Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:15

March 13, 2013

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. 

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 11:11

March 6, 2013

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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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:42

February 27, 2013

No laughing matter

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. - Did you hear the one about the judge who moonlights as a stand-up comic? 

It's no joke. And this week New Jersey's Supreme Court is going to begin the process of deciding whether Vince Sicari can do both or has to give one up. 

Sicari has carved out a career as a stand-up comic, appearing on network television and as a warm-up on Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report.' 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:06

February 20, 2013

Night of the Lepus

DENVER - Silly rabbits. 

The furry creatures are wreaking havoc on cars parked at Denver International Airport by eating spark plug cables and other wiring. 

To stop the problem, federal wildlife workers are removing at least 100 bunnies a month while parking companies install better fences and build perches for predator hawks and eagles. 

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:15

February 13, 2013

Motherly love

PENN YAN, N.Y. - Police say an upstate New York woman passed drugs to her son while kissing him when she visited him in jail. 

Sheriff's deputies in Yates County tell local media outlets 54-year-old Penn Yan resident Kimberly Margeson was visiting her son last week when she hid oxycodone pills and passed them from her mouth to his while giving him a kiss. 

Police haven't said how the drugs were discovered. 

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:56

February 6, 2013

Gone in 60 seconds

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police say a determined 6-year-old girl didn't hurt anyone when she crashed her mother's car while trying to drive across town to visit her father. 

Police haven't released the name of the girl whose mother was reportedly still sleeping when the girl took the woman's car keys about 9 a.m. Sunday. 

Police Sgt. Jerry Parker tells reporters the little girl is tall for her age, but adds: 'How she knew how to operate a car, your guess is as good as mine.' 

Police say the girl hit two parked vehicles, pushing one of them into a third, before hitting a utility pole. 

Police and the girl's father arrived to take her home after the accident. 

Police are still investigating but haven't said if anyone will face charges.

TME She's already a better driver than Amanda Bynes. 

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RIO DE JANEIRO Rio de Janeiro is mixing technology with tradition to provide tourists information about the city by embedding bar codes into the black and white mosaic sidewalks that are a symbol of the city.

The first two-dimensional bar codes, or QR codes, as they're known, were installed Friday at Arpoador, a massive boulder that rises at the end of Ipanema beach. The image was built into the sidewalk with the same black and white stones that decorate sidewalks around town with mosaics of waves, fish and abstract images.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 11:34

January 30, 2013

Funeral fit for a King

YORK, Pa. - A Pennsylvania fast-food fan had one whopper of a funeral.

Family members say David Kime 'lived by his own rules' so it's only fitting he'd have it his way on the way to the cemetery.

The hearse carrying the 88-year-old York man led his funeral procession through a Burger King drive-thru for one last sandwich Saturday.

The York Daily Record reports one sandwich was placed atop his flag-draped coffin at the cemetery.

Daughter Linda Phiel said it was a happy way of honoring her father and the things that brought him joy.

Restaurant manager Margaret Hess and her crew made 40 burgers for the funeral procession. She says it's nice to know Kime was a loyal customer until 'the very end.'

TME That's a guy who took 'have it your way' very seriously.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:11

January 23, 2013

Stay classy, Wisconsin

JUNEAU, Wis. - Two dancers at an exotic club in Juneau have been cited after they allegedly brawled over a dollar bill.

A Post-Crescent of Appleton report says one of the women is pregnant.

Dodge County deputies say they were called to Silk Exotic last week to break up a fight. They say it started when a customer tried to give a dollar to one of the dancers but the other dancer took it.

The sheriff's report says both women began to brawl. They tussled on the floor, punching, slapping and pulling each other's hair. Other dancers and customers separated the two.

Both women were cited for disorderly conduct.

TME To be fair, one of them is lap-dancing for two.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:53

January 16, 2013

Baby on board

YEREVAN, Armenia - A passenger has given birth aboard a plane flying to Armenia and named her daughter after one of the flight attendants who helped with the delivery.

The birth of the healthy baby occurred Saturday, two hours before the Armavia airline flight landed in Yerevan, Armenia's capital, after a long flight from Siberia.

Flight attendant Asmik Gevondyan said she noticed that 31-year-old passenger Armina Babayan appeared to be in labor and organized the delivery.

'All of our crew helped to deliver the baby,' Gevondyan told The Associated Press.

Babayan, who had claimed to be 6 1/2 months pregnant during check-in, named her first child Asmik, local television reported.

TME Thus giving the 'Mile High Club' a whole new meaning.

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