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Report: Boy, 9, catches massive blue catchfish

Nov. 15, 2019 12:38 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — He caught a fish “this” big. No, really. KVIA-TV reports a 9-year-old New Mexico boy landed a 42-pound (19-kilogram) blue catfish this week while fishing in the Elephant Butte Reservoir. Kris Flores told the station his son, Alex, made the big catch Sunday evening and...

Driver who stopped to help motorist struck, killed

Nov. 15, 2019 12:04 PM EST

RAYNHAM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say a man who stopped his pickup truck on a highway and got out to help another motorist has been struck and killed by a passing vehicle. A department spokesman says that at about 1 a.m. Friday an SUV heading south on Interstate 495 in Raynham apparently...

Always doe prices? Deer wanders into Walmart, slips around

Nov. 15, 2019 9:50 AM EST

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — A whitetail went retail for a bit this week when it entered a Walmart store in Ohio. Patrons in Wooster in northeastern Ohio say the deer was kicking shelves as it walked through the store Wednesday afternoon. Bert and Dawn Moore encountered the deer after stopping in for a few things...

Nashville animal science teacher charged after emu dies

Nov. 14, 2019 4:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say a Nashville area high school teacher is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge after an emu kept in her care at the school died. News outlets report 33-year-old Jessica Lumpkins was charged Wednesday after Metro Animal Care and Control discovered that...

US court rules Kentucky man can get ‘IM GOD’ license plate

Nov. 14, 2019 8:29 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase "IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving. Court documents show Ben Hart, a self-identified atheist, set out to get the Kentucky plate in 2016. But Hart's request...

Santa Claus back at work in Germany answering Christmas mail

Nov. 14, 2019 8:12 AM EST

HIMMELPFORT, Germany (AP) — Santa Claus is at it again, answering thousands of Christmas letters from children around the world at a special post office in the northern German town of Himmelpfort. As part of the annual event organized by Germany’s Deutsche Post, Santa and 20 helpers last year...

Rescue: ‘Unicorn’ puppy doesn’t notice ‘tail’ growth on head

Nov. 13, 2019 7:05 PM EST

JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — A rescued puppy is attracting a lot of attention because of his resemblance to a unicorn. The nearly 10-week-old puppy, named Narwhal, has a tail-like appendage growing from his forehead. Narwhal was rescued over the weekend and sent to Mac’s Mission in Jackson, which specializes...

NJ will trap turkeys troubling Jersey Shore neighborhood

Nov. 13, 2019 6:58 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has drumsticked up a plan to deal with flocks of wild turkeys that are ruffling some feathers in a Jersey Shore neighborhood. And it doesn’t involve them winding up on dinner plates in two weeks. The state Department of Environmental Protection will trap scores of...

Hawaii man proposes to girlfriend while surfing

Nov. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend when — instead of hanging 10 — he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed. Hawaii News Now reported that Lauren Oiye said yes just before Chris Garth dropped the ring in the ocean. Multiple photographers nearby captured the...

Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash

Nov. 13, 2019 5:13 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F--- PG&E,”...