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Mysterious memorial to 'Lawnmower Man' reappears after theft

Dec. 7, 2019 10:23 AM EST

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A mysterious memorial dedicated to a New Mexico homeless man who mowed lawns has reappeared after a similar one was stolen. KRQE-TV reports that a lawnmower memorial dedicated to Carlos Ramirez was installed this week in Roswell, New Mexico. Ramirez died last month in Lubbock, Texas....

'Typo' may have overvalued Utah home at nearly $1B

Dec. 6, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials say a possible dropped phone resulted in a typo that overvalued a home for almost $1 billion. And taxpayers may have to pay for the mistake. The Deseret News reports a house built in 1978 in an unincorporated area of the county was recorded in 2019 tax rolls with a...

Deputies: Woman used fake lease to move into Arizona home

Dec. 6, 2019 8:27 PM EST

An Arizona woman is facing charges after authorities said she faked a lease agreement and moved into a home without the homeowner's permission. KPHO-TV reports Stephanie Heinrich was arrested last month after Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies found her moving into a home without permission. Deputies say they...

Arizona man rescued, arrested after getting stuck in chimney

Dec. 6, 2019 7:03 PM EST

An Arizona man is facing charges after authorities say he tried to climb down the chimney with a bound in a vacant house — and got stuck. KGUN-TV reports firefighters in Tucson, Arizona, rescued the man Friday after finding his legs dangling from inside the chimney. Authorities say rescue workers were...

Palm Beach Sheriff: French bulldogs stolen in 2 burglaries

Dec. 4, 2019 4:38 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida's Palm Beach County are searching for a dog thief targeting a particular high-end breed. The first French bulldog reported missing was Arthur, sheriff's officials said. The tan and brown Frenchie had been inside a kennel in a home that was burglarized...

Hospital sends $3K bill for pulling toy from girl's nose

Dec. 4, 2019 3:08 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas mother says she received a $3,000 bill after doctors removed a plastic doll shoe stuck in her 3-year-old daughter's nose. KTNV-TV reported Tuesday that Lucy Branson stuck two pink Polly Pocket plastic doll shoes up her nose -- one in each nostril. Her mother Katy Branson says...

Shocked? Electric eel powers aquarium's Christmas lights

Dec. 4, 2019 9:59 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium may be shocked to learn that an electric eel named Miguel Wattson is lighting up a Christmas tree. A special system connected to Miguel's tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on a nearby tree, according to a news release. Miguel...

‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Missouri rescue mission

Dec. 3, 2019 2:00 PM EST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of a tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of a Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him. The beagle-mix puppy, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in November...

Mississippi residents protest pothole with holiday decor

Dec. 3, 2019 9:56 AM EST

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a Mississippi city are protesting a large pothole in their neighborhood by decorating it with holiday cheer. The Enterprise-Journal reports residents of McComb’s Edgewood neighborhood have topped the pothole and its yellow traffic cone with tinsel, spray-painted...

‘Thanksgiving antics’ NC elk gets tangled up in red hammock

Dec. 2, 2019 4:48 PM EST

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (AP) — An elk is running around western North Carolina with a shredded hammock on its head, and apparently a love of apples is to blame. News outlets report Jim Beaver told the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office on Thanksgiving that an elk was stuck in his yard with its antlers...