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420's long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a homage to pot's enduring appeal and universal slang for smoking. Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smo...

 

An Alabama mayor says her small town smells like rotting corpses more than two months after New York City's so-called "Poop Train" rolled in for an extended stay

PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet — and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a...

 

North Carolina city councilwoman expresses doubt about 9/11

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city councilwoman is questioning the reality of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed about 3,000 people. The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield posted on her Facebook...

 

Russell Crowe movie jockstrap gifted to Alaska Blockbuster

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" is trying to give one of the last Blockbuster Video locations in the world a little help in drawing customers instead of streaming movies online. Oliver has offered to send the...

 

Egypt's mufti issues fatwa against buying Facebook 'likes'

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook "likes" is prohibited under Islam because it's a form of fraud and deception. Grand Mufti Shawki Allam regularly issues all sorts of fatwas,...

 

Headless doll triggers major police operation in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — An apparent headless body that prompted a major police operation in southern Germany has turned out to be a doll. Police in Baden-Wuerttemberg state say a passer-by spotted what appeared to be a clothed but headless corpse covered in...

 

Navy: Training jet flew too low _ for thrills _ before crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Navy is citing pilot error for a military training jet crash in Tennessee that killed the two aboard, saying it was being flown for thrills and too low. Navy officials said in a report the T-45C Goshawk was flying below...

 

Lawmakers advance bill to bar manufacture of 'ghost guns'

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers on Monday advanced a measure to prohibit the purchase of firearms parts used to make untraceable weapons, or so-called ghost guns. The Democrat-led Senate law and public safety committee approved the...

 

Tiger reported running through streets of New York _ or not

NEW YORK (AP) — A false report of a tiger in the streets of New York has caused a social media frenzy. WNBC says the New York Police Department got a call around 8:30 a.m. Thursday about a tiger in Harlem. People on Twitter described a...

 

Senate votes to make smart, hearty chicken official poultry

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A chicken known for its intelligence, resilience and ability to withstand cold winters is a step closer to becoming the official state poultry of New Hampshire. The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill to designate the New...

 

Handwritten note lands man Volkswagen bus of his dreams

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — A man has the car of his dreams eight years after he slipped a note inside the window of a blue 1971 Volkswagen bus that the then-16-year-old called his "future car." Kyle Cropsey of Lindenhurst, New York, received a call...

 

Threat of closure spurs surge in sales for Necco Wafers

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The maker of the colorful Necco Wafers has experienced a surge in sales since announcing it might close unless it finds a buyer, and a Florida woman offered to exchange her 15-year-old car for one company's wafer inventory....

 

Search for women who took life-size cardboard ad at airport

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont are trying to find two women shown on airport video surveillance removing a life-size cardboard cutout advertisement of a restaurant owner. Police say the women had just gotten off an inbound flight...

 

Sister Jean switches sports, tosses out 1st ball at Wrigley

CHICAGO (AP) — Sister Jean did just fine on the diamond, too. The popular 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago basketball team that reached the Final Four switched sports Tuesday, throwing out a first ball before the Cubs' home opener....

 

Oldest man likes soaking in Japan hot springs, eating sweets

TOKYO (AP) — Masazo Nonaka has enjoyed soaking in northern Japan's hot springs for many years — probably longer than most people. The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified Tuesday as the...

 

Workers discover mummified monkey in old department store

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers renovating the old Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis have discovered a mystery: the mummified remains of a monkey. Crews found the carcass last week in an air duct on the seventh floor of the century-old...

 

Post office named for Merle Haggard in California hometown

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — About 300 people turned out in Bakersfield, California, to celebrate the naming of a post office for Merle Haggard in his hometown. The late country music legend's sister and widow were among those at a Friday ceremony...

 

Maine community creates massive ice carousel on frozen lake

SINCLAIR, Maine (AP) — Residents in a Maine town believe they've created the world's largest ice carousel on a frozen lake. About 100 volunteers cut a circle in the ice that's 427 feet (130 meters) in diameter, and they used four outboard boat...

 

UF allows parking violators to pay tickets by food donation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When University of Florida's president said on April Fool's Day that people cited for parking violations on campus over the past year could get amnesty by donating food, many thought it was a prank. But on Friday, nearly...

 

Indiana woman finally receives postcard 60 years later

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman has finally received a postcard that her mother mailed from southern California nearly 60 years ago. The postcard was hand-delivered to Sharon Gongwer of Goshen last week by Christine Combs, the manager...

 

What a delivery! Pizza driver comes to rescue in house fire

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pizza deliveryman's customer service was on fire. Literally. Donatos Pizza driver Ralph Letner told WKYT-TV he was delivering pizza Sunday night to a Somerset mobile home park when he saw a home on fire. Letner says...

 

Maine petting zoo is site of first reindeer birth in years

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A traveling Maine petting zoo says its reindeer has unexpectedly given birth to the first baby reindeer in the state in more than 20 years. Pony X-Press co-owner Ed Papsis says the reindeer is a dark brown female calf, and it...

 

3-pound quintuplets born at Phoenix hospital

PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of quintuplets born in Phoenix last month are praising the health care staff who helped them welcome five healthy babies into the world. Jamie and Skyler Scott welcomed the three girls and two boys on March 21 at Dignity...

 

Tucson police chief pulled over for running late yellow

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police chief or not, that didn't stop a Tucson officer from giving his boss a warning during a traffic stop. Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus was pulled over last week for a red-light infraction. A recording of the March 26...

 

Moose stomps man's foot in Alaska after he kicks her

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return, state officials said. KTVA-TV reported the man escaped major injuries in the encounter Thursday with the moose and her...

 

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