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Alligator found in Pennsylvania woman's backyard

Jul. 23, 2018 6:10 AM EDT

PROSPECT PARK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who was admiring a turtle in her backyard got a surprise when she spotted an alligator just a few feet away. Tracie Hoffecker says she found the 2-to-3-foot-long (0.9-meter) gator near her home in the Philadelphia suburb of Prospect Park on Sunday morning....

Art dealer buys storage locker for $15,000, finds treasures

Jul. 22, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker filled with paintings for $15,000 says he got more than he bargained for. He found half a dozen paintings he believes were done by artist Willem de Kooning, whose works have sold for millions of dollars at...

Lady Antebellum calls police lip sync of its song 'amazing'

Jul. 22, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police department's entry in a lip sync challenge sweeping the nation has gotten rave reviews — including from the country music group whose song is featured. Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw says he's "overwhelmed" by the response to a video his department...

Austrian family accused of hijacking, crashing Swiss taxi

Jul. 22, 2018 8:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say an Austrian family allegedly hijacked a taxi, crashed into a parked boat, drove through a hedge and then plunged off a 4-foot-high ledge before trying to escaping on foot. St. Gallen police said the incident happened early Sunday in the northeastern Swiss town of Rorschach....

Trainer Jerry Bozzo, 97, gets win at Gulfstream Park

Jul. 21, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Until Jerry Bozzo, no trainer had ever won a thoroughbred race at the age of 96. And now, make it 97. Bozzo bettered his own mark Saturday, when Gusty Wind prevailed in the fifth race at Gulfstream Park by nearly four lengths in a mild upset. Gusty Wind, with Luca Panici...

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Jul. 21, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst "dropping in" for a live performance from the International...

Man in concrete mixer truck leads Wyoming police in chase

Jul. 20, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming police say a man twice led them in a chase — once in a pickup truck and then in a concrete mixer truck. Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson says the incident began about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when police tried to stop a pickup truck on the Interstate 90 on-ramp. The...

Paper problem has Long Island Rail Road tickets saying 2019

Jul. 20, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) — It's back to the future on the Long Island Rail Road. The nation's largest commuter train system said Friday it's printing next month's tickets on paper marked for 2016 and 2019 due to a problem with its usual supply. Riders who get monthly tickets by mail will see a big "19"...

Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

Jul. 20, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — A baby girl is guaranteed food for life — and a job — after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom. Falon Griffin was having contractions when she and her husband stopped at the fast-food restaurant in San Antonio to drop off their daughters with a family...

Cow breaks Connecticut farm worker's jaw

Jul. 20, 2018 8:12 AM EDT

ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A worker at a Connecticut dairy farm was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw after being head-butted by a cow. Seth Bahler, owner of Oakridge Dairy Farm in Ellington, tells the Journal Inquirer the 23-year-old man suffered the injury at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday when a cow swung...