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Technicality extinguishes sparkler record attempt in Wyoming

Feb. 16, 2020 7:28 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — An attempt in Wyoming to break a world record for the most sparklers lit simultaneously failed on a technicality. Guinness World Records officials ruled each participant was required to light his or her own sparkler during the attempt in Gillette, The Gillette News Record reports. The...

In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a Clean Colorado highway sign sponsored by the Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is displayed on eastbound 6th Avenue west of Sheridan Blvd. in Denver. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

Feb. 16, 2020 10:29 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs. Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible producers sponsor roadways throughout the state,...

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

Feb. 15, 2020 1:47 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page that a group of...

'Perfume cloud' helps German police sniff out drunk driver

Feb. 15, 2020 9:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — He just didn't smell right. German police say they nabbed a drunk driver who tried to flee a traffic stop after finding him hiding behind a hedge “in a cloud of perfume.” Police in the southwestern town of Speyer said Saturday that officers saw the 26-year-old man pass them at...

In this April 27, 2017 photo, a pack of peacocks mill about at an intersection in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on the Miami neighborhood will soon be relocated after city commissioners sided with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

After residents cry fowl: Miami to relocate pack of peacocks

Feb. 14, 2020 1:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on a Miami neighborhood will be relocated after city commissioners voted Thursday night to side with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away. It was a big win for many residents who have complained that the birds have taken control of a...

In this photo provided by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a male black bear cub who was admitted to the center on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Waynesboro, Va. is cared for by staff members.  The cub was rescued the night before in Washington County when a family dog brought it home to its owners. The baby is being resettled with a mother bear and her biological cubs.  (Wildlife Center of Virginia via AP)

Takes a village: Bear 'foster mom' raises cub saved by dog

Feb. 13, 2020 12:23 PM EST

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — An orphaned black bear cub has been placed with a substitute mother this week after being saved by a dog and brought to safety. The rescue effort unfolded after the dog turned up at its owner's home in Washington County with a cub in its mouth on Feb. 5, Bill Bassinger, wildlife...

FILE - In this March 4, 2011 file photo, federal Judge Jack Weinstein speaks with reporters after visiting the Louis Armstrong housing projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. Weinstein, who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Longest-serving federal judge, named by LBJ, retires at 98

Feb. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York City who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein was known for favoring lenient sentences and...

Police: Reported Civil War cannonball was actually a buoy

Feb. 13, 2020 2:57 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The digging of a swimming pool revealed what could have been a dangerous discovery in South Carolina. But, as news outlets report, the round object found by workers in Charleston on Wednesday afternoon was much less thrilling. A reported Civil War cannonball turned out to be a...

In this undated photo provided by the Chaves County Detention Center is Jeremy Graves. The pursuit of a wanted man by New Mexico deputies ended after he called his mother and then got a call from the sheriff, another one of his relatives who urged him to surrender. Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington said he called 29-year-old Jeremy Graves as Graves was being chased Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in the Roswell area. The sheriff said he made the call after Graves' frantic mother called him at home about the ongoing pursuit. (Chaves County Detention Center via AP)

Wanted man pulls over after sheriff calls during pursuit

Feb. 12, 2020 4:40 PM EST

The pursuit of a wanted man by New Mexico deputies ended after he called his mother and then got a call from the sheriff — another one of his relatives — who urged him to surrender. Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington said he called 29-year-old Jeremy Graves as Graves was being chased Friday night...

Field of dreams: Marriage proposal shows up on Google Maps

Feb. 12, 2020 8:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German man's marriage proposal got a bigger audience than he had planned, after it showed up on an aerial picture used by Google Maps. The German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that 32-year-old part-time farmer Steffen Schwarz used a machine to plant a field of corn in such a way that...