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Virginia city's underground music scene fights to survive

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — By day, Grant Penrod peruses town in suit and tie as a lawyer, but when dusk falls he transforms into Gnat King Cruel, an alien come to Earth along with his trusty crew of bandmates who together are known as Crab Action....

 

Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

LONDON (AP) — A rat has for the first time won a British charity's top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, was awarded the PDSA's Gold...

 

Neighbor calls 911 when hockey fans yell 'Shoot! Shoot!'

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A neighbor called sheriff's deputies on some rabid Tampa Bay Lightning fans who were screaming "shoot! shoot!" as they watched Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on television Wednesday night. The call prompted several Hillsborough...

 

Bank manager finds 9.07-carat diamond in Arkansas state park

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bank manager discovered a 9.07-carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem was a piece of glass. Kevin Kinard of Maumelle found the second-largest diamond in the 48-year history...

 

Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured to safety with beef jerky

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A group of mountain bikers on a North Carolina trail spotted a dog trapped 30 feet (9 meters) down in a sinkhole — and it took a salty snack and some straps to lift him to safety. The group was riding the Sinkhole Trail at...

 

Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday. It was killed a day later by wildlife officials. The bear had been hanging around the...

 

Deputies searching for man who stole cat blood from clinic

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man caught on surveillance video is suspected of stealing cat blood from a veterinary clinic in Florida, sheriff's officials said. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office posted pictures showing the man who walked up to...

 

Ouch! Bee sting to the mouth floors Tour de France rider

CHAMPAGNOLE, France (AP) — Having ridden nearly 3,200 kilometers (almost 2,000 miles), over four mountain ranges, Tour de France rider Lukas Pöstlberger was forced by a bee sting to the mouth to abandon Friday with the finish in Paris just two...

 

Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution: an electrified fence around it. John Oliveira, 54, a disabled Navy veteran and a member of the New Bedford...

 

Sheriff: Fleeing suspect abandons winning lottery ticket

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A suspect in Georgia left his good luck behind when he abandoned a winning lottery ticket while fleeing sheriff's deputies. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says the man had a Georgia Lottery scratch game card worth $100...

 

Uninvited Pigeon invades author Mo Willems' TV special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mo Willems is very serious about the importance of being silly. That's apparent to the children and adults tickled by "There Is a Bird on Your Head!" or "We Are in a Book!" or any of the author and illustrator's other much-loved...

 

Why gender reveals have spiraled out of control

Jenna Drenten, Loyola University Chicago (THE CONVERSATION) Over Labor Day weekend, two expectant parents didn't get the viral hit they had hoped for. During a gender reveal party in Southern California, a "smoke-generating pyrotechnic device" was...

 

St. Louis Zoo says python laid 7 eggs without male help

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Experts at the St. Louis Zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite not being near a male python for at least two decades. Mark Wanner, manager of herpetology at the zoo, said it unusual but...

 

Nearly $500K hidden in furniture seized at Miami airport

MIAMI (AP) — Customs officers at a Florida airport found nearly a half-million dollars being smuggled out of the United States hidden inside furniture, officials said. U.S. Custom and Border Protection officers at Miami International Airport...

 

Tennessee officials searching for tiger spotted by deputy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities were searching Thursday morning for a tiger in East Tennessee. A deputy spotted the animal Wednesday night at an industrial park, the Knox County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on social media. Several...

 

Wasted kicks: Porta-potty seen rolling on Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A portable toilet in Albuquerque fell victim to another kind of whiff this week after strong winds gave it a trip along Route 66. A virtual video showed the porta-potty rolling down a busy intersection of the Mother Road...

 

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: A total...

 

White lion cub involved in highway crash in Germany is fine

BERLIN (AP) — A white lion cub was discovered in the trailer of a van following a highway crash in southwestern Germany, but the 7-month-old female is doing just fine, a zoo that took in the animal said Wednesday. The rare cub was found inside a...

 

Voting in person Nov. 3? Expect drive-thrus, sports arenas

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Voting will look a little different this November. States are turning to stadiums, drive-thrus and possibly even movie theaters as safe options for in-person polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic and fears about...

 

Grave mistake: 'Casket' seen in river turns out to be dock

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland investigating reports of a casket photographed bobbing up and down in a river discovered the object was something far less macabre. A post to a local radio station's Facebook page Tuesday showed a...

 

Phew! Revolting spit and poo brews shown in Swedish exhibit

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Desperate for a drink? There is spit-fermented wine, liquor fermented in prison toilets, and a strong Scottish brew served from the mouth of a taxidermied squirrel. The Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden, which has served...

 

Meals on heels: San Francisco drag queens deliver amid virus

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — These divas deliver. Drag queens don their colorful wigs, elaborate makeup and knee-high stiletto boots, but instead of stepping on a stage, they're putting on a face covering, grabbing a takeout bag and bringing their musical...

 

Late but still going: The strangest Tour de France sets off

NICE, France (AP) — Delayed but alive again and out on French roads, the strangest Tour de France ever set off Saturday in a bubble of anti-COVID protocols to try to keep the 176 riders virus-free for three weeks of racing through the country's wor...

 

Broncos get practice for opener in empty stadium scrimmage

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos got a taste Saturday of what their season opener will be like when they scrimmaged at an empty Empower Field with crowd noise piped in. "Yeah, it was really weird, without a doubt," quarterback Drew Lock said. "It...

 

City naming sewage plant after John Oliver

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town's officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city — they're naming the local sewage treatment plant after him. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton...

 

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