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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...

By chance, Polish cop helps Lech Walesa with flat tire in US

May. 11, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state trooper who is a native of Poland got quite the surprise while responding to an SUV with a flat tire Wednesday — a passenger in the vehicle happened to be former Polish President Lech Walesa. State police said Trooper Lukasz Lipert...

Wenders making a film about fancy public restrooms in Japan

May. 11, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Wim Wenders is making a film about high-end public toilets in Japan that will have what the renowned German director calls “social meaning” about people in modern cities. “My first reaction was, I must admit: What? Toilets? Chotto mattene,” he said Wednesday,...

'Succession' star glues hand to Starbucks counter in protest

May. 10, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor and activist James Cromwell has gone from “Succession’s” Uncle Ewan to real-life supergluin’ — pasting his hand to a midtown Manhattan Starbucks counter on Tuesday to protest the coffee chain’s extra charge for plant-based milk. The 82-year-old...

Arf, doc! Dog to 'cut' ribbon at LSU vet school's pet clinic

May. 07, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dog will do the honors at the “ribbon cutting” for the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s new pet clinic. A toy will be attached to a ribbon held by VIPs at the Stephenson Pet Clinic on Monday afternoon, and a Belgian Malinois...

Goodwill find in Texas turns out to be ancient Roman bust

May. 06, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A marble bust that a Texas woman bought for about $35 from a Goodwill store is temporarily on display at a San Antonio museum after experts determined it was a centuries-old sculpture missing from Germany since World War II. The bust, which art collector Laura...

German firefighters 'free' high-school exam from locked safe

May. 06, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters in the western German town of Bocholt received an unusual distress call Friday from a local high school after teachers were unable to open a safe containing the questions for a final-year exam that students were due to take. Firefighters raced to the...

Maine close to ridding license plates of obscenities

May. 05, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The rackin’ frackin’ sassafrassin’ salty language on hundreds of Maine license plates is one step closer to being removed from the road. Maine's secretary of state released draft rules Thursday that would eliminate references to genitalia, sex acts and...

This year's Nenana Ice Classic guessing game in Alaska ends

May. 03, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The ice has gone out on the Tanana River, bringing to an end this year's Nenana Ice Classic, one of Alaska’s most famous guessing games. Ice classic manager Cherrie Forness said the game ended at 6:47 p.m. Monday. The game involves placing...