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Man who put razor blades in pizza dough sentenced to prison

Dec. 02, 2021 17:21 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man accused of putting razor blades and screws in pizza dough at supermarkets in Maine and New Hampshire was sentenced Thursday to four years and nine months in federal prison. The sentencing of Nicholas Mitchell, 39, of Dover, New Hampshire,...

Rhode Island man renews sign campaign against town

Dec. 02, 2021 11:42 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man involved in a legal tussle with the town of Portsmouth earlier this year over signs on his property critical of town officials is back at it. Michael DiPaola recently bought a plot of land on a busy road on which he placed more...

In Denmark, a snow storm means people overnight in an IKEA

Dec. 02, 2021 04:36 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In northern Denmark, an IKEA showroom turned into a vast bedroom. Six customers and about two dozen employees were stranded by a snowstorm and spent the night in the store, sleeping in the beds that are usually on show. Up to 30 centimeters...

Slithering 'snake burglar' steals thousands from CA salon

Dec. 01, 2021 20:39 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Police were looking for a man dubbed the “snake burglar" who wriggled his way through a Southern California business and fled with several thousands dollars. Surveillance video showed the man slithering on his belly at the Rustic Roots salon...

Avalanche delays holiday tradition in Alaska's largest city

Nov. 30, 2021 18:57 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A holiday tradition in Alaska’s largest city for more than 60 years got off to a dim start this year. A 300-foot (91-meter) wide, brightly illuminated star situated high above Anchorage in the Chugach Mountains is traditionally lit the day...

Well-traveled roadrunner is back home after visit to Maine

Nov. 30, 2021 08:50 AM EST

FREEDOM, Maine (AP) — A roadrunner that traveled undetected from Nevada to Maine in a moving van is back in its home state. The wayward bird flew in a pet carrier from Boston to Las Vegas last week. From there, it was delivered to officials with the Nevada Department of...

Germany: Burglars knock hole in wall to steal Lego bricks

Nov. 30, 2021 07:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police are looking for witnesses after burglars broke through the wall of a toy store to steal dozens of Lego sets. Police said Tuesday that the theft took place over the weekend in the western town of Lippstadt. The burglars...

New Mexico State to drop parking citations for peanut butter

Nov. 30, 2021 00:18 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is offering anyone with a campus parking citation the chance to get out of their jam with some peanut butter. The university will accept at least 80 ounces (2,270 grams) of peanut butter — the equivalent of five-six...

Oh! Christmas tree? Cardboard display is the talk of a town

Nov. 29, 2021 12:48 PM EST

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — It has been called beautiful, awesome and brilliant, a transcendent work of art that reimagines the holiday experience with local touches of the Jersey Shore. It also has been called ridiculous, ugly and hideous, something akin to a pile of...

Needing a break: Snooker player falls asleep during match

Nov. 29, 2021 05:52 AM EST

YORK, England (AP) — Still feeling the effects of the coronavirus, a top snooker player fell asleep in the middle of his match in one of the most prestigious events in the sport. “My head went down and I woke up and I didn’t have a clue where I was,” Mark Williams...