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Video shows Florida man rescue puppy from alligator

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — A 74-year-old man leaped into a Florida pond and wrestled open the jaws of an alligator that lunged from the water to attack his 3-month-old puppy. The rescue last month was captured on video by cameras placed in the area to...

 

Mysterious shiny monolith found in otherworldly Utah desert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deep in the Mars-like landscape of Utah's red-rock desert lies a mystery: A gleaming metal monolith in one of the most remote parts of the state. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn...

 

The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic

MADRID (AP) — No one performing onstage in Spain's Teatro Real opera house is masked, and that alone looks odd these days amid a pandemic. And that's even before the second act scene in Antonín Dvořák's "Rusalka" — about a water nymph who...

 

2020 Art: A hot dog stand that doubles as a COVID test site

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The year 2020 has been a tangle of medical, political, social, economic and ecological trouble. There's no getting around it. But down on Julia Street, the group exhibit "Art in the Time of Empathy" at Arthur Roger Gallery...

 

Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here's what the research shows

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Janet M. Gibson, Grinnell College (THE CONVERSATION) Amusement and pleasant surprises – and the laughter they can trigger – add...

 

Illinois man, 81, uses antique walking stick to beat thieves

NILES, Ill. (AP) — An 81-year-old former Marine from suburban Chicago used his grandfather's antique Irish walking stick to chase off three burglars and deliver one a thump in the head for his trouble. Dan and Barbara Donovan told the Pioneer...

 

Satellite or weather balloon crashes in eastern Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo Nation officials in eastern Arizona are trying to determine if a satellite or a high-altitude weather balloon crash-landed in a remote area of the reservation. Tully Begay, vice president of the tribe's Dennehotso Chapter,...

 

Hoot, hoot, hoot! Owl in Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn't quite a partridge in a pear tree, but a worker helping set up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree found a holiday surprise — a tiny owl among the massive branches. The little bird, now named what else but Rockefeller,...

 

Sorry, Grinch. Virus won't stop NORAD from tracking Santa

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children of the world can rest easy. The global pandemic won't stop them from tracking Santa Claus' progress as he delivers gifts around the globe on Christmas Eve. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that...

 

Rudolph, Santa figures soar to sale of $368,000 at auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — And how the bidders loved him! A buyer shouted out with glee that they would pay $368,000 for the Rudolph and Santa Claus figures used in the perennially beloved Christmas special "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." Bidding for...

 

DeChambeau ailing after barely making cut at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — After struggling to make the cut at the Masters, Bryson DeChambeau said he's just not feeling well. He's not sure what the problem is, but he did get tested for COVID-19 again just to make sure that wasn't the issue. It came...

 

Police: Man accused of punching Rick Moranis attacked others

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say the man accused of punching actor Rick Moranis is a suspect in multiple other unprovoked attacks on people in New York City. At a Manhattan Criminal Court hearing on Sunday, prosecutors said Marquis Ventura, 35, is c...

 

Police stumped by theft of rare tree in Wisconsin capital

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police are stumped by the theft of a rare pine tree from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. The 25-foot Algonquin Pillar Swiss Mountain pine was sawed down sometime between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9, University of...

 

Russian city to demolish derided 'Robot' building

MOSCOW (AP) — A hulking, never-occupied building sardonically likened to a robot's head that has loomed over the Russian city of Kaliningrad for decades is to be demolished next year, the region's governor says. The 21-story House of Soviets was...

 

Experts say no need to cancel Thanksgiving, but play it safe

A safe Thanksgiving during a pandemic is possible, but health experts know their advice is as tough to swallow as dry turkey: Stay home. Don't travel. If you must gather, do it outdoors. With a fall surge of coronavirus infections gripping the U.S.,...

 

NYC woman gets ill swan to clinic via foot, car and subway

NEW YORK (AP) — Ariel Cordova-Rojas went to New York's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last week to celebrate her 30th birthday. She ended up rescuing a swan with lead poisoning, taking it to a wildlife clinic by foot, car and subway with the help of...

 

Motley Crue's Sixx moves to Jackson Hole, hopes to help out

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Nikki Sixx thinks he's a local. Problem is, someone near and dear to his heart has given him an earful about that. "I said to my daughter that I'm a local, and my daughter's extremely vocal and strong," Sixx told the...

 

Female banded mongooses lead battle for chance to find mates

WASHINGTON (AP) — When families of banded mongooses prepare to fight, they form battle lines. Each clan of about 20 animals stands nose to nose, their ears flattened back, as they stare down the enemy. A patch of scrubby savannah separates them,...

 

Houston looks to boost turnout by offering 24-hour voting

HOUSTON (AP) — As rapper Bun B finished his late-night set during a drive-in concert to promote eight 24-hour polling places in and around Houston, he urged fans to go out into the night — and early morning — to vote. "It feels good to see my...

 

Corgis and their companions gather for monthly playdates

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It was a perfect morning for British royalty. Welsh corgis — Queen Elizabeth's favorite dog breed — and their part-corgi brethren romped Sunday through the damp grass of Hunter's Run park as their owners, bundled for the...

 

Pregnant Florida woman pushes labor aside to cast vote

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant Florida woman didn't let labor stop her from casting her vote in the presidential election, refusing to go to the hospital until she filled out her ballot. Officials with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections...

 

Lawn robot in Germany messages owner for help, foils thief

BERLIN (AP) — A lawnmower robot's electronic cries for help foiled a thief's plan to make off with the grass-cutting automaton. German police said Friday that a homeowner in the western town of Lippstadt was surprised on Tuesday evening with a...

 

Tupperware profits soar as pandemic shut-ins store leftovers

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Tupperware relied on social gatherings for explosive growth in the mid 20th century. In the 21st century, it is social distancing that is fueling sales. Restaurant pain has turned into Tupperware's gain with millions of...

 

104-year-old rents chopper for northern Denmark family visit

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — What is a 104-year-old woman to do if she wants to visit family members but can't sit in a car for a long period of time? Margrethe Hansen, who lives in a Denmark retirement home some 174 kilometers (108 miles) away from...

 

200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

SARDIS CITY, Ala. (AP) — A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and at least one soybean field. Sparkplug, a 60-year-old African spurred tortoise that lived in an...

 

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