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High winds topple 9 semitrucks near Wyoming-Colorado line

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:14:48 UT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say high wind speeds tipped over nine semitrucks on a highway near the border of Wyoming and Colorado. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper reports that 60 mph (97 kph) winds toppled the vehicles Monday on Interstate 25 near the city of Cheyenne. The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the interstate was closed for an hour to clean up the crashes. A wind advisory was issued throughout most of the day, warning high-profile vehicles of the conditions. Semitrucks also blew over on other highways. Drivers that ignore such advisories could face a $750 fine or face 30 days in prison. ___ Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com



Court dismisses lawsuit over erotic book with couple's photo

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:57:02 UT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has spiked an Ohio couple's case against companies that distributed an erotic fiction book about a woman's desire for New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday upheld a lower court's dismissal of the case against Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Inc. and Smashwords filed by a couple referred to as John and Jane Roe. The couple says an engagement photo that shows them embracing was pulled from their photographer's website without their knowledge and used on the cover of "A Gronking to Remember.



House falls off trailer, blocks North Carolina road

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:01:38 UT

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Some house movers in North Carolina thought they were getting a jump on the day. Instead, their day got longer when the house they were moving fell off a trailer and onto a road. The North Carolina Highway Patrol told local media outlets that the house was being moved on a rural road in Iredell County just north of Statesville around 4 a.m. Wednesday when the rear wheels on the trailer slipped into a hole. When the trailer came out of the hole, the house bounced off the trailer and landed on the road. Officials said the house had traveled around 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Troutman and was just a mile away from its destination. The Department of Transportation said clean up would take several hours.



In Alabama, Nitro the police dog creates viral workout video

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:31:32 UT

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police dog shown on video doing pushups with two officers is a big hit on the internet — and it's also intended as a public safety reminder. Al.com reports that Nitro is a 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd who joined the Gulf Shores Police Department's canine unit in February. In a video police posted to social media, the dog raises up and down as the song "Eye of the Tiger" plays in the background. Gulf Shores police Cpl. Josh Coleman said the seven-second video is part of a social media trend — #9PMRoutine — began by the Pasco County Sheriff's Department in Florida. Coleman said the 9 p.m.



Police: Prostitution ring run out of senior living facility

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:41:48 UT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility. Pittsfield police say 65-year-old Joseph Van Wert and 45-year-old Randy Lambach have been held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Nov. 29. Authorities say Lambach recruited drug addicts from Pittsfield, took photos of them, and posted ads on adult websites. Police say he scheduled and drove them to and from meetings with men, kept most of the proceeds, and paid the women in drugs. Police say Van Wert used his apartment at a senior living facility as a place to conduct the prostitution.



Woman raises money for homeless man who helped her

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:54:27 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man when she ran out of gas in Philadelphia is raising money to help him. Kate McClure was heading to Philadelphia to visit a friend last month when she ran out of gas on Interstate 95. The Florence Township woman pulled over and began to worry until a homeless man approached her. The man, whose name was "Johnny," told her it wasn't safe and he bought McClure gas with his last $20. McClure promised she would return to pay him. McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, have since raised over $20,000 for the former ammunition technician. The pair hope to get "Johnny" an apartment and help with transportation.



Police: Man crashes car to highlight dangerous intersection

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:15:22 UT

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man angered over people driving dangerously through a busy intersection appeared to intentionally cause a crash there to highlight the problem. The Daily Commercial reports 61-year-old Bruce John Homer told Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies who responded to the Sunday afternoon accident that he was frustrated law enforcement wouldn't crack down on people running through a stop sign at the intersection. The driver of the SUV that was hit says Homer pulled out in front of him as he was going through the intersection. The driver says Homer approached him after the crash, telling him he'd run the stop sign and law enforcement "won't do anything until someone dies.



Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:33:15 UT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last year at the Oregon State Penitentiary and she passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth. Two of the balloons ruptured in Powell's stomach a short time later and he died of methamphetamine toxicity, prosecutors have said. U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez said Blair's actions were part of a scheme devised by Powell and others to get drugs inside the prison.




Animal activists disrupt Utah governor's turkey pardon

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:15:18 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two animal-rights activists disrupted the Utah governor's Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey Tuesday, rushing the podium and shouting as the CEO of a turkey plant spoke to a crowd of mostly children. The two men rushed past Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the 40-pound turkey named "Grateful" sitting placidly on a table nearby, demanding to speak to the CEO and shouting "Show us all the barns!" Video from KUTV showed Herbert's security detail restrained the men and state troopers escorted them away from the afternoon ceremony in Salt Lake City. Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Todd Royce said the two unidentified men were not arrested but cooperated with troopers and left the Capitol.



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.