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Quirk resolved: Border Missourians get Missouri addresses

Sep. 25, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A quirk in the mail delivery system that forced some rural Missouri residents living along the Iowa and Arkansas borders to have mailing addresses in neighboring states has been fixed, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday. The idiosyncrasy affected just a few people but created problems...

'Lion King' puppet specialist charged in 3-D gun case

Sep. 25, 2018 12:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former puppet specialist with the Broadway musical "The Lion King" is accused of printing a 3-D gun in the theater's prop room. Ilya Vett was arrested last week on a misdemeanor charge. A criminal complaint says a police officer observed a 3-D printer producing a "hard black plastic...

Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments

Sep. 25, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard. The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including "Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ Top...

Six Flags St. Louis offers perks for customer coffin time

Sep. 24, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — Six contestants for a promotion at Six Flags St. Louis will compete for a $300 prize, season tickets and other perks, and all they have to do is spend 30 hours in a coffin. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that participants chosen for the ghoulish contest will bide their time in...

Dense swarm of bats causes flap at Vienna airport

Sep. 24, 2018 8:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Birds are a well-known hazard for airport operators, but Vienna airport officials have had to deal with different winged intruders: a swarm of bats. Airport spokesman Peter Kleemann told the Austria Press Agency on Monday that the dense swarm of bats descended on one runway for about 45...

Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

Sep. 24, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in...

$18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

Sep. 23, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a Facebook post that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas that were donated because they were already...

State investigating restaurant that calmed lobsters with pot

Sep. 22, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — State health inspectors are investigating a Maine lobster restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana. The Portland Press Herald reports Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat...

Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

Sep. 21, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in...

Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

Sep. 21, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start. Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low...