Twas the night of Christmas at a North Carolina house, no creature should have been stirring, not even a mouse. But a Forsyth County couple awoke with a fright, as something was moving about their house in the night. They dashed to their closet and hid in fear, dialing 911 […]
  • Sea lion ‘still feisty’ after fall to California highway

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A sea lion pup was in critical condition but “still feisty” Wednesday after it fell more than 30 feet (9 meters) from a footbridge onto a highway in California, officials said. The 33-pound (15 kilograms) pup, now named “Lords-a-Leaping,” was dehydrated and emaciated when it was rescued Monday evening in […]
  • Officer creates Christmas ‘investigation’ for neighbor, 3

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer created a Christmas caper for her preschool neighbor to investigate. Oxford police Officer Rachel Ratcliffe knew Bailey Stacey’s family had had a rough year. The 3-year-old and his parents had stayed in her house when their house next door flooded and the Staceys had to move, the […]
  • Pothole Christmas tree inspires pastor to write holiday song

    McCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A scraggly metal Christmas tree planted in a pothole has inspired a Mississippi minister to pen a holiday song. One bit asks, “If a man can take a pothole and bring the whole world together, the question is what are you doing to spread the Christmas joy?” The Rev. Leon Hitchens […]
  • ‘County’ misspelled on 10,000 trash bins in Alabama town

    PRICHARD, Ala. (AP) — Some spelling mistakes are tough to see, but that doesn’t include the one that was made on 10,000 trash bins in an Alabama city. The city of Prichard’s new residential garbage cans say the town is located in “Mobile Country,” but they were supposed to say it’s located in “Mobile County” […]
  • It’s raining blessings! Crop duster drops holy water on town

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — A Roman Catholic church in Louisiana decided to disperse some blessings to a local town via crop dusters. According to a Facebook post from the Diocese of Lafayette on Sunday, members of St. Anne Church in Cow Island called upon crop duster pilots to help spread their blessing to the community. […]