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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:47

May 8, 2013

Written by From the AP
Life's rich pageant with gerbils

BEDFORD, Massachusetts - The American Gerbil Society's annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to Bedford, Massachusetts, this weekend for a chance to win 'top gerbil.' 

The competition called for agility demonstrations in which the gerbils must overcome obstacles and race to the end of a course. Breeders of the small animals vie for coveted ribbons based on body type and agility. 

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:47

May 1, 2013

Written by From the AP
Party of the century

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. - A Tampa Bay-area community is looking for more centenarians to try and break a world record. 

The chamber of commerce in Sun City Center is hosting a Centenarian Birthday Party on March 27. South Bay Hospital is organizing the event and hopes to break the record for the largest gathering of people 100 years old and older. 

The hospital's spokeswoman tells The Tampa Tribune that the current record of 28 was set in the United Kingdom during a 2009 tea party. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:48

April 24, 2013

Written by From the AP
Trial texting

SALEM, Ore. - A judge in Oregon noticed an unexpected glow on a juror's chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial. 

The juror, it seemed, was texting. 

Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves cleared the courtroom and excused all jurors except 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler. 

According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kohler had no explanation for his actions. 

Jurors in Oregon are given explicit instructions at the outset of each trial not to use cellphones in court. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:25

April 17, 2013

Written by Allen Adams
Walking the walk

IONIA, Mich. - A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infraction. 

The Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com report Judge Raymond Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court. It states that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt. 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:54

April 10, 2013

Written by From the AP
Crappy currency

HELENA, Mont. - A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. 

Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter. 

Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog's droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted. 

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:44

April 3, 2013

Written by From the AP
Send in the clowns

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Streets Department was using mimes and clowns to remind pedestrians and drivers to not be fools _ on April 1 or any other day. 

The city last year painted a gag 'texting lane' on a street near City Hall last year as a not-so-subtle reminder that pedestrians who keep their noses buried in their cell phones should keep their eyes on the roads and sidewalks instead. 

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:55

March 27, 2013

Written by From the AP

Can I crash here?

ALOHA, Ore. - One unlucky Aloha home has been the crash-landing site of two different people suspected of drunken driving. 

In the first crash, on Wednesday, Washington County sheriff's deputies came upon the crash scene and arrested the driver on DUI charges, but the home didn't sustain any damage and no one was injured. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:49

March 20, 2013

Written by From the AP

Party of the century

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. - A Tampa Bay-area community is looking for more centenarians to try and break a world record. 

The chamber of commerce in Sun City Center is hosting a Centenarian Birthday Party on March 27. South Bay Hospital is organizing the event and hopes to break the record for the largest gathering of people 100 years old and older. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:15

March 13, 2013

Written by From the AP

Signed, sealed, delivered

PORTLAND, Maine - A young seal somehow wandered up a steep embankment and crossed four lanes of traffic to make an unexpected appearance at the entrance of Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. 

Mike Therrian, who was shoveling snow, says he saw the seal under an awning and thought it might be someone bundled under a blanket Friday morning. Instead, he says it was a 30-inch-long gray seal. 

Hospital security was alerted, and a marine mammal expert was dispatched. 

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 11:11

March 6, 2013

Written by From the AP
Pantsless pursuit

YORK, Pa. - Police in York County say a naked man swam ashore and was arrested after a high-speed police chase that ended up with the stolen vehicle in the Susquehanna River. 

Authorities say 23-year-old Edgewood, Md., resident Raymond David Kallenberger was driving a stolen minivan missing a tire. Authorities say they tried to pull him over around 10:15 a.m. Sunday after a report of an erratic driver. 

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