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Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, share many superlatives as pinnacles of cinema, fashion, and traffic congestion. But another similarity lurks in the shadows, most often seen at night walking silently on four paws. These metropolises are the world's...

 

Poisonous bite leads German police to farm with 110 snakes

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany said Sunday they discovered more than 110 dangerous snakes on a farm after a woman who lived there sought medical treatment for a poisonous bite. The 35-year-old woman drove to a hospital in Salzgitter, near...

 

Cambodian catches world's largest recorded freshwater fish

BANGKOK (AP) — The world's largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. The stingray, captured on June 13,...

 

Utah couple turning heads by training water buffalo

MENTON, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple is turning heads by training a unique animal that they've grown to love like family - water buffalo. Mary Heers said her love for water buffalo started when she was a young girl. "In the beginning I think I saw a...

 

Utah couple turning heads by training water buffalo

MENDON, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple is turning heads by training a unique animal that they've grown to love like family - water buffalo. Mary Heers said her love for water buffalo started when she was a young girl. "In the beginning I think I saw a...

 

Burmese python hunt in Florida Everglades slated for August

MIAMI (AP) — Flanked by a huge writhing snake, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that the annual prize-winning hunt for invasive Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades will begin Aug. 5. People must register to participate and complete an...

 

Sanctions sought against FBI over Civil War gold dig videos

The FBI either lied to a federal judge about having video of its secretive 2018 dig for Civil War-era gold, or illegally destroyed the video to prevent a father-son team of treasure hunters from gaining access to it, an attorney for the duo asserted...

 

Disorder in the court: Cockroaches released during hearing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A courthouse in upstate New York was closed for fumigation Tuesday after hundreds of cockroaches were released during an altercation that broke out at an arraignment, according to court officials. The clash broke out during...

 

Fed up Massachusetts gas station owner stops selling fuel

A Massachusetts gas station owner fed up with what he considers attempts by oil companies to fleece customers with outrageously high prices at the pump has stopped selling gas as a protest. Reynold Gladu, who has run Ren's Mobil Service in downtown...

 

Janitor corrals curious cougar in empty California classroom

PESCADERO, Calif. (AP) — A quick-thinking custodian safely confined a curious cougar in an empty classroom after it entered a Northern California high school Wednesday morning, authorities said. The custodian was opening Pescadero High for the...

 

Man in wig throws cake at glass protecting Mona Lisa

PARIS (AP) — A man seemingly disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at the glass protecting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum and shouted at people to think of planet Earth. The Paris prosecutor's office said Monday that...

 

329 years later, last Salem 'witch' who wasn't is pardoned

BOSTON (AP) — It took more than three centuries, but the last Salem "witch" who wasn't has been officially pardoned. Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday formally exonerated Elizabeth Johnson Jr., clearing her name 329 years after she was convicted...

 

Home that inspired 'The Conjuring' sells for more than $1.5M

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the 2013 horror movie "The Conjuring" has been sold to a Boston developer who plans to keep it open to the public. The 18th century home in Burrillville sold for $1.525 million on T...

 

Nearly 8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A partial skull that was discovered last summer by two kayakers in Minnesota will be returned to Native American officials after investigations determined it was about 8,000 years old. The kayakers found the skull in...

 

Life imitates art: 'Jaws' extra named police chief

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — A man who as a child had a brief but key role in "Jaws" has been named police chief on the Massachusetts island on which the 1975 movie was partially filmed. Jonathan Searle was offered the job of police chief in Oak...

 

Finland brewery launches NATO beer with 'taste of security'

HELSINKI (AP) — A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country's bid to join the Western military alliance. Olaf Brewing's OTAN lager features a blue label with a cartoon version of a beer-drinking medieval...

 

Judge: Regulators wrong to ban beer label that had naked man

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators were wrong to reject a beer label that featured a silhouette of a naked man standing next to a campfire, a federal judge has ruled. The owners of Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery argued that th...

 

'Succession' star glues hand to Starbucks counter in protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor and activist James Cromwell has gone from "Succession's" Uncle Ewan to real-life supergluin' — pasting his hand to a midtown Manhattan Starbucks counter on Tuesday to protest the coffee chain's extra charge for plant-based...

 

Wenders making a film about fancy public restrooms in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Wim Wenders is making a film about high-end public toilets in Japan that will have what the renowned German director calls "social meaning" about people in modern cities. "My first reaction was, I must admit: What? Toilets? Chotto...

 

Arf, doc! Dog to 'cut' ribbon at LSU vet school's pet clinic

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dog will do the honors at the "ribbon cutting" for the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine's new pet clinic. School spokeswoman Ginger Guttner says a toy will be attached to the ribbon, and a Belgian...

 

80-1 shot Rich Strike races to huge upset in Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With favorite Epicenter and Zandon dueling in front, Rich Strike came charging up the rail for a stunning 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Jockey Sonny Leon guided Rich Strike from far back in the 20-horse field...

 

German firefighters 'free' high-school exam from locked safe

BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters in the western German town of Bocholt received an unusual distress call Friday from a local high school after teachers were unable to open a safe containing the questions for a final-year exam that students were due to...

 

This year's Nenana Ice Classic guessing game in Alaska ends

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The ice has gone out on the Tanana River, bringing to an end this year's Nenana Ice Classic, one of Alaska's most famous guessing games. Ice classic manager Cherrie Forness said the game ended at 6:47 p.m. Monday. The game...

 

School board member censured for 'typo' linking to porn site

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio school board outside Cincinnati voted during an emergency meeting on Wednesday to censure a member who said she accidentally posted a link to a pornography site on her campaign's Facebook page. The board for the Lakota...

 

Intelligence gathering: Mensa members test new board games

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Makers of board games are seeking the smarty seal of approval at a round-the-clock event this weekend. The 2022 American Mensa Mind Games are underway at hotel in South Portland, Maine, where hundreds of intellectually...

 

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