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Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May

Jul. 19, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator has been found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store near Pittsburgh. It's the fourth alligator discovered around the city since May. Shaler Township Police Lt. Dave Banko tells the Tribune Review an employee found the 2-foot-long creature Friday...

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...

US Air Force warns against joke event to 'storm Area 51'

Jul. 17, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people "storm Area 51," the top-secret Cold War test site in the Nevada desert. A prank event on Facebook that's attracted more than 1 million interested people suggests that a mass...

All-white creature identified as rare albino porcupine

Jul. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine. The young rodent turned up Tuesday at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, perplexing the staff, who sought help identifying it...

Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

Jul. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it. It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high...

City hopes 'Baby Shark' song will drive homeless away

Jul. 17, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children's songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility. West Palm Beach parks and recreation director Leah Rockwell tells the Palm...

Deputies: Florida man tied up wife's lover, cut off penis

Jul. 17, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

BELL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man held his wife's lover at gunpoint, cut off the man's penis and fled with it. News outlets report 49-year-old Alex Bonilla was arrested hours later on charges including aggravated assault. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office released a statement Tuesday that...