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Deputies look for naked burglar who stole from Little League

Apr. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are asking for the public's help in tracking down a man who they say burglarized a Little League concession stand wearing nothing more than a ballcap and gloves. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says the naked burglar struck the stand at Fischer Field in...

Customer threw iguana at restaurant manager, police say

Apr. 17, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a customer at an Ohio restaurant pulled out a turquoise iguana from under his shirt, swung it around and threw it at the manager. Police say the Madison man walked into Perkins Restaurant in Painesville, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland, on...

Thai oil rig workers rescue dog swimming 135 miles offshore

Apr. 17, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land. A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that they saw...

Eastern hellbender voted Pennsylvania's official amphibian

Apr. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, which can grow to be more than 2 feet (a half meter) long...

Harvard dorm ends decades-old goat roast tradition

Apr. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard University residence hall is ending a decades-old tradition of skinning and barbecuing a goat in the courtyard. The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reports that Dunster House Faculty Deans Cheryl Chen and Sean Kelly informed students of the decision in an email last...

Muskrat love: Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat rodent

Apr. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native to the...

Connecticut police solve decapitated chicken mystery

Apr. 16, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police have captured a man they say has been leaving decapitated chickens outside a Connecticut home. Westport police say a resident called at about 11:30 p.m. Friday to say someone had just dropped a bag containing two headless chickens and a headless pigeon on his property, then...

Firefighters rescue ducklings from drain in San Diego area

Apr. 15, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California have rescued 13 ducklings from a storm drain. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports churchgoers called police Sunday afternoon after hearing the ducks chirping from the drain in Chula Vista. Fire officials say the ducklings might have fallen...

100-year-old yoga instructor keeps moving, dancing

Apr. 15, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

HARTSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A 100-year-old yoga instructor has no plans to stop practicing and teaching. On a spring day in Hartsdale, a northern suburb of New York City where she leads her classes, Tao Porchon-Lynch said she first encountered the ancient practice at age 7 in her native India. Strolling along a...

Man sues parents for getting rid of his vast porn collection

Apr. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana man is suing his parents for getting rid of his vast pornography collection, which he estimates is worth $29,000. The 40-year-old man last week filed a lawsuit in federal court in Michigan, where he moved in with his parents in 2016 following a divorce. He says that...