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Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:40:59 UT

PRAGUE (AP) — Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat. Sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the "I Love Astana" sign earlier this month. But local police fined them some $68 each for committing minor hooliganism, according to local media. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Baron Cohen says: "To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I'll pay your fine.



McDonald's to raze Chicago-area museum of 1st restaurant

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:10:13 UT

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that's a replica of the hamburger chain's first restaurant. Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald. The Chicago Tribune reports the store was torn down in 1984. McDonald's Store No. 1 Museum opened the next year, with the original restaurant's sign out front. In a statement, McDonald's says tourist numbers have declined due to repeated flooding of the site since 2008. The company says the museum will be razed next month and the land donated to Des Plaines.



Newborn, mother and grandmother all share same birthday

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:46:41 UT

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey family won't have trouble remembering three generations of birthdays. A newborn, his mother and grandmother were all born on Nov. 19. Grandmother Clara Gregory said she had a feeling her grandson was going to be born on Nov. 19, even though the baby wasn't due until Christmas. Theresa Dunn gave birth to Micah Lee Dunn at a Princeton hospital Sunday afternoon. Dunn, of Lawrence, was admitted to the hospital Thursday night and doctors attempted to induce labor. Dunn said her husband kept saying the baby would be born on her and her mother's birthday. "I finally came to the realization Saturday night that he could really be born on our birthday," she told NJ.com .



Police warn people not to eat spoiled, trash-picked turkeys

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:14:21 UT

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine police department is warning residents to steer clear of black market Butterballs. The police department in Falmouth reports a Hannaford supermarket had to discard frozen turkeys that thawed out because of a mechanical failure. Police say the problem is that someone collected them from a trash bin with the idea of redistributing them. Police say people should beware of the black market turkeys because they're dangerous to consume. They urge any consumers who came across them to put them in the trash where they belong.



Turkeys seeking Trump Thanksgiving pardon must strut stuff

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:27:06 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — What makes a good presidential turkey? Showmanship. A readiness to strut his stuff and gobble on command, yet enough restraint to stay on a table for the big photo op. So say a Minnesota turkey farmer and 4-H kids who raised the turkey that will go to the White House for an official pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday. It's the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey tradition. Here's a little deeper look at the event and what goes into it: THE TRADITION White House archives show that Americans have sent presidents holiday turkeys at least since 1873 under President Ulysses S. Grant.



Crash report turns out to be scene for Billy Crystal film

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:23:31 UT

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A report of a car crashing into a pizza and ice cream shop on Long Island turned out to be a scene for a film starring Billy Crystal. Police in Long Beach tell Newsday that officers and firefighters were dispatched Monday morning after someone reported a vehicle had crashed into Slices & Ices. Police department officials say they were aware that a movie was being filmed there, but had to be sure a real accident hadn't occurred. An officer was posted at the location to direct motorists around the scene, which may have led someone to believe that there had been a crash. Crystal grew up in a Long Beach neighborhood near where the scene was being shot for a comedy titled "We Are Unsatisfied.




Christmas 'Cone Weed' loses its cone, much of its weediness

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:28:30 UT

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Christmas "Cone Weed" has lost its cone and much of its weediness. The Huntersville Fire Department posted on Twitter that a road crew showed up in a truck Monday and removed the orange traffic cone that had a hardy weed growing out of it. The cone and plant on the grass beside the highway had sparked a social media sensation after someone decorated the scraggly vegetation with tinsel and Christmas ornaments last week. According to the department, firefighters have retrieved the Christmas decorations scattered on the roadside and rehung them on what was left of the weed, which one firefighter described as "a stem.



Town moves man's loudspeaker broadcast of taps to local park

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:19:25 UT

GLEN ROCK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town has reached a detente over a former councilman's broadcast of taps through loudspeakers at his home, which had caused complaints and lawsuit threats. The Glen Rock Borough Council voted Nov. 15 to move the nightly taps-playing to a public park as part of a veteran's memorial. Joshua Corney, a lieutenant commander in the Navy, has been playing a recording of taps from his home nightly for about two years. Last spring, he added loudspeakers. Several neighbors complained it created a disturbance. Over the summer, the council restricted Corney's broadcast to Sunday nights and certain flag holidays.



Santa's in town? You need an appointment this year

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:14:41 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you'll need a reservation to see him. At Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in New York, a chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever. Starting Monday, eager families can go online to sign up for a time slot from 30 minutes to five days in advance. Admission is free to Santaland Herald Square and runs from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Macy's says the new arrangement is intended to cut down on wait times and make it easier to see the man in the red suit. "Santa's a popular guy, so the wait times to meet him have been quite long in previous years, especially on our busiest days," the company said.



Un reo de Alabama se fuga por 2da vez en menos de un mes

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:26:42 UT

ROCKFORD, Alabama, EE.UU. (AP) — Un reo de Alabama se fugó el domingo por segunda vez en menos de un mes, según las autoridades. Shane Anthony Vernon, de 27 años, "eludió físicamente la seguridad de la prisión y huyó de las instalaciones" alrededor de las 14:30 horas del domingo, explicó el jefe de la policía del condado de Coosa, Terry Wilson, a periodistas. Vernon ya se había fugado el 29 de octubre de la cárcel del condado tras quitarse las esposas por la fuerza y echar a correr. Fue capturado un día después. Se cree que Vernon está armado y es peligroso, agregó Wilson. Fue visto por última vez en una zona boscosa del condado de Elmore, cerca del límite con Coosa.



Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in San Francisco suburbs

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:59:33 UT

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away. Introduced into the state for hunting decades ago, wild turkeys are thriving and have invaded urban areas, perhaps seeking food, water and safety from predators over five years of drought. "The neighborhood embraces them," Darlene Devon Andrade of Concord shared on the Facebook page of the San Francisco Chronicle. "We are all very careful when driving and let them roam freely in our streets and yards so they can eat and be happy!" On the other hand, the birds poop everywhere, tear up landscaping, gouge screen doors, knock off roof tiles and can get ornery if they perceive a rival.



Finlandeses tratan de encontrar un meteorito en el Ártico

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:51:46 UT

COPENHAGUE (AP) — Una resplandeciente bola de fuego que iluminó el oscuro cielo del ártico finlandés durante cinco segundos _emitiendo lo que los científicos dijeron fue "el brillo de cien lunas llenas"_ desencadenó apresurados intentos de encontrar el meteorito reportado. Los expertos finlandeses trataban de calcular su trayectoria y hallar el lugar donde aterrizó, informó Tomas Kohout, del departamento de Física de la Universidad de Helsinki. Kohout agregó que la bola de fuego del jueves "parece haber sido una de las más brillantes".



Scooby the camel returned to Ohio owners after getting loose

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:11:52 UT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A young camel named Scooby is back at home after going on a 90-minute jaunt that blocked traffic and provided an uncommon photo opportunity for motorists in Ohio. The Blade reports 1-year-old Scooby escaped from his fenced-in home in Springfield Township on Friday afternoon and began walking along township streets, prompting wide-eyed reaction. A neighbor of the owner who was on her way home from work alerted the Lucas County Sheriff's Office. Owner Nabil Shaheen was then contacted and led Scooby safely home. Shaheen said he bought Scooby as a baby and is glad no one was hurt.



Vermont town laments looming cemetery plot shortage

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:04:49 UT

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Some people in a Vermont town are worried the community is going to run out of available cemetery plots. Hartford residents have been considering new strategies to preserve existing cemeteries and make sure the community doesn't run out of plots where people can rest for eternity. Five of the 12 cemeteries located within town lines are owned by Hartford, while the others are managed by private associations, the Valley News reported. All of the town-owned cemeteries are closed to new burials. Ann Collins, 80, of the Quechee Cemetery Association, said that with fewer plot sales, diminished interest earnings and flat town funding, her association has been forced to dip into its endowment to pay operating costs.



Zoo throwing farewell party for beloved gorilla

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:36:12 UT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston zoo is holding a farewell party for a beloved gorilla that's heading to another zoo in New Orleans to start his own family. Officials at the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday will be celebrating Okpara, a 24-year-old male Western lowland gorilla affectionately called "Okie." He will soon be heading to the Audubon Zoo in Louisiana. The Boston zoo is inviting patrons to sign a farewell card, enjoy free cake and learn about gorilla conservation. Okie's move is part of the zoo's participation in the national Gorilla Species Survival Plan, an inter-zoo program meant to ensure survival of the species. Western lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered in the wild.