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Man caught at JFK smuggling 34 finches in hair curlers

Jun. 18, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a 39-year-old Connecticut man has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F. Kennedy Airport in order to sell them for singing competitions. Francis Gurahoo was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana....

'Baby' found dead near park turns out to be realistic doll

Jun. 18, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Horror and alarm over the discovery of what appeared to be the body of a dead baby at a New York City park turned to relief, and probably some embarrassment, Tuesday when the blue-skinned corpse was later revealed to be a realistic-looking doll. Police and paramedics rushed to Crocheron...

Thou shalt not steal thy neighbor's surveillance camera

Jun. 18, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

HAUGHTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a burglar effectively caught himself red-handed, unwittingly livestreaming his theft of a neighbor's new surveillance camera. The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says the neighbor watched the crime unfold in real time, and recognized the culprit as 43-year-old...

Police: Man faked heart attack while accomplice robbed store

Jun. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Police say a man faked a heart attack in a Massachusetts convenience store while his accomplice hopped over the counter to steal money from the register. Malden police on Facebook say they responded to the store Sunday afternoon on reports of a theft. Officers were told two white men...

Cat filter goof leaves Pakistanis scratching their whiskers

Jun. 17, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers. A regional minister was giving a briefing that was livestreamed on social media last week when viewers noticed the officials had unexpected feline features. The cat filter, a social media feature applying...

Unicyclist completes 180-mile Trek Across Maine

Jun. 17, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Thousands have ridden their bicycles in the three-day Trek Across Maine. But only one participant has accomplished the feat on a single wheel. Hugh Sharp from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, rode 180 miles (290 kilometers) on a unicycle in the annual fundraiser for the American Lung...

Experts: Humpback whale in San Francisco Bay appears ill

Jun. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A humpback whale that has become an unusual presence in San Francisco Bay may be ill. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that the humpback has remained in the waters near Alameda for more than two weeks. Biologists say the whale, which has been nicknamed "Allie," appears to be...

Former Maine governor has a new job _ tending bar

Jun. 16, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage's wife won't be the only one in their family spending the summer working at a restaurant. LePage will be joining her as a bartender. McSeagulls Restaurant owner Jeff Stoddard said he hasn't finalized the former governor's schedule but expects...

A Utah veteran turning 101 gets over 5,000 birthday cards

Jun. 16, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — When John Frey's family requested 101 birthday cards to celebrate the World War II veteran's 101st birthday in Utah, they were expecting to get 500 at most. At a celebration on June 8, a day after his birthday, Frey ended up with well over 5,000 cards, the Daily Herald reports. According...

A Utah veteran turning 101 gets over 5,000 birthday cards

Jun. 16, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — When John Frey's family requested 101 birthday cards to celebrate the World War II veteran's 101st birthday in Utah, they were expecting to get 500 at most. At a celebration on June 8, a day after his birthday, Frey ended up with well over 5,000 cards, the Daily Herald reports. According...