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New Hampshire hotel is home to supersized cat

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:29:42 UT

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) — Guests at a hotel in New Hampshire can be forgiven for thinking a raccoon is lounging out front. The huge ball of fur on the sidewalk of the Best Western Silver Fox Inn at the Waterville Valley Resort is actually a fat cat. Often found wandering through the hotel or stretched out on the sidewalk, Logan has become a huge hit with visitors and is an internet sensation. Guests have posted photos of Logan sitting in a chair, and a Facebook video that's been viewed 29 million times, shows it waddling through the parking lot. Logan arrived as a normal sized cat but soon was gobbling up food from the bowls of the couple's two other cats and finding a way to sneak into the stash of food.

Pittsburgh man faces penalty if he can't catch noisy rooster

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:08:18 UT

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports ( ) the rooster's piercing calls have plagued residents for years. Because it appears to live on Henry Gaston's property, it has put him in violation of the city's ban against roosters.

Two-headed rat snake gets new home at Central Texas zoo

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:16:07 UT

The unnamed snake remains under a mandatory 90-day quarantine before visitors have a chance to view the creature. Zoo supervisor Brian Henley says a woman discovered the snake when her dog started chasing something under her front porch.

Internet star Grumpy Cat to join a Broadway show — 'Cats'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:22:00 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Life will imitate art — or is it the other way around? — when internet sensation Grumpy Cat joins the cast of the Broadway musical "Cats" on Friday for what will likely be a feline-good moment.

Company: Crows knocked out power to 100,000 in 3 states

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:41:21 UT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A utility company says two crows triggered a power outage in mid-July that knocked out service to about 100,000 customers in three Western states. Rocky Mountain Power spokesman David Eskelsen tells the Post Register newspaper ( in a Thursday story that an investigation shows the crows touched a capacitor bank — a device that controls voltage — at a substation in southwest Idaho.

Police: Deer hunter mortally wounded Imperial Stag in DC

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:48:07 UT

Police say that didn't stop Vernon Goyne of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, from putting on camouflage and trying to bag a buck in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington. WTTG-TV ( ) reports that officers found Goyne preparing to hit the wounded deer with a stick in the woodsy Palisades neighborhood Tuesday.

Man who used wheelchair in Rolex theft pleads guilty

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:07:06 UT

(AP) — A Connecticut man who pretended he needed a wheelchair so he could steal a $37,000 watch from a jewelry store is heading to prison. Once he had the watch in hand, he got out of the wheelchair, used Mace on the sales clerk and the security guard and knocked the guard to the ground as he ran out of the store.

Video shows deer trying to jump inside SUV that hit it

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:17:08 UT

A police vehicle's in-car camera captured what happened after Ellen Sager struck the animal on Sept. 17 in Howell Township. The patrolman pulled over to help when the buck ran back across the road and tried to jump into Sager's driver's seat.

Fan drops ring during televised Yankee Stadium engagement

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:26:13 UT

The 29-year-old had everything he needed to make one of life's biggest decisions on Tuesday night: the engagement ring, the perfect woman and a beautiful early autumn night at Yankee Stadium, which focused a camera on the couple and broadcast the big moment on the center field video board. When Fox pulled the precious item from his pocket and dropped to one knee before girlfriend Heather Terwilliger to propose during the middle of the fifth inning, the ring fell to the ground in the second row of section 228 in the ballpark's second deck. [...] Terwilliger looked down and saw something shiny in the cuff of her pants leg — earning a save. Yankee Stadium public address announcer Paul Olden informed the crowd the ring had been found.

Satanic Temple brings after-school club to elementary pupils

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:27:03 UT

Satanic Temple brings after-school club to elementary pupils (AP) — The Portland chapter of The Satanic Temple has succeeded in its efforts to bring an after-school program to a Portland elementary school.

Driver uses cardboard Trump head in carpool lane

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:14:51 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — A cardboard cutout of a head in a passenger seat definitely caught the attention of a Washington State Patrol trooper Tuesday morning. Washington State Patrol spokesman Rick Johnson says every now and then they get somebody trying to be funny and says they've seen everything from teddy bears to mannequins all sitting beside drivers.

NY: Utilities can't charge termination fees after death

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:21:54 UT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Phone, cable and utility companies in New York may no longer charge early termination fees when service has been discontinued due to the death of a customer. The rule was signed into law Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said the practice of charging fees to deceased customers was "heartless and inappropriate" and created burdens for those settling their loved ones' affairs. Few statistics are available about how often companies took such action, but Democratic Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, who sponsored the legislation, says a utility tried to charge her mother an early termination fee after she died.

Bear at Polish zoo finds WWII mortar grenade

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:01:56 UT

Malgorzata Chodyla, spokeswoman for a zoo in Poznan, in western Poland, told The Associated Press Tuesday that a visiting Border Guard officer noticed that a female bear named Ewka was playing with something odd.

Police: Woman robs Arby's restaurant, flees in taxi cab

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:42:17 UT

(AP) — A Florida woman faces armed robbery charges after police say she robbed an Arby's restaurant in Gainesville and then hailed a cab to get away. A Gainesville police report says 20-year-old Keshunte L. Taylor pointed a gun at a clerk on Sunday morning and demanded money.

Long dog-gone trip: Florida pooch travels to Boston and back

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:52:51 UT

(AP) — A Pyrenees mix named Apollo is back home in Florida after a journey that took him to the Boston area. [...] nearly two dozen volunteers helped return Apollo to Abercrombie, who lives on a fixed income and couldn't afford a 1,100-mile trip to Massachusetts to pick him up.

Drone to the face doesn't stop Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:03:12 UT

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face. The group was performing at the High Life Music Festival in Victorville on Sunday when a drone buzzed up and smacked rapper Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse in the face. He winced and grabbed his head, but he and the rest of the group didn't stop the show or even the song. It's not clear whether a fan, the band or someone connected to the festival had launched the drone, which was about 2 feet wide. Messages left with police and representatives for the group weren't immediately returned.

Al Capone letter showing his soft side sells for $62,000

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:15:14 UT

The buyer is a collector from the Chicago area who wishes to remain anonymous. Experts say it shows the notorious mobster who ruled gangland Chicago during Prohibition had a soft side.

Austrian customs officials find human intestines in luggage

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:01:00 UT

The Austrian Press Agency reports that the organ parts were found packed tightly in plastic containers and formaldehyde in a Moroccan woman's baggage during a recent check at the airport of the southern city of Graz. Pathologist Gerald Hoefler told state broadcaster authorities in Morocco where the man died gave the cause of death as intestinal obstruction, a diagnosis he says is plausible.

Forever with Fido: NY to allow people to be buried with pets

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:09:47 UT

Forever with Fido: NY to allow people to be buried with pets Cuomo, a Democrat, says many New Yorkers consider their pets to be a member of the family, and say the previous regulation banning the burial of cremated pet remains with their human companions was "unnecessary."

Snake wrapped around armrest halts Japanese 'bullet' train

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:03:38 UT

TOKYO (AP) — A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen "bullet" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop. The train's operator, JR Tokai, or Central Japan Railway Co., said the passenger sitting in the reserved seat was unaware that the snake was wrapped around his armrest for about 50 minutes until the person behind him saw it and notified a conductor.