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PHOTOS: At the Pet Gala, fashion goes to the dogs

May. 21, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They may call it a catwalk, but the Pet Gala is the dogs' time to shine. Designer Anthony Rubio threw the now-annual fashion fete Monday night, sending 18 dogs down the red carpet at New York's American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. Each canine donned couture...

Moose kills Alaska man attempting to take photos of her newborn calves

May. 20, 2024 17:59 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 70-year-old Alaska man who was attempting to take photos of two newborn moose calves was attacked and killed by their mother, authorities said Monday. The man killed Sunday was identified as Dale Chorman of Homer, said Austin McDaniel, a spokesperson for...

706 people named Kyle got together in Texas. It wasn’t enough for a world record.

May. 18, 2024 19:27 PM EDT

KYLE, Texas (AP) — How many people named Kyle can fit in one place? For one Texas city, not enough. Another attempt by the city of Kyle, Texas, to break the world record for the largest gathering of people with one name fell short Saturday despite 706 Kyles of all ages turning up...

A college puts the 'cat' into 'education' by giving Max an honorary 'doctor of litter-ature' degree

May. 17, 2024 19:00 PM EDT

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont university has bestowed the honorary degree of “doctor of litter-ature” on Max the cat, a beloved member of its community, ahead of students' graduation on Saturday. Vermont State University’s Castleton campus is honoring the feline not for...

Up in smoke: Workers remove dozens of apparent marijuana plants from Wisconsin Capitol tulip garden

May. 17, 2024 17:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Someone's plans to harvest dozens of apparent marijuana plants grown on the Wisconsin state Capitol grounds have gone up in smoke. The plants sprouted in a tulip garden outside the Capitol, WMTV-TV reported Thursday. Tatyana Warrick, a...

Indiana judge opens door for new eatery, finding `tacos and burritos are Mexican-style sandwiches'

May. 17, 2024 14:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana judge who declared that “tacos and burritos are Mexican-style sandwiches” has cleared the way for the opening of a new restaurant, delighting a restauranteur following a legal battle. Martin Quintana, 53, has been trying for about three years...

West Virginia candidate hospitalized after being bitten by snakes while removing campaign signs

May. 16, 2024 14:14 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A candidate for West Virginia secretary of state said he has been hospitalized for copperhead snake bites sustained while removing election campaign signs. Doug Skaff said he was bitten in the left leg and the right foot Wednesday near U.S. Route 119 in...

Stolen antique weathervane recovered 40 years later and returned to Vermont

May. 15, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — An antique copper weathervane that was swiped from a Vermont railway station 40 years ago has been found and was returned to the state last week, the Vermont Agency of Transportation has announced. “We are delighted to see this valuable historic artifact and...

A greasy, monumental ritual at the Naval Academy ends after more than 2 hours

May. 15, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It took Naval Academy plebes two hours, 19 minutes and 11 seconds Wednesday to accomplish the ultimate in upward mobility: scaling a greased obelisk and swapping out a cup with a cap, this year with an unusual hitch. The annual grueling, slippery ritual...

A Chicago teen entered college at 10. At 17, she earned a doctorate from Arizona State

May. 14, 2024 16:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dorothy Jean Tillman II's participation in Arizona State University's May 6 commencement was the latest step on a higher-education journey the Chicago teen started when she took her first college course at age 10. In between came associate's, bachelor's and master's...