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Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handling

Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handlingNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie is disputing reports suggesting he tried to get special treatment that he enjoyed while he was governor.


Posted on 19 January 2018 | 12:21 am

Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking

Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug traffickingBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.


Posted on 18 January 2018 | 10:25 pm

Pope stops popemobile to comfort fallen horseback policewoman

Pope stops popemobile to comfort fallen horseback policewomanIQUIQUE, Chile (Reuters) – Pope Francis ordered his popemobile to stop on Thursday after a mounted Chilean policewoman was thrown off her frightened horse, which had reared up as the pontiff passed by.


Posted on 18 January 2018 | 7:57 pm

Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens, saying it looks like Satan

Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens, saying it looks like SatanBlack-clad protesters in southern Athens have torn down a red sculpture shaped like an angel and broke its wings in a fresh act of violence against an artwork critics liken to Satan. It was displayed in early December in a busy area in the coastal suburb of Palaio Faliro. Protesters have included some residents, religious conservatives and supporters of far right political groups.


Posted on 18 January 2018 | 7:19 pm

Paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley up for auction

Paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley up for auctionTULSA, Okla. (AP) — A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Oklahoma is up for auction, and bids have already surpassed $1,200.


Posted on 18 January 2018 | 6:48 pm

Police: Woman tells of body in her home, leads them on chase

Police: Woman tells of body in her home, leads them on chaseNASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a woman told them a man was fatally shot and was in her home, and then led them on a chase into Massachusetts and back before she was arrested.


Posted on 18 January 2018 | 1:59 pm

Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroom

Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroomBRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two decapitated chickens inside a courtroom.


Posted on 18 January 2018 | 1:10 pm

Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weirdCHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?"


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 11:48 pm

Psychic paid $3.5 million for exorcisms gets prison for evading U.S. taxes

Psychic paid $3.5 million for exorcisms gets prison for evading U.S. taxesBy Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) – A self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced on Wednesday to 26 months in prison after admitting that she tried to avoid paying taxes on over $3.5 million that she received from an elderly Massachusetts woman seeking to cleanse herself of demons. Sally Ann Johnson, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise Casper in Boston, who said the evidence suggested the psychic took advantage of the Martha’s Vineyard resident as the woman began to suffer from dementia.


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 10:55 pm

Peru shamans hold rituals, foresee good news during Pope's visit

Peru shamans hold rituals, foresee good news during Pope's visitPeruvian shamans said on Wednesday they expect good news from the visit of Pope Francis to the Andean nation, and held rituals on a beach near Lima to give him strength to fight against accusations of sexual abuse that have plagued the Roman Catholic Church. Dressed in ponchos, the shamans passed rue leaves – believed to ward off evil and bring good luck – over photos of the Argentine pontiff, and stood by the ocean playing percussion instruments.


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 9:10 pm

Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite

Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbiteBRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite.


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 6:57 pm

Goldman co-COO's ex-assistant charged with stealing $1.2 million of wine

Goldman co-COO's ex-assistant charged with stealing $1.2 million of wineBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former personal assistant to Goldman Sachs Group Inc Co-Chief Operating Officer David Solomon has been charged with stealing hundreds of bottles of wine worth more than $1.2 million from his former boss. U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday said Nicolas DeMeyer’s theft scheme ran from 2014 to October 2016, when he allegedly stole seven bottles from the famed French estate Domaine de la Romanee-Conti in Burgundy that his boss had bought for $133,650. Using the alias Mark Miller, DeMeyer would sell stolen bottles to a North Carolina wine dealer, who would have them picked up at Solomon’s Manhattan apartment, the indictment said.


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 6:30 pm

Spain, Portugal seize cocaine hidden in shipped pineapples

Spain, Portugal seize cocaine hidden in shipped pineapplesLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spanish and Portuguese police say a joint operation resulted in the seizure of 745 kilograms (1,642 pounds) of cocaine, much of it allegedly concealed inside pineapples shipped from Latin America.


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 5:38 pm

Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling MichiganDETROIT (AP) — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 2:31 pm

Mom-daughter duo show 2 carjackers crime and cocoa don't mix

Mom-daughter duo show 2 carjackers crime and cocoa don't mixWOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in the Virginia suburbs of the nation's capital say two would-be carjackers fled from their intended victims when a splash of hot cocoa and a dash of resourcefulness entered the mix.


Posted on 17 January 2018 | 12:45 am

Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstruction

Dinosaur tail to be auctioned for Mexico quake reconstructionBy Diego Oré MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A fossilized dinosaur tail discovered in Morocco will be auctioned on Tuesday night in Mexico to raise funds for the reconstruction of thousands of schools damaged by two earthquakes that struck the Latin American nation in September. The 4-metre-(13-foot)-long, 180-kg (396-pound) tail will be offered at a reserve price of 1.8 million Mexican pesos ($95,805), according to organizer Morton’s Auction House. Anything raised above the reserve price will be donated to the BBVA Bancomer Foundation to help finance the reconstruction of some 5,000 damaged schools.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 9:34 pm

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees FMOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 7:44 pm

Massachusetts police arrest man for stealing manhole covers

Massachusetts police arrest man for stealing manhole coversWEBSTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say they have arrested a man who stole seven manhole covers and put traffic cones in their place.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 5:59 pm

German linguists: 'Alternative facts' the non-word of 2017

German linguists: 'Alternative facts' the non-word of 2017BERLIN (AP) — German linguists have declared the phrase "alternative facts," popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway, the non-word of 2017.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 4:16 pm

2 men hit each other in consecutive accidents in Germany

2 men hit each other in consecutive accidents in GermanyBERLIN (AP) — Police in the eastern German city of Dresden say two men suffered minor injuries after backing in to one another in two consecutive accidents.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 2:47 pm

Wayward wallaby gets the jump on police in Sydney Harbour Bridge chase

Wayward wallaby gets the jump on police in Sydney Harbour Bridge chaseAustralians often joke that tourists expect to see kangaroos hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge but the joke was on police on Tuesday when a wayward wallaby led them in an early-morning chase across the famous landmark. Police said they chased the mysterious marsupial on foot and in a car over the bridge before dawn before catching it in a downtown park and taking it to the city’s Taronga Zoo. “Officers took the startled macropod into police custody … with the police mounted unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment,” New South Wales Police said in a statement.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 3:48 am

Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured

Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjuredSYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 3:44 am

Shiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty _ and books

Shiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty _ and booksRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dead men tell no tales, but there's new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard's flagship harbored books among the booty.


Posted on 16 January 2018 | 12:37 am

Drunk droning now illegal in New Jersey

Drunk droning now illegal in New JerseyThe law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, the same as for driving a vehicle, or while drugged. The measure, which passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature earlier this month, also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife. The drone measure was among 109 bills that Christie signed into law on his last full day in office, spokesman Brian Murray said by email.


Posted on 15 January 2018 | 10:33 pm

Wallaby leads police chase over Sydney Harbour Bridge

Wallaby leads police chase over Sydney Harbour BridgeA wallaby hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge held up early-morning traffic in Australia’s biggest city on Tuesday, before being caught downtown by police officers. “Officers took the startled macropod into police custody near the Conservatorium of Music, with the police mounted unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment,” New South Wales Police said in a statement. Video filmed from a pursuing patrol car showed a wallaby, about a meter high, hopping at a clip across the famous arch-span bridge, and a policeman stifles a laugh as he drives along behind it.


Posted on 15 January 2018 | 10:33 pm

BBC News – Also in the News

North Korean phone users get photo beauty app

Spring Scent is the latest homegrown app available to North Korea’s 3.5 million smartphone owners.

Posted on 18 January 2018 | 6:37 am