Oddities

March 07, 2019 - 8:27 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Past ghost-hunting experiences have come back to haunt a man picked by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to serve on a compensation board for crime victims. John Francis hasn't shied away from the topic, voluntarily bringing it up during a House hearing last week and calmly fielding pointed...
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Lincoln, a 3-year-old Nubian goat, is poised to become the first honorary pet mayor of the small Vermont town of Fair Haven. (Robert Layman/The Rutland Herald via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 3:33 pm
FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln is poised to become the first honorary pet mayor of the Vermont town of Fair Haven. The nanny goat was chosen this week by townspeople for the one-year post at the community's Town Meeting Day. Lincoln takes office Tuesday. The ballot of...
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March 07, 2019 - 10:45 am
BERLIN (AP) — German police say officers called to investigate a murder arrived to find that the woman who had reported it just wanted someone to remove a car blocking her garage. The woman, who wasn't named, rang emergency dispatchers early Thursday and claimed that her husband had been killed,...
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March 07, 2019 - 7:02 am
SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town is putting some bite in an ordinance that could result in hefty fines and even jail time for owners of barking dogs. The Saddle River council is amending a one-sentence noise rule by placing time restrictions that would prohibit dogs from barking, howling...
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Officials stand on one edge of a giant sinkhole on the property of the Louisville Zoo, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd told news outlets the sinkhole was found Wednesday in an undeveloped area away from any zoo animals. She said no people or animals were reported injured and no buildings damaged. (Jeff Faughender/Courier Journal via AP)
March 06, 2019 - 7:40 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky zoo has closed while engineers study a newly discovered sinkhole nearly as large as a football field. Louisville Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd told news outlets the sinkhole was found Wednesday in an undeveloped area away from any zoo animals. She said no people or...
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In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, a fossilized dinosaur footprints are shown on a paving stone at the Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge, Pa. A volunteer at the park outside Philadelphia recently discovered dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints on flat rocks used to pave a section of hiking trail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
March 06, 2019 - 11:17 am
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's a couple of hundred million years old — dozens of fossilized dinosaur footprints discovered on rocks...
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March 05, 2019 - 4:56 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida travel insurance company has awarded a Georgia high school teacher $10,000 for reading the fine print in a policy she recently purchased. A Squaremouth statement says Donelan Andrews claimed the prize 23 hours after the contest began. The St. Petersburg-based...
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March 04, 2019 - 3:42 pm
SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — Police are searching for a thief with expensive taste in Massachusetts. Chris Gasbarro's Fine Wine and Spirits in Seekonk says someone stole a $4,000 bottle of the Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac from its store last week. The bottle was kept in a locked glass case, and security...
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March 02, 2019 - 9:09 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a "kid" and sent $100 to cover late fees. The Cuyahoga County Public Library says it received the apology this week from someone named...
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In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo is the Fritz Creek General Store, shown near Homer, Alaska. A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat's presence violates food safety standards. The Homer News reported Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, that the Fritz Creek General Store near the small city of Homer has been home for Stormy since 2012. (Megan Pacer/Homer News via AP)
March 01, 2019 - 4:05 pm
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat's presence violates food safety standards. The Fritz Creek General Store near the small city of Homer...
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