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Convenience store disputes claim of maggots in sandwich
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EWING, N.J. (AP) — A convenience store chain is challenging a man's claim that he found maggots in a sandwich he ordered from a store in New Jersey.
Velcro's video implores consumers to say 'hook and loop'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too.
Titanic 'fatberg' of congealed waste clogs Baltimore sewer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BALTIMORE (AP) — A gigantic glob of congealed fat, wet wipes and other waste — deemed a "fatberg" because of its iceberg-like size — has been blamed for a sewer overflow in Baltimore.
Man claims he found maggots in convenience store sandwich
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EWING, N.J. (AP) — A man claims he found maggots in a sandwich he ordered from a convenience store in New Jersey.
Baby left on side of Oklahoma freeway in car seat with cash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A 1-month-old baby found on the side of an Oklahoma interstate in a car seat stuffed with $5,500 in cash and a birth certificate was in state custody Monday as authorities continued to investigate why the boy was abandoned.
No more flying with reindeer: Unique Alaska planes to retire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Claire Richardson remembers taking off in an airplane uniquely configured for Alaska when a horrible smell seeped into the passenger area.
German police arrest wanted man after he tries to vote drunk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — A drunk German man who insisted on voting in Sunday's election despite lacking the necessary documents has landed in jail — after police discovered he was wanted for arrest.
New Alaska highway stripes are crooked, paint staining cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — New yellow painted highway lines in the Alaska's Panhandle city of Ketchikan are crooked and the paint that's been used by state transportation officials has stained cars, officials said.
Rangers: Woman armed with frying pan helped stop forest fire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BEDDINGTON, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers say the quick actions of a woman armed with a frying pan helped stop a forest fire.
Bum rap? Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle gold in rectum
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly a kilogram (2.2 lb) of gold stashed in his rectum, a customs official said on Monday. The 45-year-old, headed for India, was arrested at Colombo airport on Sunday after customs officials noticed "suspicious movements", customs spokesman Sunil Jayarathne told Reuters. The suspect was carrying 904.77 grams of gold worth 4.5 million rupees ($29,577), but was freed after payment of 100,000 rupees, he said.
Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's baby panda now has a name: Xiang Xiang, or fragrance.
After 66 million years, creature wins state dinosaur honor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It took about 66 million years, but a duck-billed creature has finally won recognition as California's state dinosaur.
It took 66 million years, but California gets state dinosaur
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It took about 66 million years, but California finally has a state dinosaur.
Graveyard plaque of Wild West figure was buried, not stolen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — It turns out the graveyard plaque of the common-law wife of legendary gunfighter John Henry "Doc" Holiday was just six inches under, not stolen from a cemetery.
Corn maze marks 100 anniversary of women voting in New York
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York farm is marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state in distinctly fall fashion, with a corn maze in the shape of Susan B. Anthony.
Police: Stolen RV recovered with about 10 dogs still inside
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Police in western Washington state say they've recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside.
Etching of German rifle ground off AK
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MOSCOW (AP) — Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle.
New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bake sale at the University of New Mexico set up by a nonprofit group to charge students based on race and ethnicity ended after outraged opponents disrupted it.
Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over.
Batman comic series to feature scenery from Portland, Maine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Holy hometown, Batman! A highly anticipated Batman comic book series will have some locations that might look familiar to Maine residents. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland City Hall, Old Port's ...
LL Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors.
Cops: Owner taken for ride when test driver leaves with car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DILLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a man hoping to sell his car was taken for a ride when a prospective buyer drove away without him and never came back.
California TV viewers alarmed by apocalyptic emergency alert
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens.
Cops: 8
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911.
Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — It took nearly 80 years, but a book borrowed during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.
Police: Shop owner fires warning shot, gets stolen beer back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida gas station owner chased a man and fired a warning shot, forcing him to return some stolen beer.
Prosecutors: Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker apparently spent more than $51,000 of her own money on an online psychic, showed up for work at the Capitol impaired by medication and hid a cellphone from investigators, prosecutors allege in a court filing this week.
300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high school
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bat infestation prompted a Salt Lake City high school to cancel its after-school programs so school workers could root out the flying mammals.
'Nasty' to have service dog in restaurant, customer says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) — An argument broke out after a woman complained about a service dog being allowed inside a Delaware restaurant.
Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school golfer has defied huge odds by recording two holes-in-one in the same round.
Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs.
Tractor trailer makes wrong turn, gets stuck on boardwalk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VENTNOR, N.J. (AP) — A tractor trailer apparently made a wrong turn and got stuck on a boardwalk at the New Jersey shore.
Chocolate overload: Rig chock
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GORDONSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The scene was a chocoholic's delight: a rig full of candy bars overturned on a road in Virginia.
Diamond on the highway: Officer comes to driver's rescue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A police officer has come to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire.
Police: Man steals green chile burger after slapping victim
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he randomly slapped a customer and then stole the man's green chile cheeseburger before dashing away.
Colorado cops search for poop
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.
Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room. The cars at the Rady Children's Hospital are actually operated by a nurse or a doctor, and are part of a new program designed to make children more relaxed before their procedures. The parents are seeing that they're relaxed and that they're happy," said Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director of surgical services at the hospital.
Pennsylvania Turnpike warns of 80
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are warning motorists of an 80-mile detour they'll encounter in western Pennsylvania over the weekend.
Pierogis made for Broadway find new home in restaurant
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Producers of the now-closed Broadway musical "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" are keeping enthusiasm in the show going by opening a place to serve pierogis like the ones made for ...
Michigan lottery tickets with 4 zeroes are worth $5,000
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When are four zeroes worth $5,000? When four zeroes are the winning numbers in a Michigan lottery drawing.
Cops: Man who didn't want to drink alone breaks in with beer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man who didn't want to drink alone forced his way into a woman's home and sat down with two 12-packs of beer.
Geneva toilets flush with cash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Geneva prosecutors are investigating after toilets in a bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination euro banknotes, they said on Monday. "We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money," spokesman Vincent Derouand said, adding that neither throwing money away nor blocking a toilet was a crime. The Tribune de Geneve newspaper, which first reported the unusual deposit, said the first blockage occurred in the toilet serving the vault at UBS bank in Geneva's financial district, and three nearby bistros found their facilities bunged up with 500-euro notes a few days later.
Staying fit: Japan's elderly hits record in challenge to labor market
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The event to mark Respect for the Aged Day in Japan drew over 200 people in an exercise meant to increase their body strength and balance. The exercise was more than just symbolic, as the number of people aged 65 and above has risen to a record high of 27.7 percent of Japan's population, government figures showed. Japan has been struggling with a declining workforce for decades, and its elderly ratio is the highest among Group of Seven nations, followed by Italy at 23.0 percent, Germany at 21.5 percent, and France at 19.7 percent.
Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
(Reuters) - In Japan, caring for pets goes beyond the grave. At Pet Rainbow Fiesta, a pet funeral expo, held in Tokyo on Monday, visitors were given a host of options on performing rites for dead pets, including cremation, constructing a household altar and making offerings of incense. The basic funeral service fee starts from 95,800 yen ($860.66) for a one-kilogram hamster or bird and can go up to 114,800 yen for a 20-kilogram dog, according to funeral services company Kokolone.
Koala survives 10
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — For a stowaway who made a 16-kilometer (10-mile) journey squeezed in the wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches.
Dog that disappeared in Florida in 2016 is found in New York
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that disappeared in Florida in February 2016 has been found in New York.
Gas station robbery suspect's getaway car runs out of fuel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say an Indiana man who robbed a gas station made off with food, drinks and cigarettes. What he didn't steal was gas.
Fish tale: Fisherman gets up close view of humpback whale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — A fisherman says he had a close encounter with a humpback whale near a New Hampshire beach.
Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen.
Dirty money? Wads of cut
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GENEVA (AP) — Talk about flush with cash.