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Watermelons to replace piglets in California fair event

Jul. 21, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair. The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal welfare....

Tennessee banker wins annual Hemingway Look-Alike contest

Jul. 21, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Persistence paid off for a retired Tennessee banker who won the weekend's Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his eighth try.  Joe Maxey, 68, of Cedar Hill, triumphed during the three-round contest that concluded Saturday night at Key West's Sloppy Joe's Bar, a frequent hangout for...

Glacier officials teed off over tourists' golf break

Jul. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials are teed off over a report that tourists were hitting golf balls off Going-to-the-Sun Road during a traffic delay. NBC Montana posted a video Thursday taken by a tourist during a road construction delay that shows two men teeing off with golf clubs on...

Pogopalooza bounces into Pittsburgh for pogo competition

Jul. 20, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pogopalooza, known as the World Championships of Pogo, is bouncing into Pittsburgh this weekend. Extreme pogo stick athletes from around the world are coming to town to show off their huge tricks and flips to compete for world titles in such categories as High Jump and Best Trick. The...

"Got the Spider!" joke on demolished house circulates online

Jul. 19, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

RENNER, S.D. (AP) — A photo of a demolished house with the words "Got the Spider!" painted on the roof has made the rounds on social media after a couple decided to have a little fun. Jeff Hopkins and Dawn Cronk told the Argus Leader they wanted to write something on the roof of the crumbled house and "Got...

Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May. An employee found the 2-foot-long (60-centimeter-long) creature near a garbage can at the Giant Eagle...

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences" rather...

Utah boy advertises 'Ice Cold Beer' at root beer stand

Jul. 18, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah boy has earned widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a sign he holds that reads, "Ice Cold Beer" with "root" above the word beer in tiny print. Several residents in the northern Utah city called police earlier this week concerned about a...

Utah boy advertises 'Ice Cold Beer' at root beer stand

Jul. 18, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah boy has earned widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a sign he holds that reads, "Ice Cold Beer" with "root" above the word beer in tiny print. Several residents in the northern Utah city called police earlier this week concerned about a...

Woman who got postcard sent in 1993 tracks down sender

Jul. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman who recently got a 1993 postcard in her mailbox has tracked down the man who sent it to his children more than two decades ago. Kim Draper's story about the mysterious Hong Kong postcard was published in The State Journal-Register in Springfield and picked up by...