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Mine waste gift bags pulled from shelves amid EPA warning

Nov. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a...

Camel, cow, donkey found roaming together along Kansas road

Nov. 18, 2019 3:00 PM EST

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — Authorities discovered a camel, a cow and a donkey roaming together along a Kansas road in a grouping reminiscent of a Midwestern Christmas Nativity scene. The Goddard Police Department asked for help Sunday in locating the owners of the “three friends traveling together...

Pet shop owner says suspects threw stolen guinea pig at him

Nov. 18, 2019 7:38 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape. News outlets report 21-year-old Isabelle Mason and 19-year-old and Jaimee Pack on Saturday tried to smuggle out the animals from Pet Paradise without paying....

Alaskan city sees heat and snowfall records in single day

Nov. 17, 2019 6:47 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans have experienced both a record high temperature and a record amount of snowfall in the same day. The Anchorage Daily News reports the Municipality of Anchorage saw snowfall of more than a foot Saturday after tying a temperature record set in 1967. The National Weather...

9-year-old boy catches massive blue catfish in New Mexico

Nov. 15, 2019 5:35 PM EST

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — He caught a fish “this” big. No, really. A 9-year-old New Mexico boy landed a 42-pound (19-kilogram) blue catfish Sunday evening while fishing in the Elephant Butte Reservoir. Kris Flores said his son, Alex, made the big catch by himself and shattered dad’s...

Driver who stopped to help motorist struck, killed

Nov. 15, 2019 12:04 PM EST

RAYNHAM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say a man who stopped his pickup truck on a highway and got out to help another motorist has been struck and killed by a passing vehicle. A department spokesman says that at about 1 a.m. Friday an SUV heading south on Interstate 495 in Raynham apparently...

Always doe prices? Deer wanders into Walmart, slips around

Nov. 15, 2019 9:50 AM EST

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A whitetail went retail for a bit this week when it entered a Walmart store in Ohio. Patrons in Wooster in northeastern Ohio say the deer was kicking shelves as it walked through the store Wednesday afternoon. Bert and Dawn Moore encountered the deer after stopping in for a few things...

Nashville animal science teacher charged after emu dies

Nov. 14, 2019 4:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say a Nashville area high school teacher is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge after an emu kept in her care at the school died. News outlets report 33-year-old Jessica Lumpkins was charged Wednesday after Metro Animal Care and Control discovered that...

US court rules Kentucky man can get ‘IM GOD’ license plate

Nov. 14, 2019 8:29 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase "IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving. Court documents show Ben Hart, a self-identified atheist, set out to get the Kentucky plate in 2016. But Hart's request...

Santa Claus back at work in Germany answering Christmas mail

Nov. 14, 2019 8:12 AM EST

HIMMELPFORT, Germany (AP) — Santa Claus is at it again, answering thousands of Christmas letters from children around the world at a special post office in the northern German town of Himmelpfort. As part of the annual event organized by Germany’s Deutsche Post, Santa and 20 helpers last year...