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Chinese gloat over Obama’s turkey named Abe _ not Ah-bay

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, National Turkey Federation Chairman Jihad Douglas watches at right as President Barack Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense. As part of a peculiar annual tradition at the White House, Obama on Wednesday granted amnesty from the dinner table to two turkeys named "Honest" and "Abe" — from the nickname for President Abraham Lincoln. But a translation glitch in Chinese media replaced the character for single-syllable "Abe" with the surname of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pronounced "Ah-bay"). (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense.

Posted on 26 November 2015 | 12:04 pm

Oldest known seabird is back at Midway Atoll near Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known seabird has returned to Midway Atoll.

Posted on 26 November 2015 | 1:28 am

Man pleads guilty to stealing human brains from Indiana medical museum

David Charles, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to six charges including receiving stolen property, and burglary in a Marion County court where Magistrate Amy Barbar sentenced him to one year of home detention and two years of probation, county prosecutor spokesman Anthony Deer said. Charles on multiple occasions broke into the Indiana Medical History Museum to steal jars of brains and other human tissue, according to Marion County prosecutor’s office.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 11:20 pm

Russia’s past and present collide at ceremony to honor former leader

Russian President Putin and PM Medvedev lay flowers at monument of first Russian President Yeltsin in YekaterinburgBy Denis Dyomkin YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday inaugurated a museum dedicated to Boris Yeltsin, the former president whose legacy, many former Yeltsin associates say, Putin has spent the past 15 years dismantling. When an ailing and unpopular Yeltsin announced on New Year's Eve 1999 that he was stepping down, he anointed Putin as his successor but since then the Russian leader has distanced himself from his predecessor. The ceremony to inaugurate the museum threw up some awkward moments when memories of the Yeltsin era — a period of dismantling Soviet rule, embracing the West and rushing headlong to a market economy — rubbed up against the different realities of Putin's Russia.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 10:31 pm

Inmate kicks out police window, jumps onto Arizona freeway

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 10:06 pm

Police: Man finds skull in front yard of California home

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man bringing in his trash can from the street found a human skull in the front yard of his home and called police.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 9:58 pm

Ohio woman fined for damaging county office with glitter, ‘silly string’

A woman who worked as a county government clerk in Ohio was fined $1,000 and given a nine-month suspended sentence for trashing a former supervisor’s office cubicle with glitter, toilet tissue and “silly string,” officials said on Wednesday. Samantha Lockhart, 25, was sentenced on Tuesday by a judge in Akron, Ohio, a prosecutor’s spokesman said. At her trial, jurors heard evidence that Lockhart dumped glitter, silly string and unknown powder across the employee’s desk, damaging a computer and other equipment, said James Pollack, spokesman for the Summit County prosecutor’s office.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 9:51 pm

Georgia sheriff revels in ‘politically incorrect’ sign

This provided by D&S Sign Company, shows a new welcome sign in Harris County, Ga., near Hamilton, Ga. Sheriff Mike Jolley installed the sign Tuesday, Nov. 24,. Jolley tells local media that he paid for the sign himself and wanted to give voice to what he considers to be a "silent majority." (D&S Sign Company via AP)HAMILTON, Ga. (AP) — If you don't like a Georgia sheriff's political incorrectness, you can leave his county.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 9:12 pm

Georgia sheriff declares his community ‘politically incorrect’

A sign welcoming visitors to Harris County, Georgia, is seen in an undated handout picture courtesy of Sheriff Mike JolleyBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia sheriff has staked out his ground in the U.S. culture wars by posting a large sign cautioning visitors that his community is proud to be "politically incorrect." "WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect," reads the sign posted on Tuesday under a welcome banner and the official seal of the county, located in central Georgia near the border with Alabama. "We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. "If this offends you … LEAVE!" Sheriff Mike Jolley said the concept was suggested by his staff members, who "saw the verbiage on the Internet somewhere." The elected sheriff, a U.S. Army retiree who has been in the position for 23 years, personally paid for the $553 sign, which includes an image of the county's official seal.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 7:27 pm

Belgian tourist boards parade cats to lure back tourists after lockdown

Belgium’s tourist boards have latched onto a social media craze of cats that gave Brussels light relief during a tense five-day security lockdown in the wake of militant attacks in Paris. Images of the city’s streets deserted as security forces hunted suspected Islamist militants have dealt a blow to Belgium’s tourism industry, with hotels reporting many cancellations. When police on Sunday asked the public in Brussels not to share details of their operations on social media, Belgians took to tweeting each other pictures of their cats.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 5:26 pm

Woman fined $1,000 for trashing worker’s office with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former clerk at an Ohio county’s fiscal office has been fined $1,000 for trashing a co-worker’s office with glitter and purple Silly String.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 4:16 pm

Homeowners association won’t sue man over Christmas lights

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An Idaho homeowners association has backed down from threats to sue a man whose extreme Christmas light display last year bothered neighbors.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 2:48 pm

Singapore slashes publication bans, but not for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Strait-laced Singapore has slashed the number of publications it bans to 17 from a previous 257, allowing some communist and adult topics, but kept a prohibition on Jehovah’s Witnesses publications. Newly permitted books include “Fanny Hill”, a British novel published in 1748 said to be the first erotic novel in English, and “The Long March”, a Chinese communist history. A number of the de-gazetted publications were out of print or were permissible under today’s content standards, the Media Development Authority said in an emailed statement explaining the changes.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 11:18 am

Woman sought for series of California wedding thefts

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Southern California authorities are looking for a wedding thief who steals wallets, credit cards and other valuables on the couple’s happiest day without so much as an “I do.”

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 2:40 am

Baby in swaddling clothes found in manger at New York church

A newborn with his umbilical cord still attached was found lying in a manger at a New York church, police said on Tuesday. At Holy Child Jesus Church in the borough of Queens on Monday, the custodian found the crying infant wrapped in towels in the indoor nativity scene he had set up just before his lunch break, a New York police spokesman said. Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, one of the priests at the church, said he and others placed a clean towel around the baby while waiting for paramedics to show up.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 1:31 am

Man ejected from football game sends police 240 doughnuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A California man sent 20 dozen coconut doughnuts to police officers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as payback for getting kicked out of a Badger football game.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 1:10 am

Alaska beach sculptures represent emotional vulnerabilities

Sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap are part of a public art installation Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at Point Woronzof in Anchorage, Alaska. Lead project artist Sarah Davies says the display of 85 sculptures will officially open Dec. 5 and represents people dealing with emotional vulnerabilities, including trauma and mental illness. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap are spread across an Anchorage beach in a public art installation that is focusing on mental health.

Posted on 25 November 2015 | 1:10 am

Pennsylvania teen misses turn, accidently runs full marathon

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania teenager’s family says he accidentally ran all 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon because he missed a turn on his half-marathon course.

Posted on 24 November 2015 | 7:19 pm

Turkey visits church _ not for holiday meal, just wants in

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days before Thanksgiving, a wild turkey chose an opportune time to show up on the doorstep of an Orlando church, appearing to seek shelter.

Posted on 24 November 2015 | 6:59 pm

Despite warnings about West, 007 finds his way into Iran ad

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Even amid warnings about Western infiltration, the famed fictional British spy James Bond still found a way to get into Iran.

Posted on 24 November 2015 | 3:44 pm

Ex-student applies for probation over mac and cheese rant

ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A former University of Connecticut student who went on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade about jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese applied for probation Monday.

Posted on 23 November 2015 | 9:23 pm

Fetty Wap throws wads of money over balcony to fans at mall

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, rapper Fetty Wap performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2015 at Barclays Center in New York. Fetty Wap tossed wads of cash over a balcony at a New Jersey mall to the delight of onlookers. Videos posted to social media show the Paterson, N.J., native throwing money as he walked through the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus on Saturday, Nov. 21. The rapper posted on Twitter that he was so happy to be shopping with his daughter that he threw $2,000 to fans. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Fetty Wap gave fans a run for his money this weekend, tossing wads of cash over a balcony at a New Jersey mall to the delight of screaming onlookers.

Posted on 23 November 2015 | 8:03 pm

Costume for Vermont university’s mascot turns up unharmed

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — A university in Vermont says the costume for its green-caped Spartan mascot has been found unharmed in the football stadium after it was reported missing.

Posted on 23 November 2015 | 6:26 pm

Weather device falls from sky, prompts bomb squad response

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National Weather Service says an instrument that fell from the sky, prompting a Philadelphia bomb squad response, weighed about a pound and had been launched with a weather balloon about 165 miles away.

Posted on 23 November 2015 | 4:40 pm

Facing highest threat alert, Belgians bring out their cats

In this handout photo released by the Belgian Federal Police and placed on the social media site Twitter, a bowl of cat food with the name of the police force on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Late Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 the Belgian Federal Police asked people to stop commenting on ongoing raids in social media to avoid tipping off suspects who could be checking their tweets for suspicious activities in their neighborhood. En masse, they did more than that. The hashtag #BrusselsLockdown suddenly shifted from serious to humorous, tweeting a flood of pictures of all-too-innocent cats in all kinds of situations. (Belgian Federal Police via AP)What police force would start playing along with a practical joke when the capital is facing its highest state of alert and its most-wanted fugitive is still on the run? Right! This is surreal Belgium.

Posted on 23 November 2015 | 4:22 pm