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Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home

Feb. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a very big cat — a mountain lion — from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert. The homeowner called authorities Saturday after spotting the animal near the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains. San Bernardino County...

Italian soccer team loses 20-0 after fielding only 7 players

Feb. 17, 2019 12:54 PM EST

CUNEO, Italy (AP) — A third-tier Italian soccer team had a day to forget when it lost 20-0 after being able to field only seven players, all of them teenagers. Pro Piacenza, which has financial problems, had already forfeited three matches and not playing a fourth on Sunday would have seen it thrown out of...

Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

Feb. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they're "born" is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses. The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez proclaimed Friday as "Bob Born Day" in a ceremony at...

Beer from 1886 shipwreck may yield new brew

Feb. 15, 2019 7:23 PM EST

COBLESKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York. Biotechnology students at the State University of New York at Cobleskill uncorked a bottle from the shipwrecked SS Oregon on Thursday. Serious Brewing Company of Howes Cave...

Home investor finds staircase booby-trapped with a knife

Feb. 15, 2019 6:58 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise — a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife. Ekrem Uysaler says he and his team were looking at the home in January when one of his co-workers saw a small line on the home's...

Nightmare: Man's car stolen while he's asleep in back seat

Feb. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EST

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A man's nap in the back of his car in Delaware turned into a nightmare after the car he was sleeping in was stolen and crashed. Musician Justin Koerner told the News Journal he had spent a night playing music with friends, went to sleep in his vehicle and had a dream involving someone...

Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too

Feb. 14, 2019 5:02 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. Economic officials on Thursday removed the estimated $61 million windfall the winner was expected to pay in state income taxes from...

Hungry bear goes for ride after getting stuck on trash truck

Feb. 14, 2019 1:40 PM EST

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — Drivers were startled to see a hungry bear that got stuck in the back of garbage truck and took a ride across a stretch of eastern North Carolina. News outlets report that a motorist called Bertie County 911 on Wednesday morning about a bear hanging off of the truck on U.S. Route 17....

Cockroaches named after exes to be fed to Texas zoo animals

Feb. 14, 2019 8:33 AM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help. The El Paso Zoo is running a promotion called "Quit Bugging Me" that allows people to name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former friends or anyone else on the nope list. On Thursday, the cockroaches will be...

Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner

Feb. 13, 2019 11:06 AM EST

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school. Martha Everett lost the black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Workers...