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Police: Man faked wife's disappearance so she'd avoid prison

Jun. 3, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

GRANDVIEW, W. Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman and her husband faked her disappearance by pretending she plummeted from an overlook as part of a scheme to keep her out of having to go to prison, authorities said. Julie Wheeler and Rodney Wheeler were arrested Tuesday on multiple charges including...

This 2002 photo provided by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows a close up view of a

Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean 'snot palaces'

Jun. 3, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — Master builders of the sea construct the equivalent of a complex five-story house that protects them from predators and funnels and filters food for them — all from snot coming out of their heads. And when these delicate mucus homes get clogged, the tadpole-looking...

Man charged with assault after thrown pickle hits worker

Jun. 2, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

POWNAL, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing an assault charge after he allegedly threw a large pickle from a moving vehicle that hit a Vermont highway worker, police said. The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Monday on U.S. Route 7 in Pownal near the border crossing into Massachusetts. A...

Florida woman discovers alligators fighting by her home

Jun. 2, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A woman in route to get her morning coffee was jolted awake with pounding on her front door she later discovered to be two alligators fighting in front of her home in Florida. The video of the surprising encounter in Fort Myers was posted on Facebook last week by Susan Geshel. When...

Snake interrupts New Mexico elementary school Zoom lesson

May. 29, 2020 5:07 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico elementary school teacher on Zoom with students had a lesson interrupted thanks to an uninvited guest: a bullsnake. The desert animal surprised Sunrise Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Annette Otero Nuñez during a class May 12 via Zoom from her backyard in...

Texas jail says guards didn't notice inmate giving birth

May. 28, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A woman managed to go into labor and give birth alone in a Texas jail cell without any corrections officers noticing until after she had delivered the child, a sheriff's official said Thursday. The woman had the baby in a Fort Worth jail cell on May 17, according to Tarrant County...

'Feisty' 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

May. 28, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (AP) — “Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother. That quality shone through earlier this month when the Massachusetts woman's beloved centenarian grandmother, Jennie Stejna, came back from the brink of death to survive a bout with COVID-19, the disease...

German police investigating find of ape body parts in forest

May. 28, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police say the grisly find of an ape’s hand and foot in a forest west of Munich appears to be less nefarious than previously thought, and certainly not as outlandish than wildly speculative tips they’ve received. The cleanly severed hand and foot, complete with skin,...

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)

53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family. The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization. After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more...

A juvenile black bear roams through Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020. The bear was eventually trapped by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and will be relocated. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP)

Glazed or jelly? Doughnuts lure city-roaming bear into trap

May. 27, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Glazed or jelly? A black bear roaming around a Florida city proved no match for the doughnuts that lured the animal into a humane trap. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the juvenile 250-pound (113- kilogram) bear spent a good chunk of Tuesday morning meandering around the...