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Hating Valentine’s Day? Goodwill says donate your ex’s stuff

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine’s Day?

Posted on 12 February 2016 | 12:18 pm

Sea lion found starving in San Diego restaurant on the mend

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Veterinarians say a starving sea lion rescued last week after finding its way into a fancy San Diego restaurant is on the mend.

Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:23 pm

Boston program allows smokers to vote with their butts

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question.

Posted on 11 February 2016 | 1:44 pm

Thousands of thumbtacks found in California dog park

HERCULES, Calif. (AP) — Police say they have stepped up patrols and are considering putting cameras to try to catch whoever is spreading thousands of thumbtacks across a Northern California dog park.

Posted on 11 February 2016 | 4:08 am

Man waves gun behind TV reporter during live broadcast

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say they’re investigating after a man appeared to wave a handgun behind a television news reporter during a live broadcast in New York City.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 11:01 pm

Mayor shows love to skateboarders, lifts ban in Love Park

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2004, file photo, the Rev. Jeffrey Jordan, left, and David Pickett, both from Philadelphia, exchange rings and vows at a same-sex commitment ceremony in Love Park in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, city officials broke ground on a $16.5 million, yearlong renovation of the park, requiring a temporary relocation of the park's Robert Indiana sculpture, expected to receive about four months of restoration work. (AP Photo/Mike Mergen, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 9:37 pm

Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho

This Jan. 30, 2016 photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows a rare weather event that caused the spontaneous snowballs at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve and surrounding fields near the tiny town of Picabo, Idaho. The National Weather Service says snow rollers are caused by an unusual combination of snowfall around a couple inches with the right water density and temperatures near freezing followed by strong winds. (Sunny Healey/The Nature Conservancy via AP)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids — except there are no human tracks.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 8:50 pm

Charges dropped against woman who nursed baby squirrels

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — Charges against a New Jersey woman who nursed two abandoned baby squirrels back to health have been dropped on a technicality.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 6:23 pm

Grin and bear it: NHL players say losing teeth part of game

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, file photo, Pacific Division defenseman Brent Burns (88), of the San Jose Sharks, talks with a referee during the NHL hockey All-Star championship game in Nashville, Tenn. When Brent Burns packs his bags for road trips, the Sharks defenseman usually leaves some cosmetic teeth behind. “I don’t wear them often,” he said. “I usually find them in a drawer a couple months down the road and put them somewhere safe, forget where that is, and find them a couple months later.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)When Brent Burns packs his bags for road trips, the San Jose Sharks defenseman often leaves something behind: his cosmetic teeth.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 3:28 pm

Cops: Arrested NY man admits role in nearly 100 theft cases

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old central New York man who admitted to being involved in about 100 thefts has been arrested again after robbing a woman.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 2:24 pm

Wild elephant rampage in Indian village caught on video

A wild elephant is loaded onto a truck after it was tranquilized in Siliguri(Reuters) – A wild elephant went on a rampage in a village in India's eastern West Bengal state on Wednesday, damaging around 100 structures, villagers said. The elephant strayed into the village early in the morning and woke up villagers with its roaring. Attacks by elephants have been on the rise in eastern India.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 11:12 am

Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution

By Andrew MacAskill NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in the southern state of Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. “It cannot be a meteorite,” he said.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 11:10 am

Couple accused of sex act on Vegas Strip observation wheel

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Houston man and a New York woman are facing felony charges after authorities say they were recorded having sex in public during a 30-minute ride in a glass-enclosed cabin on a Ferris wheel 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 12:30 am

Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru

This Oct. 12, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows an alligator in the kitchen of a Wendy's Restaurant in Loxahatchee, Fla. Florida wildlife officials say that 24-year-old Joshua James threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a fast-food restaurant's drive-thru window in October. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, bail was set at $6,000. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.

Posted on 10 February 2016 | 12:25 am

Twin sisters in New Jersey give birth to girls minutes apart

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Twin sisters in New Jersey have given birth to girls just minutes apart at the same hospital.

Posted on 9 February 2016 | 6:16 pm

Utah Red Cross to honor veterans home therapy kangaroo

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Red Cross plans to honor a year-old red kangaroo that works as a therapy animal at a Salt Lake City veterans home.

Posted on 9 February 2016 | 5:37 pm

Police: Woman wanted duo to rob restaurant where she worked

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a woman tried to get a couple to rob the Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant where she worked.

Posted on 9 February 2016 | 2:18 pm

Lock of Lennon’s hair expected to fetch $10K at auction

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows a 4-inch lock of hair that was collected by a German hairdresser who trimmed John Lennon's hair before he started shooting "How I Won the War." Heritage Auctions says the lock of hair is expected to sell for $10,000 at a Dallas auction later this month. (Heritage Auctions via AP)DALLAS (AP) — A lock of hair snipped from the head of John Lennon as the Beatle prepared for a film role is expected to sell for $10,000 at a Dallas auction later this month.

Posted on 9 February 2016 | 12:10 pm

Do you want fries with that? Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant

(Reuters) – A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron. Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV. “It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said.

Posted on 9 February 2016 | 9:36 am

Wisconsin couple, too drunk to drive, give keys to 9-year-old: court

Polk County Sheriff's Department photos of Jason Robert Roth and Amanda Rose EggertBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Wisconsin couple allowed their 9-year-old daughter to drive them and their 11-month-old baby because they were too drunk to do so themselves, according to Polk County Circuit Court records. Jason Roth, 36, and Amanda Eggert, 32, pleaded not guilty at the court on Friday to charges of recklessly endangering safety and neglecting a child, according to the online records. On Jan. 31, a sheriff's deputy responded to a call about an erratic driver and found the couple and their children parked at a boat drop in Polk County, about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis, according to a criminal complaint.

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 6:48 pm

Man accused of stealing police badges while being questioned

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man stole several police badges while he was being held for questioning in a domestic dispute.

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 3:12 pm

Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family

FUKAYA, Japan – – A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan’s Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family. Resident Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the bird, named Pee Chan, in mid-November while working as a traffic guide for local school children.

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 1:17 pm

Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India

By Sandhya Ravishankar CHENNAI (Reuters) – Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years. Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite and awarded 100,000 rupees ($1,470) in compensation to his family. “A meteorite fell within the college premises,” Jayalalithaa said.

Posted on 8 February 2016 | 12:43 pm

Mentally ill man who killed wife won’t get her pension

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A man who was found not guilty of his wife’s death by reason of mental insanity will not get her pension under a judge’s ruling.

Posted on 7 February 2016 | 8:30 am

Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin

The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said.

Posted on 7 February 2016 | 4:21 am