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Low-number Delaware license plate auctioned for $410K

Aug. 21, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) — Low-numbered Delaware license plates are in demand. Someone paid $410,000 for the plate bearing the number 20 when it went up for auction Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. John Wakefield, of Delaware Tag Traders, tells the Delaware News Journal the price exceeded...

Surf's up in California, where it's now the official sport

Aug. 20, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill making it so. The new law declares surfing to be "an iconic California sport" — though it acknowledges that surfing originated with the Polynesian...

Troopers cite 10 sports car drivers for going too slow

Aug. 20, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — State police in Connecticut usually pull over cars for driving too fast. But on Sunday, troopers stopped and ticketed 10 cars for going too slow. Police received several calls from angry motorists Sunday about what were described as high-performance, racing-type cars slowing traffic to...

Cliff house: Unique Swiss restaurant looks for new tenants

Aug. 20, 2018 6:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — One of Switzerland's most picturesque restaurants will soon be looking for a new operator. The Gasthaus Aescher, built into a cliff above a valley in northeastern Switzerland, has been run by the same family since 1987. It gained recognition outside the Alpine nation when it was featured on...

Police: Man angry about loud music waves gun at school dance

Aug. 19, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

THATCHER, Ariz. (AP) — A 72-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of waving a gun at a high school dance in Arizona because he didn't like the loud music. Police in the small southeastern Arizona town of Thatcher say Robert Layton drove to the high school parking lot around 11:45 p.m. Friday and...

Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing

Aug. 18, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country. In a response to questions from opposition Green Party lawmaker Dieter Janecek, the government said "there are no protocols or plans for a possible first contact with...

Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California

Aug. 17, 2018 8:20 PM EDT

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Visitors were flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California on Friday to get a whiff of a so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms. The flower, nicknamed "Stink," began blooming unexpectedly on Thursday night, Huntington...

Restaurant cites worldwide freakout over its french fries

Aug. 17, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine restaurant says news about the anger surrounding a change in its french fries has reached people all over the world. Bolley's Famous Franks co-owner Leslie Parsons tells the Kennebec Journal a newspaper in China wanted to try its fries and it received a call from people...

Like a fish out of water: Barrels of bait spill on highway

Aug. 17, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) — There are plenty of fish in the sea — and almost as many on a Maine highway. The Portland Press Herald reports a truck carrying 35 barrels of bait fish tipped over Thursday in Newcastle, spilling the pungent fish all over the road and backing up traffic. The Lincoln County...

Baby boom at Arizona hospital with 16 pregnant nurses

Aug. 17, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A baby boom is brewing at a suburban Arizona hospital where 16 intensive care nurses recently discovered they are all pregnant. The nurses at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa outside Phoenix joked Friday they thought there was something in the water when it became clear they were all...