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How many ballerinas can dance on tiptoes in one place? A world record 353 at New York's Plaza Hotel

Apr. 17, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of young dancers in white tutus and tightly coiffed hair gathered in New York's Plaza Hotel on Wednesday to break the world record for dancing on pointe in one place. The spectacle was organized by Youth America Grand Prix, a ballet scholarship program that...

A vehicle backfiring startled a circus elephant into a Montana street. She still performed Tuesday

Apr. 17, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

The sound of a vehicle backfiring spooked a circus elephant while she was getting a pre-show bath in Butte, Montana, leading the pachyderm to break through a fence and take a brief walk, stopping noontime traffic on the city's busiest street before being loaded back into a trailer. ...

A 9-year-old boy's dream of a pet octopus is a sensation as thousands follow Terrance's story online

Apr. 15, 2024 17:53 PM EDT

The one thing 9-year-old Cal Clifford wanted more than anything since he was a toddler was a pet octopus. The boy's family in rural Edmond, Oklahoma, humored him with toy versions of an eight-legged mollusk, but as Cal got older it became clear that only the real thing would do. ...

Mountain goat stuck under Kansas City bridge survives rocky rescue

Apr. 09, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

An escaped mountain goat that somehow got stuck under a Kansas City bridge has survived a rocky rescue effort and now may be reunited with the owners who suspect he was stolen from their farm two months ago. “It’s the story that captured the hearts of Kansas City,” said Tori...

Who's really left-handed? In baseball, it can be hard to tell

Apr. 09, 2024 06:02 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s Yordan Alvarez might be the top left-handed hitter in Major League Baseball. Teammate Framber Valdez ranks among the best left-handed pitchers, too. Other than that, those guys are all right. Literally — neither player considers himself...

First an earthquake, now an eclipse. Yankees to play ball on same day as another natural phenomenon

Apr. 07, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 4.8 magnitude earthquake shook New York City on Friday as the Yankees went through batting practice before their home opener. Three days later, the Yankees will play after another natural phenomenon. At least this one will be expected. A solar...

A new declaration in Mexico gives 19 cats roaming the presidential palace food and care fur-ever

Apr. 07, 2024 03:26 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — They prowl through palace gardens stalking pigeons and make cameos on televised press briefings. Some greet tourists at the doors, while others take a sneaky lick of ice cream from staff. Nineteen feral cats have free rein of Mexico's National Palace, long...

The world's oldest man says the secret to his longevity is luck, plus regular fish and chips

Apr. 06, 2024 15:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The world’s oldest man says the secret to his long life is luck, moderation — and fish and chips every Friday. Englishman John Alfred Tinniswood, 111, has been confirmed as the new holder of the title by Guinness World Records. It follows the death of the...

A California dog missing since the summer is found in Michigan

Apr. 05, 2024 20:31 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A dog missing in California since the summer turned up more than 2,000 miles away in suburban Detroit. Police in Harper Woods responded to a call about a stray dog last week, picked up the terrier mix and contacted an animal welfare group. The Grosse...

Gray wolves hadn’t been seen in south Michigan since the 1900s. This winter, a local hunter shot one

Apr. 05, 2024 11:51 AM EDT

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — An animal a Michigan hunter thought was a big coyote when he shot it in January has been determined to be a gray wolf, the first time the species has been found in southern Michigan in more than a century, wildlife officials say. The hunter shot the wolf in...