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Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword.
Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.
Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armory
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STOW, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory.
California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard.
Suspect in Massachusetts liquor store robbery found sleeping
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts didn't have to look far for a suspect in the knifepoint robbery of a Pittsfield liquor store.
'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
REDUCTION, Pa. (AP) — "The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale.
Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance.
Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets.
Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.
Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking. The plant, built by American Reduction Co on a wide bend of the Youghiogheny River, shut down in 1936 after processing waste from the city of Pittsburgh since the early 20th century.
After fight, Indiana man receives 'ATHE1ST' license plate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate.
Cat stuck in peanut butter jar gives birth to kittens, dies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A stray cat found earlier this week with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar has been euthanized, but not before giving birth to a litter of kittens.
Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.
Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired over PBS budget cuts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A viral online video imagines lovable "Sesame Street" character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS.
Police: Man checks out of hospital, steals ambulance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance.
What a croc: Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — What a croc!
That's not carry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A snake carried onto a commuter airplane flying between Alaska communities caused a commotion this past weekend.
Michigan college student's dating resume goes viral
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student has received dozens of phone calls after creating and sharing a dating resume.
Authorities: Man errantly texted prosecutor about drug swap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin.
Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued at about $150,000 in his unit.
Good luck coins prove fatal for Thai "piggy bank" turtle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said. The green turtle named Omsin, "piggy bank" in Thai, underwent a seven-hour-long operation this month to remove 5 kg (11 lb) of coins which she had mistaken for food. "Her cause of death is blood poisoning," one of the vets told reporters.
'You know there's crocs there' says teen bitten after jumping in river
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
(Reuters) - An Australian teenager who was bitten by a crocodile when he jumped into a river in northern Queensland on a dare is now recovering in hospital and looking forward to a date with the British backpacker he was trying to impress. Lee De Paauw, 18, had met Sophie Paterson while drinking at with a group of friends into the early hours of Sunday morning at a backpackers' hostel in Innisfail in northern Queensland. According to local media, De Paauw told Paterson that backpackers were more likely to get eaten by crocodiles than Australians, and was ready to back up his words.
Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday. The jersey and a second one Brady wore in a championship victory two years earlier were taken by a former Mexican media executive who had been credentialed to cover the February game in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials. A Mexican newspaper group said on Monday a former staffer was involved in the theft, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Houston Police Department and league security.
Patriots star's missing Super Bowl jersey recovered in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The football jersey that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore in last month's Super Bowl victory in Houston, Texas, which disappeared hours after the game, has been found in Mexico, the National Football League and police said Monday. Both the jersey worn in Brady's fifth league championship over the Atlanta Falcons, and the one he'd worn two years earlier when the team topped the Seattle Seahawks, were recovered "in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media," the NFL said in a statement.
You're nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PARIS (AP) — Arrests can't come any easier than this.
Quacks on the tracks: NYPD rescues duck from subway line
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn't an ordinary police call for someone trying to duck a subway fare.
Lack of comma sense ignites debate after ruling in $10M suit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one. And it's reignited a longstanding debate over whether the punctuation is necessary.
Court decision in dairy drivers lawsuit hung on comma
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It all came down to a missing comma. In the end, a court allowed drivers for a Maine dairy to go forward with their dispute over overtime pay.
Woman 'almost crashed car' when snake slithered from vent
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Something more than air came slithering out of a car vent in Florida.
Police: Robber breaks leg, calls for help, gets arrested
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway — first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling the authorities to help him.
Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In butter-loving Wisconsin, a ban on Irish butter has sparked a fight.
Thimble, wheelbarrow, boot kicked out of Monopoly board game
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Tom James SEATTLE (Reuters) - If you have ever wanted to rampage through a game of Monopoly like a dinosaur, you're in luck. The popular U.S. board game is changing out three of its playing tokens, swapping in a penguin, T-Rex and rubber ducky in for the thimble, wheelbarrow and boot, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toymaker Hasbro Inc said Friday. The move is part of a broader campaign to update the board game based in part on votes by consumers during a promotional period earlier this year.
Chinese firms offer pollution solutions with bottled air, hat filters, smog socks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Even as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledges to ensure that blue skies never become a luxury, a state-backed firm is doing brisk business selling 48 yuan ($6.95) cans of fresh air bottled in a forest in western China. From air-filter necklaces to anti-smog stockings, Chinese companies are touting innovative - if not odd - products to consumers worried about the quality of the air that they breathe. At the close of the annual meeting of parliament on Wednesday, Li said air pollution must be brought under control and blue skies should never be a luxury.
New York court to determine if chimp is legally a person
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights?
St. Patrick's toast held after fuss over lawmakers' drinking
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers raised a glass to St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day on Thursday, a week after a legislator complained about heavy drinking at the State House.
New Zealand police shoot dog delaying flights at Auckland
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Flights from New Zealand's Auckland Airport are returning to schedule after a runaway dog near the tarmac was shot dead by police because it was delaying planes taking off. Sixteen domestic and international flights were delayed for safety reasons at the nation's busiest airport while the dog was on the loose for three hours, a spokeswoman for Auckland Airport, Lisa Mulitalo, told Reuters. "The dog was clearly distressed and wouldn't let anyone near it so the decision was made to shoot the dog," she said.
Watch out! Video shows train's snow wave engulfing platform
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RHINECLIFF, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak customers in New York now know what to do when a train is approaching a station on snow-covered tracks: stand back.
Teenager finds 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas state park
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A teenager has found a 7.44 carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas.
Police search for unhappy customer who threw food at workers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia are searching for an unhappy customer who threw her takeout order at restaurant workers.
NY court asked to determine if chimp is legally a person
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights?
Troopers charge 2 women in fight over shoveled parking spot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ASHLAND, Pa. (AP) — State troopers have charged two Pennsylvania women with disorderly conduct for a hair-pulling fight that erupted over a newly shoveled parking spot on a snowy street.
UK authorities seek owner of gold trove stashed inside piano
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a "life-changing" amount of money found stashed inside a piano.
Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A pastor in Sierra Leone has discovered the largest uncut diamond found in more than four decades in this West African country and has turned it over to the government, saying he hopes it helps to boost recent development in his impoverished nation.
Jack Russell Olly gains viral status after going off course at Crufts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Forget the top "Best in Show" prize, Olly the Jack Russell has gained his own celebrity status at Britain's Crufts dogs show after enthusiastically going off course and even falling flat on his face during the agility round of last week's competition. Stumbling on jumps, going the wrong way and running off to the sidelines, the dog's energy and enthusiasm came through in Friday's session, a video of which has reached more than 7 million views on Crufts' YouTube channel. "I would love to say it's out of character but no it's not, it's normal behavior," Olly's owner Karen Parker said.
Sea lion leaves California farmland canal, heads home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A young sea lion spotted in a Northern California farmland canal was feasting on carp as it made its way home Wednesday, a day after rescue crews tried to get him out to be evaluated.
Rescue on: Sea lion in farmland canal leaves drainage pipe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A young sea lion camped out in a farmland canal in California poked his head back out of a drainage pipe Wednesday, a day after rescuers tried for hours to wrangle it and take it for a checkup, officials said.
Stolen 70
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 70-pound popcorn ball worth hundreds of dollars that was swiped from a suburban Cleveland shop where it was being auctioned has been returned.
Lawsuit alleging NJ worker was fired for passing gas tossed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit that said one of New Jersey's top pork roll makers fired a worker for passing too much gas.
Trooper takes abandoned puppies into custody and adopts them
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia State Patrol trooper took three canine vagrants into custody — and then he and a few of his colleagues adopted the abandoned puppies as their own.
A pair of coin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FLORIDA, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police are investigating the theft of a pair of 305-pound, coin-operated, binocular-like devices that gave tourists spectacular views along the state's famous Mohawk Trail.