Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home in Melbourne, Australia, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.Finally, she spotted the man she'd been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put his hands on his...
Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World
PHILADELPHIA — The popemobile is staying in Philadelphia.The black Fiat 500L, one of two used by Pope Francis during his trip to the city in September for the World Meeting of Families, sold at auction on Friday night.
Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World
DETROIT — Have a beer? Ogle nudity? Toss a dwarf?Those choices are featured at a strip club in Detroit called the Toy Chest.
Date: 01/30/2016 | Off the Wire
TOPEKA, Kan. — A dress code imposed by a Kansas Senate committee chairman that prohibits women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts is drawing bipartisan ridicule from female legislators.
Date: 01/23/2016 | Nation & World
'Ocean Annie' explains why plastics and oceans don't mix
Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has dismissed a nude protester’s claim that police violated his rights by arresting him while he played violin stark-naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland.
Date: 01/10/2016 | Northwest
SAN DIEGO — Twins in San Diego are getting some attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2015 and one in 2016.Jaelyn Valenica was born New Year’s Eve at 11:59 p.m. Her twin brother, Luis Valencia Jr., arrived at 12:01 a.m. New Year’s Day.
Date: 01/02/2016 | Nation & World
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Roman Catholic Church officials have reprimanded a priest for riding a hoverboard and singing a song during Christmas Eve Mass.The Diocese of San Pablo, south of Manila, said the Rev. Albert San Jose apologized for his action, which was...
Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World
Windstorm-toppled tree decked out in lights for the final time
Date: 12/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?
Is it a dime? Or is it a nail?In probably one of the oddest items to come to the world of coin collecting, New York-based Heritage Auctions has announced the sale of a Roosevelt dime that was accidentally (or some say deliberately) struck onto a zinc nail.Yes,...
Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World
If our headline made you think this study must be kind of a joke, you’re right! But it’s the kind of joke you have to laugh at to keep from crying. And it’s actually a real study.
Date: 12/18/2015 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — What to get the loved one who has everything? Steven Rabinowitz wracked his brain before settling on (spoiler alert, relatives!) a raccoon skull."We'll see how it goes," Rabinowitz, 31, said as he revealed his purchase near a crowded display of...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Off the Wire
ORLANDO, Fla. — Days before Thanksgiving, a wild turkey chose an opportune time to show up on the doorstep of an Orlando church, appearing to seek shelter.
Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World
Ecstatic Edmonds homeowner claims glacial erratic
Date: 11/21/2015 | Local News
HARARE, Zimbabwe — The man who reigns as Zimbabwe’s Mister Ugly has tough competition in this year’s pageant, with organizers saying they received a record number of entries for this beauty contest with a twist.
Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World
SNOHOMISH — Science students at Snohomish High School carved another notch into the proverbial fence post on the eve of Halloween. The town marks another success in its goal of eventually becoming the pumpkin capital of the...
Date: 11/01/2015 | Local News
RUSTON, La. — After more than 45 years of saving pennies, a Louisiana man decided it was time to cash them in.
Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World
BOSTON — A judge granted a protective order against a warlock Wednesday, spelling relief for the Salem witch who accused him of harassment.
Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World
BOSTON — A Salem, Massachusetts, woman who calls herself a witch priestess is taking a self-proclaimed warlock to court over accusations of harassment.
Date: 10/27/2015 | Off the Wire
BEIJING — For Xiao Jiguo, a Chinese Obama impersonator, it's all about the eyebrows.The migrant-worker-turned-actor lacks the U.S. president's stature and, with limited English, can't easily mimic the stop-and-start cadence of his speech.So when Xiao, 29,...
Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World
Huge rock can be yours, but there are a few rules set in stone
Date: 10/23/2015 | Local News
MILAN — A judge from Guinness World Records has certified a 400-foot-long baguette baked at the Milan Expo 2015 World’s Fair as the longest in the world.
Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Connecticut jury on Tuesday rejected a woman’s bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she says she suffered from his exuberant greeting at his birthday party four years ago.
Date: 10/13/2015 | Off the Wire
NEW YORK — In the heart of Times Square, a grinning 2-year-old boy is flanked by a pair of strikingly posed, topless women, wearing only red, white and blue paint over their breasts, thongs, feathery headdresses and high heels.
Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World
EUGENE, Ore. — A woman wanted on identity theft charges has been arrested in Oregon after a construction worker lifted the lid of a portable toilet to find her hiding inside.
Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest
ELK GROVE, Calif. — A Napa farmer won a Northern California contest with a record-setting 1,806-pound pumpkin that judges nicknamed “The Flying Saucer” because of its wide and flat shape.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Off the Wire
Marysville woman's dolls are lifelike in every detail
Date: 09/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?
MCINTIRE, Iowa — An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his local school board failed to earn any votes — not even his own — but he’ll probably still get the job.
Date: 09/20/2015 | Off the Wire
Once just dusty tomes inexplicably filed in the reference sections of school libraries — and pored over by kids who wanted another look at the world’s tallest man or the world’s fattest twins — Guinness World Records seems to grow more sophisticated by the year.
Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World
ST. LOUIS — A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn't dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she's alive.Alexandria Goree is suing Experian, TransUnion and Equifax over the glitch, contending that it was difficult to get loans...
Date: 08/02/2015 | Business Wire
LAS VEGAS — New advertisements outside Little Darlings strip club in Las Vegas encourage recent high school graduates to apply, promoting stripping as a way to earn money for college.KVVU-TV reports that Little Darlings manager Rick...
Date: 06/07/2015 | Off the Wire
Dolores Simpson loves the beach. Her best memories include long-ago walks along South Whidbey’s western shore. She remembers picking up starfish and moon snails. And she has a unique memory — a man in a bathtub.
Date: 05/31/2015 | Local News
BERLIN — A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday.
Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World
CAMAS — OK, it is a stuffed tiger — but it’s a very large stuffed tiger. And the sight of it lashed to the top of an SUV cruising around a southwest Washington lake was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought it was real.
Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Montana man who was arrested after “liking” his mug shot on a Crimestoppers Facebook page has posted bond in a felony forgery case.
Date: 05/12/2015 | Off the Wire
ROCKFORD, Mich. — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons are waiting to find out whether baby No. 13 keeps the streak going.
Date: 05/07/2015 | Off the Wire
MOSCOW — A court in southern Russia has sentenced three young women to brief jail terms for making a video showing them twerking next to a World War II memorial.
Date: 04/26/2015 | Off the Wire
POST FALLS, Idaho — Police say a northern Idaho man called 911 a dozen times to report being overcharged at a bar and now faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
Date: 03/31/2015 | Off the Wire
FIFE — A Washington State Patrol trooper says it’s by far the best carpool scam he’s seen, but it didn’t work.As KOMO-TV put it, “Troopers don’t always stop people in the HOV lanes, but when they do, they prefer ‘dos’ passengers.”
Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest
DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman stepped into the shower this week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains. She emerged holding a newborn.
Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World
BERLIN — Archaeologists say two pretzels unearthed during a dig on the banks of the Danube in the German city of Regensburg could be more than 300 years old — and are little different to the doughy product available in the state's famous beer halls today.
Date: 03/12/2015 | Off the Wire
EUCLID, Ohio -- An 85-year-old man says his suburban Cleveland home has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year, and police haven't been able to crack the unusual case despite stakeouts, questioning neighbors, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells as...
Date: 03/06/2015 | Off the Wire
EUGENE, Ore. — Owning rare, expensive coins is nothing new for David Nelkin, who regularly buys and sells them for a living.
Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets — a multiple birth that’s rare.
Date: 02/25/2015 | Off the Wire
TAMPA, Fla. — Maxxzandra Ford said she realized during delivery that she was giving birth to an unusually large baby, but had no idea her son was 14.1 pounds. It was a double surprise for the Florida mom who didn't even realize she was pregnant until her third trimester.
Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World