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Funeral home finds woman breathing hours after declared dead

Feb. 06, 2023 14:17 PM EST

MILLER PLACE, N.Y. (AP) — An 82-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a New York nursing home but found to be breathing three hours later at the funeral home where she had been taken, authorities said. The woman was pronounced dead at Water's Edge Rehab and Nursing Center at Port...

Michigan man says son, 6, ordered $1K in food from Grubhub

Feb. 02, 2023 23:09 PM EST

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man says he was left with a $1,000 bill after his 6-year-old son ordered a virtual smorgasbord of food from several restaurants last weekend, leading to a string of unexpected deliveries — and maybe a starring role in an ad campaign. ...

Iowa voids Illini students' tickets when it discovers prank

Feb. 02, 2023 12:22 PM EST

It would have been a great college prank, but the Iowa athletic department crushed it. The Illinois student spirit group “Orange Krush” had its order for 200 tickets to the men's basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday canceled Wednesday after Iowa discovered the...

Blood-flavored ice helps zoo animals beat Rio's heat

Feb. 02, 2023 10:34 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's brutal summer heat has reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) on some recent days, sending locals to cool off in the ocean. There weren't many options for residents of the city's zoo, however, until a team of experts started offering them exotic...

Radioactive capsule that fell off truck found in Australia

Feb. 01, 2023 04:11 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities in Western Australia on Wednesday recovered a tiny but dangerous radioactive capsule that fell off a truck while being transported along a 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) Outback highway last month in what an official said was like finding the needle in the...

Bring back dodo? Ambitious plan draws investors, critics

Jan. 31, 2023 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dodo bird isn’t coming back anytime soon. Nor is the woolly mammoth. But a company working on technologies to bring back extinct species has attracted more investors, while other scientists are skeptical such feats are possible or a good idea. Colossal...

Tiger on the loose in South Africa successfully captured

Jan. 30, 2023 06:11 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African animal welfare officials on Monday successfully sedated and captured a tiger that was spotted roaming a residential area to the east of the capital Johannesburg. Guards monitoring security cameras on an office building in the Johannesburg suburb of...

Australia mining company sorry for losing radioactive device

Jan. 30, 2023 01:01 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A mining corporation apologized for losing a highly radioactive capsule over a 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) stretch of Western Australia, as authorities combed parts of the road looking for the tiny but dangerous substance. The capsule was part of a device...

Tiny radioactive capsule lost in Australia triggers search

Jan. 29, 2023 03:21 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities in Western Australia were searching for a tiny but potentially deadly radioactive capsule that got lost while being transported on a truck from a mine to a depot in the city of Perth, officials said Saturday. Emergency services said they were...

Fully clothed bathing burglar found in Seattle bathroom

Jan. 28, 2023 16:53 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A man suspected of breaking into a Seattle home has refused to come clean about his intentions, even though police found him fully clothed in a bathtub filled with water. A woman returned to her home Friday night to find a window smashed and an unknown man inside the...