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Coronavirus fears shrink jackpot for Alaska's guessing game

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NENANA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s favorite guessing game has taken a hit because of the coronavirus. There were five entries that correctly guessed that a tripod set up on the frozen Tanana River in Nenana, Alaska, would tip over at 12: 56 p.m. on Monday, April 27, as ice broke up in the spring thaw....

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

New England bishop takes tongue-in-cheek shot at Tom Brady

May. 22, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the former...

In this photo provided by the Wild Bird Fund, a rehabber holds two of the ducklings rescued from a pond, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in New York's Central Park, at a Wild Bird Fund facility in New York. They were among the five ducklings who were rescued Thursday after their mother was believed to have been killed by a snapping turtle. (Phyllis Tseng/Wild Bird Fund via AP)

Ducklings orphaned by snapping turtle safe in New York City

May. 21, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Five ducklings going through the worst days of their new lives were rescued Thursday from the treacherous Central Park waters in which a snapping turtle is believed to have killed their mother. The baby mallards were floating bait for what lie beneath in one of the manufactured ponds of New...

In this May 9, 2020, photo provided by Catherine Brewer, Knox Brewer stands next to a safe he pulled out of Whitney Lake in South Carolina. The 6-year-old was using a magnet attached to a string to fish for metal in the water when he reeled in a lockbox that police said was stolen from a woman who lived nearby eight years ago. (Catherine Brewer via AP)

Boy, 6, cracks open robbery case by reeling in sunken safe

May. 21, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy helped crack open a nearly decade-old robbery case when he reeled in a locked safe from the bottom of a South Carolina lake. Knox Brewer of Johns Island took up “magnet fishing” and began hunting for metal objects underwater as a way to pass time...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

Wanted: Loving home for 53-year-old tortoise

May. 21, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Wanted: Loving home for a middle-age tortoise that loves fruit salad, dandelions and sunshine. MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization, has put a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer up for adoption because the owner recently died of COVID-19. She is likely the oldest animal the...

Officials: Loon killed bald eagle by stabbing its heart

May. 20, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A bald eagle died last year in Maine after being stabbed through the heart by a loon, wildlife officials said. A biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recently got word about the July 2019 attack, the Bangor Daily News reported Wednesday. Danielle...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves gestures Monday, May 4, 2020, in Jackson, Miss., as he wonders how needy state residents are being helped when lawmakers passed a bill May 1, that takes control of the federal CARES Act money, during his daily update on the state's response to COVID-19.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov is pranked in shout-out to high school grads

May. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — This one slipped through the cracks. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves asked people to submit names of high school seniors so he could read them aloud on a webcast — a recognition for teenagers who are missing traditional graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic. On...

Moose family reunion: Trooper brings calves, mom together

May. 19, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah state trooper has helped a pair of newborn moose calves reunite safely with their mother after spotting them on a mountain road. The trooper noticed the hours-old calves without their mother on the road as he drove home from work, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Salt...

In this image made from Saturday, May 16, 2020, video provided by Revolution Event Design & Production,

Bouncing back: Restaurant debuts 'bumper tables' amid virus

May. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into dining out amid the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels. About a dozen of the so-called “bumper tables” were rolled out at Fish Tales, a restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland,...

Virginia family out for ride finds nearly $1 million in road

May. 19, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia family out for a ride to get a change of scenery after being holed up due to the coronavirus found nearly $1 million in two bags lying in the road. David and Emily Schantz left their Caroline County home with their children last Saturday and drove their pickup truck...