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North Dakota tavern takes trademark as North American center

In this undated photo provided by Bill Bender, mayor of Robinson, N.D., the exterior of Hanson's Bar in Robinson, N.D, is seen. Hanson's Bar in Robinson -a town of fewer than 40 people - is now touting that it is the geographical center of North America after snatching the title from the nearby city of Rugby that allowed its trademark to lapse. Mayor Bender says bar patrons always have been suspect of Rugby's claim. He says Rugby's trademark expired about 20 years ago and bar patrons raised $350 and sent it off to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to buy the trademark. (Bill Bender via AP)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crediting "barstool science," a small-town tavern in central North Dakota is laying claim as the center of North America after snatching the title from a nearby city that allowed its trademark to lapse.

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 11:46 pm

Man charged with wearing clear plastic wrap bikini on beach

BEACH HAVEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say a 59-year-old man who wore a bikini fashioned out of see-through plastic wrap on a New Jersey beach is facing a criminal charge.

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 11:34 pm

Police: Pennsylvania dealer hid 110 heroin bags in buttocks

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania drug dealing suspect was found hiding 110 small bags of heroin in his buttocks.

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 2:00 pm

New Hampshire hotel is home to supersized cat

Logan, a 31-pound cat, struggles to get up at the Silver Fox Inn at the Waterville Valley resort Thursday Sept. 29, 2016 in Waterville Valley, N.H. The cat has been winning over guests and recently internet viewers. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) — Guests at a hotel in New Hampshire can be forgiven for thinking a raccoon is lounging out front.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 10:56 pm

Pittsburgh man faces penalty if he can’t catch noisy rooster

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man has 30 days to figure out how to catch a noisy rooster or the city will penalize him.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 8:09 pm

Internet star Grumpy Cat to join a Broadway show _ ‘Cats’

FILE - This Dec. 1, 2015 file photo shows Grumpy Cat posing for a photo in Los Angeles. Grumpy Cat is joining the cast of the Broadway musical “Cats” on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The kitty with the comical frown “will be worked into the end of the show and will become an honorary Jellicle Cat,” according to a spokesman for the show. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Life will imitate art — or is it the other way around? — when internet sensation Grumpy Cat joins the cast of the Broadway musical "Cats" on Friday for what will likely be a feline-good moment.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 6:22 pm

Company: Crows knocked out power to 100,000 in 3 states

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A utility company says two crows triggered a power outage in mid-July that knocked out service to about 100,000 customers in three Western states.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 5:41 pm

McDonald’s offers Halloween choco-pumpkin fries in Japan

A customer eats McDonald's Japan's 'Halloween Choco Fries - Pumpkin & Choco Sauce' that is McFry Potato served with pumpkin and chocolate sauces, at a McDonald's restaurant in TokyoFor those who can't get enough of pumpkin-flavored treats during Halloween, McDonald's Japan is offering french fries covered in pumpkin and chocolate sauce. The fast-food chain came up with the "Halloween Choco Potato" to mark its 45th anniversary in Japan, where trick or treaters enjoy pumpkin-spiced food and beverages to celebrate the October holiday. "The flavors of pumpkin and chocolate went unexpectedly well and it was quite tasty," Ayano Ishikama, 22, said after sampling the fries at one of the chain's restaurants in Tokyo.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 1:36 pm

Video shows deer trying to jump inside SUV that hit it

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — A deer that was hit by an SUV in New Jersey wasn’t going down without a fight.

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 8:17 pm

Fan drops ring during televised Yankee Stadium engagement

Heather Terwilliger and Andrew Fox embrace after the couple became engaged during a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Fox's first attempt went awry when he opened the box and the engagement ring was missing. Eventually the ring was located in the cuff of Terwilliger's pants. The second time was the charm. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — In the end, Andrew Fox wasn't charged with an error.

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 1:30 pm

Satanic Temple brings after-school club to elementary pupils

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland chapter of The Satanic Temple has succeeded in its efforts to bring an after-school program to a Portland elementary school.

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 2:27 am

Driver uses cardboard Trump head in carpool lane

This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows a cardboard cutout of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's head in the passenger seat of a car Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Seattle. A trooper stopped the motorist who was driving with the cardboard likeness in a carpool lane south of Seattle on Highway 167. The stunt netted the driver a $136 ticket. (Washington State Patrol via AP)SEATTLE (AP) — A cardboard cutout of a head in a passenger seat definitely caught the attention of a Washington State Patrol trooper Tuesday morning.

Posted on 28 September 2016 | 1:15 am

Police: Woman robs Arby’s restaurant, flees in taxi cab

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman faces armed robbery charges after police say she robbed an Arby’s restaurant in Gainesville and then hailed a cab to get away.

Posted on 27 September 2016 | 12:42 pm

Long dog-gone trip: Florida pooch travels to Boston and back

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Pyrenees mix named Apollo is back home in Florida after a journey that took him to the Boston area.

Posted on 27 September 2016 | 11:53 am

Austrian customs officials find human intestines in luggage

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian customs officials are used to finding unusual items in travelers’ luggage. But human intestines were not on their list — until now.

Posted on 27 September 2016 | 11:27 am

Drone to the face doesn’t stop Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show

In this Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, photo, Stanley “Flesh-N-Bone” Howse, of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, center left, covers his face after he was hit with a drone onstage while performing during the High Life Music Festival in Victorville, Calif. (David Pardo/The Daily Press via AP)VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face.

Posted on 27 September 2016 | 12:03 am

Snake wrapped around armrest halts Japanese ‘bullet’ train

A snake lays in a container after it was caught in bullet train, in Hamamatsu, central Japan, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The snake was found on a Japanese Shinkansen “bullet” train, wrapped around an armrest when it was spotted about an hour after departure, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO (AP) — A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen "bullet" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop.

Posted on 27 September 2016 | 12:03 am

Indian man bitten by python whilst posing for selfie

Forest department officials on Saturday (September 24) promised strict action after a python attacked a man when a group was trying to click a photo with it. The incident took place on Friday (September 23) after forest department officials removed the python from the premises of a school in northwestern Rajasthan state. Deputy Conservator of Forests, K.G.Shrivastav, said the incident was unexpected as all officers were highly trained.

Posted on 26 September 2016 | 2:12 pm

Swooping, gliding over the Alps at free-flight festival

Paraglider Gabriele D'arrigo performs a flight with a Dragon during the 43st Icare Cup paragliding festival in Saint Hilaire du Touvet, French Alps, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The "Coupe Icare" dedicated to free flight, orchestrates all the various types of flying such as hang gliding, paragliding and acrobatic sailplaneing. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)SAINT HILAIRE DU TOUVET, France (AP) — In wild costumes, wingsuits and even home-made flying machines, thousands of people are gliding through the French Alps in the world's oldest free-flight festival.

Posted on 25 September 2016 | 2:03 pm

Alaska council to vote on cat leash law

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council wins approval.

Posted on 24 September 2016 | 7:31 pm

Hold your nose: Stinky corpse flower blooms in New Hampshire

This photo provided by Dartmouth College shows titan arum — or corpse flower in Hanover, N.H. Named Morphy, the corpse flower began opening at Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Dartmouth College's Life Sciences Greenhouse. The 7 ½-foot flower is expected to be fully open on Saturday before it starts to collapse on Sunday. (Robert Gill/Dartmouth College via AP)HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A flower that got its nickname from its putrid smell is blooming at Dartmouth College for the first time since 2011.

Posted on 24 September 2016 | 5:51 pm

Driver caught using mannequin to drive in carpool lane

This Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 photo provided by the Brea, Calif., Police Department shows a mannequin in the passenger seat of a truck that the driver was using to use the carpool lane instead of congested regular traffic lanes on the 57 Freeway in Brea. The driver was cited, and admitted to using the mannequin to use the carpool lane for some time, and said he would now just accept the fact he needs to sit in traffic like everyone else. Driving alone in the carpool lane requires a fine of at least $481. (Brea Police Department via AP)BREA, Calif. (AP) — A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin — not the required human being — to drive in the carpool lane.

Posted on 23 September 2016 | 6:25 pm

Michigan quintuplets work first jobs together at McDonald’s

POTTERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Three 18-year-old brothers and their two 18-year-old sisters have landed their first jobs, together, at a McDonald’s in Michigan.

Posted on 23 September 2016 | 4:21 pm

German girl bicycles to Poland to see her grandmother

BERLIN (AP) — German police say a missing 14-year-old girl has turned up safe and sound in Poland, after bicycling and hitchhiking some 400 kilometers (250 miles) to see her grandmother.

Posted on 23 September 2016 | 12:14 pm

Work on sex life of rats, life as a badger honored at Ig Nobel Prizes

Atsugi Higashiyama of Japan accepts the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize in Perception during the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University in CambridgeBy Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it's like for a human to live like a badger and how different the world looks when viewed through your legs was honored at this year's Ig Nobel spoof awards. The group also took a dig at Volkswagen AG, lauding it in chemistry for engineering its vehicles to produce fewer emissions "whenever the cars are being tested." The prizes will be awarded for a 26th straight year at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday by a group of actual Nobel Prize winners, and are intended to honor accomplishments in science and humanities that make one laugh, then think. "The prizes are for something pretty unusual," said Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and host of the awards.

Posted on 23 September 2016 | 7:22 am

BBC News – Also in the News

Drugs haul found on Copenhagen Opera House roof

Huge quantity of marijuana linked with controversial local drugs market.

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 11:22 am

Saudi Arabia plans drug tests for drivers

Kingdom to introduce new rules in bid to address shocking accident rate.

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 9:22 am

Glass loos with a view open in China

China’s recent obsession with glass tourist attractions goes round the U-bend with the opening of see-through treetop toilets.

Posted on 30 September 2016 | 4:02 am

US band The Slants sues so it can trademark ‘offensive’ name

An Asian-American band takes a legal fight to trademark their name, that’s seen as offensive to Asians, to the Supreme Court.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 9:19 pm

Belarus villagers complain of army tanks on lawn

Belarusian villagers aren’t happy about tanks churning up the grass outside their apartments.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 1:48 pm

Could 3D printed hair follicles help with hair loss?

Hair follicles created by a process similar to 3D printing could one day be used as implants, beauty giant L’Oreal has said.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 12:41 pm

Reykjavik goes dark for Northern Lights show

Icelandic capital switches off street lights to give people a better view of the Aurora Borealis.

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 11:55 am

Thai tourism video stirs cultural heritage debate

Government unhappy over playful use of characters from Thailand’s national epic.

Posted on 27 September 2016 | 1:58 pm

Graffiti artist brightens up Finnish prison

The state art commission asks a graffiti artist to perk up Vantaa prison’s walls.

Posted on 26 September 2016 | 11:13 am

Nose-picking ban for Philippines police

New directive also tells police in Manila not to scratch any part of their bodies.

Posted on 23 August 2016 | 8:04 am