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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...

Naked man arrested for burglary, animal cruelty

Jun. 21, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man who ran through a New Hampshire apartment complex terrorizing residents while naked, also threw glass at police officers and beat a dog before being hit with a stun gun and arrested. The Concord Monitor reports that 28-year-old Irakoze Ildephonse had appeared high on drugs...

Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

Jun. 21, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia. Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night's Phillies game when the team's mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she...

Slow farm tractor flees police, setting off low-speed chase

Jun. 21, 2018 7:02 AM EDT

BREWER, Maine (AP) — Police say a slow-moving farm tractor that fled a traffic stop in Maine led police on a nearly 3-mile, low speed chase. Police Sgt. Nelson Feero Jr. says a Brewer police officer pulled over the tractor Tuesday morning after he saw it knock over a series of traffic cones in a...