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Charlotte, a stingray with no male companion, is pregnant in her mountain aquarium

Feb. 14, 2024 18:59 PM EST

Charlotte, a rust-colored stingray the size of a serving platter, has spent much of her life gliding around the confines of a storefront aquarium in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains. She's 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) from her natural habitat under the waves off southern...

Caught at border with pythons in his pants, New York City man fined and sentenced to probation

Feb. 14, 2024 17:12 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City man who admitted to smuggling three Burmese pythons in his pants through a U.S.-Canadian border crossing was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation and fined $5,000, federal prosecutors said. Calvin Bautista, 38, crossed into northern New...

In this centuries-old English pancake race, 'you just have to go flat out'

Feb. 14, 2024 05:13 AM EST

OLNEY, England (AP) — Women in matching checkered aprons, headscarves and a rainbow of running shoes limbered up Tuesday as they prepared for the centuries-old pancake race in this English country town. They rolled their shoulders in unison, raised up on their toes and did squats...

Motorist in England calls police to report he's too drunk to drive

Feb. 13, 2024 14:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in England say a drunken driver did the right thing after doing the wrong thing. An emergency dispatcher received an unusual call just before noon Monday when a motorist reported he was driving drunk and said he “doesn’t know what he is doing,” North...

Hiker kills coyote with his bare hands after attack; tests confirm the animal had rabies

Feb. 13, 2024 12:06 PM EST

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — A coyote that a hiker killed with his bare hands has tested positive for rabies, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Department of Health announced. The hiker was attacked on Friday and bitten on the leg while walking...

Rock, paper or scissors? US striker wins pre-penalty contest before scoring in English league game

Feb. 12, 2024 05:47 AM EST

COVENTRY, England (AP) — Before outwitting the goalkeeper, United States striker Haji Wright tricked his own teammate. Wright, who plays for Coventry City in England’s second-tier Championship, took part in an impromptu on-field game of rock, paper, scissors with teammate Callum...

CBP dog sniffs out something unusual in passenger's luggage — mummified monkeys

Feb. 11, 2024 13:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog sniffed out something unusual in luggage from a traveler returning from Africa — mummified monkeys. The passenger returning from a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo reported that the luggage contained dried fish, but...

An Oklahoma judge who sent more than 500 texts during a murder trial resigns

Feb. 09, 2024 12:45 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge agreed to step down Friday after she was caught sending hundreds of texts from the bench while overseeing a murder trial in the killing of a 2-year-old boy, including messages that mocked prosecutors and were sprinkled with emojis. District...

Sheriff's deputies corral wayward kangaroo near pool at Florida apartment complex

Feb. 08, 2024 18:00 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A wayward kangaroo was corralled safely by sheriff's deputies Thursday after it was spotted hopping around the pool area of a Florida apartment complex. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office released video and still photos of the kangaroo, including some...

Police: Inert Cold War-era missile found in garage of Washington state home

Feb. 03, 2024 13:24 PM EST

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — An inert rocket of the type used to carry a nuclear warhead has been found in the garage of a home of a deceased resident in Washington state, police said. Bellevue police responded Thursday to a report of a military-grade rocket in the garage of a home in...