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Police: Duo nabbed trying to steal Capone statue in Arkansas

Mar. 19, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — It was a caper Scarface might have sanctioned ... until they dropped him and got collared. Authorities say two Missouri men snatched a statue of Al Capone from its seat outside the Ohio Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas, early Saturday morning. Club owner Mike Pettey told the Hot...

Oregon Blockbuster outlasts others to become last on Earth

Mar. 18, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet. The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees write out...

Man returns library book 53 years late

Mar. 18, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man says he has returned an overdue library book — 53 years after he first borrowed the book. Fair Lawn resident Harry Krame says he checked out "The Family Book Of Verse" by Lewis Gannet from his school library when he was 13 and Lyndon Johnson was president. The...

Germany: Drunk passenger demands high-speed train slow down

Mar. 17, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police say a drunken man with a fire extinguisher smashed his way into the driver's cab of a high-speed train running from Frankfurt to Paris and demanded that the driver slow down. Federal police said the ICE train operated by Germany's Deutsche Bahn stopped near Frankfurt after the...

Police: Person with unicorn costume, crowbar robs store

Mar. 16, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (AP) — Apparently not all unicorns are the embodiment of purity and grace. Baltimore County Police say a person dressed in a unicorn costume and wielding a crowbar tried to rob a convenience store Saturday morning in the Baldwin community. Officers arrived just after the High's store...

T-shirt gun used to launch contraband into Oklahoma prison

Mar. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

SAYRE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman was arrested after authorities say she used a T-shirt gun to launch drugs, cellphones and other contraband over a prison fence. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the incident prompted a lockdown at the North Fork Correctional Unit in Sayre, about 120 miles...

Florida man finds bright green iguana in toilet, calls 911

Mar. 15, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man called 911 after going to the bathroom and finding a bright green iguana swimming in his toilet. Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephan Gollan tells the Miami Herald the man "freaked out and didn't know what to do." He says firefighter Jeff Kurus put on a sterile...

Taste of history: Yeast from 1886 shipwreck makes new brew

Mar. 15, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The most distinguishing feature of Jamie Adams' new ale isn't its hoppy bite but its compelling backstory — brewed from yeast in bottles of beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years. Some who lined up to sample a swig of the new...

Squirrels are damaging some maple syrup operations

Mar. 14, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations. Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple producers, but this year an...

Escaped lion spends night in jail cell in South Africa

Mar. 14, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A lion that escaped a wildlife park and was captured weeks later spent the night in a South African jail cell, until authorities could send him back to the place he's meant to call home. Photos taken on Wednesday show the darted lion sprawled out in the cell, surrounded by onlookers....