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Women sue groom, event company after being hit by drone

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:28:18 UT

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event. The suit says Barry Billcliff had flown the drone to take pictures at his wedding reception at Searles Castle in Windham.



S. Korean impeachment sales: Goodbye Park, hello free room

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:26:44 UT

Mom-and-pop restaurants, coffee shops, a music shop and a clothing store were among businesses offering discounts. Hong Young Tack, who runs a coffee shop in western Seoul, offered a $1 discount for his $5 cups of coffee. A group of food truck owners selling popular street food including spicy rice cakes offered free food on Saturday afternoon to celebrate.



París padece infestación de ratas

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:11:42 UT

PARÍS (AP) — Tanto Nadine Mahe des Portes como la rata se asustaron cuando ella pisó sin darse cuenta al roedor en su camino de regreso del trabajo en París. Cuando la gente en París literalmente está tropezándose con ratas en la acera, está claro que la ciudad tiene un problema. Las regulaciones de la Unión Europea sobre el arsenal de venenos y trampas que pueden ser usados contra ratas han complicado la tarea de la exterminación, dice Gilles Demodice, un exterminador municipal.



La palabra del año en Austria es un trabalenguas

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:51:32 UT

El trabalenguas surgió por el tiempo récord que tomó elegir presidente en Austria y fue anunciado después de una encuesta entre 10.000 personas realizada por la Unidad de Investigación del Alemán Austriaco en la Universidad de Graz, en colaboración con Austria Press Agency.



Mujeres golpeadas por un dron en una boda presentan demanda

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:19:41 UT

BRENTWOOD, New Hampshire, EE.UU.



What's Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung?

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:10:55 UT

The tongue-twister was born of the record time it took to elect Austria's president, and was announced following a poll of 10,000 people carried out by the Research Unit for Austrian German at the University of Graz, in cooperation with the Austria Press Agency. A first round in April was followed by a May runoff between the two most popular candidates.



Brit fan flies to NYC to propose at 'Ghostbusters' firehouse

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:44:14 UT

Wearing a hard hat and safety vest, Giles Baugh dropped to one knee at Ladder 8 in Tribeca and asked Melissa Ward to marry him. A city employee convinced the FDNY to go along with Baugh's stunt so long as the proper safety precautions were taken.



Extreme Wyoming cold frosts even Moscow Ballet

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:19:59 UT

The traveling ballet group famous for performing "The Nutcracker" this time of year couldn't start their buses Thursday morning in Casper. The delay and worries about driving over snowy passes in Colorado prompted the troupe to cancel a performance Thursday night in Grand Junction, Colorado.



Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:39:36 UT

Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago WHITE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring that slipped off a New Jersey man's finger roughly 15 years ago. David Penner lost the ring during a visit with his wife to Wyckoff's Tree Farm in White Township. John Wyckoff, a third-generation tree farmer, told NJ.com (http://bit.ly/2gXBMXt ) he was riding on the back of a tractor sticking trees in the ground in April when he spotted something shiny in the soil.



Signs to mark eastern and western ends of longest US road

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:26:24 UT

BOSTON (AP) — Signs marking the eastern and western ends of the longest continuous road in the U.S. have been unveiled on both coasts. On Thursday, Massachusetts highway officials installed a mileage sign on the eastern end of the road in Boston's Kenmore Square.



'Seeing eye camel' acts as guide for blind horse at zoo

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:13:35 UT

'Seeing eye camel' acts as guide for blind horse at zoo WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A horse and a camel at a Maine petting zoo have formed an unlikely friendship.



Man who used wheelchair in Rolex theft gets 6-year sentence

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:50:38 UT

(AP) — A Connecticut man who rolled into a jewelry store in a wheelchair, asked to see a $37,000 watch, then got up and sprinted out with the expensive timepiece has been sentenced to six years behind bars. Authorities say Johnson entered a Stamford jewelry store in a wheelchair in May 2015 and asked to see a Rolex watch.



Police: Black cat crosses suspect's path, rats him out

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:13:59 UT

(AP) — A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive. The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant.



Gimme a hundred: Red Sox-Brewers trade contains $100 clause

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:58:13 UT

Major League Baseball rules require an alternate cash consideration to be listed for deals that involve a player to be named, just in case something goes awry. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in this case, he and Milwaukee general manager David Stearns were sure there would be no problems. The winter meetings this week featured far more pricey transactions, with closer Aroldis Chapman agreeing to an $86 million deal with the Yankees and reliever Mark Melancon getting $62 million from the Giants. The Mets paid San Diego a dollar on May 28 for first baseman James Loney, who was stuck in Triple-A for the Padres but had a chance to play regularly in New York.



Deck the ... Look out! Woman tries to run over decorating ex

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:50:54 UT

(AP) — State police say holiday music was blaring from a Pennsylvania woman's car as she tore up the yard of her ex-boyfriend's home, nearly running the man and his family over. The joyride caused more than $500 in damage, leaving behind tire tracks and a trail of broken lights and decorations.



Manatee rescued off Cape Cod swims to another unusual spot

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:53:49 UT

(AP) — The pregnant manatee rescued off Massachusetts' Cape Cod and released off Florida's Atlantic coast is now in another unusual place — the Bahamas. The Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut reported this week that the manatee dubbed Washburn has been electronically tracked to the islands, about 350 miles from where she was released Nov. 1.



Ohio man's controversial 'Zombie Nativity' vandalized

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:11:13 UT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati man says someone vandalized the "Zombie Nativity" scene he puts up annually, beheading the ghoulish-looking Mary figure and flipping the greenish baby Jesus into the yard. The township took Dixon to court last year for alleged zoning violations because of the structure over the nontraditional nativity scene, but it eventually dropped the case.



$1,000 reward for catching ugly fish from Wyoming reservoir

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:00:52 UT

The fish are called burbot (BUR'-but) and they're not native to the upper Green River drainage. The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/2hexzzB ) anybody who catches a tagged burbot from Fontenelle may enter a raffle with a $1,000 grand prize.



Class ring flung in rage reunited with owner decades later

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 19:36:41 UT

The Powell Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2hdNvOs) that a man with a metal detector found the 1968 Powell High School ring inscribed with Peyton's initials. The man's wife and a family friend tracked down Peyton's mother, who surprised her son with the ring a couple weeks ago.



Florida woman in half-marathon lost for 12 hours, then found

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:02:12 UT

Race director Thierry Rouillard says he had no idea Kitcher was still on the trail until her husband called late Sunday afternoon, hours after the Trail Hog run finished. Kitcher says her cell phone froze before the race but she never really worried since she knew her family would come looking for her.