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Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance

Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragranceTOKYO (AP) — Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance.


Posted on 25 September 2017 | 7:34 am

After 66 million years, creature wins state dinosaur honor

After 66 million years, creature wins state dinosaur honorSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It took about 66 million years, but a duck-billed creature has finally won recognition as California's state dinosaur.


Posted on 25 September 2017 | 1:44 am

Corn maze marks 100 anniversary of women voting in New York

Corn maze marks 100 anniversary of women voting in New YorkSCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York farm is marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state in distinctly fall fashion, with a corn maze in the shape of Susan B. Anthony.


Posted on 24 September 2017 | 1:06 am

Graveyard plaque of Wild West figure was buried, not stolen

Graveyard plaque of Wild West figure was buried, not stolenPRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — It turns out the graveyard plaque of the common-law wife of legendary gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holiday was just six inches under, not stolen from a cemetery.


Posted on 23 September 2017 | 11:21 pm

Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still inside

Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still insideFEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Police in western Washington state say they've recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside.


Posted on 23 September 2017 | 4:58 pm

Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in MoscowMOSCOW (AP) — Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle.


Posted on 23 September 2017 | 11:57 am

New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on race

New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on raceALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bake sale at the University of New Mexico set up by a nonprofit group to charge students based on race and ethnicity ended after outraged opponents disrupted it.


Posted on 22 September 2017 | 8:48 pm

Batman comic series to feature scenery from Portland, Maine

Batman comic series to feature scenery from Portland, MainePORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Holy hometown, Batman!


Posted on 22 September 2017 | 7:50 pm

Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride

Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a rideDENVER (AP) — A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over.


Posted on 22 September 2017 | 7:27 pm

Cops: Owner taken for ride when test driver leaves with car

Cops: Owner taken for ride when test driver leaves with carDILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a man hoping to sell his car was taken for a ride when a prospective buyer drove away without him and never came back.


Posted on 22 September 2017 | 3:18 pm

LL Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight

LL Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlightNEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors.


Posted on 22 September 2017 | 2:59 pm

Cops: 8-year-old girl helps drive drunken Pennsylvania man

Cops: 8-year-old girl helps drive drunken Pennsylvania manDARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911.


Posted on 22 September 2017 | 12:47 pm

California TV viewers alarmed by apocalyptic emergency alert

California TV viewers alarmed by apocalyptic emergency alertLAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens.


Posted on 22 September 2017 | 11:45 am

Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years laterATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — It took nearly 80 years, but a book borrowed during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.


Posted on 21 September 2017 | 11:41 pm

Prosecutors: Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic

Prosecutors: Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychicAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker apparently spent more than $51,000 of her own money on an online psychic, showed up for work at the Capitol impaired by medication and hid a cellphone from investigators, prosecutors allege in a court filing this week.


Posted on 21 September 2017 | 7:46 pm

Police: Shop owner fires warning shot, gets stolen beer back

Police: Shop owner fires warning shot, gets stolen beer backCOCOA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida gas station owner chased a man and fired a warning shot, forcing him to return some stolen beer.


Posted on 21 September 2017 | 5:37 pm

300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high school

300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high schoolSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bat infestation prompted a Salt Lake City high school to cancel its after-school programs so school workers could root out the flying mammals.


Posted on 21 September 2017 | 4:19 pm

Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes-in-one in round

Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes-in-one in roundALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school golfer has defied huge odds by recording two holes-in-one in the same round.


Posted on 21 September 2017 | 4:09 pm

'Nasty' to have service dog in restaurant, customer says

'Nasty' to have service dog in restaurant, customer saysDELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) — An argument broke out after a woman complained about a service dog being allowed inside a Delaware restaurant.


Posted on 21 September 2017 | 1:02 pm

Ex-Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusks

Ex-Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusksBANGOR, Maine (AP) — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years, two months in a U.S. prison for related money laundering counts.


Posted on 20 September 2017 | 6:16 pm

Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signs

Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signsROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs.


Posted on 20 September 2017 | 6:05 pm

Tractor-trailer makes wrong turn, gets stuck on boardwalk

Tractor-trailer makes wrong turn, gets stuck on boardwalkVENTNOR, N.J. (AP) — A tractor-trailer apparently made a wrong turn and got trapped on a boardwalk at the New Jersey shore.


Posted on 20 September 2017 | 5:55 pm

Chocolate overload: Rig chock-full of candy bars overturns

Chocolate overload: Rig chock-full of candy bars overturnsGORDONSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The scene was a chocoholic's delight: a rig full of candy bars overturned on a road in Virginia.


Posted on 20 September 2017 | 4:16 pm

Police: Man steals green chile burger after slapping victim

Police: Man steals green chile burger after slapping victimSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he randomly slapped a customer and then stole the man's green chile cheeseburger before dashing away.


Posted on 20 September 2017 | 12:26 pm

Diamond on the highway: Officer comes to driver's rescue

Diamond on the highway: Officer comes to driver's rescuePARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A police officer has come to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire.


Posted on 20 September 2017 | 11:58 am

BBC News – Also in the News

Killer whales join in on Norway surfing competition

Two killer whales have been spotted alongside participants in the semi-finals of a surf contest in Norway.

Posted on 24 September 2017 | 11:51 am

Ukraine far-right accused of ‘witch hunt’ over children’s book

Larysa Denysenko says she is the victim of a “21st century witch hunt” over her children’s book.

Posted on 15 September 2017 | 12:23 pm

New Zealand police enlist school in cannabis crackdown

New Zealand police use a school newsletter to seek help in a crackdown on illegal cannabis growing.

Posted on 14 September 2017 | 1:15 pm

Siberian serenades sweetheart from a dangling van

A man in Siberia makes up with his girlfriend from a van hanging from a crane.

Posted on 14 September 2017 | 10:29 am

Hurricane Irma: Chainsaw nun takes internet by storm

Sister Margaret Ann wanted to do her bit to help with Hurricane Irma.

Posted on 13 September 2017 | 10:03 am

China’s richest man does Michael Jackson dance routine

The Alibaba chief executive Jack Ma has performed a dance routine to 40,000 employees at the firm’s annual party.

Posted on 13 September 2017 | 4:26 am

Giant Star Wars AT-AT model built in front garden

The 20ft creation towers over bungalows on a quiet village street.

Posted on 12 September 2017 | 7:12 am

Cats invited on to local Japan train

The Cat Train Café aims to raise awareness of stray cats and prevent culling.

Posted on 10 September 2017 | 11:07 pm

James Blunt crowd-surfs in a dinghy

The pop star ends his set in Hyde Park by surfing over the audience in a Union Jack dinghy.

Posted on 10 September 2017 | 11:00 pm

Takeshi’s Castle star uses video to promote tax scheme

Actor-turned-politician promotes Japanese tax scheme through the medium of alien sausage exercise video.

Posted on 7 September 2017 | 9:08 am

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