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Comical, topical? Party bus saves day for school field trip

Sep. 21, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group of high school students in Massachusetts had to ride on a party bus complete with a stripper pole and neon lights during a recent field trip — an experience their teacher said highlights problems with the education system. Jim Mayers, an 11th...

IT phoned home: Storytelling box foils kindergarten thief

Sep. 21, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have solved a burglary case at a kindergarten after a storytelling gadget the suspect had swiped revealed his location. Police said Tuesday that the 44-year-old suspect had stolen various items during a break-in at a kindergarten in...

Japanese sisters certified as world's oldest twins at 107

Sep. 20, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Guinness World Records has certified two Japanese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins at 107, in an announcement Monday coinciding with Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan. Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were born the...

Boston's famous Skinny House sells for a nice fat price

Sep. 17, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's famous Skinny House has sold for a nice fat price. The home in the city's North End hit the market in August for $1.2 million, and the deal was closed Thursday for $1.25 million, according to Zillow. The home “received...

Idled Thai taxis go green with mini-gardens on car roofs

Sep. 16, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden,” as they utilize the roofs of cabs idled by the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable plots. Workers from two taxi cooperatives assembled the miniature gardens this...

Las Vegas police find dozens of boa constrictors in home

Sep. 16, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police found 30 boa constrictors in a home and then determined that nothing was amiss. Investigators came across the snakes Tuesday during an unspecified law enforcement investigation and promptly called Clark County...

White catfish catch shatters state, and maybe, world record

Sep. 16, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

A white catfish caught in Connecticut last month has smashed a state record and could also be a world record for the species — though the evidence has been eaten. Ben Tomkunas, 25, caught the 21.3-pound (9.66-kilogram) fish late at night in Coventry on Aug. 21. It was...

At 101, she's still hauling lobsters with no plans to stop

Sep. 16, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine’s rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters. Nearly a century later, at age...

No bull: Scientists potty train cows to use 'MooLoo'

Sep. 13, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

Turns out cows can be potty trained as easily as toddlers. Maybe easier. It's no bull. Scientists put the task to the test and 11 out of 16 cows learned to use the “MooLoo” when they had to go. Just like some parents, the researchers used a sweet...

Winner DQ for wearing wrong shoes at Vienna Marathon

Sep. 12, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa was disqualified for wearing the wrong shoes after winning the Vienna Marathon on Sunday. The 24-year-old Hurisa crossed the line first by three seconds but was later told he had been disqualified because the soles of his shoes...