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Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash

Oct. 14, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

CLEARFIELD, Utah (AP) — Two Utah firefighters responding to a car crash left the scene with purple manicures after calming a young girl upset over the collision. North Davis Fire District Chief Allen Hadley and Captain Kevin Lloyd checked on the crying and screaming girl while medics evaluated her mother....

Giant pumpkin weighing nearly 1 ton sets California record

Oct. 14, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won first place at the 46th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off, setting a record for the largest in California. Leonardo Urena of Napa won $15,000 Monday when his pumpkin logged 2,175 pounds (986 kilograms). Weigh-off...

River otters attack, injure family dog in Anchorage park

Oct. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man rescued his family's dog from an attack by river otters in a small lake at an Anchorage park, he said. Kenny Brewer waded waist-deep into Taku Lake and suffered a bite on his hand while pulling the dog away from the river otters that converged on the pet, Alaska...

A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Oct. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...

'No human is limited': Kipchoge runs sub-2 hour marathon

Oct. 12, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there's an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to...

Report: DWI suspect offered deputy $10K bribe to let him go

Oct. 12, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he attempted to bribe a sheriff's deputy during a suspected drunken driving stop. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Phillip Quintana was arrested early Saturday following an alleged $10,000 bribe and a promise to the deputy to...

Police: Man used Uber to transport meth in Utah

Oct. 12, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — An Uber passenger in Utah is facing charges after police say he used the ride-hailing service to transport nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine. The Provo Daily Herald reports Edgar Esteban Ramos Valdez was arrested Friday following a confrontation with a Provo, Utah, officer who spotted...

Dog lost since 2007 found over 1K miles away in Pittsburgh

Oct. 11, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A toy fox terrier that disappeared from its family's south Florida home in 2007 was found this week over a thousand miles away in Pittsburgh and reunited with its owner on Friday. The 14-year-old named Dutchess was found hungry, shivering and in serious need of a nail trim under a shed on...

Big avocado earns Hawaii family Guinness World Records honor

Oct. 11, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness World Records for the world's heaviest avocado. The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday. The average...

Plane hits car in emergency landing on road; no major injury

Oct. 11, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A plane crash turned into a traffic crash when a small aircraft having engine trouble made an emergency landing on an Ohio roadway and rear-ended a car near an intersection. The two pilots aboard the plane and the driver in the BMW they hit weren't seriously hurt in the Thursday...