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Signs to mark eastern and western ends of longest US road

BOSTON (AP) — Signs marking the eastern and western ends of the longest continuous road in the U.S. are being unveiled on both coasts.

Posted on 8 December 2016 | 5:19 am

Police: Black cat crosses suspect’s path, rats him out

EPHRATA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive.

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 6:57 pm

Deck the … Look out! Woman tries to run over decorating ex

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say holiday music was blaring from a Pennsylvania woman’s car as she tore up the yard of her ex-boyfriend’s home, nearly running the man and his family over.

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 4:51 pm

Ohio man’s controversial ‘Zombie Nativity’ vandalized

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati man says someone vandalized the “Zombie Nativity” scene he puts up annually, beheading the ghoulish-looking Mary figure and flipping the greenish baby Jesus into the yard.

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 12:11 pm

New Zealand passport robot tells applicant of Asian descent to open eyes

A screenshot of New Zealand man Richard Lee's passport photo rejection notice, supplied to ReutersA New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photograph rejected when facial recognition software mistakenly registered his eyes as being closed. Richard Lee's attempt to renew his passport was blocked after he submitted the picture to an online passport photo checker run by New Zealand's department of internal affairs. "No hard feelings on my part, I've always had very small eyes and facial recognition technology is relatively new and unsophisticated," Lee told Reuters.

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 8:48 am

$1,000 reward for catching ugly fish from Wyoming reservoir

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) — A $1,000 reward has been posted for catching an ugly fish out of Fontenelle Reservoir in western Wyoming.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 10:01 pm

Class ring flung in rage reunited with owner decades later

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man has been reunited with his high school class ring more than 45 years after he threw it as far as he could in a fit of teen rage.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 7:36 pm

Florida woman in half-marathon lost for 12 hours, then found

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who became lost during a half-marathon trail run was found past nightfall after wandering around a 25,000-acre park for nearly 12 hours.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 6:02 pm

Mistakenly sold lottery ticket earns couple $1 million

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A mistakenly sold lottery ticket has earned a New Jersey couple $1 million.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 5:54 pm

Cops find robbery suspect after sending him Facebook warning

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police have helped cops in a Pennsylvania town keep a Facebook promise they made to an armed robbery suspect: “We WILL find you.”

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 4:56 pm

Rock-loving orangutan causes $220K damage at St. Louis zoo

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rock-loving orangutan named Rubih went ape on the observation windows of her St. Louis zoo enclosure, forcing nearly $200,000 in repairs and the temporary closure of the exhibit.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 2:47 pm

School board official avoids trial in frozen fish assault

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) — A member of a Massachusetts town’s school committee charged with assaulting a man with frozen fish patties has been ordered to attend anger management classes.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 1:46 pm

Police officer charged with slapping man dressed as bunny

HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) — A police officer accused of slapping a man who was wearing a bunny costume and was blowing an air horn inside a police station has been charged with assault.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 12:40 pm

Sheriff: Alabama burglary suspect was naked when captured

HENAGAR, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a man charged with burglary was naked when he was taken into custody.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 12:31 pm

More than 200 Christmas wreaths stolen from Maine farm

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of holiday wreaths have been stolen from a Maine farm.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 11:42 am

Space oddity as Dr David Bowie treats ‘starman’ Buzz Aldrin in NZ hospital

Buzz Aldrin testifies at space competitiveness hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Swati Pandey WELLINGTON (Reuters) – In what can only be described as a space oddity, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in a New Zealand hospital by Dr David Bowie after being evacuated from the South Pole. In a truly remarkable coincidence, Aldrin's doctor shares the name of the late British singer whose greatest hits included songs such as "Starman" and others about space travel that could easily have been penned for the great American astronaut. The coincidence certainly tickled Aldrin's manager, Christina Korp, who posted a photo on Twitter of Aldrin and Dr Bowie together in a Christchurch hospital.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 3:12 am

Officials: Passenger hit train’s emergency stop to get phone

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit officials say a passenger pulled the emergency stop on a train so he could retrieve the cellphone he dropped on the tracks.

Posted on 5 December 2016 | 9:55 pm

Police nab suspects, fowl accomplice in break-in

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Two suspects in a weekend break-in at a Massachusetts convenience store had a fowl accomplice.

Posted on 5 December 2016 | 4:00 pm

Police send gas station robbery suspect Facebook message

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police in one Pennsylvania town have sent an armed robbery suspect a message on Facebook, and it’s not because they want to be friends.

Posted on 5 December 2016 | 1:57 pm

Wyoming police to dole out donated money for good deeds

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A good deed could turn into a $50 tip from Jackson law enforcement officials who will dole out donated money ahead of the holidays.

Posted on 4 December 2016 | 11:47 pm

Cheers greet British veteran, 89, as he starts his new job

LONDON (AP) — An 89-year-old army veteran who made national headlines in Britain with a newspaper ad seeking work has started his new job.

Posted on 4 December 2016 | 4:33 pm

Deliberations by Texas jury prompts missing person report

WACO, Texas (AP) — One juror in a Central Texas robbery trial apparently forgot to tell her family she’d be working late deliberating in the case, prompting relatives to file a missing person report.

Posted on 3 December 2016 | 11:38 pm

Police: ‘Postal Grinch’ caught opening post office packages

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages.

Posted on 3 December 2016 | 5:23 pm

Museum to auction wax figures of presidents, first ladies

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Gettysburg wax museum that features the likeness of every U.S. president and first lady has closed and the figures are up for auction.

Posted on 3 December 2016 | 5:18 pm

Friendly moose befriends 2 cows on Vermont farm

SHELDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn’t want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences.

Posted on 3 December 2016 | 4:12 pm

BBC News – Also in the News

Automatic golf carts for Japanese elderly

Electric vehicles are provided to allow residents to keep their mobility.

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 2:29 pm

Row over table manners training for Tbilisi officials

Georgians unimpressed by dress code and table manners training for city officials.

Posted on 7 December 2016 | 10:46 am

Kremlin to sell own-brand dairy products online

Russian government says the “Kremlin Quality” range will launch in 2017.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 2:57 pm

Berlin transport company makes light of Twitter vitriol

Transport company’s video shows staff reading expletive-ridden tweets from customers.

Posted on 6 December 2016 | 1:24 pm

Businesses offer freebies in Turkish currency campaign

Free meals, haircuts and even tombstones on offer if people convert dollars into lira.

Posted on 5 December 2016 | 3:35 pm

China care home rewards visits to elderly parents

Elderly care home offers vouchers if people visit their parents regularly.

Posted on 5 December 2016 | 12:29 pm

The sun sets for the last time over Barrow, Alaska

When the sun rises again over this Arctic Circle city next year it will have a new indigenous name.

Posted on 1 December 2016 | 9:16 pm

Russian Revolution given social network treatment

Internet project gives daily updates from major figures in a Facebook-style format.

Posted on 1 December 2016 | 3:12 pm

Sweden Gavlebocken: Giant Christmas goat doesn’t last a day

A famous annual giant goat effigy in Sweden fails to last even a day as arsonists strike again.

Posted on 29 November 2016 | 8:02 pm

Ancient Egypt crocodile surprise at Dutch museum

New 3D scan of Egyptian crocodile mummy shows dozens of baby reptiles inside.

Posted on 18 November 2016 | 12:50 pm