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Mysterious memorial to 'Lawnmower Man' reappears after theft

Dec. 7, 2019 10:23 AM EST

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A mysterious memorial dedicated to a New Mexico homeless man who mowed lawns has reappeared after a similar one was stolen. KRQE-TV reports that a lawnmower memorial dedicated to Carlos Ramirez was installed this week in Roswell, New Mexico. Ramirez died last month in Lubbock, Texas....

'Typo' may have overvalued Utah home at nearly $1B

Dec. 6, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials say a possible dropped phone resulted in a typo that overvalued a home for almost $1 billion. And taxpayers may have to pay for the mistake. The Deseret News reports a house built in 1978 in an unincorporated area of the county was recorded in 2019 tax rolls with a...

Palm Beach Sheriff: French bulldogs stolen in 2 burglaries

Dec. 4, 2019 4:38 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida's Palm Beach County are searching for a dog thief targeting a particular high-end breed. The first French bulldog reported missing was Arthur, sheriff's officials said. The tan and brown Frenchie had been inside a kennel in a home that was burglarized...

Shocked? Electric eel powers aquarium's Christmas lights

Dec. 4, 2019 9:59 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium may be shocked to learn that an electric eel named Miguel Wattson is lighting up a Christmas tree. A special system connected to Miguel's tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree, according to a news release. Miguel...

‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Missouri rescue mission

Dec. 3, 2019 2:00 PM EST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of a tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of a Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him. The beagle-mix puppy, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in November...

Mississippi residents protest pothole with holiday decor

Dec. 3, 2019 9:56 AM EST

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a Mississippi city are protesting a large pothole in their neighborhood by decorating it with holiday cheer. The Enterprise-Journal reports residents of McComb’s Edgewood neighborhood have topped the pothole and its yellow traffic cone with tinsel, spray-painted...

‘Thanksgiving antics’ NC elk gets tangled up in red hammock

Dec. 2, 2019 4:48 PM EST

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (AP) — An elk is running around western North Carolina with a shredded hammock on its head, and apparently a love of apples is to blame. News outlets report Jim Beaver told the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office on Thanksgiving that an elk was stuck in his yard with its antlers...

Police: Man called out of work drunk, tried to rob workplace

Dec. 2, 2019 8:11 AM EST

OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a man called out of his Steak ‘n Shake job because he was “intoxicated,” then showed up anyway and demanded money while holding a co-worker at gunpoint. The Gainesville Times reports 20-year-old Kentarias Gowans, of Flowery Branch, is charged...

LSU fans invited to grab a grassy gift ahead of championship

Dec. 2, 2019 7:10 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University fans will have a chance to take home an unusual souvenir as the football team heads to the SEC championship -- free slabs of Tiger Stadium sod. LSU Athletics announced that fans can claim their grassy gifts on Monday at the bullpen lot at Alex Box Stadium...

Homeowners relish tree at heart of California Christmas rite

Dec. 1, 2019 3:24 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — At the heart of an annual California Christmas tradition lies a struggling deodar cedar tree in the city of Fresno. Nearly a century ago, the tree was decorated by Willian and Mae Winning in memory of their teenage son after he died from a fall, the Fresno Bee reported Sunday....