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Construction workers find dinosaur fossils in Denver suburb

May. 22, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Construction workers have unearthed fossils in a Denver suburb that experts say could be from a rare horned dinosaur. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science said Monday that it is exploring the construction site near a retirement community in Highlands Ranch where a...

New California sea dragon habitat is among world's largest

May. 22, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

Zoo euthanizes flamingo hit by rock thrown by child

May. 22, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials at a zoo in Illinois had to euthanize a flamingo after it was struck by a rock thrown by a child. Director Jay Tetzloff told The Pantagraph in an email that a juvenile guest accidentally injured the bird on Monday by "skipping a rock into the habitat" at Miller Park Zoo...

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

May. 21, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with...

Woman who had hot wax dropped in her eye settles for $400K

May. 21, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who got hot wax dropped in her eye at beauty spa has settled a lawsuit against the now-closed business for $400,000. Frank Bailey, an attorney for 61-year-old Gail Gianpalo, of Monroe, says his client suffered permanent eyes injuries from the botched eyebrow wax...

Man sorry he urinated on memorial to boy who died of cancer

May. 20, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — A man caught on video while urinating on a park memorial marker that honors a 9-year-old boy who died of brain cancer says he made "a huge mistake" and wants to apologize to the boy's family. Police say Bryan Bellace, of Egg Harbor, urinated on the memorial while his friend, Daniel...

Parents forget newborn baby in Hamburg taxi

May. 20, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — New parents got the fright of their lives in Germany after accidentally forgetting their newborn in the taxi taking them home from hospital. Hamburg police said Monday that the couple took the baby's one-year-old sibling out of the car, paid the driver and said goodbye — then realized...

Van passenger impaled by tripod on California freeway

May. 18, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van. The driver of the van, Tim Page, tells KCRA-TV that he was on Interstate 5...

Former Disney employee accused of stealing parks' costumes

May. 18, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and items from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, authorities said Friday. Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces burglary, grand theft, and trafficking in stolen property charges, news...

Thief must pay $28K to fix stolen 'Dukes of Hazzard' Sno-Cat

May. 17, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 to cover damages after he pleaded guilty to stealing a Sno-Cat painted to look like the "General Lee" car featured in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." The Vail Daily reports the owners of the Sno-Cat said Jason Cuervo damaged...