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Wyoming man grows 1,491-pound pumpkin, breaks state record

Oct. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials say a Cheyenne man has grown a pumpkin that weighs in at 1,491 pounds (676 kilograms), a new state record. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Thursday that Andy Corbin grew the gourd in his backyard. For perspective, scientists say newborn elephants weigh about 200...

False alarm: Retail tag prompts suspicious package response

Oct. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A discarded security tag has caused a scare in downtown Atlanta. An employee reported a beeping sound coming from a trash bin outside a state government building in the heart of downtown Friday. Police evacuated the building and summoned bomb technicians. As a search was underway, a woman...

San Diego woman living in van gives up all 300 of her rats

Oct. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8. Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the...

Colorado woman indicted in attempted sale of 1920s fetuses

Oct. 17, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman suspected of trying to sell three human fetuses from the 1920s and a fetal skeleton online has been indicted in California on charges of violating a U.S. law prohibiting the transfer of human fetal tissue. Emily Suzanne Cain, 38, pleaded not guilty to charges...

Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

Oct. 17, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a...

Idaho library reports political books are frequently hidden

Oct. 17, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Staff at an Idaho library have confirmed at least one person is intentionally hiding books dealing with issues traditionally assigned to more liberal political platforms. Books promoting LGBTQ rights, discussing gun control policies and criticizing President Donald Trump were...

Escaped Alaska goat caught after 2 days with public help

Oct. 17, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An escaped Alaska goat that eluded authorities for nearly two days was caught after a hunt involving requests for public assistance and sightings shared on social media, officials said. The goat was in the custody of Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control Tuesday night, The...

Iowa man finds 5 inches of animal blood flooding basement

Oct. 16, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

BAGLEY, Iowa (AP) — Blood may be thicker than water, but it'll still flood your basement. Nick Lestina found this out the hard way two weeks ago when he discovered 5 inches (13 centimeters) of blood, fat and other animal tissue flooding his family's basement in Bagley, which is about 45 miles (72...

Alaska animal officials seek public help in capturing goat

Oct. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An escaped Alaska goat continued to elude capture despite a widely shared social media request by animal control officers for public assistance, officials said. Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Control officers were on the lookout for the goat first reported missing Monday...

Albuquerque police contest seeks to build 'lowrider' patrol

Oct. 16, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest police force wants to go slow and low. The Albuquerque Police Department is inviting high school students to design the department's first lowrider patrol car . The winner of the competition will have his or her artwork displayed on the car's hood and will...