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  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]