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Avalanche delays holiday tradition in Alaska's largest city

Nov. 30, 2021 18:57 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A holiday tradition in Alaska’s largest city for more than 60 years got off to a dim start this year. A 300-foot (91-meter) wide, brightly illuminated star situated high above Anchorage in the Chugach Mountains is traditionally lit the day...

Well-traveled roadrunner is back home after visit to Maine

Nov. 30, 2021 08:50 AM EST

FREEDOM, Maine (AP) — A roadrunner that traveled undetected from Nevada to Maine in a moving van is back in its home state. The wayward bird flew in a pet carrier from Boston to Las Vegas last week. From there, it was delivered to officials with the Nevada Department of...

Germany: Burglars knock hole in wall to steal Lego bricks

Nov. 30, 2021 07:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police are looking for witnesses after burglars broke through the wall of a toy store to steal dozens of Lego sets. Police said Tuesday that the theft took place over the weekend in the western town of Lippstadt. The burglars...

New Mexico State to drop parking citations for peanut butter

Nov. 30, 2021 00:18 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is offering anyone with a campus parking citation the chance to get out of their jam with some peanut butter. The university will accept at least 80 ounces (2,270 grams) of peanut butter — the equivalent of five-six...

Oh! Christmas tree? Cardboard display is the talk of a town

Nov. 29, 2021 12:48 PM EST

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — It has been called beautiful, awesome and brilliant, a transcendent work of art that reimagines the holiday experience with local touches of the Jersey Shore. It also has been called ridiculous, ugly and hideous, something akin to a pile of...

Needing a break: Snooker player falls asleep during match

Nov. 29, 2021 05:52 AM EST

YORK, England (AP) — Still feeling the effects of the coronavirus, a top snooker player fell asleep in the middle of his match in one of the most prestigious events in the sport. “My head went down and I woke up and I didn’t have a clue where I was,” Mark Williams...

Lock in: Dozens stuck in England's highest pub after storm

Nov. 29, 2021 05:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of customers who stopped for a drink at Britain’s highest altitude pub got a longer stay than they bargained for, after the building was cut off by a blizzard. Sixty-one people woke up Monday after their third night at the Tan Hill Inn in the...

Rare coin minted in Colonial New England sells for $350,000

Nov. 26, 2021 15:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — One of the first coins minted in Colonial New England, which was recently found among other coins in a candy tin, has sold at auction for more than $350,000, more than it was expected to get, the auctioneer said Friday. The one shilling silver coin made in...

$1K offered for President Warren Harding's stolen dog collar

Nov. 25, 2021 10:06 AM EST

MARION, Ohio (AP) — A radio station serving U.S. President Warren G. Harding's Ohio hometown says a reward offered by one of its listeners is providing new hope of finding a long lost dog collar stolen from his historic home. Scott Spears, host of a morning radio show...

Man's obit urges betting a bunch on the Huskers

Nov. 24, 2021 10:30 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Milton Andrew Munson's obituary recalled his life as an Air Force veteran, a pharmacist, husband and father, and as a Nebraska football fan. That was evident in one line in the obit: “In lieu of flowers, please place an irresponsibly large wager on Nebraska beating...