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Joey Chestnut is chomp champ again in July 4 hot dog contest

Jul. 04, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut put a protester in a chokehold while gobbling his way to a 15th win Monday at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, powering down 63 hot dogs and buns at the annual exhibition of excess. In...

Long-missing Alexander Hamilton letter put on public display

Jul. 03, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A letter written by Alexander Hamilton in 1780 and believed stolen decades ago from the Massachusetts state archives is going back on display — though not exactly in the room where it happened. The founding father's letter will be the featured piece at the...

World War II-era boat emerges from shrinking Lake Mead

Jul. 01, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A sunken boat dating back to World War II is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir that straddles Nevada and Arizona. The Higgins landing craft that has long been 185 feet (56 meters) below the surface is now nearly halfway out of the water at Lake...

Bear cub rescued after getting head stuck in plastic jug

Jul. 01, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

HARWINTON, Conn. (AP) — Wildlife biologists in Connecticut had to rescue a bear cub that got its head stuck in a plastic container, state wildlife officials said. The misadventure happened June 23 when a mother bear with three cubs knocked over a garbage can in the town of...

Coney Island's Luna Park to expand, introduce 3 attractions

Jun. 30, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and witness Coney Island’s Luna Park like you’ve never seen it before. The beachfront tourist destination will soon be introducing three new attractions and pedestrian plazas on several acres along the iconic...

Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

Jun. 30, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, share many superlatives as pinnacles of cinema, fashion, and traffic congestion. But another similarity lurks in the shadows, most often seen at night walking silently on four paws. These metropolises are the world’s only megacities of 10 million-plus...

Poisonous bite leads German police to farm with 110 snakes

Jun. 26, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany said Sunday they discovered more than 110 dangerous snakes on a farm after a woman who lived there sought medical treatment for a poisonous bite. The 35-year-old woman drove to a hospital in Salzgitter, near Hannover, early Sunday and told doctors...

NASA: Give us back our moon dust and cockroaches

Jun. 23, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — NASA wants its moon dust and cockroaches back. The space agency has asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt the sale of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that had subsequently been fed to cockroaches during an experiment to determine if the lunar...

Cambodian catches world's largest recorded freshwater fish

Jun. 20, 2022 22:52 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost 4 meters (13 feet)...

Utah couple turning heads by training water buffalo

Jun. 20, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

MENDON, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple is turning heads by training a unique animal that they’ve grown to love like family - water buffalo. Mary Heers said her love for water buffalo started when she was a young girl. “In the beginning I think I saw a picture of a...