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Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency in Alaska wants the public's help to solve a mammoth theft.
Indiana trooper wins praise for stopping too slow driver
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he's overwhelmed by the widespread praise he's receiving online.
Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HELSINKI (AP) — An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland.
Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans' flags
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts.
Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was a gray wolf.
Baby born on Paris suburban train gets free rides until 25
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The Paris public transport company RATP says a baby boy born in a suburban train will get free rides in the French capital until he is 25. Live-tweeting the event Monday, the RATP said the baby was born in a train in the center of Paris, disrupting traffic on the RER A line. News of the "unannounced birth" was displayed on Paris train traffic screens.
Australian artist emerges alive from three
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Melanie Burton HOBART (Reuters) - An Australian performance artist who was buried in a steel container under a busy road for 72 hours as part of a so-called dark arts festival was released from his self-imposed prison on Sunday. Mike Parr, a 73-year-old performance artist whose creative endeavors typically explore physical limits, was entombed in the mini-shipping container late on Thursday and the road was resealed above him. Oxygen was pumped into the container where Parr had access to water, reading and writing material, a heater and a distress button in case anything went wrong - but no food.
Vows in the air: German couple married in tightrope wedding
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A couple in eastern Germany have gotten married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 meters (46 feet) above the ground. The German news agency dpa reported that a pastor standing in a cage atop a fire service ladder presided over the wedding of Nicole Backhaus and Jens Knorr in the town of Stassfurt on Saturday. The tightrope was stretched between the town wall and a tower, and the motorbike was ridden by Falko Traber, a member of a family of artists.
Australian supermarket giant says 'yes' to mass nude photograph
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
More than 11,000 Australians who rushed for the chance to strip for American photographer Spencer Tunick will soon wear only smiles after a national supermarket chain changed its mind about allowing the shoot to go ahead on a suburban rooftop carpark. "We're over the moon," John Lotton, director of the Provocare Festival of the Arts, told Reuters on Saturday. After festival organizers agreed to move the event from busy weekend trading hours to a quiet Monday morning, Woolworths shed its inhibitions to allow the event to go ahead on July 9.
Research on dogs might shed light on human responses to food: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Researchers in Hungary who found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food say the dogs’ responses were similar to what might be expected in normal and overweight humans. The study suggested dogs could be used as models for future research into the causes and psychological impacts of human obesity, the authors of the paper from Budapest's ELTE University said. Researchers put two bowls - one of them holding a good meal, the other empty or containing less attractive food - in front of a series of dogs.
Deputy: Florida man chugged can of beer during DUI stop
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BIG COPPITT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 48-year-old Florida man raised a can of beer and chugged it after a sheriff's deputy stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving.
Mortuary must pay widow $50K for 'coerced' cremation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana mortuary business must pay a woman $50,000 after her husband was cremated against his wishes.
Signs seeking return of heirloom: 'My mother will kill me'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, "My mother will kill me."
Czech president torches underpants, stunt stuns journalists
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PRAGUE (AP) — A fiery stunt by the Czech president has really stunned journalists this time.
Fat dogs teach humans new tricks about obesity: Hungarian study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Fat dogs have a lot in common with overweight humans, including an interest in top quality food and an unwillingness to settle for second best, Hungarian scientists have found. The study suggested dogs could be used as models for future research into the causes and psychological impacts of human obesity, the authors of the paper from Budapest's ELTE University said. Researchers put two bowls - one of them holding a good meal, the other empty or containing less attractive food - in front of a series of dogs.
Firefighters break windows of car blocking hydrant
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters had to break the windows and run a hose through a car that was blocking a fire hydrant in New Jersey.
Emergency slide accidently deployed from plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — An emergency slide was accidentally deployed from a plane at a Connecticut airport, causing the flight to be delayed for several hours.
Trucks collision in Arkansas causes fire and spills Fireball
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.
Montana man rescues tired fawn from bed of sewer sludge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FORT BENTON, Mont. (AP) — A north-central Montana man rescued a tired fawn from a bed of drying sewer sludge while others helped reunite the baby deer with its mother nearby.
North Dakota mayor re
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RUSO, N.D. (AP) — The man believed to be North Dakota's oldest mayor has breezed to another term, winning unanimously in a vote that saw 100 percent turnout.
2 inn workers eat pot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Police say two employees of an inn at a popular Vermont tourist destination ate marijuana-laced chocolate left behind by guests and got sick.
Big hurdles for bold push to split California into 3 states
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation's most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, but the entire nation. The "Cal 3" initiative is driven by venture capitalist Tim Draper, who has tried and failed in the past to place an effort to break up California on the ballot, including a bid in 2016 to create six separate states. Backers of the measure argue California has become "ungovernable" because of its economic and geographic diversity as well as its population approaching 40 million people.
Rare sightings of big bug draw fans from around the world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.
Rare NY sightings of big bug draw fans from around the world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.
Exhaust
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WINSTEAD, Minn. (AP) — A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival.
Sisters give birth on same day in Georgia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Two sisters. Two new babies around the same time — again.
Coin toss decides Kentucky magistrate race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With both candidates in a Kentucky magistrate primary tied at 127 votes, they used a coin flip to decide the race.
St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild.
Correction: Stranded Raccoon story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story June 13 about a raccoon scaling a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the building was the UBS Tower. The building's formal name is UBS Plaza.
Russia's psychic cat Achilles picks home team for World Cup opener
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Want to know who will win the first match of the World Cup? At least that's the prediction of Achilles, a cat in St Petersburg reputed to have psychic powers. Achilles, who lives in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum, is deaf, something his minders say means he will not be easily distracted by onlookers while making his prediction.
Her life saved, Bulgarian cow Penka waits to rejoin herd
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KOPILOVTSI, Bulgaria (AP) — Swatting away the flies with her long tail, Penka the cow happily munches on hay, unaware of the international stir she has caused.
Minnesota online sensation raccoon captured atop skyscraper
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
(Reuters) - A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.
'Dead' husband returns after Japan police send wrong body
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese wife has told police the body she thought was of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up alive a year later.
St. Paul raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon that appeared to be stranded on a ledge after climbing more than 20 stories of a high-rise office building in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has made it to the roof, easing concerns that the animal could plummet to its death.
Artist eying record for world's largest paper airplane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to set a world record for the largest paper airplane.
Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.
'Roof, roof!' Dog rescued from overhang roof at his home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — "Roof! Roof!" He was practically begging to be rescued.
Man literally falls into police's hands after eluding them
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who ran from a traffic stop and then found himself clinging by his hands to a window ledge has been literally caught by police waiting below.
Abandoned baby moose, 'begging for attention,' befriends dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WALLAGRASS, Maine (AP) — A dog and a young moose have forged an unlikely friendship in Maine.
14 boys, no regrets: Michigan family happy the way they are
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A Michigan couple has 14 boys and no regrets, regardless of what online opinion-givers have to say about it. Some comments focus on whether Schwandt and his wife, Kateri, 43, are capable of giving each child enough attention, a criticism their fourth son, Brandon, dismisses. It's our life," said Brandon Schwandt, a 19-year-old hockey standout who recently signed to play with a junior team in Florida.
Distillery has new bourbon flavored by beaver secretion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TAMWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone?
Chinese vase found in shoebox sells for $19 million
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
An 18th century Chinese vase found in a shoebox in an attic in France sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at auction in Paris on Tuesday. The price was more than 20 times the estimate of 500,000 euros to 700,000 euros auctioneers Sotheby's had put on the item. It was the highest price reached for a single item sold by Sotheby's in France.
Plane taxis to Orlando gate _ after alligator crosses tarmac
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Most times it's bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator.
Maine town works to save statue of famous harbor seal Andre
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine town is raising money to save the statue of a beloved harbor seal that brought the community together.
Penka the Bulgarian cow escapes death sentence after international outcry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Bulgaria agreed on Monday to spare the life of Penka the cow after plans to kill her for crossing European Union borders without paperwork triggered an international outcry. Penka wandered away from her herd near the Bulgarian village of Mazarachevo last month and walked out of the bloc into neighboring Serbia. When she was returned two weeks later, authorities said she would have to be put down as she had violated guidelines under which animals entering the European Union have to have papers verifying their health.
Kim Jong Un impersonator questioned on arrival in Singapore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SINGAPORE (AP) — A Kim Jong Un lookalike was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump.
Some like it not: Marilyn Monroe statue has church venting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Marilyn Monroe's rear is getting some leers in Connecticut. A 26-foot statue of the actress has been placed in a Stamford park across the street from a church, which is getting a full view of her behind. It depicts the famous scene from 1955's "The Seven Year Itch" where Monroe holds down her white dress as air blows up from a subway grate.
Cops rescue pig near a Dunkin' Donuts, name him 'Pork Roll'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say they found a lost pet pig wandering near a local Dunkin' Donuts and nicknamed it "Pork Roll."
Astronauts give pope personalized space suit, add white cape
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Astronauts from the International Space Station gave Pope Francis his own blue jump suit on Friday but to distinguish him from ordinary planetary pilgrims like themselves they added a white cape. "Since clothes make the man, we thought we'd have a flight suit like ours made for you," Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli told the pope at a meeting in the Vatican also attended by four other Space Station veterans - three Americans and one Russian. Nespoli said the suit was identical to theirs and made of the same material.
Wandering caterpillars make for slippery road in Maine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — Drivers: Better watch out for caterpillars in one Maine town.