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Giant panda shocked by electric fence in Scotland

Jul. 23, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A giant panda has learned the hard way that his new enclosure is protected by an electric fence. Visitors at Edinburgh Zoo were worried Tuesday after watching male panda Yang Guang run back to his den after being zapped by the barrier. The panda and his partner Tian Tian, the only giant...

Sydney police find drug haul in van that hit police cars

Jul. 23, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A driver has been charged after methamphetamine valued at more than $140 million was found in a van that crashed into police cars parked outside a Sydney police station, police said on Tuesday. A Toyota HiAce van hit the cars outside the Eastwood Police Station on Monday morning, causing...

Goose freed, got stuck in pizza driver's car grille

Jul. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Authorities say a goose that got stuck in a pizza delivery driver's car grille in Vermont is expected to make a full recovery. Driver Ryan Harrington tells WCAX-TV he saw a goose waddling across the road in Burlington on Saturday. He slammed his brakes, but heard a thud and knew he...

Watermelons to replace piglets in California fair event

Jul. 21, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair. The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal welfare....

Tennessee banker wins annual Hemingway Look-Alike contest

Jul. 21, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Persistence paid off for a retired Tennessee banker who won the weekend's Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his eighth try.  Joe Maxey, 68, of Cedar Hill, triumphed during the three-round contest that concluded Saturday night at Key West's Sloppy Joe's Bar, a frequent hangout for...

Glacier officials teed off over tourists' golf break

Jul. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials are teed off over a report that tourists were hitting golf balls off Going-to-the-Sun Road during a traffic delay. NBC Montana posted a video Thursday taken by a tourist during a road construction delay that shows two men teeing off with golf clubs on...

Pogopalooza bounces into Pittsburgh for pogo competition

Jul. 20, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pogopalooza, known as the World Championships of Pogo, is bouncing into Pittsburgh this weekend. Extreme pogo stick athletes from around the world are coming to town to show off their huge tricks and flips to compete for world titles in such categories as High Jump and Best Trick. The...

Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May. An employee found the 2-foot-long (60-centimeter-long) creature near a garbage can at the Giant Eagle...

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences" rather...

Utah boy advertises 'Ice Cold Beer' at root beer stand

Jul. 18, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah boy has earned widespread social media attention for his neighborhood soda stand thanks to a sign he holds that reads, "Ice Cold Beer" with "root" above the word beer in tiny print. Several residents in the northern Utah city called police earlier this week concerned about a...