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Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

Dec. 13, 2018 6:12 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a scuba diver dressed as St. Nick submerge into a coral reef exhibit while dozens of children watched from...

Candidate whose missed vote led to tie loses on dice roll

Dec. 13, 2018 4:34 PM EST

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — A city council candidate in northeastern Arkansas whose runoff election ended in a tie after he didn't vote has lost his bid for the seat by a roll of the dice. The race for a seat on the Hoxie City Council was determined by Cliff Farmer and incumbent Alderwoman Becky Linebaugh...

The Latest: Police seek return of cash spilled from truck

Dec. 13, 2018 4:14 PM EST

The Latest on an armored truck that spilled cash onto a New Jersey highway (all times local): 4:15 p.m. New Jersey police say people who picked up cash when an armored truck spilled money onto a highway can return it without getting in trouble. East Rutherford police said Thursday that charges won't be filed...

Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

Dec. 13, 2018 4:06 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Holland Tunnel between New Jersey and New York City may be in for a makeover after critics called the placement of its holiday decorations a distraction, a possible trigger for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder — and just plain ugly. Wreaths have adorned the...

Man puts up sculpture of middle finger as a message to town

Dec. 13, 2018 3:35 PM EST

WESTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who is in an ongoing dispute with his town has let officials know exactly how he feels by erecting a large wooden sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised on his front lawn. Ted Pelkey said Thursday that he has been trying for about 10 years to move his truck...

The Latest: Tunnel agency could alter disputed decorations

Dec. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over holiday decorations at the Holland Tunnel into New York (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The authority that operates a tunnel into New York where holiday decorations are causing controversy could end up changing them. The Port Authority of New York and...

Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers

Dec. 13, 2018 8:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers. Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag. The New York Times reports officials believe the birds were...

Bowler turning 105 still looking to improve his game

Dec. 11, 2018 3:02 PM EST

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state man who has been bowling for more than 90 years says he's still trying to improve his game as he turns 105 years old. Tom Pisano bowls in the Monday and Wednesday leagues at AMF Empire Lanes in Webster, a Rochester suburb. League organizer Brad Larson says Pisano also...

Apparent Grinch on video driving through Christmas display

Dec. 11, 2018 9:49 AM EST

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — An apparent Grinch was spotted on surveillance video plowing through a Christmas display outside a suburban Indianapolis home and tips are being sought to find the man. WRTV broadcast the video recorded Sunday night by a neighbor's camera in Greenwood. The video starts with a man...

Police give $3 to person who found it 14 years ago

Dec. 11, 2018 9:47 AM EST

MONMOUTH BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey have given $3 to the person who found it 14 years ago. Paige Woodie was 12 years old when she and a friend discovered the cash and turned it into a Monmouth Beach police officer in 2004. Sgt. Jeff Godwin tells the Asbury Park Press people who turn in found...