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'Big chair' in front of Vermont bank damaged by vandals

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A giant ladderback chair that stands 19 feet (5.8 meters) tall may be big but it wasn't tough enough for some vandals. Damage to the massive "Big Chair" made from 3,000 pounds (1,361 kilograms) of cedar and white pine was...

 

German federal court sides with Lindt in gold bunny battle

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court ruled Thursday that the golden shade of the foil wrap on Lindt & Spruengli's Gold Bunny, a popular chocolate Easter bunny, enjoys protected status. The Federal Court of Justice delivered its verdict in a battle...

 

Woman convicted of swapping pebbles for gems in London heist

LONDON (AP) — A woman who secretly swapped seven pebbles for 4.2 million pounds ($5.7 million) worth of diamonds has been sent to prison for her role in the audacious heist at a luxury jewelry store in London's tony Mayfair district. Lulu Lakatos,...

 

Woman unaware she had $39M lottery ticket in purse for weeks

BERLIN (AP) — Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros ($39 million). Lotto Bayern said Wednesday that the 45-year-old woman was the sole winner...

 

Ranging Bull: 'Barney' eludes capture days after farm escape

MASTIC, N.Y. (AP) — An escaped bull has eluded capture for several days on Long Island despite searchers employing a helicopter and night-vision equipment along with attempts to lure the roaming animal with grain and a cow. Police in Suffolk...

 

Cocaine disguised as cake seized from vehicle in Maine

A New York man and a Maine woman are facing charges over cocaine disguised as a cake that was seized from their vehicle, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday. Acting on a tip, police stopped the car on Interstate 295 in Gardiner on...

 

Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill. The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the...

 

Hoe no! Facebook snafu spells trouble for gardening group

Moderating a Facebook gardening group in western New York is not without challenges. There are complaints of wooly bugs, inclement weather and the novice members who insist on using dish detergent on their plants. And then there's the word "hoe." Fac...

 

Florida man tries to throw live gator onto building's roof

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man told police officers he was "teaching it a lesson" when he tried to throw a live alligator he had stolen from a miniature golf course onto the roof of a beachside cocktail lounge, authorities said. Th...

 

Unwanted pets: Giant goldfish turn up in Minnesota waterways

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Minnesota said they're finding more giant goldfish in waterways, prompting a plea to citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes. The goldfish, which can grow to the size of a...

 

Unopened Legend of Zelda game from 1987 sells for $870,000

DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda that was made in 1987 has sold at auction for $870,000. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold Friday. The auction house said it was a rare version that was created...

 

Deputy helps hoof wayward cows home along Michigan road

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy hoofed it for 3 miles along a two-lane Michigan road to help guide eight wayward cows back to a farm. The Ingham County sheriff's office transport unit responded Friday to a report of cattle blocking a road...

 

Goat lottery planned to protect Hawaii historic park

HONOLULU (AP) — To protect historic lands from invasive goats, Hawaii officials will distribute the live animals to the public via a lottery. Hawaii officials will hold the lottery as a way to remove at least 700 goats from Puuhonua o Honaunau...

 

Eye-popping 6,000 false lashes seized at New Orleans airport

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three thousand pairs of false eyelashes have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents after officials determined they were illegally imported from China to New Orleans. The four boxes of long lashes seized...

 

Dig at Pilgrim and Native American memorial sparks intrigue

Archaeologists combing a hill near Plymouth Rock where a park will be built in tribute to the Pilgrims and their Native American predecessors have made a poignant discovery: It's not the first time the site has been used as a memorial. David Landon...

 

Boa constrictor accidentally freed in Utah still missing

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A boa constrictor accidentally freed from its container last week has eluded authorities in Utah for more than three days. Animal control officers were called to a home on Friday afternoon after contractors accidentally knocked...

 

12-foot python escapes inside Louisiana's largest mall

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say they've been searching for a 12-foot python that escaped from its enclosure inside Louisiana's largest shopping mall. Cara, a yellow and white Burmese python, slithered out of its enclosure at the Blue Zoo...

 

World's tallest horse, Big Jake, dies in Wisconsin at age 20

POYNETTE, Wis. (AP) — The world's tallest horse has died in Wisconsin. The 20-year-old Belgian named Big Jake lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette. Valicia Gilbert, wife of the farm's owner, Jerry Gilbert, said Big Jake died two weeks ago but...

 

Long overdue books returned to Massachusetts library

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has returned long overdue books that were checked out in the 1920s and 1930s to the Somerville Public Library. Bob Alvarez, 63, found the books in the basement of his Methuen home in a wooden box, The Bo...

 

Authorities: Guard hid pills in Rice Krispies treats

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A guard was fired and arrested after trying to smuggle prescription stimulant pills into a South Carolina women's prison by hiding them in Rice Krispies treats, authorities said. Marcy Shaffer, 43, took the treats out of...

 

Purrfect: Cat summits to New Hampshire's tallest mountains

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A cat has made it to the summit of New Hampshire's 48 tallest mountains, spending parts of the journey peering out from the comfort of her owner's backpack. Floki has grown from kitten to cat in the nine months since she...

 

Man ticketed in suburban Chicago dog park for tree treatment

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man who said he sprayed trees in a suburban Chicago park to protect them after an anxious dog chewed off the bark has been ticketed by authorities. Asher Thomas is accused of "altering flora" in a Naperville dog park. The...

 

Wyoming man calls to ask why he wasn't arrested, is arrested

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who asked a sheriff's dispatcher why he hadn't been arrested soon found himself in handcuffs. The 62-year-old man called the Campbell County Sheriff's Office on Thursday to ask why he hadn't been arrested after...

 

Police rescue spooked nude sunbathers from Australian forest

SYDNEY (AP) — Police have fined two men who had to be rescued from an Australian forest after they were startled by a deer while nude sunbathing on a beach and became lost. The men called for help about 6 p.m. Sunday after they became lost in the...

 

Woman charged for feeding rats that exacerbated rodent issue

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A woman was charged with allegedly violating a Rhode Island city ordinance against feeding wild animals. The 55-year-old woman's neighbors blame her for exacerbating the rodent problem in Cranston, WJAR-TV reported. Last...

 

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