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Irony? Chicago salt truck slides on ice into Lake Michigan

Dec. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago Park District workers escaped without serious injury after the salt truck they were navigating along an icy lakefront bike path slid into Lake Michigan Wednesday morning. The pickup truck hit a slick spot and slipped backward into the water on Chicago's near North Side around...

Oink oink, cha-ching: $3 million found in barrels of pork

Dec. 11, 2019 8:29 AM EST

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — Barrels of raw pork shoulder were riding fat in a tractor trailer pulled over by North Carolina deputies. Approximately $3 million in cash was recovered from the barrels Saturday, the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Tuesday. The driver of the tractor trailer...

Unlucky for some: Man charged with rigging 10K bingo game

Dec. 10, 2019 7:19 AM EST

MONROE, La. (AP) — The luck has ran out for a Louisiana man allegedly caught rigging bingo games to win more than $10,000. John Cook, 43, was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Facility on Friday on a felony theft charge and two counts for failing to appear multiple times following his June 29 arrest,...

Teen runaway found 'camping' inside Bed, Bath & Beyond

Dec. 10, 2019 6:07 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Employees at a Bed, Bath & Beyond in North Carolina discovered an uninvited sleepover guest hiding in the store when they opened up Monday morning. The Greenville employees called local police around 8:30 a.m. and officers responded to a “breaking and entering in...

Teen runaway found ''camping'' inside Bed, Bath & Beyond

Dec. 9, 2019 4:20 PM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Employees at a Bed, Bath & Beyond in North Carolina discovered an uninvited sleepover guest hiding in the store when they opened up. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Greenville store employees called local police around 8:30 a.m. Monday and officers responded to a...

Kentucky police seize air fryer containing 20 pounds of meth

Dec. 9, 2019 8:51 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may be the holiday season, but police in Kentucky confiscated an unusual gift being delivered to a Kentucky man's home — a package with about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of meth that was shipped through the mail inside of an air fryer. Narcotics officers were able to...

South Carolina law lax on regulating foreign animals

Dec. 9, 2019 8:05 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Mobs of kangaroos can roam largely unrestricted in Wisconsin, West Virginia and South Carolina, where state laws don't regulate ownership of the creatures. Other states have taken a harder stance on the chaotic marsupials and either require permits or ban ownership outright, The...

Mysterious memorial to 'Lawnmower Man' reappears after theft

Dec. 7, 2019 10:23 AM EST

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A mysterious memorial dedicated to a New Mexico homeless man who mowed lawns has reappeared after a similar one was stolen. KRQE-TV reports that a lawnmower memorial dedicated to Carlos Ramirez was installed this week in Roswell, New Mexico. Ramirez died last month in Lubbock, Texas....

'Typo' may have overvalued Utah home at nearly $1B

Dec. 6, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials say a possible dropped phone resulted in a typo that overvalued a home for almost $1 billion. And taxpayers may have to pay for the mistake. The Deseret News reports a house built in 1978 in an unincorporated area of the county was recorded in 2019 tax rolls with a...

Palm Beach Sheriff: French bulldogs stolen in 2 burglaries

Dec. 4, 2019 4:38 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida's Palm Beach County are searching for a dog thief targeting a particular high-end breed. The first French bulldog reported missing was Arthur, sheriff's officials said. The tan and brown Frenchie had been inside a kennel in a home that was burglarized...