Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:54

April 10, 2013

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. 

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:44

April 3, 2013

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. 

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:55

March 27, 2013

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. 

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:49

March 20, 2013

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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