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Orphaned bear cubs settle into new home at wildlife facility

May. 19, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Two black bear cubs are settling into their new home at a New Hampshire wildlife rehabilitation facility, after their mother was killed last week by an off-duty police officer. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Tuesday the...

Finland brewery launches NATO beer with 'taste of security'

May. 19, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance. Olaf Brewing's OTAN lager features a blue label with a cartoon version of a beer-drinking medieval knight in metal armor emblazoned...

Man in Japan gambles COVID town funds mistakenly sent to him

May. 19, 2022 06:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The money was supposed to be COVID-19 assistance for low-income households in a small Japanese town, but it was mistakenly wired to a bank account of a resident who refused to return it and spent most of it on online gambling, police said. Sho Taguchi, a 24-year-old...

Happy is an Asian elephant. But is she also a person?

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — She has four limbs, expressive eyes and likes to stroll through greenery in New York City. Happy, by species, is an Asian elephant. But can she also be considered a person? That question was before New York's highest court Wednesday in a closely watched case...

Baron Cohen drops lawsuit over cannabis dispensary billboard

May. 18, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a Massachusetts cannabis dispensary that used an image of his character Borat on a billboard without his permission. A document filed in Boston federal court on Tuesday said the two sides have agreed to...

168-year-old Peterboro Basket Co. closing, cites forest pest

May. 18, 2022 09:00 AM EDT

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — A 168-year-old company in New Hampshire known for its handwoven, hardwood baskets is closing its factory and stopping production, partly because of an insect pest that has been destroying ash trees. The Peterboro Basket Company has been in business since...

Bad Kitty: German town grounds cats to save rare birds

May. 18, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — What a cat-astrophe! Authorities in the southwest German town of Walldorf have ordered some cat owners to keep their pets indoors until the end of August, to protect a rare bird during its breeding season. The decree is designed to help save the crested...

Judge: Regulators wrong to ban beer label that had naked man

May. 17, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators were wrong to reject a beer label that featured a silhouette of a naked man standing next to a campfire, a federal judge has ruled. The owners of Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery argued that the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage...

Indian couple longing for grandchild sues son, his wife

May. 13, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A retired Indian couple is suing their son and daughter-in-law, demanding that they produce a grandchild within a year or pay them 50 million rupees ($675,000). Sanjeev Ranjan Prasad, a 61-year-old retired government officer, said it was an emotional and sensitive...

Final ex-eBay employee in cyberstalking case pleads guilty

May. 12, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former eBay Inc. executive pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a scheme to terrorize the creators of an online newsletter that included the delivery of live spiders and other disturbing items to their home. David Harville, eBay’s former director of global...