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Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The air crew who used their U.S. Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the U.S. Navy said Friday.
Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Finnish police reprimanded a man for traveling in a car boot to hide his meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipila during a government crisis last summer, saying this was breach of the traffic code. A police statement did not name the man in the boot, but in effect indicated the traveler was State Secretary Samuli Virtanen, who is also the deputy to Foreign Minister Timo Soini. The meeting took place in June, a day after Virtanen's co-ruling Finns party had elected anti-immigration hardliners as its new leaders.
Navy plane traces obscene sky drawing over Washington town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Residents of the town of Okanogan, Washington, got quite an air show courtesy of the U.S. Navy.
Lawsuit: Couple detained after hibiscus mistaken for pot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SARVER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple is suing the police and an insurance company because they say they were handcuffed for hours in a patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana.
NYC taxi drivers camp it up in playful pinup calendar
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years ... courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy?
Phoenix man tries turning locomotive into a runaway train
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man was close to turning a locomotive into his own runaway train.
'Cone Weed' gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals.
Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PLAINS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who always joked that he wanted to take something to eat when he died has gotten his wish.
Billionaire Norwegian given $30,400 drunken driving fine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 22-year-old Norwegian student has been handed a 250,000-kroner ($30,400) fine for drunken driving — but can still count herself lucky.
Correction: MOMA
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 12 about the theft of photographs from a museum in New York, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the theft took place. It was at MoMA PS1 in Queens, not the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
California woman leads officers on second chase in 2 days
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the same woman led officers on vehicle chases through Southern California on back-to-back days.
I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
(Reuters) - A canceled Formula One tire test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath. The 18-year-old, racing in this weekend's Macau F3 race, told reporters he was soaking in the bathtub after arriving in Sao Paulo when the two-day test at Interlagos was canceled for security reasons. The Formula Three European champion then flew back to Paris, on to Shanghai and Macau.
Small town Connecticut election decided by coin toss
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOLTON, Conn. (AP) — An election for the governing board of a small Connecticut town has been decided by a coin toss.
Trump's cheeseburger in Japan still drawing lines
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TOKYO (AP) — Haruyuki Sano traveled 1 ½ hours for a taste of the same cheeseburger U.S. President Donald Trump ate with Japan's prime minister during his visit last week.
Cards Against Humanity says it's fighting border wall
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOUSTON (AP) — The party game Cards Against Humanity says it's bought U.S.-Mexico border land and hired a lawyer to try to stop President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.
Trump pauses address to nation to take 2 big swigs of water
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had his own water bottle moment.
Viral video star looks to reunite with mystery dance partner
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BORDENTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is looking for the woman who busted a move while he danced in a supermarket parking lot.
Man smeared in deer blood struggles with police, arrested
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CUSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested after police received a report of someone smeared in blood outside a western Michigan gas station.
Oh, man! Town drops 'men' from name of its governing board
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town has removed the word "men" from the name of its governing body.
6 Czechs fined for sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PRAGUE (AP) — Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.
Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — Police officers in a Massachusetts town jokingly recommend drivers get a little more creative if they make their own illegal license plates.
6 Czechs 'fined' for sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PRAGUE (AP) — A group of six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.
Another North Carolina woman hits lottery jackpot twice
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRANITE FALLS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman hit the jackpot with two scratch-off lottery tickets, marking the second such instance in three weeks.
India gives 'king of sweets' a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights. Luscious rosogolla, or sweet cheese balls dripping with sugar syrup, have long been a favorite dessert across the Indian subcontinent and among the diaspora.
School worksheet quizzed students on 'boy toy,' affairs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as "boy toy" and "trophy wife."
Man detained after Danish police crack public bench thefts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Denmark says a man is suspected of stealing 12 of Copenhagen's green public benches that Danes instantly associate with the capital city.
Suitcase of sapphires and other gems worth 1 million pounds stolen from London train
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
British police were hunting for an unidentified man on Tuesday after a suitcase containing 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London's Euston station. The owner, a 35-year-old jewelry dealer, boarded a train to Birmingham on Nov. 8 but when the train arrived at Rugby in central England, he discovered that his suitcase of rubies, emeralds and sapphires was no longer on the luggage rack. Police released a grainy image of a man who they said they would like to speak to.
Sydney ferry named Ferry McFerryface after 'Boaty' overruled
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SYDNEY (AP) — The last ferry in a new Sydney Harbor fleet will be christened Ferry McFerryface — Sydney's second favorite choice after the now famous jokey Mc-moniker, Boaty McBoatface.
Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.
Police search for woman seen mailing stolen art to museum
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it wants to question a woman caught on video mailing stolen art back to the Museum of Modern Art.
Police search for wedding ring lost in Halloween candy bag
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont trick-or-treater may have picked up more than candy on Halloween this year.
Trend? College football players pop the question on
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Carlos Correa seems to have started something.
Police: Dine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A man authorities say is the dine-and-dash "sushi bandit" has been cited in eastern Idaho for suspicion of petit theft.
SEAL candidate injured in study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy is investigating a slapping incident near San Diego that left a SEAL candidate in a coma.
Weather observer braves frigid 100 mph wind for 'fun'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Weather observers stationed atop the highest peak in the Northeast are having some fun with a blast of cold wind.
Big cheetah
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
READING, Pa. (AP) — Police captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of a Pennsylvania city.
Police: Suspect's overwhelming gas shuts down interrogation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A police interrogation of a Kansas City man charged with drug and gun offenses ended prematurely when an investigator was driven from the room by the suspect's excessive flatulence.
Kenya craftsmen to build boat out of plastic waste
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Siegfried Modola LAMU, Kenya (Reuters) - The beaches of Kenya's idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. When a resident organized a beach clean-up that collected 33 tons of rubbish in a single summer, British-Ethiopian safari organizer Ben Morrison decided he couldn't stand by while his beloved island was ruined. "It is getting harder and harder for boat builders to find wood.
Man drops cocaine in his hat while in court on a drug charge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge.
'That's art?' Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Roselle Chen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been “forgotten in the display.” Sculpted after artist Duane Hanson's son, the lifelike artwork, titled "Baby in a Carriage, 1983," is valued at about $80,000 to $120,000, according to director of American art at Heritage Auctions in Manhattan. If you could watch our footage of this baby in the window, it would crack you up because truly all day, people, women, children, mothers, grandfathers, cops will stop and look at it and wonder truly for a second, or more than a second, is that really a baby?", Director of American art at Heritage Auctions, Aviva Lehmann, told Reuters, adding that this "is exactly what Hanson wanted you to think." The polyvinyl piece of a sleeping toddler wearing a lightlue sweatshirt and matching sweatpants, is topped off with a head of blonde human hair, furthering its authenticity.
Shooting on busy I
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities are swarming over Interstate 95 in Providence, following a midmorning shooting on the busy stretch of road.
Drivers get turkeys instead of traffic tickets in Montana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana drivers got Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets when they were pulled over by traffic officers.
Unjust desserts: Suspect hands out doughnuts during robbery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOUSTON (AP) — A suspect robbing a Houston doughnut shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cellphones he stole.
New Jersey diner adding gratuities to kids' bills
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey diner is adding an 18 percent gratuity to the bills of children who go there without their parents.
Woman switches tags to get $1,800 in electronics for $3.70
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman tried to sneak more than $1,800 worth of electronics through a Florida Walmart's self-checkout by switching the items' price tags with those from clearance items.
'Real
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A British inventor billed as a real-life version of the superhero Iron Man has hit the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit at 32 mph (51 kph), a Guinness world record.
State Police cruiser stolen at traffic stop, found abandoned
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police say a cruiser was stolen during a traffic stop, and later found abandoned.
Udder surprise: Heifer found in family's swimming pool
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — An 800-pound heifer made a big splash when it was found in a North Carolina family's swimming pool.
Man charged with DUI after going to vote a day early
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say they've arrested a man who showed up to an elementary school intoxicated and hoping to vote — on the wrong day.
Police: Thief didn't get far in motorized grocery store cart
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of stealing a motorized shopping cart from an Alaska grocery store didn't get very far or go very fast before his low-speed getaway attempt was foiled by police.