Oakland Zoo: Child, not grizzly bears, cracked glass window
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A child, not the grizzly bears, cracked a glass viewing window at the Oakland Zoo’s bear exhibit, and officials say there’s no need to fear the bears will get out.
9 Great white sharks suddenly show up near the Carolinas
OUTER BANKS, N.C. (AP) — It’s not officially Shark Week but for trackers along the East Coast, several great white sharks are putting on a show.
Group hopes to prevent “opossum dropping” on New Year’s Eve
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A movement is growing in North Carolina to prevent the act of so-called “opossum dropping.” The practice involves suspending an opossum in a transparent box on New Year’s Eve and slowly lowering it the ground as people count down to midnight.
Camel, cow, donkey found roaming together along Kansas road
GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — Authorities discovered a camel, a cow and a donkey roaming together along a Kansas road in a grouping reminiscent of a Midwestern Christmas Nativity scene.
Pet shop owner says suspects threw stolen guinea pig at him
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape.
Alaskan city sees heat and snowfall records in single day
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans have experienced both a record high temperature and a record amount of snowfall in the same day.
9-year-old boy catches massive blue catfish in New Mexico
ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — He caught a fish “this” big. No, really. A 9-year-old New Mexico boy landed a 42-pound (19-kilogram) blue catfish Sunday evening while fishing in the Elephant Butte Reservoir.
Always doe prices? Deer wanders into Walmart, slips around
WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A whitetail went retail for a bit this week when it entered a Walmart store in Ohio. Patrons in Wooster in northeastern Ohio say the deer was kicking shelves as it walked through the store Wednesday afternoon.
US court rules Kentucky man can get ‘IM GOD’ license plate
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase "IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving.
Santa Claus back at work in Germany answering Christmas mail
HIMMELPFORT, Germany (AP) — Santa Claus is at it again, answering thousands of Christmas letters from children around the world at a special post office in the northern German town of Himmelpfort.
Rescue: ‘Unicorn’ puppy doesn’t notice ‘tail’ growth on head
JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — A rescued puppy is attracting a lot of attention because of his resemblance to a unicorn. The nearly 10-week-old puppy, named Narwhal, has a tail-like appendage growing from his forehead.
NJ will trap turkeys troubling Jersey Shore neighborhood
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has drumsticked up a plan to deal with flocks of wild turkeys that are ruffling some feathers in a Jersey Shore neighborhood.
Hawaii man proposes to girlfriend while surfing
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend when — instead of hanging 10 — he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed.
Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer.
Special South African gin is infused with elephant dung
MOSSEL BAY, South Africa (AP) — The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal's excrement is no gimmick.
Man receives response to message in bottle 9 years later
ROCKPORT, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts college student has received a response to a message he threw into the ocean when he was 10 years old.
Michigan hunters use branch saw to free entangled bucks
BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Quick-thinking hunters in central Michigan have rescued two deer who literally became locked in battle.
Coin toss rule could determine village's tied mayoral race
MAGNOLIA, Ohio (AP) — A mayoral election in a small Ohio village could once again be decided by a coin toss. The Canton Repository reports candidates Travis Boyd and Grant Downes each received 127 votes during Tuesday's election in Magnolia, which straddles Stark and Carroll counties.
Sweet of taste of freedom: Chocolate Berlin Wall destroyed
PARIS (AP) — So this is what freedom tastes like. A French chocolate sculptor celebrated the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall by taking a hammer to a chocolate replica of the infamous barrier, distributing the sweet chunks to applauding bystanders.
Got a weird text? A telecom vendor says it's to blame
If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.
Customers help Waffle House worker left to run diner alone
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Waffle House is known to not close for anything - even if there's only one worker behind the counter. Ethan Crispo told AL.com that was the case early Sunday morning at a location in Birmingham, Alabama.
Iowa inmate's claim he briefly died won't end life sentence
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Appeals Court has ruled against a convicted killer who says he "died" during a medical emergency and thus fulfilled his life sentence.
S. Carolina man: McDonald's sweet tea came with weed inside
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who went to McDonald's for a sweet tea says he received a little extra herbal substance on the side.
Millions at stake in dinosaur fight: Are fossils minerals?
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The discovery of two fossilized dinosaur skeletons intertwined in what looks like a final death match could make a Montana ranching couple rich beyond their dreams.
Lobsterman rescues deer trapped in water off Maine coast
HARRINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobsterman hauled in an unusual catch 5 miles off the coast — a live deer. Ren Dorr says he was setting traps when he saw a young deer Monday morning.