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Woman runs own half marathon after mix-up with UK race

Sep. 21, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman thought she was signing up to run a half marathon near her home, not across the Atlantic Ocean. Sheila Pereira learned too late that the Worcester City Half Marathon was actually being held in Worcester, England, and not Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sept. 15....

$6,000 in stolen quarters found in California baby stroller

Sep. 21, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a woman stole $6,000 worth of quarters and her getaway car was a baby stroller. Bakersfield police officers noticed the woman Friday struggling to push the stroller but quickly realized there was no baby inside, according to the Bakersfield Californian . Police...

The Latest: Law officers scaling back around Area 51 events

Sep. 21, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on "Storm Area 51" events in two tiny Nevada towns near the once-secret military research site (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Authorities are scaling back the number of law enforcement officers and medics at ongoing events in towns near Area 51 in the remote Nevada desert....

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Sep. 21, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials said. Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote...

About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Sep. 20, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies. The "Storm Area 51"...

Colorado driver puts injured bobcat in car next to child

Sep. 19, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Officials have a warning after a Colorado Springs woman put an injured bobcat in her car, inches away from where her child was in a safety seat: Don't pick up wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vogrin says the woman spotted the injured adult male cat while...

Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation

Sep. 18, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah police used their vehicle sirens to drive a 2-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in a northern Utah town caused traffic delays Wednesday morning. State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilize the...

74-year-old woman among 3 people who allegedly killed a man

Sep. 18, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 74-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy are among three people who allegedly took turns shooting a man to death inside a New Jersey laundromat. Mercer County prosecutors say 74-year-old Eudean McMillan, 37-year-old Darryl Parker and the 15-year-old have been charged in the slaying of...

Pigeon poops on lawmaker discussing pigeon poop problem

Sep. 16, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A pigeon apparently didn't think much of a lawmaker's ideas to address a messy situation at a Chicago Transit Authority stop known by some as "pigeon poop station." WBBM-TV reports that one of the birds did its business on the head of Democratic state Rep. Jaime Andrade as he was discussing...

Legal briefs: Suspended judge pleads in underwear-theft case

Sep. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A suspended New York judge has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary for trying to sneak into a neighbor's home to steal her underwear. Robert Cicale (sih-KAL'-ee) pleaded guilty Friday in Suffolk County court. Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Cicale had several pairs of worn...