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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...

Story about dog 'selling' mansion part of long-running tale

Nov. 23, 2021 20:51 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Editor’s note: AP is replacing the story about the sale of a Miami mansion once owned by Madonna with this piece, which looks at how the tale of a German shepherd and a trust has long been used as a publicity stunt to dupe reporters. The AP fell for parts of...

Got the wrong goat: West Point cadets try to nab Navy mascot

Nov. 23, 2021 17:29 PM EST

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — West Point cadets attempting to nab the U.S. Naval Academy's mascot ahead of the annual Army-Navy football game ended up grabbing a different goat, according to a report. U.S. Military Academy cadets traveled this weekend to a farm near...

Missing the point: Man in Germany drives to driving test

Nov. 23, 2021 08:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A man in Germany has discovered the hard way that it's best to get a driving license first before trying to use it. Police in Bergheim, near Cologne, said Tuesday that the 37-year-old drove himself to his driving test, parking an Opel Zafira outside the...

Drivers scramble as cash falls from armored truck on freeway

Nov. 22, 2021 20:57 PM EST

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Drivers scrambled to grab cash Friday morning after bags of money fell out of an armored truck on a Southern California freeway, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly before 9:15 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad. ...

Jennifer Snowpez? Kids get creative with snowplow names

Nov. 19, 2021 13:43 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Captain Snowpants; Yo Bro, No Snow; and Jennifer Snowpez are among the names that will be on some of Vermont's snowplows this winter. Vermont school students participated in the state transportation department's Name a Plow contest to come up...

Winds whip up volcanic ash from 1912 eruption in Alaska

Nov. 17, 2021 22:36 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volcano scientists issued an alert Wednesday, warning that a cloud of ash — from an eruption more than century ago — was headed toward Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The ash is from the powerful 1912 eruption of Novarupta, a volcano on the Alaska...

Buck takes shelter inside church on hunting season's 1st day

Nov. 16, 2021 16:21 PM EST

STURGIS, Mich. (AP) — A 10-point buck sought sanctuary inside a southern Michigan church on opening day of the state's firearm deer hunting season. Pastors at Grace Sturgis encountered the buck inside the church's auditorium on Monday before it leapt through a window...