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New England Aquarium accepts ticket saved for over 37 years

Jun. 14, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Aquarium in Boston accepted an entrance ticket on Thursday first purchased in 1983 that allows the holder to return “at anytime in the future.” Rachel Carle, 26, picked up the ticket from her great aunt, Catherine Cappiello, who came to...

Florida town accidentally sells municipal water tower

Jun. 14, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A small town in Florida accidentally sold its water tower in a blundered real estate transaction. A businessman purchased a municipal building underneath the city of Brooksville's water tower last April for $55,000 with the goal of converting it...

Endangered corpse flower blooms in Warsaw, drawing crowds

Jun. 14, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, a giant foul-smelling blossom also known as the corpse flower, went into a rare, short bloom at a botanical garden in Warsaw, drawing crowds who waited for hours to see it. The extraordinary flower, which emits...

Chicago man jumps into Lake Michigan for 365th straight day

Jun. 13, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day on Saturday. Dan O’Conor said he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city's North Side last...

Lobster diver injured when caught in whale's mouth

Jun. 11, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A commercial lobster diver who got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod on Friday morning said he thought he was going to die. Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, told WBZ-TV after he was released from Cape Cod...

Dog ejected from vehicle in Idaho crash found herding sheep

Jun. 10, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A pet dog who vanished for two days after being ejected from a vehicle during an accident has been found apparently doing the job it was bred to do — herding sheep. Linda Oswald's family and their dog, Tilly, were driving along Idaho State...

Sunrise special: Solar eclipse thrills world's northern tier

Jun. 10, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The top of the world got a sunrise special Thursday — a “ring of fire” solar eclipse. This so-called annular eclipse began at the Canadian province of Ontario, then swept across Greenland, the North Pole and finally Siberia, as the...

Customer finds 7-foot gator inside Florida post office

Jun. 10, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — They say neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night will stop the U.S. Postal Service, but an alligator could get in the way. That's what happened at the Spring Hill Post Office in Florida's Hernando County, according to a sheriff's office...

Archaeologists dig hilltop over Plymouth Rock one last time

Jun. 10, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Archaeologists are giving a grassy hilltop overlooking iconic Plymouth Rock one last look before a historical park is built to commemorate the Pilgrims and the Indigenous people who once called it home. Braving sweltering heat, a team of about 20 graduate...

Bear found stuck on power pole in southern Arizona city

Jun. 09, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — A bear in Arizona emerged unscathed from quite the power trip when it became stuck on a utility pole. Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, a utility company based in the southern Arizona city of Willcox, was notified Monday morning that a...