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National Grid to use 'noise cannon' to scare away crows

Nov. 13, 2018 9:13 AM EST

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — After all else failed, National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts. Don't worry, no birds will be hurt. The utility says the propane cannon being fired off in North Adams this...

Crash sends deer into back of woman's SUV

Nov. 13, 2018 6:42 AM EST

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — Police are praising a woman for avoiding tragedy after a deer crashed through her windshield and landed in the back passenger seat of her SUV. Authorities say the deer darted in front of 36-year-old Melissa Misthal as she was driving early Monday in Howell, New Jersey. Misthal tried to...

Romanian man returns $100,000 found in secondhand cupboard

Nov. 13, 2018 6:32 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian man was surprised to find 95,000 euros ($107,000) stashed inside a secondhand cupboard he'd bought — and promptly returned the money. Adela Stanici told The Associated Press Tuesday that her husband, a construction worker, had recently bought the cupboard from a...

Runaway elephant returned to upstate New York sanctuary

Nov. 13, 2018 6:19 AM EST

WESTTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll. State police say they went to the Sanctuary for Animals in Westtown on Sunday night when they got a call about a wandering elephant....

Minnesota baby born on Nov. 11 at 11:11 p.m.

Nov. 12, 2018 6:52 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota baby girl was born on Veterans Day — the 11th day of the 11th month — at 11:11 p.m. Erin and Mike Potts of Hugo, Minnesota, welcomed their first child on Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. The girl was born at The Mother...

Animal control officers, nearby helpers catch loose chicken

Nov. 9, 2018 5:16 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below. The Kennebec Journal reports that Paul Frye on Thursday solicited the help of another officer and two nearby citizens to wrangle...

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

Nov. 8, 2018 2:57 PM EST

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday the Asian water monitor lizard measures more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) long. The lizard is an escaped...

What's in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49

Nov. 8, 2018 1:04 PM EST

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed. The 69-year-old TV personality has asked a court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a new birthday that officially would make him 49. Ratelband...

No voters showed up to this polling place on Election Day

Nov. 8, 2018 12:41 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island elections officials say one polling place in Providence did not see a single voter during the midterm elections this week. Miguel Nunez, deputy director at the state elections board, told The Providence Journal that Precinct 2807 has just 11 registered voters. None of...

Bond between donkey, emu may make adoption difficult

Nov. 8, 2018 5:31 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption. The Charlotte Observer reports the male donkey and female emu were rescued from Kershaw, South Carolina when their owner suddenly vanished...