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With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam for 5 days

This undated photo provided by Tamara Schmitz shows Clydesdale horse Budweiser with his friend, a Nigerian dwarf billy goat named Lancelot, near Santa Cruz, Calif. Budweiser was safely back in his pen Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in the Santa Cruz Mountains on California's Central Coast after five days on the lam. Owner Tamara Schmitz says Buddy was busted out Wednesday, Aug. 24, by Lancelot, who knows how to butt open the stable gate. (Tamara Schultz via AP)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days.

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 8:41 pm

Welcome center becomes rescue center for cross-country cat

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Welcome Center doubled as an animal rescue center, as employees sought and saved a cat that escaped from its cross-country bound family.

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 8:41 pm

Police: Driver playing ‘Pokemon Go’ hits parked cruiser

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey police say a driver playing “Pokemon Go” on his cellphone crashed his SUV into a parked police cruiser.

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 5:06 pm

Pokemon, just go: France doesn’t want creatures in schools

PARIS (AP) — Attention, legendary Pokemon creatures: You may soon be expelled from the schools of France.

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 2:13 pm

Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

In this image made available by the Norwegian Environment Agency on Monday Aug. 29 2016, shows some of the more than 300 wild reindeer that were killed by lighting in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday Aug. 26, 2016 in what wildlife officials say was a highly unusual massacre by nature. (Havard Kjotvedt /Norwegian Environment Agency, NTB scanpix, via AP)STOCKHOLM (AP) — More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in central Norway.

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 2:10 pm

Police sergeant who filmed himself taking pot is released

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico police sergeant accused of unwittingly recording himself on a lapel camera taking marijuana from his office and giving it to his girlfriend has been released from jail.

Posted on 28 August 2016 | 7:42 pm

Woman admits crickets, worms spilling on subway was a stunt

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who caused chaos aboard a subway train by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was all a prank.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 6:29 pm

Owner: Pig found after 6 weeks in ‘pretty good’ condition

FILE - This June 26, 2016, file photo shows a Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte walking in Katie Manni's backyard in Aliquippa, Pa. The owner of a Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte, Katie Manni, said Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, that the pig, which went missing July 11, 2016, has been found and was back home. The pig serves as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care & Rehab Center in Aliquippa, Pa., and Manni and her fiance Edward Perry had offered a $500 reward for the pig's safe return. (Katie Manni via AP, File)ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — The owner of a potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal says the pig is in "pretty good" condition after being missing for six weeks.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 5:02 pm

Headstone of Civil War soldier to be fixed after 154 years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some mistakes are never too late to fix.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 4:27 pm

Burkina Faso bans big buttocks beauty contest

The government of Burkina Faso has banned an annual beauty contest for women with the biggest buttocks, saying such events are sexist. Adverts for this weekend’s third edition of ‘Miss Bim-Bim’, carrying an image of two fully clothed women with exaggeratedly large behinds, provoked an outcry on social media. “Our role is to do everything to avoid damaging the image of women,” said Minister Laure Zongo in a statement, adding that social media criticism had persuaded her to act.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 10:58 am

UK broadcaster shuts down for hour, asks viewers to exercise

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain’s leading broadcasters has blacked out its programs for an hour in hopes of spurring viewers to get some exercise.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 10:46 am

Panic on NY subway train as crickets, worms let loose in apparent prank

A woman who said she was selling crickets and worms on a crowded New York City subway car appeared to become frazzled by some teenagers and let the critters loose on riders, then urinated on herself, according to social media posts and news reports. Two days later, on Friday, a woman who identified herself as Zaida Pugh came forward, saying she staged the episode as a prank to raise awareness of how people treat the homeless. After the crickets were set free, some of them jumped on passengers, who apparently were not in on the prank.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 1:31 am

Oregon fair generates buzz with 1st legal pot display in US

In this Aug. 26, 2016 photo in Salem, Ore., Billy Jean Clay, left and Roxanne Hunt, of Silverton, Ore., look at marijuana plants at the Oregon State Fair during the first day of an exhibit of living pot plants. Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in late 2014 and the state is the first in the nation to allow live marijuana plants at the state fair. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Living marijuana plants went on display Friday at the Oregon State Fair, with organizers saying it's the first state fair in the nation to allow cannabis for public viewing.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 12:50 am

Owner: Missing potbellied therapy pig is found, now home

FILE – This 2016 file photo shows Katie Manni of Aliquippa, Pa., holding her Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant in New Stanton, Pa. The owner of a Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte, Katie Manni, said Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, that the pig, which went missing July 11, 2016, has been found and was back home. The pig serves as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care & Rehab Center in Aliquippa, Pa., and Manni and her fiance Edward Perry had offered a $500 reward for the pig's safe return. (Jessica M. Subich via AP, File)ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — A missing potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal has been returned to its Pennsylvania owners.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 12:14 am

Oldest floating US post office scrapes rock, runs aground

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat — and then it ran aground in New Hampshire.

Posted on 27 August 2016 | 12:02 am

Man strips, drives pickup into Southwest plane in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man wearing only boxer shorts stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, causing minor injuries to three people on board.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 10:23 pm

Spieth has no chance against Spelling Bee co-champion

FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Jordan Spieth watches his approach shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Spieth missed being part of the Olympics even before the golf began. Rory McIlroy thought it was a big hit and was thankful to be wrong. They were among the top four who chose not to go. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Spieth was no match for the National Spelling Bee co-champion — with spelling and, ultimately, with putting.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 8:48 pm

Welcome to the fourth grade: Teacher’s rap targets students

Dwayne Reed poses for a portrait at Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Reed, who starts his first year as a student teacher this fall semester, wrote a rap welcoming his fourth graders to school. His three-minute video was posted on YouTube this week and by Thursday morning had more than 363,000 views. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A new teacher who made a music video to welcome his students has become a bit of a star with his fourth-graders.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 5:31 pm

Ultra-marathon runner reunited with missing stray dog

LONDON (AP) — An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 4:52 pm

Three charged with selling horsemeat as beef in Britain

Three men have been charged with fraud for allegedly selling horsemeat as beef in Britain in 2012, prosecutors said on Friday. Eating horsemeat is culturally taboo in Britain and in 2013 the country’s food industry was rocked by scandal when it emerged that horsemeat was being sold in some imported beef products. Investigations at the time found that companies including Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco and fast-food chain Burger King were selling beef products that contained horsemeat.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 2:34 pm

Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Cook can’t decide whether he’s really unlucky or incredibly fortunate.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 2:32 pm

Woman jostled on NYC subway loses grip on crickets and worms

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City subway riders are likely to get bugged over a lot of things — but a recent incident was one for the books.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 12:10 pm

Crafty! Beer-testing lab helps students learn chemistry

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine professor is hoping to brew interest in her chemistry class by keeping the topic on beer.

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 8:07 pm

London flight delayed for hour as easyJet crew members argue

LONDON (AP) — An easyJet flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Belfast has faced an hourlong delay after two crew members got into an epic shouting match.

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 3:25 pm

Woman drives through store after refused gift card purchases

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Employees of an Oregon grocery store are cleaning up after a police say a woman drove her SUV into the store and down the aisles.

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 2:55 pm