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Newspaper apologizes after April Fools' prank causes panic

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma newspaper has apologized and retracted a story intended as an April Fools' prank that claimed all students in one Tulsa-area school district must repeat their current grade level. All schools in Oklahoma have been...

 

Baltimore native's encounter with a bison goes viral

BALTIMORE (AP) — Deion Broxton says he grew up in an area with a fair share of rodents. This week it was a mammal of a different size that brought him national exposure. As the East Baltimore native was filming a teaser on March 25 for his latest...

 

College student fills void with 'One Shining Moment' video

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — When it was apparent there would be no NCAA men's basketball tournament and no Final Four, Max Goren set out to save the one tradition associated with all the hoopla. The coronavirus pandemic stopped March Madness before...

 

Man exposes himself after hacking into online Florida class

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man exposed himself to students after hacking into an online class being held by a public school in Florida, school officials said Thursday. The man gained unauthorized access to the Zoom video conferencing instructional...

 

NOT REAL NEWS: False coronavirus claims and phony remedies

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Eating...

 

Dr. Fauci's face will soon be on a bobblehead

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The United States' top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead. The creation from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee features Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion...

 

Wisconsin court tells clerk to take down voter ID advice

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's conservative-leaning state Supreme Court ordered a Democratic clerk Tuesday to stop telling absentee voters how to get around voter ID requirements. People seeking absentee ballots online are required to upload...

 

Yellowstone slaughters wild bison to shrink park's herds

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is done capturing wild bison for the year after rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter as part of a population control program, park officials said. The culling is c...

 

If you don't laugh, you cry: Coping with virus through humor

BOSTON (AP) — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of "Sweet Caroline" with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, "Hands ... washing hands." A news anchor asks when social distancing will end because "my husband keeps trying to get into the...

 

Shop sells 'hundreds' of doughnuts starring Dr. Fauci's face

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York doughnut shop is featuring the likeness of the doctor leading the country's battle with coronavirus on its sweet treats. Donuts Delite in Rochester began selling hundreds of doughnuts with Dr. Anthony...

 

Squirrel sparks power loss near Alaska governor's residence

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An squirrel knocked out power to residences near the state governor's mansion, Alaska electric company officials said. The squirrel was interfering with equipment when the temporary loss of electrical service happened in...

 

69 dogs rescued from home given to Idaho Humane Society

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Humane Society has received dozens of dogs and three cats after the animals were rescued from a hoarding situation in the small city of Mountain Home. A judge has ordered that the pets be forfeited to the...

 

Tucson police seek man who stole 29 unused virus test kits

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Tucson continue to search for a man who disguised himself before stealing 29 unused coronavirus test kits from a health center. They say the man disguised as delivery driver entered the El Rio Health Center building...

 

Marble Madness! Obscure sports rule in coronavirus pandemic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Welcome to the Marble Universe, where the rushing of glass balls down race tracks, around sandy beach corners or getting thumped by fidget spinners has suddenly become as captivating as any dunk contest. Losing your marbles...

 

$10 toilet paper? Coronavirus gouging complaints surge in US

One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores offered $26 thermometers and face masks at the "everyday low price" of $39.95 a pair, while a convenience store touted toilet paper...

 

New Mexico man says he unknowingly stole TVs while drunk

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after he told police he unknowingly stole two televisions while drunk. The Gallup Independent reports Sage Aaron Cummins was arrested last week shortly following his arrival to the victim's apa...

 

Town cuts police force funds after near-nude chief loses job

CROYDON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town that eliminated its one-man police department prompting the then-chief to disrobe to his underwear and walk into a snowstorm has voted to decrease its budget by over $31,000. Residents in the small town of...

 

It's cloudy with a chance of iron rain at hot, faraway world

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — At one hot, faraway world, it's always cloudy with a chance of iron rain. That's the otherworldly forecast from Swiss and other European astronomers who have detected clouds full of iron droplets at a hot Jupiterlike...

 

A cow is on the loose and wanted by police in South Florida

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A cow is on the loose in South Florida. Not considered dangerous, but police have been trying to corral it for weeks. The Pembroke Pines Police Department said Wednesday the animal has been spotted near Interstate 75 in...

 

Sheriff: Man high on PCP calls 911, says he wants a ride

IOWA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who was smoking marijuana laced with PCP apparently wanted to take a ride so he called his local sheriff's office, authorities said. Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's officials said Charles Ray Stevens, 32, was arrested...

 

North Carolina woman goes to jail for 100th birthday

ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — For her 100th birthday, Ruth Bryant crossed a significant item off her bucket list. She went to jail. The Person County Sheriff's Office helped fulfill Bryant's unusual wish when two deputies showed up at her assisted living...

 

Golf's famous 'Hinkle Tree' from '79 Open uprooted by wind

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A tree that appeared overnight during the 1979 U.S. Open to become a part of golf lore has met its end. The Black Hills spruce known as "The Hinkle Tree" was partially uprooted by a gust of wind this week at Inverness Club in...

 

Report: Neighbor steals skeleton over offensive gesture

CUYAMUNGUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is facing a larceny charge after authorities say she stole a neighbor's anatomical skeleton model that allegedly was making an offensive gesture toward her. Court documents filed Monday show that Diana...

 

Reptile breeder pays fine after 157 venomous snakes seized

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A reptile breeder in upstate New York has paid a $500 fine related to the possession of more than 150 venomous snakes in his home, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC said in a report that...

 

Researchers ask for help in finding bobcat tracking collars

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials are asking for the public's help in finding bobcat tracking collars that have been programmed to fall off as part of one of the largest studies of its kind on the feline predators....

 

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