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Wyoming man grows 1,491-pound pumpkin, breaks state record

Oct. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials say a Cheyenne man has grown a pumpkin that weighs in at 1,491 pounds (676 kilograms), a new state record. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Thursday that Andy Corbin grew the gourd in his backyard. For perspective, scientists say newborn elephants weigh about 200...

False alarm: Retail tag prompts suspicious package response

Oct. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A discarded security tag has caused a scare in downtown Atlanta. An employee reported a beeping sound coming from a trash bin outside a state government building in the heart of downtown Friday. Police evacuated the building and summoned bomb technicians. As a search was underway, a woman...

San Diego woman living in van gives up all 300 of her rats

Oct. 17, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman living in a van in San Diego with her pet rats has agreed to give them up — all 300 of them. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the San Diego Humane Society went to the woman's van near Del Mar on Oct. 8. Authorities found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the...

Colorado woman indicted in attempted sale of 1920s fetuses

Oct. 17, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman suspected of trying to sell three human fetuses from the 1920s and a fetal skeleton online has been indicted in California on charges of violating a U.S. law prohibiting the transfer of human fetal tissue. Emily Suzanne Cain, 38, pleaded not guilty to charges...

Trapper plays with 'gator until it tires, pulls it from pool

Oct. 17, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a...

Iowa man finds 5 inches of animal blood flooding basement

Oct. 16, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

BAGLEY, Iowa (AP) — Blood may be thicker than water, but it'll still flood your basement. Nick Lestina found this out the hard way two weeks ago when he discovered 5 inches (13 centimeters) of blood, fat and other animal tissue flooding his family's basement in Bagley, which is about 45 miles (72...

Man charged after roommate attack, believed he was a vampire

Oct. 15, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man was charged with a felony assault after police say he attacked his roommate believing he acknowledged being a vampire. Kitsap Sun reported Monday that a Kitsap County court charged the 40-year-old Bremerton man Monday after he was suspected of using a metal...

Deputies ask man to quit calling about his stolen marijuana

Oct. 15, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man repeatedly called 911 to report that his roommate had stolen his marijuana. A deputy for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office posted a Twitter response to the man's calls Saturday night: Stop calling. Deputy Neal Zalva says in the Twitter video that he...

Pack of handsome wild dogs debuts at Bronx Zoo

Oct. 15, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A pack of handsome brothers is getting settled at New York's Bronx Zoo. The foxlike wild dogs — called dholes (dohlz) — were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2016. The trio, named Roan, Apollo and Kito, have brownish-red coats dappled with white markings, and bushy...

Giant pumpkin weighing 2,175 pounds sets California record

Oct. 15, 2019 8:15 AM 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...