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Severe Bolivian drought hurts crops, threatens capital

CARACOLLO, Bolivia (AP) — Last year, the flowering quinoa plants painted Florencio Tola's farmlands in vibrant sepia and ochre tones. But this season, all that could be seen was the straw color of dried-out stalks that never germinated amid...

 

Woman gives birth during auto shop oil change

DORMONT, Pa. (AP) — Some auto shops offer 10-minute oil change service. That still would have been about seven minutes too long for a Pennsylvania woman who gave birth while the oil in her husband's pickup was being changed at an auto...

 

Lottery scratch-off loser keeps phoning in threats, cops say

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman who repeatedly aired her frustration at failing to win a jackpot by making obscene and violent threats against Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters faces 53 charges, police said Wednesday. Towanda Shields, 47, made...

 

Witnesses: Men wearing Trump masks duked it out in Lowe's

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police say shoppers were mystified and alarmed when two young men wearing Donald Trump masks began boxing one another inside a Virginia Lowe's store on New Year's Eve. Officers were summoned to the store Saturday afternoon...

 

German man's front door walled up overnight

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a man in western Germany ran into a wall, literally, as he opened his front door to leave the house earlier this week. The man was heading out of his house in Mainhausen, near Frankfurt, on Monday morning but found that...

 

Anthropologist doing autopsy for decomposed body in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — The autopsy on a severely decomposed body found facedown inside a car in Detroit is being performed by an anthropologist. The anthropologist is from the University of Michigan. The autopsy was planned for Tuesday. Wayne County...

 

Two-faced calf named Lucky dies at 108 days old in Kentucky

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A two-faced calf named Lucky has died in Kentucky after the family that treated her like a pet raised thousands of dollars to help her. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2hN6fnN ) reports the McCubbin family in...

 

Maine cops make use of 70s rock hit in winter safety message

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Bangor, Maine, are making use of a 1970s progressive rock hit by Manfred Mann's Earth Band to encourage people to clear the snow off their cars before driving. Sgt. Tim Cotton posted on Facebook on Tuesday that the...

 

Akron home sells for $1 under Ohio's new public auction law

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A vacant 92-year-old bungalow in Akron sold at a sheriff's sale last month for just $1, a price made possible by a revision of Ohio law governing public auctions last year. The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2ixmPKb...

 

Public previews set before auction of wax president figures

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A shuttered Pennsylvania museum that features wax figures of all 44 U.S. presidents and their first ladies will display the figures before they're auctioned off in mid-January. The Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum...

 

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