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Indonesian walking 700 kilometers backward to save forests

Aug. 22, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

BEKASI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian man is walking more than 700 kilometers (430 miles) backward from his village in eastern Java to the country's capital to raise awareness about deforestation. Medi Bastoni began his arduous expedition on July 18 from his home on the slope of Mount Wilis, a dormant...

German city offers $1.1M to whoever proves it doesn't exist

Aug. 21, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German city that's been the subject of a long-running online light-hearted conspiracy theory claiming it doesn't really exist is offering big bucks to whoever proves that's true. Officials in Bielefeld said Wednesday they'll give 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to the person who delivers...

Germany: 8-year-old goes on highway joyride with mom's car

Aug. 21, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old boy took his mom's car and went for a nighttime joyride on a highway in western Germany. Soest police said the boy's mother called them early Wednesday after she noticed that both her son and her VW Golf had disappeared. Mother and police eventually found the boy at a...

Vandalized robot may solve mystery of its own attack

Aug. 20, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A 400-pound (181-kilogram) security robot that was knocked over by a vandal last month in Northern California may help bring its attacker to justice. The Hayward Police Department on Tuesday released images of the suspect that the Knightscope K5 robot captured before it was damaged....

TSA says traveler forgot snake at Newark security checkpoint

Aug. 20, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A young girl discovered something slithery at a New Jersey airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake. Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport said in a release that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring around its...

Time capsule from 50 years ago has nothing inside

Aug. 20, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

DERRY, N.H. (AP) — Officials in a New Hampshire town are trying to figure out how a recently opened time capsule from 50 years ago has nothing in it. Library director Cara Potter in Derry tells WMUR-TV that since she started there five years ago, the safe has been sitting on a shelf. Before that, it was...

Texas restaurant with famous men named George changes mural

Aug. 19, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas restaurant called George's that features a mural honoring famous men with the same name has been changed to avoid a trademark dispute. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports owner Sammy Citrano discovered that an alphabet letter he'd put on the mural is a Waco city trademark. Citrano...

Helicopter pilot fighting fine for landing in friend's yard

Aug. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is fighting back after getting in trouble for landing his helicopter in a friend's backyard to surprise her for her 45th birthday. The South Florida SunSentinel reports Kfir "Leo" Baranes wanted to take the single mom on a helicopter ride as a surprise during her...

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy

Aug. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television...

Officials seize marijuana mixed with jalapeño peppers

Aug. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port. A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego. A CBP news...