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12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

Oct. 19, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a...

Putin's ex-bodyguard rejects TV debate after duel challenge

Oct. 19, 2018 5:38 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard has rejected an opposition leader's invitation for a television debate after challenging him to a duel. Gen. Viktor Zolotov, chief of Russia's National Guard and Putin's long-time bodyguard, recorded a rare video address to opposition leader Alexei...

Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes

Oct. 18, 2018 10:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team. "He is a very fortunate...

Motorists stunned as metal balls roll down Seattle street

Oct. 18, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Seattle temporarily closed a street after motorists were stunned by dozens of large metal balls that spilled out of a truck and cascaded down the street, damaging several cars. A video taken by a person at the scene Wednesday afternoon shows the balls loudly bouncing and...

'Call my lawyer,' says sweater seized with stolen sneakers

Oct. 18, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year. The Roanoke Times reports Roanoke County police arrested 21-year-old Manuel Carlos Ramirez-Godoy in Sunday's burglary of Clean Soles, seizing seven right-foot Nike Air Jordans and a...

Nebraska's message for tourists? 'It's not for everyone'

Oct. 18, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's no longer nice, at least in its next tourism campaign. The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone." The slogan, which the Nebraska Tourism Commission unveiled Wednesday at a Nebraska City conference, will replace the...

Man finds congressman's documents in abandoned storage unit

Oct. 17, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man stumbled upon a trove of historical documents possibly worth thousands of dollars after purchasing an abandoned storage unit for $20 in a Phoenix suburb. The Arizona Republic reports Don Smith discovered a collection of about 200 letters belonging to Henry Ellsworth Barbour, a...

Police say teenager baked grandfather's ashes into cookies

Oct. 17, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said Wednesday. The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near...

Nobel Prize winner honored with dedicated campus bike rack

Oct. 17, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated spot in a bicycle rack. George Smith learned this month that he'll share this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry with two other scientists. Other schools have recognized their...

'Brazen Botanist' sentenced to jail for plant thefts

Oct. 17, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who police dubbed the "Brazen Botanist" after he was captured on a surveillance camera stealing plants from a porch has pleaded guilty. The Salem News reports 43-year-old Joseph Gardner was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail. Police say a man was seen on a...