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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

Underwire bra saves woman from bullet

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian news report says an underwire bra saved a woman's life after she was struck near the heart by a stray bullet.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Off the Wire

Dumbbell burglar leaves DNA behind

SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts man dubbed a "one-man crime wave" by police has been sentenced to up to nine years in prison for using a dumbbell in three smash-and-grab burglaries at jewelry stores.

Date: 01/21/2015 | Off the Wire

’In Dog We Trust’ accidentally printed on sheriff’s rugs

LARGO, Fla. — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has gone to the dogs. Well, at least its rugs have.Department spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said Wednesday that a new, $500 rug at the sheriff’s administration building said “In Dog We Trust” instead of “In God We Trust.”

Date: 01/14/2015 | Off the Wire

12-13-14 appeals for weddings, would-be winners

LAS VEGAS — It’s rare. It’s orderly. And when it comes to remembering an anniversary date, it’s as easy as 12/13/14.Saturday’s Dec. 13, 2014, represents the last sequential calendar date for at least 20 years (Jan. 2, 2034) and another 89 years if waiting for Jan. 2, 2103.

Date: 12/13/2014 | Nation & World

Arkansas girl, 11, hails cab to Florida

BRYANT, Ark. — An 11-year-old Arkansas girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia, and found her safe, after her parents reported her missing.Bryant police used cellphone records to determine...

Date: 12/13/2014 | Off the Wire

Pearls of wisdom

The brains behind the sayings on Dunn’s sign in Everett

Date: 12/02/2014 | Whats Up With That?

Snow bird? Lost hummer gets lift from Minnesota to Texas

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A hummingbird has finally made its way south for the winter after accidentally ending up in Minnesota.

Date: 11/24/2014 | Off the Wire

Troopers warn of underwear bandit in Alaska town

KODIAK, Alaska — An underwear bandit is actively stealing women’s undergarments in Kodiak.Alaska State Troopers say there’s been a rash of burglaries reported lately. People have returned to their homes to find items — mostly women’s underwear — missing.

Date: 11/12/2014 | Northwest

Wallenda girds for windy Chicago tightrope walks

CHICAGO — With Chicago's chilling winds howling in the background, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared Friday he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings, one of them blindfolded.For Sunday's televised walks, the 35-year-old daredevil promised to...

Date: 11/02/2014 | Nation & World

Drivers scurry for armored car cash

BALTIMORE — A door lock on an armored vehicle transporting cash malfunctioned while traveling on a highway in Frederick County, Md., sending cash raining out onto the highway Friday morning.

Date: 11/01/2014 | Nation & World

Woman settles Starbucks suit for $250

OKEMOS, Mich. — A Michigan woman who wanted homebrewed Starbucks coffee — described by her attorney as “gold” — will accept $250 to end a lawsuit over the company’s decision to stop making discs for a specific single-serve machine.

Date: 10/30/2014 | Nation & World

Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13

ROCKFORD, Mich. — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.

Date: 10/29/2014 | Off the Wire

Dems lean toward the paranormal

Human beings are, in general, a superstitious lot. Our tendency to see patterns where they don't exist, and to falsely apply cause to effect, may have helped keep us alive back when we were little more than a band of frightened critters scurrying about the savanna. Those tendencies...

Date: 10/26/2014 | Nation & World

Ronald Reagan’s astrologer dies at 87

SAN FRANCISCO — Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan’s schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.

Date: 10/24/2014 | Nation & World

Give him a hand

Cascade freshman sets Guinness record for most one-handed claps

Date: 10/24/2014 | Local News

Van replaces Oregon city’s $1 million library

PENDLETON, Ore. — A city in northern Oregon has been reduced to using a van as its sole library after a blueprint mix-up shut down a newly built $1.2 million facility.The new library had been open for less than a month before the wall it shares with City Hall was found to be a fire hazard.

Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest

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