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Small plane crash lands on top of Idaho tree, pilot rescued

Apr. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

MCCALL, Idaho (AP) — Officials say a small plane crash landed on top of a tree in Idaho and a firefighter with tree removal experience climbed up the tree to rescue the pilot. The fire department in the resort town of McCall said pilot John Gregory was not hurt in the Monday night crash. McCall Fire Capt....

What the Heckboy: Theater near church avoids 'Hellboy' title

Apr. 25, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee movie theater that sits across from a church and next to an elementary school is promoting the latest movie in the "Hellboy" franchise as "Heckboy." The Tennessean reports the PG advertisement at the Dickson theater has caused a local buzz around the $50 million movie,...

Firefighter recruitment ad touts 'Low Pay, Cool Helmet'

Apr. 24, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri county trying to recruit new firefighters is getting real with its sales pitch, saying in signs posted outside its stations that the job offers "Hard Labor, Odd Hours, Low Pay (and) Cool Helmet." KFVS-TV reports that the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District's...

The Latest: California woman charged with dumping puppies

Apr. 23, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a woman arrested after police say she dumped seven newborn puppies in a dumpster (all times local): 10 a.m. A California woman has been charged with abandoning seven palm-sized puppies authorities say she threw in a dumpster on a hot day. The Riverside County district...

'Snot otter' named Pennsylvania's official amphibian

Apr. 23, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new official amphibian is a slimy, 2-foot-long (0.6-meter) salamander that needs clean streams to thrive. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday granting the honor to the Eastern hellbender, a nocturnal animal whose colorful nicknames include snot otter, lasagna...

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

Apr. 23, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you'll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide. Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of stuff essential for survival in an easy-to-carry bag, grab a drink for the road, and perhaps you'll live through a man-made...

Woman held for allegedly dumping puppies in California trash

Apr. 23, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been arrested for allegedly throwing seven newborn puppies into a Southern California dumpster. Riverside County authorities arrested 54-year-old Deborah Culwell on Monday at her Coachella home. Surveillance video showed a woman get out of a car and drop a bag...

Police K-9 on chase stuck with over 200 quills by porcupine

Apr. 23, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A police K-9 in Oregon is recovering after encountering a porcupine and getting stuck with over 200 quills. The Coos County Sheriff's Office on Monday said Odin was called to the scene to track a suspect on Saturday when the dog crossed paths with the porcupine. Photos showed the...

Back to Earth: Washington set to allow 'human composting'

Apr. 22, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks. The bill legalizing the process, sometimes referred to as "human composting," has...

5-year-old Michigan boy calls 911 to ask for McDonalds

Apr. 20, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A 5-year-old Michigan boy had a craving for McDonald's but his grandmother was sleeping so he called 911 and made a request. WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids reports Iziah Hall of Wyoming asked the dispatcher: "Can you bring me McDonald's?" Dispatcher Sara Kuberski says she told him no but...