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Man says he was deceived when he bought tiny strip of land

Jun. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man thought he snagged a deal when he paid $9,100 in an online auction for what he thought was a villa. What he got was a 1-foot-by-100-foot (0.3-meter-by-30-meter) strip of land. The land, valued at only $50, starts on a curb and goes under a wall separating...

Police: Woman was drunk, but no DUI for toy truck joy ride

Jun. 14, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck. News outlets quote police as saying that instead they charged 25-year-old Megan Holman with public intoxication. They say they spotted her cruising down...

Beach concerts at Jersey shore town cancelled for the birds

Jun. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A concert series on a popular New Jersey beach is cancelled this summer to protect dozens of shorebirds nesting there. Piping plovers usually only visit Sandy Hook but this year, unusually, they've decided to build more than 20 nests. Sandy Hook Foundation made the announcement...

Snake stows away in bag for trip to Hawaii from Florida

Jun. 13, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A snake stowed away in a man's bag and remained undetected until it completed the trip from Florida to Hawaii, officials said. The southern black racer snake slithered out of the man's backpack when he arrived on Maui Monday, KGMB-TV reported Wednesday. Snakes have no natural predators in...

Badly-made fake license plate leads to arrest in California

Jun. 12, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — A big-rig truck driver has been arrested after authorities spotted a phony license plate on his rig. How could they tell? Well, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department says the 1960s-style yellow-on-black plate had wobbly letters and numbers. Also, instead of "CALIFORNIA," it read...

Feds: 81-year-old robbery suspect wanted to return to prison

Jun. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An 81-year-old man who has spent most of his adult life behind bars for stealing from banks said he robbed a credit union in Tucson months after his release from prison because his monthly $800 Social Security payment wasn't enough to live on, according to court records. Robert Francis Krebs...

Lithuanian circus owner releases bear he took 'hostage'

Jun. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian police say a private circus owner has released a bear from a cage after a standoff with police trying to take the animal away. Authorities wanted the bear confiscated for many violations, most recently because it was kept in temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius (86...

Exotic animals removed from home where alligator escaped

Jun. 12, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week. Among the 32 animals removed Tuesday were three more alligators, including one with a neck injury; three snakes,...

Deputies: Alligator bit off piece of patrol car in Louisiana

Jun. 12, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Louisiana say an alligator took a bite out of one of their patrol cars. WBRZ-TV reports deputies were called Monday to Louisiana Highway 1 in Caddo Parish after someone spotted the gator in the middle of the road. The sheriff's office says deputies were...

New Mexico city famous for UFO event trademarks new logo

Jun. 12, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city known for its proximity to arguably the most famous UFO event in the United States has trademark protection for its alien-inspired logo. The city of Roswell said Tuesday it received its requested trademark certification from the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office....