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Cool new disk: Spinning ice drawing chilly gawkers again

Jan. 13, 2022 11:44 AM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A swirling disk of ice on a Maine river is drawing onlookers in the heart of winter once again. The disk has formed in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook. A handful of dog-walkers and onlookers stopped to gaze at the curious ice formation on a chilly...

Back in shape: Maine's famous spinning ice disk says hello

Jan. 12, 2022 18:21 PM EST

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's famous rotating ice disk is back. The disk has begun to form in the Presumpscot River, where it partially formed in 2020 but failed to draw a worldwide audience like in its first appearance in 2019. Westbrook city officials shared...

Monkey business: Antwerp zoo put kids at ease for virus jab

Jan. 12, 2022 12:22 PM EST

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — The Belgian city of Antwerp has put its faith in monkey business to put kids at ease for their first COVID-19 jab. With the expansion of the country's vaccination campaign to include children as young as 5, Belgian authorities are getting creative as they...

Cat that perches on horses, donkeys reunited with family

Jan. 10, 2022 11:13 AM EST

GENESEO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois family has solved the mystery of what happened to their missing cat that likes to sit on horses and donkeys. Ann Kandis said the cat, named Noodles, jumped into the trunk of her father's car in November 2018 while he was at the family's farm in...

Live deer found in car's hatchback during traffic stop

Jan. 07, 2022 13:51 PM EST

NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police who pulled over a suspected drunken or drugged driver in Pennsylvania discovered a live deer that had apparently been hit and then placed in the hatchback area of her car. The animal was freed after the stop Thursday by police in Newberry Township. ...

Seal skips ocean, makes home 100 miles up Hudson River

Jan. 05, 2022 23:36 PM EST

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A juvenile harbor seal has forgone life in the ocean, instead choosing a home nearly 100 miles up the Hudson River — behavior that wildlife officials called “unprecedented.” The animal was likely abandoned as a pup by his mother in Maine, officials say....

Lawmaker apologizes after apparent try to 'pants' referee

Jan. 05, 2022 19:59 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Tennessee House Republican lawmaker has apologized for losing his temper and being ejected from watching a high school basketball game after a confrontation with a referee. The dustup included what appeared to be either a feigned or failed attempt at pulling down the...

Dogs to visit 3 school districts to sniff out COVID-19

Jan. 05, 2022 16:02 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two dogs trained to detect an odor distinct to people who are sick with COVID-19 will visit three school districts in Bristol County this week. A black Labrador named Huntah and a golden Lab called Duke can detect the smell of the virus on surfaces and will sit to...

Treasure hunters sue for records on FBI's Civil War gold dig

Jan. 05, 2022 13:45 PM EST

Treasure hunters who believe they found a huge cache of fabled Civil War-era gold in Pennsylvania are now on the prowl for something as elusive as the buried booty itself: government records of the FBI's excavation. Finders Keepers filed a federal lawsuit against the Justice...

'Follow me': Dog finds help, leads cops to owner's car crash

Jan. 05, 2022 01:58 AM EST

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A German shepherd named Tinsley, first thought to be a lost dog, successfully led New Hampshire state police to the site of its owner’s rollover crash. Both the vehicle’s occupants were seriously hurt, but thanks to Tinsley’s dogged efforts they quickly...