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  • Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets news

    Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer launched on Thursday what it said was the world's first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores. The bread, made from flour ground from dried crickets as well as wheat flour and seeds, contains more protein than normal wheat bread. Each loaf contains about 70 crickets and costs 3.99 euros ($4.72), compared with 2 to 3 euros for a regular wheat loaf.

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:43:42 -0500
  • Firefighters help rescue dog from tunnel dug by tortoise

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A dog wouldn't come out after chasing a cat into a tunnel dug by a giant tortoise in the back yard of a home in a Phoenix suburb, so homeowner Toby Passmore called for help.

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:19:59 -0500
  • A whale's tale: Longest painting in North America restored news

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public.

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:53:04 -0500
  • Las Vegas pot dispensaries offer Black Friday deals news

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Big-box stores won't be the only ones offering discounts to shoppers in Las Vegas this Black Friday. Marijuana dispensaries are rolling out deals, too.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:03:35 -0500
  • German women's clinic's incense therapy triggers fire alarm

    BERLIN (AP) — A reported fire in a Hamburg basement turned out to be a false alarm after firefighters determined that the smell of burning came from an alternative therapy being used at a neighboring gynecological clinic.

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:06:20 -0500
  • In Alabama, Nitro the police dog creates viral workout video news

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police dog shown on video doing pushups with two officers is a big hit on the internet — and a public safety reminder.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:04:32 -0500
  • Woman raises money for homeless man who helped her news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man when she ran out of gas in Philadelphia is raising money to help him.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:30:10 -0500
  • High winds topple 9 semitrucks near Wyoming-Colorado line

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say high wind speeds tipped over nine semitrucks on a highway near the border of Wyoming and Colorado.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:14:56 -0500
  • House falls off trailer, blocks North Carolina road

    STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Some house movers in North Carolina thought they were getting a jump on the day. Instead, their day got longer when the house they were moving fell off a trailer and onto a road.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:02:02 -0500
  • Police: Prostitution ring run out of senior living facility

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:41:57 -0500
  • Police: Man crashes car to highlight dangerous intersection

    CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man angered over people driving dangerously through a busy intersection appeared to intentionally cause a crash there to highlight the problem.

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:15:32 -0500
  • Animal activists disrupt Utah governor's turkey pardon news

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two animal-rights activists disrupted the Utah governor's Thanksgiving pardoning of a turkey Tuesday, rushing the podium and shouting as the CEO of a turkey plant spoke to a crowd of mostly children.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:34:30 -0500
  • Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:33:29 -0500
  • Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis news

    PRAGUE (AP) — Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:41:13 -0500
  • McDonald's to raze Chicago-area museum of 1st restaurant news

    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that's a replica of the hamburger chain's first restaurant.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:10:44 -0500
  • Newborn, mother and grandmother all share same birthday

    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey family won't have trouble remembering three generations of birthdays.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:46:52 -0500
  • Police warn people not to eat spoiled, trash-picked turkeys

    FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine police department is warning residents to steer clear of black market Butterballs.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:14:47 -0500
  • Crash report turns out to be scene for Billy Crystal film news

    LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A report of a car crashing into a pizza and ice cream shop on Long Island turned out to be a scene for a film starring Billy Crystal.

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:23:41 -0500
  • Town moves man's loudspeaker broadcast of taps to local park

    GLEN ROCK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town has reached a detente over a former councilman's broadcast of taps through loudspeakers at his home, which had caused complaints and lawsuit threats.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:19:32 -0500
  • British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser news

    At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser - as a traditional well established in the ministries of London goes global. "Lawrence of Abdoun" is a fluffy black-and-white tom who, according to his Twitter feed, reports directly to the Foreign Office's Palmerston, a cat that delights his 57,000 followers with regular updates from the ministry in Whitehall via @DiploMog. Lawrence, named after T.E. Lawrence, a British military officer who fought alongside Arabs against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, has already gained 2,500 followers since being adopted from an animal shelter last month.

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:06:52 -0500
  • Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in San Francisco suburbs

    MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away.

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:59:41 -0500
  • Scooby the camel returned to Ohio owners after getting loose

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A young camel named Scooby is back at home after going on a 90-minute jaunt that blocked traffic and provided an uncommon photo opportunity for motorists in Ohio.

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:12:03 -0500
  • 100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite.

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:13:50 -0500
  • Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The air crew who used their U.S. Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the U.S. Navy said Friday.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:05:28 -0500
  • 'Cone Weed' gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town news

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:29:07 -0500
  • Lawsuit: Couple detained after hibiscus mistaken for pot

    SARVER, Pa. (AP) — A couple who say they were handcuffed for hours in a police patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana are suing the police and an insurance company.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:02:06 -0500
  • NYC taxi drivers camp it up in playful pinup calendar news

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years ... courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy?

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:15:51 -0500
  • Phoenix man tries turning locomotive into a runaway train

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man was close to turning a locomotive into his own runaway train.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:56:50 -0500
  • Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis

    Finnish police reprimanded a man for traveling in a car boot to hide his meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipila during a government crisis last summer, saying this was breach of the traffic code. A police statement did not name the man in the boot, but in effect indicated the traveler was State Secretary Samuli Virtanen, who is also the deputy to Foreign Minister Timo Soini. The meeting took place in June, a day after Virtanen's co-ruling Finns party had elected anti-immigration hardliners as its new leaders.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:05:19 -0500
  • Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks

    PLAINS, Pa. (AP) — A man who always joked that he didn't want to venture into the afterlife hungry got his wish when he was buried with two cheesesteaks from his favorite sandwich shop — Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:53:32 -0500
  • Billionaire Norwegian given $30,400 drunken driving fine

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 22-year-old Norwegian student has been handed a 250,000-kroner ($30,400) fine for drunken driving — but can still count herself lucky.

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:32:13 -0500
  • Correction: MOMA-Stolen Art story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 12 about the theft of photographs from a museum in New York, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the theft took place. It was at MoMA PS1 in Queens, not the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:44:01 -0500
  • I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris

    (Reuters) - A canceled Formula One tire test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath. The 18-year-old, racing in this weekend's Macau F3 race, told reporters he was soaking in the bathtub after arriving in Sao Paulo when the two-day test at Interlagos was canceled for security reasons. The Formula Three European champion then flew back to Paris, on to Shanghai and Macau.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:32:17 -0500
  • California woman leads officers on second chase in 2 days

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the same woman led officers on vehicle chases through Southern California on back-to-back days.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:20:19 -0500
  • Small town Connecticut election decided by coin toss

    BOLTON, Conn. (AP) — An election for the governing board of a small Connecticut town has been decided by a coin toss.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:57:49 -0500
  • Drive-thru-window becomes squeeze-thru for McDonald's thief news

    COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — A McDonald's drive-thru window became a squeeze-thru window for a woman who apparently needed a fast food fix.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:02:05 -0500
  • Cards Against Humanity says it's fighting border wall

    HOUSTON (AP) — The party game Cards Against Humanity says it's bought U.S.-Mexico border land and hired a lawyer to try to stop President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:09:27 -0500
  • Trump's cheeseburger in Japan still drawing lines news

    TOKYO (AP) — Haruyuki Sano traveled 1 ½ hours for a taste of the same cheeseburger U.S. President Donald Trump ate with Japan's prime minister during his visit last week.

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:29:25 -0500
  • Trump pauses address to nation to take 2 big swigs of water news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had his own water bottle moment.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:12:54 -0500
  • Oh, man! Town drops 'men' from name of its governing board

    BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town has removed the word "men" from the name of its governing body.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:44:15 -0500
  • Man smeared in deer blood struggles with police, arrested

    CUSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested after police received a report of someone smeared in blood outside a western Michigan gas station.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:15:07 -0500
  • Viral video star looks to reunite with mystery dance partner

    BORDENTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is looking for the woman who busted a move while he danced in a supermarket parking lot.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:18:02 -0500
  • 6 Czechs fined for sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan news

    PRAGUE (AP) — Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:33 -0500
  • Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate

    HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — Police officers in a Massachusetts town jokingly recommend drivers get a little more creative if they make their own illegal license plates.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:24:26 -0500
  • Another North Carolina woman hits lottery jackpot twice

    GRANITE FALLS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman hit the jackpot with two scratch-off lottery tickets, marking the second such instance in three weeks.

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:40:16 -0500
  • Man detained after Danish police crack public bench thefts

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Denmark says a man is suspected of stealing 12 of Copenhagen's green public benches that Danes instantly associate with the capital city.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:20:10 -0500
  • School worksheet quizzed students on 'boy toy,' affairs

    HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as "boy toy" and "trophy wife."

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:35:29 -0500
  • India gives 'king of sweets' a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry news

    India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights. Luscious rosogolla, or sweet cheese balls dripping with sugar syrup, have long been a favorite dessert across the Indian subcontinent and among the diaspora.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:29:32 -0500
  • Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape news

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:50:47 -0500
  • Suitcase of sapphires and other gems worth 1 million pounds stolen from London train news

    British police were hunting for an unidentified man on Tuesday after a suitcase containing 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London's Euston station. The owner, a 35-year-old jewelry dealer, boarded a train to Birmingham on Nov. 8 but when the train arrived at Rugby in central England, he discovered that his suitcase of rubies, emeralds and sapphires was no longer on the luggage rack. Police released a grainy image of a man who they said they would like to speak to.

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:16:32 -0500
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