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Pigs fall from truck; officer thinks dispatch said kids

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Confusion about whether pigs or kids had tumbled out of a vehicle in Kansas led to a humorous exchange between a dispatcher and an officer. Police in Riley County posted audio of the exchange on Facebook under the hearing,...

 

US Air Force warns against joke event to 'storm Area 51'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people "storm Area 51," the top-secret Cold War test site in the Nevada desert. A prank event on Facebook that's attracted m...

 

All-white creature identified as rare albino porcupine

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine. The young rodent turned up Tuesday at Seashore Trolley Museum in...

 

Deputies: Florida man tied up wife's lover, cut off penis

BELL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man held his wife's lover at gunpoint, cut off the man's penis and fled with it. News outlets report 49-year-old Alex Bonilla was arrested hours later on charges including aggravated assault. The...

 

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island. The Boston Globe reports Prince Mark Boley, a Liberian man living in Providence, married Amanda Hames-Whitman...

 

Norfolkan man assembles a sweet guitar made out of M&M's

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — What does it take to make a mind-meltingly cool guitar? Answer: 4,000 M&M's. And a lot of time. Brian King knows a little bit about it after making his own colorful custom guitar build a few months ago. The Norfolkan calls it...

 

Barbie goes glam rock to honor David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie has been many things over the years. Now, she's dressed as Ziggy Stardust. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's iconic "Space Oddity," Barbie overseers at Mattel released a collectible...

 

'Spider-Man' does victory lap over 'Crawl,' 'Stuber'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie "Crawl" and the action-comedy...

 

'Some jerk' steals doors off police Humvee

WARREN, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are looking for "some jerk" who stole four doors off a department vehicle. The Warren Police Department's Humvee doors were taken just before 5 a.m. Friday while it was parked in a municipal lot near...

 

Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With...

 

Fearless dog chases bear from neighbor's yard

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is promising to give his neighbor's dog a steak for chasing a black bear from his backyard. Mark Stinziano tells WABC-TV his home security camera captured what happened Tuesday night when the bruin...

 

A Capitol offense? Cannabis found in Statehouse flower beds

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, police said Friday. A visitor to the Statehouse alerted police to what turned out to be 34 plants found by...

 

Drivers get surprise windfall from broken toll machine

MULVANE, Kan. (AP) — Some drivers got a surprise windfall when a malfunctioning toll machine spat out coins instead of accepting money near a Kansas casino. The Wichita Eagle reports that Kansas Turnpike Authority spokeswoman Rachel Bell says the...

 

Driver escapes injury when saguaro cactus pierces windshield

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say a driver escaped injury when his car's windshield was pierced by the trunk of a saguaro cactus during a wreck Wednesday on the outskirts of Tucson. Pima County sheriff's Deputy Daniel Jelineo said the...

 

Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Tuesday that investigators went to Humboldt Park...

 

Maine couple buys home that inspired 'The Conjuring'

HARRISVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Maine couple has bought a Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the horror movie "The Conjuring." Cory Heinzen tells the Sun Journal in Maine that he's heard doors opening, footsteps and knocks. He said the house in...

 

Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Tuesday that investigators went to Humboldt Park...

 

Police: Woman throws snake at driver in carjacking

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police say a woman stole a vehicle after throwing a snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades set up for a pole-vaulting exhibition in South Carolina. In a statement, Greenville Police identified the suspect as...

 

New Mexico ghost town saloon uses civility to draw crowd

WHITE OAKS, N.M. (AP) — A saloon in a New Mexico ghost town attracts regulars with diverse backgrounds and opinions with a promise to "have dialogue." The No Scum Allowed Saloon in the White Oaks, New Mexico, pulls in people from around the state...

 

Truck crash in Illinois sends pig parts flying

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an intersection in an unincorporated area of northern Illinois was closed for eight hours after a crash involving two semi-trucks sent pig carcasses across the road. Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler tells...

 

Lithuanian couple crowned 'wife carrying' world champions

SONKAJARVI, Finland (AP) — A Lithuanian man and his wife have won the world 'wife carrying' title, leaping over timber and wading through waist-high water to beat dozens of other couples for a second year running. The prize is the wife's weight in... Full story

 

Fear, glory for Spain's mounted bullfighters

NOAIN, Spain (AP) — Of all the traditions surrounding the world of bullfighting, the "rejoneo" — mounted bullfighting — is among the least understood. Those who love it consider it a skilled art form. Others see it as a cruel and bloody crime...

 

We have a wiener! Joey Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs for title

NEW YORK (AP) — Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest on Thursday, just a few hot dogs shy of breaking the record he set last year. In front of a crowd of...

 

Sweet! Florida man wins July 4 key lime pie-eating contest

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Key West man has won the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest on the subtropical island where the pie originated. David Johnson plunged face-first into a 9-inch (23-centimeter) pie smothered with whipped cream during...

 

Police and residents rescue 6-foot snake from car engine

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police and bystanders teamed up to rescue a 6-foot-long (1.8-meter-long) snake that had wrapped itself around the engine block of a car in Connecticut. East Windsor police say the reptile had to be removed from a...

 

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