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Photo op turns into chance encounter with big gator on links

Photo op turns into chance encounter with big gator on linksKIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Carrie Moores says she'd only seen alligators at the zoo before relocating last year from Connecticut to South Carolina. That changed this week during a chance encounter with a very big gator on the golf links.


Posted on 28 March 2017 | 11:18 pm

Library patron returns book he took in 1982, plus $200

Library patron returns book he took in 1982, plus $200GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A patron who stole a book from a Montana library in 1982 has returned it after reading it at least 25 times, having it restored and having the author sign it.


Posted on 28 March 2017 | 8:08 pm

Oklahoma may legalize hog hunting from helicopters

Oklahoma may legalize hog hunting from helicoptersTULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma could soon join Louisiana and Texas in allowing hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters.


Posted on 28 March 2017 | 7:27 pm

German police: Thieves stole huge gold coin with wheelbarrow

German police: Thieves stole huge gold coin with wheelbarrowBERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say suspects used a wheelbarrow to make off with a 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions.


Posted on 28 March 2017 | 4:40 pm

New Jersey man gets wish, returns to work on 100th birthday

New Jersey man gets wish, returns to work on 100th birthdayCHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man wanted only one thing for his 100th birthday: to return to his old job.


Posted on 28 March 2017 | 4:40 pm

J is not OK _ Swiss court nixes letter as baby's name

J is not OK _ Swiss court nixes letter as baby's nameBERLIN (AP) — J is not OK — as a name, that is, according to a Swiss court.


Posted on 28 March 2017 | 11:55 am

Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway

Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highwayWALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a Northern California highway — followed by a mule.


Posted on 28 March 2017 | 2:16 am

101-year-old resident attends borough's centennial party

101-year-old resident attends borough's centennial partyDUPONT, Pa. (AP) — A 101-year-old woman was on hand to celebrate the centennial of the Pennsylvania borough where she has always lived.


Posted on 27 March 2017 | 12:17 pm

Teens wearing leggings barred from United flight

Teens wearing leggings barred from United flightDENVER (AP) — Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, according to a spokesman for the airline.


Posted on 26 March 2017 | 10:47 pm

Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine

Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaineMADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas.


Posted on 26 March 2017 | 10:06 am

Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94

Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California podiatrist who made history when he shot 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. He was 94.


Posted on 26 March 2017 | 5:14 am

Idaho woman says she crashed because she saw a sasquatch

Idaho woman says she crashed because she saw a sasquatchMOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror.


Posted on 25 March 2017 | 6:48 pm

Elderly couple on wrong flight; end up in NY, not Michigan

Elderly couple on wrong flight; end up in NY, not MichiganFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 96-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man were wheeled to the wrong gate at a South Florida airport and ended up on a flight to upstate New York instead of Michigan.


Posted on 25 March 2017 | 6:30 pm

Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump

Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President TrumpISTANBUL (AP) — One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump — made of cake icing.


Posted on 25 March 2017 | 2:39 pm

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in VirginiaWINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword.


Posted on 25 March 2017 | 11:27 am

Police: Florida man cited for eating pancakes in the street

Police: Florida man cited for eating pancakes in the streetLAKEWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've charged a Florida man recorded on video sitting in the street eating pancakes.


Posted on 25 March 2017 | 11:16 am

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensiveHALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper.


Posted on 25 March 2017 | 11:16 am

Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker

Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory BookerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.


Posted on 24 March 2017 | 7:53 pm

Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps

Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap napsCINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.


Posted on 24 March 2017 | 6:01 pm

California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack

California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpackMAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard.


Posted on 24 March 2017 | 4:15 pm

Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armory

Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armorySTOW, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory.


Posted on 24 March 2017 | 1:58 pm

Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught

Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caughtPATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets.


Posted on 24 March 2017 | 12:13 pm

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in PennsylvaniaBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking. The plant, built by American Reduction Co on a wide bend of the Youghiogheny River, shut down in 1936 after processing waste from the city of Pittsburgh since the early 20th century.


Posted on 23 March 2017 | 11:57 pm

Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money

Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance moneyNEWTON, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance.


Posted on 23 March 2017 | 5:21 pm

'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M

'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5MREDUCTION, Pa. (AP) — "The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale.


Posted on 23 March 2017 | 3:39 pm

BBC News – Also in the News

New Zealand minister challenged to fight over dirty water

Environment minister challenged by a conservationist angry at new water quality policy.

Posted on 24 March 2017 | 3:48 pm

Swedish hotel chain offers ‘divorce refunds’

Couples who divorce after staying at the hotel chain will be reimbursed for their stay.

Posted on 24 March 2017 | 1:11 pm

Concern over tourists taking crystals from Iceland mine

Officials warn a historic site may have to close because visitors keep removing its crystals.

Posted on 23 March 2017 | 2:11 pm

Tonga gives away thousands of chicks in anti-fat drive

Agriculture ministry hopes the initiative will stop people buying fatty imported meat.

Posted on 22 March 2017 | 2:55 pm

China bus company pays drivers in small change

The company says it was less trouble than going to the bank.

Posted on 22 March 2017 | 11:17 am

Puerto Rico baseball fans go blond to back team

What began as a joke is now spreading across the island, ahead of the World Baseball Classic final.

Posted on 22 March 2017 | 5:19 am

No cardboard cut-outs of Trudeau, Canada diplomats told

Canada’s diplomatic missions told to stop using cut-outs of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at events.

Posted on 21 March 2017 | 1:14 pm

Italy TV show under fire for discussion on foreign women

Italian public broadcaster Rai apologises for airing discussion that stereotyped Eastern European women.

Posted on 20 March 2017 | 4:11 pm

Japan’s elderly offered funeral discount to stop driving

Elderly drivers offered funeral home discounts if they surrender their licences.

Posted on 20 March 2017 | 1:06 pm

Cancer charity seeks help for sunburn-prone Danes abroad

Danish Cancer Society campaign asks people in five countries to help Danes stay safe in the sun.

Posted on 8 February 2017 | 1:19 pm