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Wife crashes her own funeral, surprising husband who paid to have her killed

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

Popemobile Fiat is sold at auction for $82,000

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

Despite outrage, bar lets patrons toss a dwarf

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

Kansas lawmaker imposes dress code on female witnesses

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

The real sea monster

'Ocean Annie' explains why plastics and oceans don't mix

Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News

Federal judge dismisses naked Portland violinist’s claims

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

Twins born in two years

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

Priest rebuked for riding hoverboard during Mass

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

Uprooted from tradition

Windstorm-toppled tree decked out in lights for the final time

Date: 12/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Dime that mint struck on a nail headed to auction

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

Mustaches outnumber number of women in medical leadership

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

Head-scratching over gifts? How about part of a human skull?

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

So, a turkey wants into a church ...

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

Rock rolls to new home

Ecstatic Edmonds homeowner claims glacial erratic

Date: 11/21/2015 | Local News

Record number of Mister Ugly entries

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

Bubble yuck

Seattle's famed wall of chewed gum is cleaned

Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest

Snohomish High students bind Halloween to the periodic table

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

Man gets a pretty penny — $5K — cashing in coin collection

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

Witch wins protective order against warlock in Salem court

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

Salem ‘witch’ takes self-proclaimed warlock to court over alleged harassment

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

China’s best Obama impersonator looks the part, but speaks ‘fake English’

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

Boulder over your neighbors

Huge rock can be yours, but there are a few rules set in stone

Date: 10/23/2015 | Local News

Guinness declares the longest baguette at 400 feet in Italy

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

Jury: Boy not liable for exuberant hello that injured aunt

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

Topless women of Times Square say they can’t be restricted

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

Woman found inside portable toilet in Oregon arrested on warrants

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

1,806-pound pumpkin dubbed ‘Flying Saucer’

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

A work of art

Marysville woman's dolls are lifelike in every detail

Date: 09/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?

No votes cast in small-town Iowa school board race

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

Guinness World Records; largest feet are really huge

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

Woman sues credit firms for declaring her dead

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

Vegas strip club seeks new high school grads

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

Edmonds woman recalls Whidbey adventures, including washtub sailor

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

German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

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

Large stuffed tiger atop SUV generates 911 call in Camas

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

Man arrested after ‘liking’ mug shot on Facebook posts bond

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

Mom with 12 sons is expecting

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

3 young women jailed in Russia for twerking next to monument

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

Idaho man calls 911 a dozen times about bar bill

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

Cardboard ‘Most Interesting Man’ fails as carpool-lane ruse

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

Mom has surprise birth in shower

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

Archaeologists find centuries-old pretzels

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

Out of place clock

Why EvCC has a huge bank clock on campus

Date: 03/08/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Home pelted by eggs; cops can't crack case

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

Oregon dealer just had to have 1849 Oregon ‘Beaver Coin’

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

Triplets mark one-month birthday

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

Mom delivers surprise 14-pound baby

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

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