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Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World's Ugliest Dog title

Jun. 24, 2018 3:44 AM EDT

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. The dog's owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive...

The Latest: English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins Ugliest Dog contest

Jun. 23, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Northern California (all times local): 8:23 p.m. A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday in the competition where...

Kind of a big dill: Boston hosts 2nd annual pickle fair

Jun. 23, 2018 9:49 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pickle Fair is back and it's kind of a big dill. The second annual event is scheduled for Saturday at the Innovation and Design Building in the city's Seaport District. The fair is a family-oriented celebration of all things fermented — pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut and other...

Park system celebrates 150 years with pink flamingo record

Jun. 22, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Parks officials in Buffalo, New York, are tickled pink over claiming a new world record for having the longest line of garden flamingos . A Guinness World Records official was on hand Thursday to certify the record — 1,500 pink flamingos — which were set up to celebrate...

Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters

Jun. 22, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis. Artist Domenic Esposito and art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez...

Woman who took dead butterfly from exhibit gets probation

Jun. 22, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman who took a dead butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 36-year-old Jaime Revis was sentenced to six months' probation after entering the plea Thursday. She was arrested in April for taking a blue morpho...

Man finds rattlesnake under hood while trying to start car

Jun. 22, 2018 7:45 AM EDT

HANCOCK, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man trying to jump-start his car was greeted by an unusual sound coming from his engine — the rattle of a venomous timber rattlesnake. The man says the snake slithered across the engine block and curled up on the battery as he opened the hood of the car...

Bank robbery suspect gives ID, easily tracked by police

Jun. 22, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a quick-thinking bank teller in Ohio convinced a suspected robber to hand over his own license. Authorities say the man walked into a Huntington Bank in Columbus on June 4 and gave the teller a note saying he was armed and demanding money. The teller gave the man a stack of...

In India, rats have a $19,000 meal

Jun. 22, 2018 4:53 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — It was a cash machine heist with a difference: The attackers were hungry rodents. At least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating. By the time it was finished, police say more than $19,000 in bills were shredded. When technicians...

Wife credited with returning husband to jail following error

Jun. 21, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Court records say a Colorado inmate, mistakenly released from jail, enjoyed less than two hours of freedom before his wife realized the error and made him turn himself in. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports James Rynerson was in custody late last month at the Mesa County...