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PROVIDENCE, R.I. If the ship legendary explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world is found at the bottom of Newport Harbor, Rhode Island will own it outright because of a legal maneuver it took nearly two decades ago based on an obscure, centuries-old maritime practice.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 06:58

Weird National Briefs (03-02-2016)

Two great tastes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Two Albuquerque Girls Scouts have picked an unusual spot to sell Girl Scout cookies _ a marijuana dispensary.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports a Junior Girl Scout and a Brownie set up shop Saturday outside medical marijuana dispensary Ultra Health and sold more than 60 boxes.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 05:59

Tech toys abound at New York Toy Fair

NEW YORK From a preschool toy designed to teach pre-coding skills to a hands-on molecule-building set for older kids that works with an app, technology abounded at this year's Toy Fair.

The annual showcase of upcoming toys held recently in New York included a slew of tech-related products from the titans of the toy industry and tiny startups, all looking to attract increasingly tech-savvy kids.

Here are the highlights. Some of the toys are educational, while others are just kind of cool. All of them are set to go on sale this fall unless otherwise specified.

Published in Tekk

NEW YORK On the field, the four-legged fur balls of the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl III were all business.

But off? Well, let's just say there were some impurr-prieties dogging these feline paw-thletes.

"Sometimes we get into an issue or two. They tend to like to really delve into the catnip, and that type of thing sometimes gets a little out of control," quipped Boomer Esiason, the Feline Football League commissioner for the Super Bowl Sunday event.

It was Esiason's second turn as commissioner. He kept his tongue firmly in cheek in fending off any appearance of influence peddling this time around with the fielding of his own team of kittens, the Boomer Bobcats.

Published in Style

NEW YORK Cable's pricey Internet packages may get some competition from the founder of Aereo, whose first attempt to shake up the cable industry was quashed by the Supreme Court.

Starry will be a wireless service that, unlike cellphones, promises to be speedier than cable and designed for single locations such as homes and small businesses. The service is expected to launch in Boston this summer, with plans to expand to other U.S. cities and even internationally, though no time frame was given.

In announcing the project in New York on Wednesday, its founder, Chet Kanojia, decried the lack of competition in U.S. broadband.

Published in Tekk
Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:14

July 31, 2013

Two heads are better than one

SAN ANTONIO - A two-headed turtle born last month at the San Antonio Zoo has become so popular that she has her own Facebook page. 

Zoo officials say the Texas cooter, named Thelma and Louise for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie, has been doing well. 

Spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike says the turtle eats and swims, and added that the two heads - named Louise Left and Thelma Right - get along. 

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:40

July 24, 2013

Hail to the bus driver

OAKDALE, Calif. - Authorities say a shirtless man who allegedly stole a transit bus from a San Francisco terminal drove it 100 miles before being arrested. 

California Highway Patrol officers put down road spikes to flatten the tires and get the bus to stop on Friday. 

The driver faces charges including reckless driving, failure to yield, and grand theft. 

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:10

July 17, 2013

What a drag

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Police say a western Pennsylvania bank robber was long and tall, but probably not named Sally - despite outward appearances. 

Instead police in Richland Township, near Johnstown, believe the robber was a 6-foot, 6-inch man who was wearing a wig and women's clothes when he handed a teller a note demanding money at the First National Bank branch about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Police say the suspect was wearing a straight-haired red wig, black dress and shoes, and was carrying a handbag.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:46

July 10, 2013

Friendly neighborhood Spider-Vandal

CINCINNATI - Authorities in Cincinnati have arrested a man who they say was vandalizing a high school while wearing only Spider-Man underwear. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it happened early Sunday when a suspect used rocks to break several windows at Moeller High School, crawled in one of the windows and sprayed fire extinguishers around the building. 

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies say 23-year-old Thomas Williams was wearing Spider-Man underwear when he was arrested. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Kenwood man was charged with felony vandalism and breaking and entering.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:23

July 3, 2013

Raging realtors

LOWER MERION, Pa. - Two real estate agents in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb are accused of tossing dead mice and snakes onto the lawn of their neighbor's house, which is up for sale. 

Police in Lower Merion also allege Jonathan and Andrea Straub were caught on video cutting branches off trees and knocking over 'For Sale' signs. They've been cited for disorderly conduct and harassment. 

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