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Cat filter goof leaves Pakistanis scratching their whiskers

Jun. 17, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers. A regional minister was giving a briefing that was livestreamed on social media last week when viewers noticed the officials had unexpected feline features. The cat filter, a social media feature applying...

Unicyclist completes 180-mile Trek Across Maine

Jun. 17, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Thousands have ridden their bicycles in the three-day Trek Across Maine. But only one participant has accomplished the feat on a single wheel. Hugh Sharp from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, rode 180 miles (290 kilometers) on a unicycle in the annual fundraiser for the American Lung...

Experts: Humpback whale in San Francisco Bay appears ill

Jun. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A humpback whale that has become an unusual presence in San Francisco Bay may be ill. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that the humpback has remained in the waters near Alameda for more than two weeks. Biologists say the whale, which has been nicknamed "Allie," appears to be...

Former Maine governor has a new job _ tending bar

Jun. 16, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage's wife won't be the only one in their family spending the summer working at a restaurant. LePage will be joining her as a bartender. McSeagulls Restaurant owner Jeff Stoddard said he hasn't finalized the former governor's schedule but expects...

A Utah veteran turning 101 gets over 5,000 birthday cards

Jun. 16, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — When John Frey's family requested 101 birthday cards to celebrate the World War II veteran's 101st birthday in Utah, they were expecting to get 500 at most. At a celebration on June 8, a day after his birthday, Frey ended up with well over 5,000 cards, the Daily Herald reports. According...

A Utah veteran turning 101 gets over 5,000 birthday cards

Jun. 16, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — When John Frey's family requested 101 birthday cards to celebrate the World War II veteran's 101st birthday in Utah, they were expecting to get 500 at most. At a celebration on June 8, a day after his birthday, Frey ended up with well over 5,000 cards, the Daily Herald reports. According...

Man says he was deceived when he bought tiny strip of land

Jun. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man thought he snagged a deal when he paid $9,100 in an online auction for what he thought was a villa. What he got was a 1-foot-by-100-foot (0.3-meter-by-30-meter) strip of land. The land, valued at only $50, starts on a curb and goes under a wall separating...

Police: Woman was drunk, but no DUI for toy truck joy ride

Jun. 14, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck. News outlets quote police as saying that instead they charged 25-year-old Megan Holman with public intoxication. They say they spotted her cruising down...

Beach concerts at Jersey shore town cancelled for the birds

Jun. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A concert series on a popular New Jersey beach is cancelled this summer to protect dozens of shorebirds nesting there. Piping plovers usually only visit Sandy Hook but this year, unusually, they've decided to build more than 20 nests. Sandy Hook Foundation made the announcement...

Snake stows away in bag for trip to Hawaii from Florida

Jun. 13, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A snake stowed away in a man's bag and remained undetected until it completed the trip from Florida to Hawaii, officials said. The southern black racer snake slithered out of the man's backpack when he arrived on Maui Monday, KGMB-TV reported Wednesday. Snakes have no natural predators in...