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University honors students who found love in elevator in '72

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator. Sharyn Rubin and Eric Schlesinger briefly met on move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, while she was moving in and he was operating a...

 

Colombian city urges a break from sex to fight heat wave

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Health officials in one Colombian coastal city have a controversial recommendation for residents trying to stay cool during an intense heat wave: Take a break from sex. Santa Marta city health secretary Julio Salas sparked...

 

Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Visitors were flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California on Friday to get a whiff of a so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms. The flower, nicknamed "Stink," began...

 

Like a fish out of water: Barrels of bait spill on highway

NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) — There are plenty of fish in the sea — and almost as many on a Maine highway. The Portland Press Herald reports a truck carrying 35 barrels of bait fish tipped over Thursday in Newcastle, spilling the pungent fish all over...

 

Mooning case against Virginia softball coach's wife wanes

FLOYD, Va. (AP) — The moon over Virginia was half-visible that May evening, as was the one on the softball field, authorities say. The Roanoke Times reports 57-year-old Debbie L. McCulley is accused of mooning the stands, but a judge Thursday said...

 

ASPCA says more than 600 birds removed from home

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says more than 600 birds were removed from a house in central Ohio after reports of animal neglect and a complaint from the public about living conditions. The...

 

Museum of London displays fatberg on 24-hour livestream

LONDON (AP) — London's famous, festering fatberg lives on — and is getting its own livestream . The Museum of London says a chunk of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes blasted out of a sewer last year is now part of its permanent collection. The...

 

Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo. The video shows the man crossing a railing last week and sneaking up on two hippos, Rosie and Mara. He smacks Rosie on the rear...

 

Couple lost in Wyoming ice cave for nearly 2 days rescued

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — A man and woman got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them. Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole News and Guide that the Idaho...

 

Mexico City restaurant busted over protected tarantula tacos

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fancy a tarantula taco for a cool $27? Not so fast, Mexican authorities say. A Mexico City market restaurant recently put the arachnids on its menu and posted a video on Facebook showing a chef torching one until blackened. The...

 

British charity says heat wave put flamingoes in the mood

LONDON (AP) — A British conservation charity says record-breaking temperatures have encouraged a rare flock of Andean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust says six of the exotic birds laid nine eggs,...

 

Bronze Archie statue honors artist for hometown anniversary

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckle-faced Archie is now greeting visitors at a New Hampshire town in honor of a local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends. Bob...

 

NASA experiment that included Trump note caused alarm

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A suspicious package that fell from the sky over New Jersey caused some alarm because it contained a note that mentioned President Donald Trump. South Brunswick police say the package, attached to a parachute, was...

 

Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out. Boulder police say the homeowner came back to the house late Thursday night and...

 

Officers seize 3 king cobras, 300 other reptiles from home

ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home. The Department of Environmental Conservation says officers obtained a warrant Thursday morning to search a home...

 

Bitcoin scammers target wealthy, threaten to expose 'secret'

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — Men in a wealthy Washington suburb have been receiving letters threatening to expose their dark secrets to their wives. The problem, The Washington Post reports , is some of these men don't even have wives. The letters are...

 

Bremerton woman arrested after husband stabbed with sword

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A Bremerton woman has been charged with second-degree assault after authorities say she stabbed her husband in the arm with a samurai sword. The Kitsap Sun reports the man called police early Wednesday morning and was...

 

Ex-student sues district over reaction to 'Netflix n' Chill'

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — A high school graduate is suing a South Dakota school district and two officials, accusing them of sexual discrimination over an article she wrote for a school newspaper in which she said she likes to "Netflix n' Chill."...

 

Colorado college reprinting up to 9.2K diplomas to fix typo

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado university is offering to reprint up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper found a big typo. Alec Williams was checking to make sure his name was spelled correctly on his...

 

2 lives down, 7 to go: Cat survives being hit twice by cars

GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road. State police say they recently received a report of a cat being struck by two vehicles in the rural...

 

Participants in travel race drive Prague subway train

PRAGUE (AP) — Two participants in a travel competition were allowed by a driver to drive a subway train carrying passengers in the Czech capital, an incident the Prague Transport Authority called "unacceptable." As part of the LowCost Race that...

 

San Francisco's wild parrots branching out throughout city

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's famous birds immortalized in the book and movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" are now roosting in several neighborhoods throughout the city, a newspaper reported Saturday. The parrots are roosting in...

 

Amazin' frets: Free therapy for New York Mets fans

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio. An online mental health marketplace is giving free, confidential therapy sessions to Flushing faithful who fill out...

 

Parkland suspect: Voice told him to burn, kill, destroy

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told a detective that a demon in his head — "the evil side" — told him to burn, kill and destroy, and that he thought about going to a park to kill people about a week be...

 

Pentagon restricts use of fitness trackers, other devices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness-tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location, according to a new Pentagon...

 

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