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Troopers cite 10 sports car drivers for going too slow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — State police in Connecticut usually pull over cars for driving too fast.
Police: Man angry about loud music waves gun at school dance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
THATCHER, Ariz. (AP) — A 72-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of waving a gun at a high school dance in Arizona because he didn't like the loud music.
Bar patrons tackle gunman after being held at gunpoint
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say patrons tackled and disarmed a man after he held them at gunpoint outside a Southern California bar.
Like a fish out of water: Barrels of bait spill on highway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) — There are plenty of fish in the sea — and almost as many on a Maine highway.
Like a fish out of water: Barrels of bait spills on highway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) — There's plenty of fish in the sea — and almost as many on a Maine highway.
Restaurant cites worldwide freakout over its french fries
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A Maine restaurant says news about the anger surrounding a change in its french fries has reached people all over the world. Bolley's Famous Franks co-owner Leslie Parsons tells the Kennebec Journal a newspaper in China wanted to try its fries and it received a call from people representing TV chef Rachael Ray. The Journal had reported the Waterville restaurant faced threats of violence when it changed from crinkle-cut to straight-cut fries in June.
Baby boom at Arizona hospital with 16 pregnant nurses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A baby boom is brewing at a suburban Arizona hospital where 16 intensive care nurses recently discovered they are all pregnant.
Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Visitors were flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California on Friday to get a whiff of a so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms.
Gulp! Georgian boy solves six Rubik's cubes under water in one breath
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
An 18-year-old student from Georgia solved six Rubik's Cubes under water in one breath on Friday, in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record. Vako Marchelashvili was submerged in a glass tank for just over one minute and 44 seconds as he flipped, turned and solved the cubes in front of a crowd at the Gino Paradise aqua park Tbilisi.
Mooning case against Virginia softball coach's wife wanes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FLOYD, Va. (AP) — The moon over Virginia was half-visible that May evening, as was the one on the softball field, authorities say.
California deputy shoots into car to free trapped bear
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California deputy fired several beanbag rounds into a back car window to free a trapped bear that had likely been searching for snacks.
Swiss brothers get ready to refloat the bubble car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Oliver and Merlin Ouboter have more than 7,200 orders for their Microlino, a modern version of the Isetta which swaps the old single-cylinder petrol engine for a 20 horsepower electric motor but keeps the famous front-opening door. The brothers, whose father Wim made millions from modernized kick-scooters, plan to launch the car in December. "The average modern car is way too big for normal use," said Oliver, the project's 24-year-old operations chief.
University honors students who found love in elevator in '72
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator.
Karachi's rooftop cattle get a crane lift to the ground
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Residents of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, watched as cattle were lowered by crane from the top of a four-storey home ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha. Unlike other Muslims who buy animals for slaughter a few days before the sacrificial holiday, Syed Ejaz Ahmad, 55, said raising his own calves was more economical. Ahmad started raising calves in a rooftop shed about 15 years ago.
Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest. "We've discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England's history," said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.
ASPCA says more than 600 birds removed from home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says more than 600 birds were removed from a house in central Ohio after reports of animal neglect and a complaint from the public about living conditions.
Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Trump 'live figure' thumps Merkel at Berlin's Madame Tussauds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest attraction on Tuesday - a posturing Donald Trump figure striking a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball. Unlike the usual wax figures, the new moving "Trump" in the Berlin museum is an actor wearing a silicone mask modeled on the billionaire U.S. president, dancing to the Abba hit "Money, Money, Money". Relations between the two leaders got off to a frosty start, although Trump said they had had a "great meeting" on the sidelines of a NATO summit last month.
Man rescued from mud with parrot perched on his shoulders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot.
Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts firefighters say a man who donated to their muscular dystrophy drive accidentally dropped his wedding ring into their boot.
Paris residents peeved at very public eco
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. One of the bright red "urinoirs" installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation. "There's no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot," said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.
Rhode Island alone celebrates Victory Day, debate lingers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the end of World War II as a state holiday, although it remains the only state in the U.S. to do so.
Minnesota deputies rescue women stranded on unicorn raft
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STARK, Minn. (AP) — It was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn.
Dog running on interstate can't resist lure of stuffed teddy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A dog could not resist being lured away from a busy Massachusetts highway by a teddy bear.
Residents split in goose dispute in Long Island village
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BRIGHTWATERS, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a Long Island village are divided over what to do about a glut of goose droppings around town.
Officers seize 3 king cobras, 300 other reptiles from home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home.
Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out.
Officers seize 3 king cobras, other reptiles from home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras and other venomous reptiles from a New York home.
India lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize prime minister
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India.
Indian lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize premier
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India.
Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian.
Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.
Bronze Archie statue honors artist for hometown anniversary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckle-faced Archie is now greeting visitors at a New Hampshire town in honor of a local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends.
Missy Elliott praises woman's karaoke version of 'Work It'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman's karaoke version of Missy Elliott's hit song "Work It" has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott.
School demolition crews unearth 124
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — Construction crews tearing down a former middle school in Massachusetts have found a 124-year-old time capsule.
Colorado college reprinting up to 9.2K diplomas to fix typo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado university is offering to reprint up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper found a big typo.
Driver's test arrest: Pot, gun, cash found in smelly car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A 22-year-old man who went for his driver's test left in handcuffs after the examiner became suspicious about a certain odor emanating from the car.
Michigan twins from different parties advance in election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.
2 lives down, 7 to go: Cat survives being hit twice by cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road.
Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats.
Holy cow! Bovine herd helps police corral suspect in Florida
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture.
Cardinals challenge fans to eat $75 belly busting burger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals fans can reap a reward while expanding their waistlines watching football this season.
Iran's Ahmadinejad opines on Trump, James spat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James.
San Francisco's wild parrots branching out throughout city
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's famous birds immortalized in the book and movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" are now roosting in several neighborhoods throughout the city, a newspaper reported Saturday.
Amazin' frets: Free therapy for New York Mets fans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio.
Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos.
Man who harassed Yellowstone bison arrested at Glacier park
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday.
Michigan man befriends wild turkey who moved into his yard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the large bird.
Hawaii judge evicts Oahu nudists from rental house
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge has ordered the eviction of the tenants of an Oahu rental home that advertised naked parties and gained the ire of neighbors.
NYC twister: Queens tornado knocks down trees, crushes car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A tornado that touched down in Queens toppled at least 50 trees, crushed a car and broke a limb that hit a man.