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Nevada desert towns prep for possible 'Storm Area 51' influx

Sep. 19, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for "Storm Area 51" are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few days. "It's...

Utah police use sirens to drive bear up tree for relocation

Sep. 18, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah police used their vehicle sirens to drive a 2-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in a northern Utah town caused traffic delays Wednesday morning. State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilize the...

74-year-old woman among 3 people who allegedly killed a man

Sep. 18, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 74-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy are among three people who allegedly took turns shooting a man to death inside a New Jersey laundromat. Mercer County prosecutors say 74-year-old Eudean McMillan, 37-year-old Darryl Parker and the 15-year-old have been charged in the slaying of...

Pigeon poops on lawmaker discussing pigeon poop problem

Sep. 16, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A pigeon apparently didn't think much of a lawmaker's ideas to address a messy situation at a Chicago Transit Authority stop known by some as "pigeon poop station." WBBM-TV reports that one of the birds did its business on the head of Democratic state Rep. Jaime Andrade as he was discussing...

Sheriff: Louisiana women left wallet, meth at cash register

Sep. 16, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

CALHOUN, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a wallet forgotten at a cash register was filled with more than just old receipts. The Monroe News-Star reports the wallet contained a bag of crystal methamphetamine and an insurance card belonging to 23-year-old Alicia A. Pitre. The newspaper says Pitre was...

Legal briefs: Suspended judge pleads in underwear-theft case

Sep. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A suspended New York judge has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary for trying to sneak into a neighbor's home to steal her underwear. Robert Cicale (sih-KAL'-ee) pleaded guilty Friday in Suffolk County court. Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Cicale had several pairs of worn...

Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace

Sep. 14, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet, valued at roughly 1 million pounds ($1.25 million), was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan....

California Highway Patrol captures flightless fugitive emu

Sep. 14, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities have captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway. The Fresno Bee reported Friday that the bird was apprehended following a brief pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers. Authorities say officers responded to a report that an...

Stinky shoppers unoffended after Mississippi store bans them

Sep. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — You stink, stay out! That's the message from one Mississippi Delta convenience store to workers at a neighboring soybean oil mill. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the convenience store has a sign on its door stating "Notice: Bad Smelling Oil Mill People Please Do Not Enter."...

Pig-headed pig's escapades cause owner to face citations

Sep. 13, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — This little piggy should have stayed home. The State reports that for the fourth time, Leroy - a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig - wandered over to Brennan Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, leading officials to slap Mcgregor Wallace with citations for owning a pig within city...