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Getting an F: Alabama city's new logo stirs strong feelings

Jan. 28, 2022 13:47 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Some residents think a northern Alabama city's new logo might be sending the wrong message. Florence's new logo uses the first three letters of its name — a capital F followed by an L and an O arranged as an exclamation point — to form F! ...

Gov tells Bette Midler to kiss dog's 'heinie' - and shows it

Jan. 28, 2022 12:08 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has a message for singer and actress Bette Midler, who called West Virginians “poor, illiterate and strung out” in a tweet after Sen. Joe Manchin refused to support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. The 70-year-old...

Fake poop helps evicted owls settle into new neighborhood

Jan. 27, 2022 14:12 PM EST

Settling into a new home can be tough for anyone. So scientists have come up with some tricks to make transplanted burrowing owls feel like they are not alone in their new digs, playing owl sounds and scattering fake poop. The owls’ grassland homes are often prime real estate, and...

Meet Methuselah, the oldest living aquarium fish

Jan. 26, 2022 14:02 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Meet Methuselah, the fish that likes to eat fresh figs, get belly rubs and is believed to be the oldest living aquarium fish in the world. In the Bible, Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather and was said to have lived to be 969 years old. Methuselah the fish is...

Rare eagle seen in Maine, wowing birders, might stay a bit

Jan. 25, 2022 09:53 AM EST

GEORGETOWN, Maine (AP) — A rare species of eagle that has thrilled bird lovers and baffled scientists since arriving in Maine last month might not be in a hurry to leave. The Steller's sea eagle arrived in Maine in late December after a brief stop in Massachusetts more than a month...

Another delay for ex-deep-sea treasure hunter stuck in jail

Jan. 24, 2022 11:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The long-running case of a former deep-sea treasure hunter marking his sixth year in jail for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of missing gold coins has hit yet another roadblock. Research scientist Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since...

Irish police investigate claim dead man taken to post office

Jan. 22, 2022 08:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in Ireland are investigating reports that the body of a dead man was brought to a post office in an attempt to collect his pension. The Irish Times said a man who appeared to be in his 60s was dragged into the post office in the town of Carlow on Friday,...

Police: Truck with 100 monkeys crashes, some of them missing

Jan. 21, 2022 22:01 PM EST

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A truck carrying about 100 monkeys was involved in a crash Friday in Pennsylvania, state police said as authorities searched for at least three of the monkeys that appeared to have escaped the vehicle. The truck carrying the animals crashed with a dump truck in...

Cool new disk: Spinning ice drawing chilly gawkers again

Jan. 13, 2022 11:44 AM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A swirling disk of ice on a Maine river is drawing onlookers in the heart of winter once again. The disk has formed in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook. A handful of dog-walkers and onlookers stopped to gaze at the curious ice formation on a chilly...

Back in shape: Maine's famous spinning ice disk says hello

Jan. 12, 2022 18:21 PM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's famous rotating ice disk is back. The disk has begun to form in the Presumpscot River, where it partially formed in 2020 but failed to draw a worldwide audience like in its first appearance in 2019. Westbrook city officials shared...