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Fish fossil catch from China includes oldest teeth ever

Sep. 28, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A big catch of fish fossils in southern China includes the oldest teeth ever found — and may help scientists learn how our aquatic ancestors got their bite. The finds offer new clues about a key period of evolution that’s been hard to flesh out because until...

Wily seal that cruised to pond surrenders at police station

Sep. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — A gray seal that wandered into a Massachusetts pond and evaded authorities’ attempts to capture him turned himself in Friday after waddling up to the local police station. The gray seal first appeared earlier this month in Shoe Pond in the city of Beverly,...

Bargain hunter scores 700-year-old medieval times document

Sep. 23, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bargain hunter who went to an estate sale in Maine to find a KitchenAid mixer, a bookshelf or vintage clothing walked away with a 700-year-old treasure. Instead of a kitchen appliance, Will Sideri stumbled upon a framed document hanging on a wall. It had...

Panama launch of futuristic oceanfront home goes sideways

Sep. 23, 2022 01:52 AM EDT

COLON, Panama (AP) — The unveiling of a futuristic luxury model home on Panama's Caribbean coast tanked Thursday when the SeaPod Eco prototype perched above the water on a column slumped onto an adjacent dock. Developer Ocean Builders said in a statement that the sleek white home...

Florida highway covered in Coors Light beer after semi crash

Sep. 21, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida highway had to temporarily close Wednesday after a semitrailer carrying cases of Coors Light crashed and turned the roadway into a silver sea of beer cans. The multi-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate...

Blind dog rescued from hole at California construction site

Sep. 21, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a 13-year-old blind dog that fell into a hole at a California construction site. According to KABC-TV, the dog, named Cesar, lives next to the site in Pasadena with his owner. The dog apparently wandered onto the site, said Cesar's...

Man pleads guilty to dousing 'Bewitched' statue in red paint

Sep. 21, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A man will be sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to vandalizing the “Bewitched” statue by dousing the Salem, Massachusetts tourist attraction with red paint over the summer. The 32-year-old resident was originally sentenced to a year...

Key West honors Queen Elizabeth at Southernmost Point marker

Sep. 16, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Southernmost Point marker in Key West, Florida, a landmark delineating the continental United States’ southernmost spot of land, became a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday when city workers installed a British flag and royal purple banner at the...

Trail of slime leads German customs to bags of giant snails

Sep. 16, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German customs officials say a trail of slime led them to a stash of almost 100 giant African land snails and other items hidden inside bags at Duesseldorf Airport this month. In a statement Friday, authorities said officials stumbled over one of the snails on a...

Constipated scorpions, love at first sight inspire Ig Nobels

Sep. 15, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The sex lives of constipated scorpions, cute ducklings with an innate sense of physics, and a life-size rubber moose may not appear to have much in common, but they all inspired the winners of this year’s Ig Nobels, the prize for comical scientific achievement. Held...