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NY courts spokesman fired after saying he 'barely' worked

NY courts spokesman fired after saying he 'barely' workedNEW YORK (AP) — The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job.


Posted on 17 August 2017 | 8:59 pm

Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery

Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgeryTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery.


Posted on 17 August 2017 | 6:35 pm

Man denies purposely spraying manure on border patrol car

Man denies purposely spraying manure on border patrol carMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally.


Posted on 17 August 2017 | 5:49 pm

Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ring

Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ringCAMROSE, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot.


Posted on 17 August 2017 | 1:30 pm

Are you for real? Police check out man looking for dentures

Are you for real? Police check out man looking for denturesBERLIN (AP) — A wary woman in southern Germany alerted police after a man buzzed on the door and asked for permission to search her balcony for his false teeth.


Posted on 17 August 2017 | 11:12 am

Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car

Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection carMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 10:11 pm

Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis

Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. LouisST. LOUIS (AP) — Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police."


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 6:42 pm

Escape artist llama makes bid for freedom on golf course

Escape artist llama makes bid for freedom on golf courseJACKSON, N.H. (AP) — Maybe these golfers in New Hampshire didn't yell "fore" but they might have considered "llama on the links."


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 5:24 pm

The Iowa State Fair is opening. Time to visit the Butter Cow

The Iowa State Fair is opening. Time to visit the Butter CowDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 1 million people typically visit the Iowa State Fair each year, and sometimes it seems like every one of them is clustered around the Butter Cow's climate-controlled glass enclosure.


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 5:16 pm

Silent song finds iTunes popularity due to special role

Silent song finds iTunes popularity due to special roleNEW YORK (AP) — No, the volume is just fine. It's the song.


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 4:09 pm

Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC

Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYCNEW YORK (AP) — Gourmet fun or just plain cheesy?


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 2:51 pm

German customs intercepts package with 20 snake heads

German customs intercepts package with 20 snake headsBERLIN (AP) — German customs officers say they have found and destroyed 20 rotten snake heads found in a package that had arrived from Nigeria.


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 10:01 am

Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scare

Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scareBy Charlotte Steenackers MALMEDY, Belgium (Reuters) – A Belgian town honored its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelet on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four meters wide. Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, which is forbidden in the food chain and can cause organ damage in humans. Hundreds of people gathered in the eastern Belgian city of Malmedy undeterred by the scare and the president of the local branch of the giant omelet fraternity, Benedicte Mathy, said she was confident Tuesday’s dish was safe to eat.


Posted on 16 August 2017 | 12:40 am

Wisconsin man drives to hospital after nail shot into heart

Wisconsin man drives to hospital after nail shot into heartMILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who doctors say came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on his house calmly drove himself to the hospital and even parked his pickup truck in the lot before walking into the emergency room.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 11:29 pm

Wayward alligator found in swimming pool at New Jersey motel

Wayward alligator found in swimming pool at New Jersey motelATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An alligator has been found in a swimming pool at a motel at the New Jersey shore.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 11:01 pm

Removal of mysterious circular object from beach canceled

Removal of mysterious circular object from beach canceledWESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A tree removal company's attempt to uproot a mysterious object with steel legs that is lodged on a Rhode Island beach has been postponed.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 7:55 pm

Defying Europe's egg scare, Belgian town makes giant omelet

Defying Europe's egg scare, Belgian town makes giant omeletMALMEDY, Belgium (AP) — Defying rain and a tainted egg scandal that has shaken European consumers, a Belgian town has turned nearly 10,000 eggs into a giant omelet for the whole community.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 7:12 pm

Lawsuit claims rodent was baked into Chick-fil-A sandwich

Lawsuit claims rodent was baked into Chick-fil-A sandwichPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawsuit claims a suburban Philadelphia woman got an extra topping on her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 6:11 pm

2 accused of theft get locked in store, break glass to flee

2 accused of theft get locked in store, break glass to fleeFAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut woman and her 12-year-old daughter were locked inside a convenience store by an employee who suspected them of stealing, and they kicked out the store's glass doors to escape.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 4:56 pm

Florida man gets 6 years for firing gun while taking selfie

Florida man gets 6 years for firing gun while taking selfieTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for accidentally shooting a gun while taking a selfie in a strip club restroom.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 2:25 pm

Correction: Kale-eating Contest story

Correction: Kale-eating Contest storyHAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about a Georgia man who won a New York county fair's kale-eating contest, The Associated Press erroneously reported the town where the winner lives. Gideon Oji lives in Morrow, Georgia, not Marrow, Georgia.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 2:06 pm

Police arrest man accused of ramming Bentley, Rolls-Royce

Police arrest man accused of ramming Bentley, Rolls-RoyceBELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Police say a 32-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly rammed his car into two luxury vehicles at a Washington car dealership, causing more than $500,000 in damage.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 1:14 pm

German police hunt stolen trailer full of chocolate

German police hunt stolen trailer full of chocolateBERLIN (AP) — Police say a semi-trailer full of chocolate has been stolen in a small central German town and are calling on witnesses who may have seen the sweet-toothed thieves.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 11:03 am

Woman gets OK for license plate inspired by 'covfefe' tweet

Woman gets OK for license plate inspired by 'covfefe' tweetCORTLAND, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have granted a woman's request to have President Donald Trump's mysterious tweeted typo, "covfefe," on her license plate.


Posted on 15 August 2017 | 4:10 am

Man falls into 10-foot sinkhole while trying to block it off

Man falls into 10-foot sinkhole while trying to block it offPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man who fell into a sinkhole says he was putting traffic cones around it because he was worried about the safety of children playing outside.


Posted on 14 August 2017 | 9:06 pm

BBC News – Also in the News

Belarus minister wants ex-prisoners to work on farms

Interior minister suggests prisoners work on farms as form of rehabilitation.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 11:17 am

Iceland toilet roll ‘price war’ wipes out jobs

Opening of warehouse store in Icelandic capital sees workers laid off from country’s only toilet paper manufacturer.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 9:12 am

Russia denies giving lake to Kazakhstan

Authorities deny reports that a popular tourist lake has been transferred to Kazakh neighbours.

Posted on 16 August 2017 | 10:38 am

Chinese man treats 5,000 to noodles after ring recovered

Chinese man buys 5,000 bowls of noodles to thank seller who recovered his engagement ring.

Posted on 16 August 2017 | 9:35 am

Mash-up combines Pakistan and India’s anthems to make a viral hit

The “Peace Anthem” features both nations’ songs, to celebrate their 70th Independence Days.

Posted on 14 August 2017 | 1:55 am

Toronto shoplifter gets job after policeman bought him interview shirt

A policeman who bought a youth the interview outfit he tried to steal says he starts work on Monday.

Posted on 12 August 2017 | 9:37 pm

Antarctica fruitcake: 106-year-old dessert ‘left by Capt Scott’

Researchers unearth a century-old fruitcake left behind by polar explorer Scott of the Antarctic.

Posted on 11 August 2017 | 11:47 pm

Car plunges seven storeys off US parking garage

Police in Austin, Texas, have released dramatic footage of a most unlikely car crash.

Posted on 11 August 2017 | 7:23 pm

Britney Spears concert interrupted by stage invader

You risk being pinned down by shirtless dancers and booed by a large crowd, as this man found out.

Posted on 11 August 2017 | 11:36 am

Italy restaurant expels mayor for wearing shorts

The mayor of Viareggio beach resort says nobody had told him about the dress code.

Posted on 10 August 2017 | 2:25 pm

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