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California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. "Your son is alive," he said. "Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone," Kerrigan said. "He said 'Hi Dad.' " Orange County coroner's...

 

Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location. David Cox of tree-moving company...

 

Dancer who won notoriety at city meeting headed to Scotland

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A performance artist who flailed around and jumped on a man's lap during a Portland City Council meeting is taking her unusual brand of interpretive dance on the road. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2t7rday)...

 

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th...

 

Albuquerque TV truck stolen while crew worked on crime story

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While a television news crew was gathering footage for a story about crime in the Albuquerque downtown area, a thief drove off in the station's SUV. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2rMiw1n ) reported the story...

 

Norwegians collect money to fix penis-shaped rock formation

HELSINKI (AP) — Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged. Joggers discovered Saturday that the Trollpikken rock formation had cracked and...

 

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive. But workers in Idaho will attempt just that starting Friday. A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by natur...

 

Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock say a mall worker wrestled away a stripper pole from a would-be thief who bit the employee during the struggle. According to police, a woman entered a Spencer's store in Little Rock's Park Plaza Mall...

 

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

LONDON (AP) — Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of...

 

'That tree wants to live': Onlookers watch tree-moving prep

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Workers in Idaho prepared to inflate rolling tubes beneath a massive sequoia that grew over more than a century from a seed sent by naturalist John Muir. Then, they'll wrestle the tree up a ramp to street level Friday. The...

 

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Reti...

 

Family expected euthanized dog's ashes, got his frozen body

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania family expecting to pick up the ashes of their beloved pet were instead handed the animal's frozen body. Lisa Horseman tells WTAE-TV (http://bit.ly/2t2kU8h ) the employees at Rainbow Veterinary Hospital in...

 

Workers help woman find necklace buried in hospital waste

OXFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her special necklace that was thrown in the trash after she went to a hospital, thanks to a group of hardworking sanitation workers. Samantha LaRochelle was taken to St. Luke's Hospital...

 

Kind act spreads to 167 drivers at Indiana McDonald's

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A customer's act of kindness at a southern Indiana McDonald's sparked a chain reaction of niceness in its drive-thru line. Hunter Hostetler is a cashier at a McDonald's in Scottsburg, about 50 miles north of Louisville,...

 

Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze

BEIJING (AP) — Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China — and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. Several cities including Shenzhen and Qingdao have...

 

Goodwill returns $97K to Ohio couple in mistaken donation

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A couple has gotten back nearly $100,000 they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in Ohio The (Zanesville) Times Recorder reports (http://ohne.ws/2rQhMrB ) two Goodwill employees in Zanesville initially thought it was...

 

Naked thief nabbed by Austrian police at Vienna hotel

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police have arrested a suspected thief. But first, they made sure he put on some clothes. Police say a naked man took a watch and money from a Vienna hotel guest after climbing through a window into his room, then was seen...

 

Woman who hid gun in her vagina gets probation in drug case

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman who police said packed a loaded pistol in her vagina has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to drug possession. Ashley Cecilia Castaneda has been sentenced to 10 years on deferred probation for...

 

Senior student mocks school's dress code with yearbook quote

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A teenager has left a permanent mark on her long-running battle against her high school's dress code. Eighteen-year-old West Milford High School senior Victoria DiPaolo chose a black off-the-shoulder top for her senior...

 

California deputies harness wayward Llama

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A couple of Solano County sheriff's deputies are one wayward llama's heroes after they saved it from traffic. KTVU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2rMBBok ) deputies David Hollingsworth and Jordan Austin "found themselves having...

 

EU takes fat out of fire: Belgian fries are out of danger

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission wants all Belgians, and the world at large, to know: your famous fries are safe. A regional Belgian minister had alarmed the nation with warnings that — sacrilege! — the EU would force fries to be...

 

Swarm of gnats causes fire scare at landmark Hamburg church

BERLIN (AP) — Emergency services were called to a landmark Hamburg church to fight a fire. All they found was a swarm of gnats. News agency dpa reports that Hamburg's fire service said Tuesday it was called to the St. Michaelis church by a man who...

 

Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300K California theft

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Police are calling it grand theft avocado. Three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Thirty-eight-year-old Joseph...

 

Pet squirrel that foiled Idaho home burglary returns to wild

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime-fighter might be more of the lover type. Joey, who police credited with scaring off a burglar trying to break into his home's gun safe, made his long goodbyes earlier this...

 

Ohio woman reunited with lost tortoise after two-week search

CLEVELAND (AP) — A wayward tortoise's surprising trek around Ohio has ended happily for its owner, whose two-week search, in a twist of fate, might have saved her sister's life. Otis the California desert tortoise managed to push open a sliding gla...

 

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