NOME, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.
Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this...
Florida vacation home invaded by vomiting vultures
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A New York couple's luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere.
Trooper finds parked driver playing Pokemon Go on 8 phones
BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state trooper who pulled over to help what he thought was a disabled vehicle found something else instead: The driver had eight phones simultaneously playing the...
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An airport security worker in New York has been fired for handing a passenger a handwritten note that said "You ugly!!!"
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman who recently gave birth to triplets says she didn't find out about her pregnancy until she went to the hospital with what she thought were kidney...
Sheriff: Trio of thieves thwarted by misleading gas jug
KEAVY, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say three thieves thought they were stealing gasoline from a property for their broken down car until the car stopped working again.
Raccoon freed after being trapped in vending machine
DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a raccoon trapped in a vending machine at a Florida high school is now free.
Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant says a deputy stationed at Pine...
Residents purr-turbed over cat’s ouster from police force
MOCKSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police department is evicting its pet cat named Sgt. Butters, and some residents are mounting a campaign to bring him back.
Authorities: Woman pulls gator from pants during stop
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced...
CORRECTIVE: Mario Cuomo Bridge story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Aug. 15, The Associated Press, relying on information from state officials, erroneously reported which New York agencies were involved in fixing signs for the Gov. Mario...
Officers stake out 2 airports, nab accused turtle trafficker
ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation involving two of the world's biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges that a man illegally shipped the reptiles to China.
AP sources: Trump has talked about buying Greenland for US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S.
Shark takes bite out of teen’s surf board off Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — A teen surfing off the Hawaii island of Oahu escaped a shark encounter uninjured, but his board didn't.
KHON-TV reports 16-year-old Max Keliikipi was waiting for a wave...
UK judge sentences Schwimmer lookalike to 9 months in jail
LONDON (AP) — A British judge has sentenced a lookalike of "Friends" actor David Schwimmer to nine months in prison for theft and fraud.
Judge Sara Dodd sentenced Abdulah Husseni on Thursday...
Man dies after competing in California taco-eating contest
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday.
Florida man arrested for threatening others with nunchucks
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say they've arrested a Florida man who's accused of threatening his neighbors with nunchucks and bug spray before cutting his own head when he accidently hit...
Ohio State University seeks to trademark the word ‘The’
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise.
Germany: Father jumps on moving train with children on board
BERLIN (AP) — German police say a 42-year-old man jumped on a moving train after its doors closed with his children on board and him standing in a Hamburg station.
NYC funeral home dog is 1 millionth ‘canine good citizen’
NEW YORK (AP) — Who's a good dog? The American Kennel Club says there are now a million of them.
The club is announcing Wednesday that a Bernese mountain dog named Fiona recently became its...
Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans...
Man arrested on suspicion of killing peacocks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have arrested a man on suspicion of deliberately running over and killing two wild peacocks in northwest Los Angeles.
New Mexico man accused of animal abuse; vet says cat on meth
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces say charges against a man accused of battering his girlfriend and mistreating two pets have been upgraded after his cat tested positive for...
Son can’t use name shared with dad to market competing firm
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina personal injury lawyer known for his ads has won an order keeping his son from using their shared name to market a competing law firm.
50 old TVs mysteriously appear on neighborhood’s porches
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say more than 50 television sets have been mysteriously placed on front porches in a neighborhood outside Richmond.
Man invites police to help mow lawns in all 50 states
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who traveled to all 50 states to mow lawns for free says he's traveling cross-country again to bring together police officers and the community.
Man just out of German jail allegedly steals sparkling wine
BERLIN (AP) — A 25-year-old man found himself back behind bars in Germany after he was accused of stealing sparkling wine the day he was let out of prison.
Heinz offers to help reformed ‘Ketchup Thief’
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Heinz is offering to help a person who fears that the theft of a bottle of ketchup has led to bad luck.
The thief took a bottle from a New Jersey restaurant. But...
Angry wasps help German police nab fleeing fugitive
BERLIN (AP) — A fugitive in Germany has been nabbed thanks to the help of angry wasps.
Oldenburg police said the unusual sting operation took place Monday after officers tried to arrest a...
Bear brakes into house, leaves by pushing through a wall
DENVER (AP) — A black bear broke into a Colorado house over the weekend and left by breaking through a wall "like the Kool-Aid Man."
Estes Park police say the break-in occurred Friday night...
Massachusetts registry holds annual low number plate lottery
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is holding its annual lottery for much sought-after low number vehicle license plates.
Bear falls on Northern California patrol car
HOOPA, Calif. (AP) — They probably don't train people for this at the Sheriff's Academy.
A patrol car was struck by a falling bear in Northern California last weekend.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A drug charge has been dropped against a Georgia Southern quarterback after a white substance he identified as bird poop on his car's hood tested negative for cocaine.
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has told a man who threw an iguana at a restaurant manager that he's not allowed to brag about the crime.
GIBSONTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 56-year-old Florida man took his golf cart on a wild ride through a Walmart store, terrorizing shoppers and ignoring deputies' orders to stop before...
Belgian park trumpets arrival of twin baby pandas
BRUGELETTE, Belgium (AP) — A Belgian wildlife park is proudly announcing the birth of twin baby giant pandas.
Pairi Daiza said in a tweet Friday that Hao Hao, a panda loaned to the park by...
All hands on duck! Drivers stop for dozens of ducks
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Dozens of ducklings have made a bid to create the world's cutest traffic jam in a Maine city.
Even "Make Way for Ducklings" author Robert McCloskey couldn't have...
First Eurasian Lynx born in Pyrenees in almost a century
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish nature conservation center says that the first baby lynx has been born in the Pyrenees in nearly a century.
Giant emoji painted on house roil California community
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California seaside community is in an uproar after a home was given a new paint job featuring two huge emoji on a bright pink background.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A nearly toothless South Florida woman says she bit a man who forced his way into her apartment.
Alice Coleman tells WSVN she woke up early Monday morning to a...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode.
Marylou Ward tells television station WINK News that the...
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida boy who called 911 to report he was hungry and wanted a pizza got a lesson in proper emergency call etiquette, but he also got a pie.
Man pulls gun on late arriving furniture delivery crew
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 55-year-old Florida man pulled a gun on a late-arriving furniture delivery team, saying he's "shot people for less."
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago isn't quite ready to say see you later, alligator.
The Chicago Sun Times reports that officers serving a search warrant at a northwest side house found a 3-foot...
No perfume, please: Viennese against scented subway air
BERLIN (AP) — Vienna subway travelers have decided that they don't want their train rides to be scented.
The Austrian capital's transport authority tried out four scents, including hints of...
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A man who accidentally tossed $23,000 into the recycling bin reunited with his life savings Saturday after a worker at a recycling facility in Northern California spotted a...
Message in bottle from Hawaii found in California
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A message in a bottle from Hawaii was discovered floating in a California river after traveling for more than a decade across the Pacific, a newspaper...
BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say a truck carrying crates of beer lost part of its load, spilling about 10,000 bottles onto a road in the southwest of the country.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An enterprising cowboy lassoed a longhorn inside the lobby of a Colorado Springs building Friday after the cow broke free from a downtown parade and charged its way...