COBLESKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York.
Biotechnology students at the State University of New York at Cobleskill uncorked a bottle from the shipwrecked SS Oregon on Thursday. Serious Brewing ...
Cockroaches named after exes to be fed to Texas zoo animals
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Not in the Valentine’s Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help.
The El Paso Zoo is running a promotion called “Quit Bugging Me” that allows people to name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former friends or anyone else on the nope list. On Thursday, the ...
Nightmare: Man’s car stolen while he’s asleep in back seat
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A man’s nap in the back of his car in Delaware turned into a nightmare after the car he was sleeping in was stolen and crashed.
Musician Justin Koerner told the News Journal he had spent a night playing music with friends, went to ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise — a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife.
Ekrem Uysaler says he and his team were looking at the home in January when one of his co-workers saw a small line on ...
WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — Drivers were startled to see a hungry bear that got stuck in the back of garbage truck and took a ride across a stretch of eastern North Carolina.
News outlets report that a motorist called Bertie County 911 on Wednesday morning about a bear hanging off of the truck on ...
Woman finds tiger in house, tells dispatch: ‘I’m not lying’
HOUSTON (AP) — A woman who called Houston’s non-emergency dispatch line after discovering a tiger inside a cage at an abandoned home told the shocked dispatcher: “I’m not lying.”
The Houston Chronicle
Man who robbed bank slips and spills cash in front of cop
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Police say a man who had just robbed a bank in Maine ran across four lanes of traffic and a restaurant parking lot before slipping on ice and dropping his gun and the money in front of a state police special agent.
Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey
Russia teen refits car, gets shoutout from Elon Musk
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian teenager has refitted his car to drive it backward, and got a shoutout from Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. But this didn’t stop the police from stripping him of the car registration.
The 18-year-old was stopped earlier this week driving the battered Lada backward. The ...
Camels found wandering in Arizona yard are back home
SAHUARITA, Ariz. (AP) — Two camels in southern Arizona are back home after going for an impromptu trek in the desert.
Pima County sheriff’s officials said authorities Tuesday found the owners of the runaway camels.
Deputies were called to a residence in the town of Sahuarita on ...
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.
Martha Everett lost the black stitched purse more than six ...
Police: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger.
They called the city on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene. Authorities nicknamed the tiger “Tyson” after ...
Volunteer discovers $4,000 inside donated book in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of dollars found inside a donated book has been returned to the former owner.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city’s penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change.
The Chesapeake City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an amendment to a 50-year-old law that threatens teens with up to six months in jail ...
Man who dumped tuna in woods pleads guilty, gets probation
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caught a tuna out of season and then dumped the headless, 400-pound carcass in the woods has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to related charges.
The Salem News
Not a rom-com: Mom scouting date for son draws campus ire
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and at Towson University in Maryland a mother has been trying so hard to find a date for her son that police are concerned.
The Baltimore Sun
Troopers: Teen arrested for taking control of Alaska flight
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested after he briefly took control of a small plane during a short commercial flight over western Alaska, authorities said.
The teen was in the front passenger seat of the Piper Cherokee Six on a recent Yute Commuter Service flight from ...
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — A Utah school district is praising two elementary school students who reported to a school bus driver that they’d found a handgun in a snow bank at their bus stop.
A note sent to parents by the Alpine School District calls the boys heroes for not touching the ...
House call turns into horse call for police in Minnesota
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis resident reported a strange intruder in her basement. It was a horse.
Inver Grove Heights police arrived at the woman’s home late Friday night to find a pale-colored horse walking through various rooms as officers ...
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who couldn’t get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest.
On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx — smashing a restaurant’s windows after learning the eatery had run out of her favorite ...
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — There were lots of happy little trees at one Texas middle school this week.
Art students at Madison Middle School in Abilene donned their curliest wigs and painted little trees onto canvases to pay homage to the late painter Bob Ross. Teacher Brady Sloane tells the
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio’s capital city say a man stole a police cruiser just minutes after officers revived him from an overdose.
Columbus police on Friday were searching for the 25-year-old man who crashed the cruiser and then ran away.
The Columbus Dispatch
Dog defends owner from rabid raccoon during Poconos hike
BUSHKILL, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a hiker in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains was attacked by a rabid raccoon and defended by his dog, who pulled the varmint off.
A spokeswoman for the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Center says the raccoon “came out of nowhere” and lunged at the ...
TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas woman used her granddaughter’s scooter to defend herself against a pair of machete-wielding men wearing clown masks who attempted to rob the woman and her husband.
Police say Aretha Cardinal and her husband, Joseph Nelson, were in the driveway of ...
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s giant spinning ice disk may soon meet its end because of unseasonably warm weather.
The Portland Press Herald reports the disk in the Presumpscot ...
STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — The discovery of cocaine inside a Virginia inmate’s prosthetic leg has led to an investigation into a suspected drug distribution operation at that jail.
The Free Lance-Star
Russians take to social media to celebrate the cold spell
MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of Russia’s Urals and Siberia, where temperatures recently plunged to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (Celsius) have taken to social media to celebrate the cold.
Temperatures in Siberia and the Urals earlier this week plunged to unusual levels even for the ...
Police get in snowball fight with kids during snowstorm
DUVALL, Wash. (AP) — Police grabbed a tactical shield and engaged in some fun as a major winter storm blanketed parts of Washington state.
Members of the Duvall Police Department posted a Facebook video Monday of ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a man entered a fast-food restaurant and tried to swipe some cash but couldn’t open the register so he made off with some fried chicken instead.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new art exhibit at a Washington museum shows an Ivanka Trump lookalike pushing a vacuum cleaner and invites spectators to toss crumbs for her to clean up.
The art piece by ...
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina college student says she found a man in her closet wearing her clothes.
Greensboro police spokesman Ron Glenn told news outlets the unidentified student at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro came home at lunch Saturday and heard a noise in ...
New app lets dog lovers swipe right for perfect pet match
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right.
Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners.
Called GetPet, the app was launched last month and is ...
HONG KONG (AP) — It may be the year of the pig, but Hong Kong has had enough of the wild ones.
Authorities in the densely populated financial center are looking for ways to cut down on potentially dangerous encounters between humans and wild boars that have increased as the city’s ...
Officials launch ice guessing contest on Vermont lake
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials have launched their annual contest to guess how long the ice will last on Lake Memphremagog.
The Caledonian Record
Voters reject plan to name streets in German municipality
BERLIN (AP) — Voters in a municipality in northwestern Germany have delivered a clear message: no street names, thanks.
Official results from a referendum held on Sunday showed 60 percent of voters in Hilgermissen rejected the local council’s plan to name the streets, while 40 percent ...
KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — One of the handful of fans who has seen every single Super Bowl is keeping the streak alive as he prepares to cheer for his New England Patriots.
Donald Crisman, of Kennebunk, Maine, said he’s happy to feel well enough to go to Atlanta for his 53rd consecutive Super ...
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs.
Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney ...
City loses appeal of electrical damage caused by squirrel
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says an insurance company doesn’t have to pay for damages after a squirrel climbed onto an electrical transformer and triggered a high-voltage spark that damaged a city’s power substation.
The court ruled Friday that the city of West Liberty ...
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Police have arrested a New Jersey man who they say faked a slip and fall at a business to get insurance money.
Prosecutors say the 57-year-old Randolph man was subcontracted to work at a company in Woodbridge when he faked the fall in 2018.
Authorities say ...
BERLIN (AP) — A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.
Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland said Thursday the test showed 5-month-old Padma wasn’t fathered by the male in her enclosure.
Keepers routinely take DNA samples from newborn orangutans ...
Indiana town marshal rescues horse that got stuck in tree
WINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana town marshal wielding a chain saw rescued a horse that became wedged between two branches of a tree trunk amid subzero cold .
Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball says the horse somehow became ...
SWANSEA, S.C. (AP) — Police say a man launched into Mr. Miyagi’s famous crane kick pose before stealing a purse at a gas station in South Carolina.
Swansea police posted
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said.
Now they’re not going anywhere.
About 60 adult ...
PARKER, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota school district is using a talking hot dog to announce closures due to the extreme cold .
In a video ...
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are looking for a woman they say intended to rob a bank but got cold feet and left without a penny.
Fall River police tell the Herald ...
Vegetable oil vandals delay classes at New Mexico school
EUNICE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school was forced to delay classes after authorities say vandals poured vegetable oil throughout the hallways.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the oil was poured at Eunice High School in the small city of Eunice late ...
NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in India’s most populous state have been ordered to bar code stray cows and use vacant buildings to shelter them in response to farmers’ complaints that the closure of slaughterhouses has created a menace of crop-destroying, free-range cattle.
An order by the ...
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man who jumped into a Florida zoo’s crocodile enclosure has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Court records show 23-year-old Brandon Keith Hatfield of Green Cove Springs pleaded no contest Friday to multiple charges, including trespassing and criminal ...
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A 19-year-old Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert.
BITLIS, Turkey (AP) — For the buffaloes in eastern Turkey, the hot springs in the mountainous Bitlis province are a welcome refuge from the freezing wintry weather.
Residents in the tiny village of Budakli walk hundreds of buffaloes up snow-covered roads to the geothermal springs near the ...
911 dispatcher helps boy with his fractions homework
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Police dispatchers are trained to deal with a number of situations, and a dispatcher in Indiana had to know her numbers when a boy called 911 seeking help with his homework.
Lafayette Police dispatcher Antonia Bundy answered the call from the boy, who said he had “a ...