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Nearly 100 beehives stolen from northern California orchard

Jan. 20, 2020 3:24 PM EST

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of nearly 100 beehives from an orchard in northern California. The beehives, which are used to pollinate almond orchards, were discovered missing on Friday, beekeeper Mike Potts said. He estimated that the theft of the 92 hives, about a third...

Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

This photo provided by the city of Westbrook, Maine shows Westbrook shows an ice disk forming in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine on Jan. 17, 2020.  The formation comes just about a year after a disk measuring about 100 yards was spotted in the same river. It eventually had a devoted webcam; social media users compared it to an alien spacecraft and the moon; and ducks used it as a raft.  (Tina Radel/City of Westbrook Maine via AP)

Coming around again: Famous ice disk seems to be re-forming

Jan. 18, 2020 2:05 PM EST

What goes around comes around. An ice disk appears to be forming in the same Maine river where an unusually large one formed last winter and quickly gained international fame. The City of Westbrook tweeted an aerial view of the disk in the Presumpscot River with the message: “ICE BREAKING NEWS: Ice Disk...

In this Jan. 16, 2020 photo, Howard Kirby, left, gives $43,170 to Kim Fauth-Newberry at a resale store in Owosso Township, Mich.. Kirby's daughter-in-law found the money in a footstool that was donated to the store by Fauth-Newberry. The footstool had belonged to her grandfather, who died last summer. Kirby bought it along with other furniture after Christmas. (Sally York/The Argus-Press via AP)

Grandpa forgot something: $43,170 found in footstool

Jan. 17, 2020 6:26 PM EST

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — The footstool didn't feel right. That's what happens when someone stashes $43,170 inside and apparently forgets about it. Indeed, the money was discovered inside a footstool that was donated to a Michigan resale shop in Owosso Township. Howard Kirby bought the piece and other furniture...

Bull-noser: Camera records moose trapping Alaska man in shed

Jan. 17, 2020 5:51 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man carrying garbage to his shed had to take cover inside when a curious bull moose decided to join him. A Ring home security camera captured Curtis Phelps trapped inside the shed while the moose, with just one antler, tried to push his way inside. The moose eventually...

Passenger takes over airport monitor for video game

Jan. 17, 2020 12:50 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A passenger waiting for a flight at an Oregon airport needed a bit more screen space for his video game so he plugged his Playstation 4 into a computer screen that had been displaying a map of the airport. Kara Simonds, a spokeswoman for the Port of Portland, told KXL-AM radio in an...

Alaska company takes pizza to new heights with air delivery

Jan. 17, 2020 9:22 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska company has taken pizza to new heights by providing airplane deliveries around the state. Papa Murphy’s in Anchorage flies hundreds of miles to deliver about 150 pizzas each week, Alaska Public Media reported Thursday. Owner Tyler Williams said the shop offers...

This Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, photo provided by Sabra Newby shows a pigeon wearing a tiny sombrero in Reno, Nev., and discovered following sightings of its cowboy hat-wearing cousins in Las Vegas, a city manager said. Reno City Manager Sabra Newby tweeted about the bird, saying it's quirky and fun but still inhumane, KOLO-TV reported. It is the first known sighting of hat-wearing birds in the region, Washoe County Regional Animal Services officials said. The sighting comes after a pigeon in Las Vegas with a miniature cowboy hat glued to its head died earlier this week, animal officials said. (Sabra Newby via AP)

Pigeon wearing tiny sombrero discovered in Reno

Jan. 17, 2020 9:13 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A pigeon wearing a tiny sombrero in Reno, Nevada, was discovered following sightings of its cowboy hat-wearing cousins in Las Vegas, a city manager said. Reno City Manager Sabra Newby tweeted about the bird Wednesday, saying it's quirky and fun but still inhumane, KOLO-TV reported. It is...

TV hen mauled to death: German court backs bigger payout

Jan. 17, 2020 8:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that the owner of a chicken that was mauled to death by a dog in 2017 deserves a higher payout because the hen was trained and had TV experience. German news agency dpa reported Friday that a regional court in the western town of Kleve concluded the chicken was...

Police say tear gas smoked out suspects in pot burglary

Jan. 17, 2020 12:09 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a SWAT team was forced to smoke out suspects in an Albuquerque marijuana dispensary burglary that sparked a standoff. Police said Kyle Minard, 35, was arrested Tuesday after the SWAT team dispatched tear gas into the R. Greenleaf business. Around four hours later,...