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Tuesday 06/21/2016
Bear attacks woman running marathon in New Mexico
Updated: June 21, 2016 - 5:14 pm

VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a bear attacked a woman running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico.

Tuesday 12/08/2015
Wild Boar in Germany Adopted by Herd of Cattle
Posted: December 08, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its "boaring" life — leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.

Duo Stole $41,000 Worth of Chicken Wings
Posted: December 08, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a father and son stole more than $40,000 worth of chicken wings from a New York restaurant where they worked and sold them on the street or to other businesses.

Friday 02/27/2015
Loose Llamas Romp Through Phoenix
Posted: February 27, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Thursday 02/19/2015
AZ Man sells watch he found at secondhand store for $35,000
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 10:31 am

PHOENIX (AP) — A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Woman Sues Over Use of Her School Photo on Novelty Flask
Posted: January 07, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is suing a novelty products maker over a flask that includes her likeness and the phrase, "I'm going to be the most popular girl in rehab."

Friday 12/12/2014
Time Capsule Buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere Found in Massachusetts Statehouse
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 9:20 am

BOSTON (AP) — Crews removed a time capsule dating back to 1795 on Thursday from the granite cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, where historians believe it was originally placed by Revolutionary War luminaries Samuel Adams and Paul Revere among others.

Friday 10/10/2014
Cold Burger King Onion Rings Sparked Attack
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 1:59 pm

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is suing Burger King after he says a manager attacked him for complaining about cold onion rings.

Masked Gunman Apologizes, Kisses Couple in Robbery
Posted: October 10, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A masked gunman in Guam apologized to two employees of a small casino and hugged and kissed them before fleeing with more than $5,000.

Thursday 10/09/2014
MDC Offers Unique Survival Survival Skills Program: Zombie Survival 101
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Survival challenge program will prepare you to survive a zombie take over, or an unplanned night in the woods

Friday 07/25/2014
Florida Man Run Over by Own Truck
Posted: July 25, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.

Friday 03/28/2014
Man's Body Odor Prompts Police Call
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 9:16 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — It wasn't loud noise or an argument that led to a peace disturbance call at Hannibal City Hall — it was a person's unpleasant odor.

Wednesday 12/18/2013
Florida Man Tries to Trade Gator for Beer
Posted: December 18, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.

Monday 10/21/2013
Man Gets Probation for Deer Bagged at Pa. Wal-Mart
Updated: October 21, 2013 - 10:40 am

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania hunter man who shot a deer in a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot on the first day of hunting season last year will have his record expunged if he completes six months' probation without incident.

Thursday 10/10/2013
Rescuing Turtle, Man Bitten by Snake in Florida
Posted: October 10, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — A man was bitten by a rattlesnake while trying to help a stranded turtle across Interstate 75 in South Florida.

Woman Stung by Bee Runs Herself Over
Posted: October 10, 2013

PACKWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A Packwood woman was stung by a bee as she was getting into her SUV, and then while trying to get away from the bee she fell to the ground and the car ran over her leg.

Wednesday 08/07/2013
Plane Hits Cow, Skids Off Runway in Indonesia
Posted: August 07, 2013

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Lion Air jet carrying 117 people hit a cow while landing and skidded off a runway in eastern Indonesia, an official said Wednesday. No injuries were reported, but the incident forced the cancellation of flights, stranding hundreds of passengers traveling for the Eid holiday.

Wednesday 05/29/2013
Police: Girl Rode with Dog in Cage on Pa. Turnpike
Posted: May 29, 2013

MILLVALE, Pa. (AP) — Two parents face charges after authorities say motorists spied a 10-year-old girl riding in a dog cage in the back of a pickup truck in western Pennsylvania.

Friday 05/24/2013
Surgeons Remove Tiger's Basketball-Sized Hairball
Posted: May 24, 2013

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's not unusual for a cat to get a hairball, but a 400-pound tiger needed help from veterinary surgeons in Florida when he couldn't hack up a basketball-size hairball by himself.

Tuesday 05/07/2013
Gerbils Strut Their Stuff at New England Pageant
Posted: May 07, 2013

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The American Gerbil Society's annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to New England this weekend for a chance to win "top gerbil."

Tuesday 04/09/2013
Sheriff Drops Charges Over Destroyed Spork
Posted: April 09, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A sheriff says a rowdy inmate caught on tape destroying a spork will not face criminal charges after all.

Circus Elephant Shot in Tupelo Drive-By
Posted: April 09, 2013

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant was hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Miss.

Man calls 911 to report he's driving drunk
Posted: April 09, 2013

ROSELAWN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana man who called 911 and told dispatchers he was driving drunk and needed to be taken off the road got his wish when a sheriff's deputy arrived.

Morocco Actor Amused by Satan-Obama Comparisons
Posted: April 09, 2013

Mehdi Ouazzani isn't the devil, but he has played one on TV — only he didn't realize that some thought he looked like President Barack Obama while he was at it.

Tuesday 04/02/2013
Dispatcher Sends Mom to the Rescue
Posted: April 02, 2013

A 911 dispatcher in Washington state called on her own mother to rescue a stranded boater in the Columbia River, knowing her mother could kayak to the area faster than sending the sheriff's office patrol boat.