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A Nigerian chess champion plays the royal game for 60 hours — a new global chess record

Apr. 20, 2024 14:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Nigerian chess champion and child education advocate played chess nonstop for 60 hours in New York City’s Times Square to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon. Tunde Onakoya, 29, hopes to raise $1 million for children's education across...

A coffee roastery in Finland has launched an AI-generated blend. The results were surprising

Apr. 20, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An artisan roastery based in the Finnish capital has introduced a coffee blend that has been developed by artificial intelligence in a trial in which it's hoped that technology can ease the workload in a sector that traditionally prides itself on manual work. It is...

Man who won primary election while charged with murder convicted on lesser charge

Apr. 19, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man who won a primary election for a township board position while charged with killing his estranged wife has been found guilty of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. A Boone County jury convicted Andrew Wilhoite, 41, of Lebanon on...

This ancient snake in India might have been longer than a school bus and weighed a ton

Apr. 18, 2024 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A ancient giant snake in India might have been longer than a school bus and weighed a ton, researchers reported Thursday. Fossils found near a coal mine revealed a snake that stretched an estimated 36 feet (11 meters) to 50 feet (15 meters). It's comparable to the...

How many ballerinas can dance on tiptoes in one place? A world record 353 at New York's Plaza Hotel

Apr. 17, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of young dancers in white tutus and tightly coiffed hair gathered in New York's Plaza Hotel on Wednesday to break the world record for dancing on pointe in one place. The spectacle was organized by Youth America Grand Prix, a ballet scholarship program that...

A vehicle backfiring startled a circus elephant into a Montana street. She still performed Tuesday

Apr. 17, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

The sound of a vehicle backfiring spooked a circus elephant while she was getting a pre-show bath in Butte, Montana, leading the pachyderm to break through a fence and take a brief walk, stopping noontime traffic on the city's busiest street before being loaded back into a trailer. ...

A 9-year-old boy's dream of a pet octopus is a sensation as thousands follow Terrance's story online

Apr. 15, 2024 17:53 PM EDT

The one thing 9-year-old Cal Clifford wanted more than anything since he was a toddler was a pet octopus. The boy's family in rural Edmond, Oklahoma, humored him with toy versions of an eight-legged mollusk, but as Cal got older it became clear that only the real thing would do. ...

Mountain goat stuck under Kansas City bridge survives rocky rescue

Apr. 09, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

An escaped mountain goat that somehow got stuck under a Kansas City bridge has survived a rocky rescue effort and now may be reunited with the owners who suspect he was stolen from their farm two months ago. “It’s the story that captured the hearts of Kansas City,” said Tori...

Who's really left-handed? In baseball, it can be hard to tell

Apr. 09, 2024 06:02 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s Yordan Alvarez might be the top left-handed hitter in Major League Baseball. Teammate Framber Valdez ranks among the best left-handed pitchers, too. Other than that, those guys are all right. Literally — neither player considers himself...

First an earthquake, now an eclipse. Yankees to play ball on same day as another natural phenomenon

Apr. 07, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 4.8 magnitude earthquake shook New York City on Friday as the Yankees went through batting practice before their home opener. Three days later, the Yankees will play after another natural phenomenon. At least this one will be expected. A solar...