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Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker admitted Thursday that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he said he would be seeking drug treatment. The state police said airport security...

 

9-year-old boy catches massive blue catfish in New Mexico

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — He caught a fish “this” big. No, really. A 9-year-old New Mexico boy landed a 42-pound (19-kilogram) blue catfish Sunday evening while fishing in the Elephant Butte Reservoir. Kris Flores said his son, Alex, made...

 

Always doe prices? Deer wanders into Walmart, slips around

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A whitetail went retail for a bit this week when it entered a Walmart store in Ohio. Patrons in Wooster in northeastern Ohio say the deer was kicking shelves as it walked through the store Wednesday afternoon. Bert and Dawn...

 

Santa Claus back at work in Germany answering Christmas mail

HIMMELPFORT, Germany (AP) — Santa Claus is at it again, answering thousands of Christmas letters from children around the world at a special post office in the northern German town of Himmelpfort. As part of the annual event organized by...

 

US court rules Kentucky man can get 'IM GOD' license plate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase "IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving. Court documents show Ben Hart, a self-identified atheist, set out...

 

Rescue: 'Unicorn' puppy doesn't notice 'tail' growth on head

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — A rescued puppy is attracting a lot of attention because of his resemblance to a unicorn. The nearly 10-week-old puppy, named Narwhal, has a tail-like appendage growing from his forehead. Narwhal was rescued over the weekend...

 

NJ will trap turkeys troubling Jersey Shore neighborhood

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has drumsticked up a plan to deal with flocks of wild turkeys that are ruffling some feathers in a Jersey Shore neighborhood. And it doesn’t involve them winding up on dinner plates in two weeks. The state...

 

Hawaii man proposes to girlfriend while surfing

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend when — instead of hanging 10 — he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed. Hawaii News Now reported that Lauren Oiye said yes just before Chris Garth dropped the ring in the...

 

Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new...

 

Special South African gin is infused with elephant dung

MOSSEL BAY, South Africa (AP) — The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal's excrement is no gimmick. The creators of Indlovu Gin, Les and Paula Ansley, stumbled across the idea a year ago after learn...

 

Police: Teen says gunshot self-inflicted while dancing drunk

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Police in northern Utah are investigating a shooting in which a 17-year-old boy says a gunshot wound to one of his legs was self-inflicted when his gun accidentally discharged as he danced while intoxicated. The Deseret-News...

 

Woman suing club, club suing waiter over ruined purse

DEMAREST, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has sued a country club for $30,000 after a waiter spilled wine on her luxury handbag. The Alpine Country Club, in turn, is suing the waiter. Maryana Beyder says in a lawsuit filed Oct. 29 that she was...

 

People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why

If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex....

 

Customers help Waffle House worker left to run diner alone

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Waffle House is known to not close for anything - even if there's only one worker behind the counter. Ethan Crispo told AL.com that was the case early Sunday morning at a location in Birmingham, Alabama. He says he came in...

 

Mesa police: 5-year-old boy calls 911 to order a kid's meal

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Police in a Phoenix suburb got a strange 911 call recently. A 5-year-old boy didn't have an emergency; he just wanted to order a Happy Meal from McDonald's. A Mesa police officer delivered the food in person to the child, along...

 

Alaska university taking PB&J as payment for parking tickets

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — What a lip-smacking offer! Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly. KTUU-TV reported the...

 

College grad says she found secret message in classic poem

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A recent Massachusetts college graduate believes she has discovered a secret message in the epic poem "Paradise Lost," by John Milton. The Boston Globe reports 23-year-old Miranda Phaal found what she believes to be an...

 

Police: Kansas robbery recorded, posted on social media

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Four Kansas high school students face charges for armed robberies on Halloween, including one that was recorded on video and posted on social media. Olathe police told the Kansas City Star that a video shared on social media...

 

Man wanted for financial crimes arrested after jail visit

YORK, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man wanted for financial crimes is in custody after he allegedly was found with drugs while visiting an inmate. York County deputies say 35-year-old Donald Varnadore, of Sharon, was arrested in the lobby of the...

 

Florida man arrested for throwing chihuahua in cage

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man faces a misdemeanor battery charge for picking up a chihuahua in a metal cage and hurling it at his cousin during an argument. Stephone Johnson was released on Wednesday from the Pinellas County Jail, but...

 

Student: CVS workers rejected Puerto Rico ID, asked for visa

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — CVS apologized and said they were investigating after a Purdue University engineering student was denied the purchase of over-the-counter cold medicine by employees who refused to accept his Puerto Rican driver's...

 

Labrador sworn in at state's attorney's office in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — It was a real dog of a ceremony this week during a swearing-in at the state's attorney's office in Chicago. The newly sworn-in worker is a Labrador retriever named Hatty. The 2-year-old will be on a 9-to-5 human schedule. But she's...

 

Cypriot driver in trouble over foot-stunt footage

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot police have charged a man who allegedly drove his heavy vehicle on a main highway with only his feet on the wheel and live-streamed footage of the stunt. Police said Friday they managed to identify the 43-year-old...

 

Crafty move: German spies take foreign agents to Oktoberfest

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has acknowledged that it picked up the tab when the country's spy agency recently took dozens of foreign agents on a trip to the Munich Oktoberfest. News of the spies' visit to the world-famous beer festival...

 

Ruff ride: Dog struck by car rides inside bumper for miles

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — A dog hit by a car in upstate New York rode for 45 minutes wedged between the broken bumper and the grille before the driver realized she was carrying an injured passenger. Coco the shiba inu was being treated for a...

 

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