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Trapped paraglider rescued from power lines in California

Feb. 20, 2020 10:42 AM EST

OLIVEHURST, Calif. (AP) — A paraglider spent three hours trapped in power lines before being rescued in northern California. The paraglider, who was not immediately identified, was facing the ground with the wires as his only support when first responders arrived Wednesday night, according to officials...

Authorities: Virginia farmer holds goat thief at gunpoint

Feb. 20, 2020 8:50 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — AVirginia man held a suspect who was trying to steal goats from his farm at gunpoint until authorities could arrive to make an arrest, authorities said. Stafford County deputies responded to a call Friday night from the property owner, who said he was holding a thief in the...

Police chief stripped of duties disrobes, walks into storm

Feb. 19, 2020 5:07 PM EST

CROYDON, N.H. (AP) — The police chief in a New Hampshire town took it literally when he was stripped of his duties at a local board meeting, disrobing to his underwear and walking out into a snowstorm. Richard Lee has been chief in the small town of Croydon for 20 years. On Tuesday night, the three-member...

Randy Gibson takes a photo of his son Andrew, 11, in front of the 'Leaning Tower of Dallas' on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 in Dallas. A demolition of the former Affiliated Computer Services tower on Sunday morning left the central core behind. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

'Leaning Tower of Dallas' is online star after implosion

Feb. 19, 2020 4:05 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A social media sensation dubbed the “Leaning Tower of Dallas” was born when a portion of a building survived an implosion in Dallas. After the implosion Sunday failed to bring down the core of the 11-story former Affiliated Computer Services building, the online jokes and...

Technicality extinguishes sparkler record attempt in Wyoming

Feb. 16, 2020 7:28 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — An attempt in Wyoming to break a world record for the most sparklers lit simultaneously failed on a technicality. Guinness World Records officials ruled each participant was required to light his or her own sparkler during the attempt in Gillette, The Gillette News Record reports. The...

In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a Clean Colorado highway sign sponsored by the Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is displayed on eastbound 6th Avenue west of Sheridan Blvd. in Denver. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

Feb. 16, 2020 10:29 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs. Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible producers sponsor roadways throughout the state,...

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

Feb. 15, 2020 1:47 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page that a group of...

'Perfume cloud' helps German police sniff out drunk driver

Feb. 15, 2020 9:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — He just didn't smell right. German police say they nabbed a drunk driver who tried to flee a traffic stop after finding him hiding behind a hedge “in a cloud of perfume.” Police in the southwestern town of Speyer said Saturday that officers saw the 26-year-old man pass them at...

In this April 27, 2017 photo, a pack of peacocks mill about at an intersection in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on the Miami neighborhood will soon be relocated after city commissioners sided with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

After residents cry fowl: Miami to relocate pack of peacocks

Feb. 14, 2020 1:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on a Miami neighborhood will be relocated after city commissioners voted Thursday night to side with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away. It was a big win for many residents who have complained that the birds have taken control of a...

In this photo provided by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a male black bear cub who was admitted to the center on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Waynesboro, Va. is cared for by staff members.  The cub was rescued the night before in Washington County when a family dog brought it home to its owners. The baby is being resettled with a mother bear and her biological cubs.  (Wildlife Center of Virginia via AP)

Takes a village: Bear 'foster mom' raises cub saved by dog

Feb. 13, 2020 12:23 PM EST

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — An orphaned black bear cub has been placed with a substitute mother this week after being saved by a dog and brought to safety. The rescue effort unfolded after the dog turned up at its owner's home in Washington County with a cub in its mouth on Feb. 5, Bill Bassinger, wildlife...