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The Philadelphia Phillies are scrapping $1 hot dog nights following unruly fan behavior

Feb. 29, 2024 22:58 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For more than a quarter-century, Phillies fans considered dollar hot dog night among the best ballpark promotions — but the team has now decided it was the wurst. Those dog days of April — when Philly weather is cold and the wieners are a steal — are...

Looking for a leap year lift? Check out this silly French newspaper that only publishes on Feb. 29

Feb. 29, 2024 10:23 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Read all about it, right now — or you'll have to wait another four years. Satirical French newspaper La Bougie du Sapeur only comes out on Feb. 29. It's a leap year-only publication, filled with cringe-worthy puns and commentary on events of the past four years. ...

‘Iron Man’ pilots race in jet suits against a backdrop of Dubai skyscrapers

Feb. 28, 2024 23:30 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pilots lined up on a runway in Dubai on Wednesday and fired up their seven jet engines with an ear-splitting roar. But they weren't preparing to fly an airplane — they were the aircraft. This city-state in the United Arab Emirates, known for...

Cheers to being crooked again. Quirky English pub bulldozed after a fire to be rebuilt as it was

Feb. 27, 2024 20:48 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The owners of a quirky 18th century British pub unlawfully bulldozed after a mysterious fire last year were ordered on Tuesday by a local council to rebuild it — and to stick to its original, lopsided dimensions. The watering hole — known as the Crooked House for...

At the Florida Man Games, big crowds cheer competitors evading police, wrestling over beer

Feb. 24, 2024 22:34 PM EST

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — They rose up by the dozens from across Florida, caricatured competitors in tank tops and cutoff shorts, for a showdown that treats evading police and wrestling over beer like Olympic sports. Promoted as “the most insane athletic showdown on Earth,”...

'Totally cold' is not too cold for winter swimmers competing in a frozen Vermont lake

Feb. 24, 2024 16:00 PM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Plunging into a frozen lake and swimming laps may not be everyone's good time but for winter swimmers who return year after year to a northern Vermont lake near the Canadian border, there's nothing better. The 10th annual Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival...

Charlotte, a stingray with no male companion, is pregnant in her mountain aquarium

Feb. 14, 2024 18:59 PM EST

Charlotte, a rust-colored stingray the size of a serving platter, has spent much of her life gliding around the confines of a storefront aquarium in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains. She's 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) from her natural habitat under the waves off southern...

Caught at border with pythons in his pants, New York City man fined and sentenced to probation

Feb. 14, 2024 17:12 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City man who admitted to smuggling three Burmese pythons in his pants through a U.S.-Canadian border crossing was sentenced Wednesday to a year of probation and fined $5,000, federal prosecutors said. Calvin Bautista, 38, crossed into northern New...

In this centuries-old English pancake race, 'you just have to go flat out'

Feb. 14, 2024 05:13 AM EST

OLNEY, England (AP) — Women in matching checkered aprons, headscarves and a rainbow of running shoes limbered up Tuesday as they prepared for the centuries-old pancake race in this English country town. They rolled their shoulders in unison, raised up on their toes and did squats...

Motorist in England calls police to report he's too drunk to drive

Feb. 13, 2024 14:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in England say a drunken driver did the right thing after doing the wrong thing. An emergency dispatcher received an unusual call just before noon Monday when a motorist reported he was driving drunk and said he “doesn’t know what he is doing,” North...