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Creative road signs warn Maine motorists in funny ways

May. 27, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Motorists traveling around Maine this holiday weekend will see residents' creativity on display. Message boards warn motorists that, "A Cold Suppah Is Bettah Thana Hot Ticket." Another one says, "Spend Money on Lobstahs — Not Speeding Tickets." Yet another says, "Put Down UR...

Woman reaches goal of doing a headstand in all 50 states

May. 26, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states. The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper's office....

Tiny California cottage on market for just under $1 million

May. 25, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 595-square-foot (55-square meter) Southern California cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom is on the market for just under $1 million. The Orange County Register reports the price of the tiny abode in tony Laguna Beach dropped to $998,900 this month after being listed for...

Police investigate how a handgun ended up in driver's bumper

May. 24, 2018 6:48 PM EDT

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Talk about gunning the engine. Authorities say a driver near Tacoma, Washington, saw an object strike the front of his car during his evening commute Wednesday. When he stopped for gas 18 miles (29 kilometers) later, he discovered it was a handgun. The weapon was embedded in his...

Obituary: Tornado chaser wants ashes launched into a twister

May. 24, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: "That'll be fun!!!!" Jim "Mad Dog" Sellars spelled out his unique wishes in the obituary he wrote before he died Tuesday. Greenlawn Funeral Home confirmed the death,...

Homeowner trying to kill weeds ends up burning down garage

May. 24, 2018 10:11 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reports Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached garage engulfed in flames. No one was...

'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress questioned over housekeepers

May. 24, 2018 3:40 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean Air heiress whose tantrum over nuts delayed a flight nearly four years ago is being investigated by South Korean immigration officials on suspicion she unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines. Cho Hyun-ah on Thursday bowed and apologized for "causing troubles"...

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

May. 23, 2018 10:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. But now the legend of "Nessie" may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading an...

Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

May. 23, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds (18,145 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m....

Foam rubber gold bars fool man who burglarized Michigan shop

May. 23, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Fake promotional gold bars apparently appeared so much like the real thing that someone broke into a western Michigan flooring shop to take them. WXMI-TV reports Old to Gold Hardwood Floors owner Rowdy Lapham arrived at work Monday to find his store in Grand Rapids burglarized....