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Move along, Bozo: Mississippi county bans clowns for now

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:54:16 UT

Kemper County supervisors this week banned people from wearing any clown costume, mask or makeup in public. The Kemper County Messenger reports ( ) that supervisors President Johnny Whitsett says it's a matter of public safety because people could react badly if they get scared by a clown in their yard.

Guinness declares massive Michigan ice cream sundae a record

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:38:51 UT

The Ludington Daily News reports that the sundae measuring a little over 2,970 feet in length and fed thousands of people lining eight blocks in the Lake Michigan town. According to Guinness, the previous longest ice-cream dessert was created in 2015 in Manurewa, New Zealand, and it was 1,957 feet and 1 inch.

Bank places 100 'lucky pennies' across US worth $1,000 each

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:36:56 UT

DETROIT (AP) — Stopping to pick up a stray penny off the ground may not seem worth the effort, yet one bank is trying to change that mindset by placing 100 fake pennies across the country worth $1,000 apiece. Ally Bank says it is hoping to encourage Americans to look for opportunities to save through its "Lucky Penny" promotion, which launched this week.

Nearly $10K in cash left in shopping cart returned to owner

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:32:09 UT

SENNETT, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly $10,000 in cash a restaurant owner left in a shopping cart at an upstate New York store has been returned thanks to a couple who found the money. Managers at the Tractor Supply Co. store in Sennett in the Finger Lakes region say the couple found around $9,800 in an envelope Monday morning, along with a checkbook.

Though banned from City Hall, Tennessee man runs for mayor

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:55:19 UT

Craighead hasn't commented on Dodson's candidacy. Since the restraining order, he says, "we were able to have council meetings and run them with a lot more dignity than before."

US Postal carrier filmed dumping bins of mail into a ditch

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:26:01 UT

(AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has launched an investigation after a metro Atlanta resident says she filmed a worker dumping hundreds of pieces of mail in the woods. Kellie Campbell of DeKalb County tells WSB-TV ( ) she recorded the postal worker walking near a fence and dumping several bins of mail into a ditch.

Australian officials fly to Paris to discuss saving money

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:07:19 UT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign department, searching for ways to shrink its spending, flew 23 bureaucrats business class from Canberra to Paris to attend a three-day conference and discuss ways to save money, officials said Thursday. A Senate committee quizzed senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials on whether a video conference or a less expensive city had been considered as cheaper alternatives when the department was trying to reduce its spending by 12.6 million Australian dollars ($9.7 million) a year.

Meet Azalea the smoking chimp, new star at Pyongyang zoo

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:22:05 UT

According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it re-opened in July, the 19-year-old female chimpanzee, whose name in Korean is "Dallae," smokes about a pack a day. The zoo is pulling in thousands of visitors a day with a slew of attractions ranging from such typical fare as elephants, giraffes, penguins and monkeys to a high-tech natural history museum with displays showing the origins of the solar system and the evolution of life on Earth. According to its official history, the zoo started off with only 50 badgers.

Fisherman reels in whopper of a lobster in Bermuda

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:30:18 UT

Charter boat captain Matthew Jones tells The Associated Press he and one of his workers, Tristan Loescher, were fishing off the shoreline on Friday, the day after the storm blew through the island. Loescher held up the lobster for pictures before releasing it back into the water.

Crying inside? Creepy craze no joke for real clowns

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:05:01 UT

Some fear going out with their greasepaint makeup and red noses will make them a target of police or even marauding mobs who take to the streets on so-called clown hunts. Association president Randy Christensen says clowns are also increasingly getting requests for "modified performances" in which they entertain without makeup and traditional clown attire. This week, retail giant Target took the step of pulling scary clown masks from its shelves. [...] they've become a recurring staple of crime blotters since serial killer and working clown John Wayne Gacy was convicted in 1980 of killing 33 people. In 2012, James Holmes dyed his hair red as Batman's Joker when he opened fire at a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 people. World Clown Association's Christensen says this year's clown scares seem to be reaching new heights, and he suggests working clowns repel them the same way they always have, by spreading a message of happiness and boundless.

62-year-old woman in Spain gives birth to third child

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:01:35 UT

MADRID (AP) — A 62-year-old Spanish woman has given birth to a healthy girl and encourages women in their later years to imitate her if they want to. Alvarez, a doctor, said that women who are well enough to have a baby in their later years shouldn't be afraid to do so, adding that they should let nature, not gynecologists decide.

Minnesota couple celebrates wedding by posing with puppies

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:28:51 UT

Kathryn Ziemer says, "Who doesn't love puppies?" But while having puppies at the wedding was special to her and her new husband, she says it was more about the animal rescue, which she calls "incredible." KMSP-TV ( ) reports that members of the wedding party did not know about the puppies until they went outside for group photos and found 13 pit bull puppies waiting for them.

Newspaper office being sold, set to become doughnut factory

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:50:18 UT

The Trentonian newspaper reports ( ) its Trenton headquarters is being sold to a company that makes products for local Dunkin' Donuts stores. The new Dunkin' Donuts factory would be right next door to the Trenton police department's headquarters.

Police: Bandit with taste for fancy cookies, espresso nabbed

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:32:20 UT

(AP) — Police say a bandit with a taste for espresso and fancy cookies has been nabbed because he asked an officer for directions to a Connecticut pastry shop. Police say an investigator was responding to the convenience store later when Newman-Smith asked him how to get to the pastry shop.

Video shows tussle over naked Hillary Clinton statue in NYC

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:57:40 UT

The display marked the second time a life-size, exaggerated depiction of a naked presidential nominee has surfaced outside a Manhattan subway stop during the general election campaign. On Tuesday, a woman can be seen on video taken by a reporter for the New York Daily News dragging the life-size structure of the Democratic presidential nominee to the ground, stomping on it and even sitting on top of it to prevent a man from standing it back up again. Carin Kuoni, a professor of contemporary art and political engagement at The New School, said the Clinton statue could be seen as offensive rather than satirical since women have been defined for years in culture, media and politics by how they look.

'Price is Right' contestants make history with 3-way tie

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:25:28 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Price is Right" history was made on Monday's episode when a trio of contestants spun different combinations of $1 on the game show's colorful wheel. "The Price is Right" host Drew Carey pumped his fist in the air after the contestants achieved the first three-way $1 tie with different combinations in the show's history .

If schoolkids had a say, Hillary Clinton would be president

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:39:39 UT

Scholastic says Democrat Hillary Clinton took 52 percent of its 2016 Student Vote, while Republican Donald Trump won 35 percent of the ballots. The student vote has been a fairly accurate predictor of the actual election over the years.

Police: Man buys NYC storage unit, finds dead, frozen cats

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:54:16 UT

The nonprofit American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken the dead cats into its custody for necropsies. The NYPD Animal Cruelty Squad is investigating.

Spain: Town may fine church over 'noisy' bells

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:58:39 UT

MADRID (AP) — A small Spanish town is considering fining a medieval church 16,000 euros ($17,500) because its bells are "too noisy." The town hall of Mostoles, southwest of Madrid, said Tuesday that following complaints from residents, town technicians measured the noise level of the chimes of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and found they were some 30 decibels above the 55 rate permitted by town regulations.

Texas skydiver loses, retrieves borrowed shoe during jump

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:12:20 UT

SALADO, Texas (AP) — A skydiving instructor in Central Texas who lost a shoe during a stunt retrieved the flying footwear after it bounced off his chest and before either reached the ground. Palmer worked his turn and descent rate to reach the shoe, which he grabbed and put on before reaching the ground.