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This photo provided by Heritage Auctions on Saturday, July 11, 2020, shows the front of an unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game that has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades earlier. (Emily Clemens/Heritage Auctions via AP)

Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

Jul. 11, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago. A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game...

FILE - In this July 12, 2018 file photo, Democratic candidate for governor, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, speaks during a gubernatorial debate in New Haven, Conn. The New Haven Register reports that Ganim filed suit in state Superior Court against Delta Airlines over a dog bite he says he suffered on a flight in 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Connecticut mayor sues Delta Airlines over dog bite

Jul. 11, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport’s mayor is suing Delta Airlines over a dog bite he says he suffered on a flight. A suit filed in state Superior Court alleges Mayor Joe Ganim was sitting in his seat on a Delta flight in November 2018 when he was bitten by a dog that was accompanying a boarding...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2010, file photo, Slurpees are displayed at a 7-Eleven store in Concord, N.H. The coronavirus pandemic has taken away another summertime tradition in the U.S.: There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — to hail a date that doubles as an abbreviation of the convenience store chain's name.  (AP Photo/Larry Crow, File)

Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

Jul. 11, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has taken away another summertime tradition in the U.S.: There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — to hail a date that doubles as an abbreviation of the convenience store chain's name. 7-Eleven has been giving away its slushy...

Deceased cat gets voter registration application in mail

Jul. 11, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a presidential election year, there's always a push to get people registered to vote. For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting. Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12...

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Eight-year-old Eros trots through the streets of this hilly city several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market. The chocolate Labrador retriever is paid with treats and massages of his...

Participants take selfies in the cabin during a mock trip abroad at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Dozens of would-be travelers acted as passengers in an activity organized by Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Administration to raise awareness of procedures to follow when passing through customs and boarding their plane at Taipei International Airport. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Would-be travelers in Taiwan live out dreams of flying again

Jul. 7, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Like almost every region, Taiwan has been hit hard by restrictions on international travel imposed because of the coronavirus. Some residents have found comfort in boarding a flight that didn’t take off, just to revisit some memories and plan for the day when they can fly...

Sheriff: Man loses arm-wrestling match with son, pulls gun

Jul. 7, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — An arm-wrestling contest between a father and son turned violent and led to an 8-hour standoff with Kentucky deputies, authorities said. Curtis Zimmerman, 55, was charged Monday with wanton endangerment, news outlets reported. Deputies were sent to Zimmerman's home around 1 a.m....

Woof Warning: Dog alerts owner to house fire next door

Jul. 6, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A dog in Tennessee became a hero on the Fourth of July by alerting her owner to a house fire next door. Roux, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, woke her owner Jeff LeCates with “frantic and unusual barks" on Saturday night, a Franklin Fire Department press release said. When...

In this July 3, 2020, photo, provided by Lee Hyun Su, pieces of new green onion flavored Chex cereal are sprinkled on a bowl of Tteok-bokki, or stir-fried rice cakes, a popular Korean dish in Seoul, South Korea. The cereal has become a sensation in South Korea after 16 years of delay in its release. (Lee Hyun Su via AP)

Was new Chex flavor worth South Koreans' 16-year wait?

Jul. 3, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans have waited 16 long years for a savory, crispy bite that would satisfy their taste buds and right an infamous wrong. This week, they finally could fill a bowl with the cereal they wanted all along: green onion-flavored Chex. Kellogg’s Korea's limited-edition...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014 file photo, singer Vanilla Ice performs during the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball game, in New Orleans. Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that had drawn fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, July 3, 2020, but he decided to postpone until a later date, the owner of the restaurant hosting the show said Thursday, July 2. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

Jul. 2, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a concert in Texas after taking considerable heat for an event that sought to gather hundreds of fans in one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside...