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Giant wooden troll removed in Colorado could get new home

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it's possible the artwork could find another home. Workers in Breckenridge used a chainsaw and backhoe to remove the 15-foot...

 

Homeless Aussie who helped thwart attack charged with theft

SYDNEY (AP) — A homeless Australian man who shot to fame after using a shopping trolley to help police thwart last week's militant attack in Melbourne has been charged over a series of burglaries. Michael Rogers was hailed as a hero and dubbed...

 

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Th...

 

Statue of Liberty's original torch moved to museum site

NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty's original torch, which has been housed in the base of the statue since a replica replaced it in the 1980s, was moved across Liberty Island on Thursday to its new home in a museum that will open next year....

 

Police capture 'unruly' and 'uncooperative' runaway pig

PALMYRA, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say they helped corral a rather "unruly' pig on the run along Interstate 95. State police say in a Facebook post they were alerted to the "uncooperative" pig along the interstate in Palmyra on Wednesday....

 

Breckenridge, Colorado, removing divisive giant wooden troll

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — The town of Breckenridge in central Colorado is removing an art piece of a troll that has become a tourist attraction but also rankled nearby residents. The Summit Daily News reports that town employees started removing...

 

Rolling in toilet paper: Sheriff buys 24K extra rolls of TP

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Officials in an Alabama county have a financial mess to wipe up after the sheriff's department mistakenly ordered 24,000 extra rolls of toilet paper. WAFF-TV reports the Marshall County Sheriff's Office mistakenly spent...

 

Stranded camel entertains motorists along snowy roadway

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The surprisingly powerful winter storm that swept across Pennsylvania brought some surprising sights with it, including a camel stranded along a snowy roadway. Motorists traveling about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of...

 

Wildlife officials seize mountain lion kitten fed bratwurst

WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home say the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst. Travis Sauder with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the kitten appeared to be...

 

Causing an uproar: Lion-car combo the latest in selfie bling

PARIS (AP) — When Paris police officers found a lion cub in a Lamborghini during a traffic stop this week, they exposed the tip of what animal campaigners say is a bizarre and disturbing new trend: People buying or renting cubs to take bling-bling...

 

Marie Antoinette pearl pendant sells for record $32 million

GENEVA (AP) — A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for a hammer price of $32 million at an auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby's is calling a record price for a pearl at auction. The...

 

Montana hunter recovering after grizzly bear breaks arm

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana elk hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear is recovering at a hospital. Anders Broste tells the Daily Inter Lake newspaper Monday that he thinks he surprised the bear Sunday morning. The 36-year-old who lives...

 

Oregon man tries to trade cannabis for a car, lands in jail

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana is legal in Oregon, but you can't barter it for a car. Police in Albany, Oregon, said Tuesday a car dealer posted a Mazda SUV for sale on an online marketplace on Friday. A man contacted the dealer and offered to...

 

Romanian man returns $100,000 found in secondhand cupboard

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian man was surprised to find 95,000 euros ($107,000) stashed inside a secondhand cupboard he'd bought — and promptly returned the money. Adela Stanici told The Associated Press Tuesday that her husband, a...

 

Runaway elephant returned to upstate New York sanctuary

WESTTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll. State police say they went to the Sanctuary for Animals in Westtown on...

 

Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words "This Is the Enemy." Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recycling, planting gardens and buying potatoes. Still o...

 

What's in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed. The 69-year-old TV personality has asked a court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a...

 

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill

PARIS (AP) — Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add "your plane has been seized by the government" to the list of things that can delay your flight. In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when...

 

Hear the one about Trump? You've probably heard a lot

NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear the one about President Trump? Or, more precisely, did you hear all 3,128 jokes? A think tank that has studied the content of late-night comedy for the past 26 years said Donald Trump was the butt of more jokes in 2017...

 

Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub. The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called...

 

GOP candidate called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee wins race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Despite being labeled a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica," a Republican candidate won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia. Denver Riggleman won handily over Democrat Leslie Cockburn (COE'-birn) in Tuesday's race for...

 

Twins from different parties get different election outcomes

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side. Monica Sparks, a Democrat, and her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, each...

 

Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Identical twins have given birth about two hours apart from each other. The Fresno Bee reports Wednesday that BaoKou Yang went into labor first on Sunday. Shortly after, her sister BaoNhia Yang told her she was experiencing...

 

Pimp Dennis Hof wins Nevada legislative race after death

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star Dennis Hof died last month but still won a heavily GOP state legislative district after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate. County officials will appoint a...

 

Police: 11-year-old boy leads officers on high-speed chase

BROOKLYN, Ohio (AP) — Police say an 11-year-old boy in Ohio led officers on his second high-speed police chase in 13 months, this time after his mother took away a video game console. Police in suburban Cleveland say the boy took off in his...

 

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