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Police seek volunteers to get drunk for them; many respond

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department's request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response. The Kutztown Police Department sought three volunteers to drink hard liquor to...

 

Another ice disk grabs attention in Maine

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The massive ice disk that formed on a Maine river has a baby brother. Officials at Baxter State Park in northern Maine shared a photo of an ice disk that's about 30 or 40 feet wide, located in wilderness more than 200...

 

Michigan 7th grader has offer from Harbaugh, father says

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The father of a seventh grader in Michigan said Wednesday his son has a scholarship offer from Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. Brian Marshall said Harbaugh made the offer after watching film of his son Isaiah, who plays...

 

Idaho woman has 50-pound tumor removed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman who thought she was gaining weight because of menopause discovered she actually had a 50-pound tumor that had been growing inside her for decades. Boise television station KTVB reports Brenda Cridland of Meridian...

 

FBI: Man wanted to attack White House with anti-tank rocket

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man accused of plotting to use an anti-tank rocket to storm into the White House was arrested in a sting Wednesday after he traded his car for guns and explosives, authorities said. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming was...

 

Silicon Valley landlord rents $1,500 studio to 2 cats

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two cats are living large at a $1,500-a-month studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing. The Mercury News reports the 20-pound (9-kilogram) cats...

 

Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said. The 3-year-old cow "busted out" of a pen before participating in junior events at the...

 

Chocolate spill creates sweet hot mess on Arizona highway

FLAGSSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arizona had a sweet hot mess on their hands after a tank trucker's trailer detached from the truck and rolled on its side on slick pavement, spilling a river of liquid chocolate onto westbound lanes...

 

Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river. A curious formation that's getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 meters) wide. The formation in the Presumpscot...

 

Leave $350 hats at home, NY middle school administrators beg

GREAT NECK, N.Y. (AP) — Administrators at a New York middle school are begging students to leave their winter hats made by Italian apparel company Moncler at home because the pricy tops keep getting lost. The New York Post reports that...

 

Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading...

 

Police: Man doing doughnuts crashes car

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man doing doughnuts in a car he had just bought struck a power pole in Ohio, sending him and his two children to the hospital. Authorities tell the Dayton Daily News the man was doing the stunt in his Pontiac G8...

 

Man pleads guilty after alligator threat

BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The Connecticut Post reports 30-year-old Isaias Garcia, of Garland,...

 

Detectives: Burglar in closed police substation left ID

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer's chicken dinner, detectives didn't need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal. The ID cards...

 

Lawyer: Coat chewing could've thrown off breath test

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — An attorney for a Pennsylvania woman charged with drunken driving hinted his client's coat-chewing could've thrown off the results of her breath test. The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise reports the argument came during a hearing...

 

Police: Reporter who helped foil robbery finds missing woman

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A reporter who helped police catch a robbery suspect last week followed up with another good deed by finding an 89-year-old suburban Detroit woman with dementia who had wandered away from home in sub-freezing...

 

A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe. When a patient mentioned that security staffers were monitoring a...

 

'Don't feed the fatberg': Huge mass blocks English sewer

LONDON (AP) — A British official says a giant "fatberg" has been found blocking a sewer in southwestern England: a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long. Andrew Roantree of South West Water says it will "take...

 

Minneapolis to get major league Quidditch team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will soon be home to a major league Quidditch team, a sport inspired by the "Harry Potter" book series that's gaining popularity among Muggles around the world. Major League Quidditch in December announced the...

 

Arizona woman sent 159K texts to man she met on dating site

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman accused of stalking a man met on a dating site and sending him more than 65,000 text messages apparently sent more than twice that many. Jacqueline Ades sent a man more than 159,000 text messages — some of which wer...

 

350-pound headstone stole from Massachusetts business

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts business owner doesn't know who broke into her company, but she does know they had to have been pretty strong. Donna Brewer, owner of Savino Empire Monuments in Pittsfield, tells the Berkshire Eagle that...

 

Baby Jesus figurine returned after theft from nativity scene

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A baby Jesus figurine stolen from a nativity scene at a Montana residence on New Year's Day was returned Thursday with two notes from someone pretending to be God. Jack McCormick said he was relieved to see the 15-inch...

 

Krispy Kreme delivers doughnuts to officers over pastry loss

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Krispy Kreme has stepped in to comfort Kentucky police officers mourning the loss of a doughnut truck that caught fire. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company and a police escort delivered dozens of doughnuts to the...

 

Firefighters aid woman with ring stuck on finger

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Firefighters in Connecticut have come to the rescue of a woman whose finger got stuck in a ring on New Year's Eve. The News-Times reports that the woman, visiting the city from Colombia, went to a Danbury Fire Department...

 

Lion kills worker after escaping locked area at conservatory

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A lion killed a young worker at a wildlife conservatory Sunday after it got loose from a locked space, the center said. Alexandra Black, 22, of New Palestine, Indiana, was killed Sunday after being attacked by the lion in...

 

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