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Explosive announcement of baby's gender earns man a ticket

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:29:05 UT

(AP) — A western Nebraska man is in trouble after using an explosive rifle target to announce the gender of his baby. The Omaha World-Herald reports ( ) that Jon Sterkel and his wife, Ashley, thought the target would be a fun way to announce they are expecting a boy in June.

Former employee who took Vienna tram for joyride apprehended

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:10:38 UT

The Vienna Lines transport authority says the culprit is a former employee who was dismissed some time ago. [...] police spokeswoman Irina Steirer says the 36-year-old has confessed to nabbing the tram. The former trolley driver was apprehended Sunday, a day after unlocking the empty tram's door while the driver was making a rest-room stop, and then apparently sprinting away once transit officials brought the tram to a halt after less than two stops by turning off the electricity.

Mayor loves his team: He's booted after protesting a call

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:40:05 UT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Greeley Mayor Tom Norton is there for his hometown University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team. The Greeley Tribune reports ( Norton was ejected from Saturday's game against Weber State University when officials said he got up from his courtside seat and walked onto the floor to object.

Trucker loses trailer of 38,000 pounds of marbles on I-465

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:23:49 UT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A trucker has lost his marbles in the Indianapolis area. State police tell TV station WXIN that a truck carrying 38,000 pounds of marbles lost its trailer Saturday on southbound Interstate 465, near Pendleton Pike. The marbles were on the shoulder and in the median. There were no injuries, but a lane of traffic in that area was affected by the cleanup during much of the day. ___ Information from: WXIN-TV,

Texas judge cited after allegedly making obscene gesture

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:26:15 UT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A state district judge in El Paso is accused of shaking his middle finger at another judge in a fit of anger and now has a court date after being charged with disorderly conduct. State District Judge Patrick Garcia is scheduled for trial in April after the El Paso County district attorney's office determined the misdemeanor case should be prosecuted.

Mars investigating Skittles said to be intended for cattle

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:32:19 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A mysterious Skittles spill on a rural highway in Wisconsin is taking another twist, with Mars Inc. saying it doesn't know why the discarded candy might have been headed to become cattle feed. A variety of food byproducts are commonly used for animal feed, and Mars says it has procedures for discarding foods for that purpose. Linda Kurtz, a corporate environmental manager at Mars, said the company sells unused candies and ingredients to processors that incorporate them with other materials to make animal feed. Josh Cribbs, a cattle nutritionist and director of commercial development for the American Maine-Anjou Association, which promotes a particular cattle breed, said that the food byproducts that get used for cattle feed vary depending on what's available in the region and particular time of year.

Florida man's message in bottle turns up 34 years later

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:47:14 UT

Florida man's message in bottle turns up 34 years later (AP) — It took about 34 years, but a sailor finally got a response to a message he stuffed into a plastic bottle and tossed into the Atlantic Ocean.

Engagement ring lost at Biltmore Estate found in Georgia

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:45:43 UT

Engagement ring lost at Biltmore Estate found in Georgia The couple turned to social media to find the $5,000 ring.

How low? 'Limbo Queen' slips under airport bench on layover

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:49:15 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A record-setting limbo dancer gave Philadelphia airport passengers some free entertainment this week when she scooted under a bench at a terminal.

Rotting radishes stinking up Pennsylvania town

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:24:43 UT

(AP) — A television station has found the reason one central Pennsylvania town stinks: a field of decaying radishes. Some people thought their propane tanks were leaking.

'The Hobbit' book returned after 38-year unexpected journey

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:41:08 UT

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A hardbound edition of "The Hobbit" is back on the shelves at a New York library nearly 40 years after it was checked out by a reader who traveled the world as a Marine. Bob James tells WSTM-TV in Syracuse ( ) that he checked out the J.R.R. Tolkien book from the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca before enlisting in the Marines in 1979.

Passengers scream as Florida alligator leaps into airboat

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:19:25 UT

MIAMI (AP) — A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat's railing. Just as he warned passengers not to make any sudden movements, the gator jumped into the boat.

Montana beekeeper stung by beehive thieves in California

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:16:03 UT

(AP) — A Montana beekeeper says thieves got away with 488 beehives he had taken to California to pollinate almond trees. Cunniff says the theft will cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. Cunniff said he reported the theft to the Sutter County sheriff's department and learned other beekeepers have reported thefts, as well.

UK court rejects bid for bridge to be recognized as sport

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:10:45 UT

The Court of Appeal in London upheld an October 2015 ruling backing Sport England's refusal to put bridge in the same category as badminton, billiards and ballroom dancing. Sport England, which makes public funding decisions, has a policy that sports must involve a "physical activity" component.

AP PHOTOS: Town fest sees thief figure pelted with turnips

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:40:15 UT

PIORNAL, Spain (AP) — Dozens of people ran through the streets of this tiny southwestern Spanish town Thursday trying to pelt a beast-like figure representing a farm thief with, appropriately, tons of turnips. The so-called Jarramplas festival, celebrated every Feb. 19-20, centers around a town resident dressed up in a colorful costume and a horned helmet. Over the years the festival has seen some changes, and nowadays the chosen Jarramplas are well-protected by helmets, gloves and chest shields, which together with their outfits, weigh some 40 kilograms (88 pounds), meaning they can't run that fast.

California scientist names moth species after Donald Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:27:30 UT

(AP) — A scientist in California has named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the insect's head are reminiscent of Trump's blond hairdo. The moth was named Neopalpa donadltrumpi by evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari, who discovered it while dissecting moths and noticing that three specimens had a distinct wing pattern and unique DNA profile, the Sacramento Bee reported ( ) Wednesday.

Addictive post: Police say men advertised heroin on Facebook

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:19:51 UT

U.S. Attorney John Horn said Atlanta police received a tip that Bernard "Big Pat" Stokley was advertising heroin on the social media site and offering "specials of the day." Prosecutors say Stokley and the other defendants accepted orders through Facebook and Snapchat, and arranged delivery of the drug in a neighborhood where police have made many drug busts in recent years.

Jail time for Massachusetts women who bit off officer's ear

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:16:55 UT

(AP) — A Massachusetts woman who bit off a portion of a rookie police officer's ear during her arrest outside a bar has been sentenced to four years in jail. The Boston Herald ( ) reports that 19-year-old Emma Wiley was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to assault and battery on a police officer and mayhem.

Policeman rescues injured owl in road; 2nd time in 3 months

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:40:06 UT

Bates says the owl had an injured leg and did not try to fly away when he approached it. Police say Bates found another injured owl on a different road in October and took it to the same rehabilitation center.

Incluso en Alaska, los 50 bajo cero son duros de soportar

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:45:11 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — La temperatura en la segunda ciudad más grande de Alaska no bajó de 34 grados bajo cero el invierno pasado, pero la Madre Naturaleza lo está compensando este año. En Fairbanks se registran una media de entre 11 y 12 días al año con temperaturas de -40 grados o menos, indicó el meteorólogo Christopher Cox, del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Hasta el martes por la tarde, las nubes protegieron a la ciudad al reflejar de vuelta a la superficie parte del calor de la jornada.