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Man accused of mailing dead animals to school job winner

A southern Indiana man passed over for a coaching and teaching position allegedly mailed four dead skunks and a dead raccoon to the successful applicant, court documents say. Travis Tarrants, 40, of West Baden Springs was charged Tuesday in Jackson Circuit Court with two counts each of stalking, intimidation and ...

Orange dinosaur at mini golf course saved from extinction

The giant orange dinosaur seen by thousands of motorists a day on U.S. Route 1 in Saugus, Massachusetts, has been saved from extinction. Some feared the 20-foot dinosaur would disappear because the miniature golf course on which it has stood since 1958 was sold to a developer, who plans on ...

Giant orange dinosaur in Massachusetts saved from extinction

The giant orange dinosaur seen by thousands of motorists a day on U.S. Route 1 in Saugus has been saved from extinction. There was fear that the 20-foot dinosaur would disappear because the miniature golf course on which it has stood since 1958 has been sold to a developer who ...

Snakes Alive! Missing pythons on the loose in neighborhood

In a real life version of the children's reader "Snakes Alive!", state wildlife officers are searching for 14 pythons in an east Georgia subdivision after a woman reported that someone let the pet snakes loose. Jacqueline Heim told authorities the snakes were in secure cages. She suspects someone set them ...

Camel, teen driver collide far from desert on Alabama road

Far from the desert, a teenage driver collided with a camel on an Alabama road, injuring the driver and animal. Sardis Police Chief James Harp tells The Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/2c887t9) that the camel's owner was leading it across the road when the crash happened Monday evening. The police chief said ...

Polar bears vs scientists: Russians get emergency supplies

It's been polar bears versus Russian scientists on a remote island in the Arctic. A group of seven bears had besieged five researchers at a Russian weather station over the past few days. Luckily for the scientists, a passing ship delivered flares and dogs to help ward off the beasts. ...

Wedding ring returned to owner, 37 years after he lost it

Agustin Aliaga's marriage to his wife Juani Sanchez has lasted 37 years, even though he lost his wedding ring just months after they tied the knot. But now, the ring has been found. Diver Jessy Nisos says she found a gold wedding ring while scuba diving last month off Benidorm ...

Darwin Day poses for a photograph with the baseball glove he recently won from a 1957 Bazooka Gum contest at The Summit in Grand Prairie, Texas on Sept. 7, 2016.  Day was cleaning his house and found some Topps baseball cards from 1957-58. The cards were included with Bazooka bubble gum purchases. Day said no deadline was given, so he sent the entry card to an executive with Bazooka Candy Brands and received a new baseball glove. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Texan wins glove nearly 60 years after baseball card contest

A candy company has stuck to its word and sent a Texas man a Louisville Slugger glove nearly 60 years after a bubble gum and baseball card contest began. Darwin Day, 70, of Grand Prairie was cleaning his house and found a complete collection of Topps baseball cards from 1957-58, ...

Report: Woman made bomb threat to halt man's urine test

Police say a Florida woman made a bomb threat in an attempt to keep her boyfriend from submitting a urine sample at a probation office. Winter Haven police say 31-year-old Deniz Martinez called 911 on Tuesday, saying a man outside the office was going to "blow the building up." Investigators ...

In this photo provided by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Batang and her infant in the Great Ape House are seen the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington. National Zoo officials are celebrating the birth of a Bornean orangutan, the first at the zoo in 25 years. Officials said in a statement Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, that Batang gave birth to a son Monday. Staffers are cautiously optimistic that the new member of the critically endangered species will thrive since they have seen Batang nursing the infant, who has been clinging to his mother. (Alex Reddy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo via AP)

It's a boy! Orangutan born at National Zoo, 1st in 25 years

National Zoo officials are celebrating the birth of a Bornean orangutan, the first at the zoo in 25 years. Officials said in a statement Tuesday that 19-year-old Batang gave birth to a son Monday. Staffers are cautiously optimistic that the new member of the critically endangered species will thrive. They ...

FILE - In this June 13, 2016, file photo, Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nevada, is pictured during an interview during a break in the trial of Denny Edward Phillips and Russell Lee Hogshooter in Oklahoma City. Dennis Hof, the man who owns a brothel famous for an HBO reality show and a medical scare involving basketball player Lamar Odom is challenging an incumbent for a seat in the Nevada Assembly. His opponent questions his qualifications and says it's just another publicity stunt. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

From prostitutes to politics: Brothel owner's bid questioned

Dennis Hof doesn't lack for name recognition in his run for Nevada state office. He starred in the HBO adult reality series "Cathouse" and didn't shy away from the spotlight when former NBA player Lamar Odom suffered a medical episode during a stay at Hof's legal brothel, called Love Ranch. ...

Authorities: Man broke into Ohio jail for protection

Police say a 23-year-old man looking for protection ran into an Ohio jail and became trapped in the facility. Authorities say Chad Saylor breached the Butler County Resolutions facility in Hamilton on Saturday by climbing a pipe and becoming trapped in the rear of the facility. Police say he then ...

Pizza man dons pink bikini bottoms for fantasy football loss

The punishment for a New Jersey pizza man who finished last in his fantasy football league included a very public walk of shame and a pair of women's underwear. Angelo Boemio, 42, marched down a roadway in Toms River wearing only pink women's bikini bottoms and sneakers while hoisting a ...

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney holds a new plastic £5 note as he visits Whitecross Street market in London, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The polymer note is said by the Bank of England to be cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes, lasting around five years longer. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

Britain's new money is plastic, easy to launder (in machine)

The times they have a-changed: Britain's new money is plastic. The new 5-pound ($6.60) bill introduced Tuesday is strong polymer and can handle a trip through the washing machine without shredding like the paper cash it's replacing. It's got the latest anti-counterfeit and security features and Bank of England officials ...

New England bride hitchhikes to wedding after limo fails her

After waiting 11 years to marry her groom, a flat tire wasn't going to stop a determined New Hampshire bride from walking down the aisle on her special day. With her limo rendered inoperable along an infrequently traveled road in Brookline, Angelique Arsenault stuck out her thumb and hitchhiked to ...

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