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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


FTC to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers

PORTLAND, Ore. — If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked — but at least you can get your money back.The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that two companies...

Date: 10/01/2014 | Off the Wire


Woman finds 2-headed snapping turtle

HUDSON, Maine — A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road.Kathleen Talbot, of Hudson, tells WLBZ-TV she found the tiny creature this week while she was watching turtle hatchlings to make sure they arrived...

Date: 09/27/2014 | Nation & World


California city using $1M to evaluate its happiness

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.

Date: 09/14/2014 | Off the Wire


Suspect accused of theft of $144 in eye shadow

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup.Police in Fayetteville, Arkansas, arrested 31-year-old Brandy Allen, accusing her of stuffing handfuls of eye shadow into her...

Date: 09/07/2014 | Nation & World


'Skinny dip' yearbook photo raises eyebrows

PORTALES, N.M. — A New Mexico high school yearbook is raising eyebrows after it published a racy photo of students under a "Most Likely to Skinny Dip" category.

Date: 09/05/2014 | Off the Wire


Sockless attorney irks judge

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — An attorney who habitually appears in court without socks faces sanctions including possible fines if he shows up without them again in one Indiana courtroom.

Date: 09/03/2014 | Off the Wire


Purchased pie crust could void blue-ribbon

Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That’s what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.Now that quest for the best may cost Horton the blue ribbon that her pie won.

Date: 08/31/2014 | Nation & World


Japan fears toilet paper panic

TOKYO — Japan's bureaucrats don't want the nation to be caught with its pants down the next time toilet paper supplies run short after a natural disaster.

Date: 08/29/2014 | Off the Wire


Pricey ‘bait bike’ irresistible to thieves in Oregon

ASHLAND, Ore. — Police in Ashland, Oregon, are finding their pricey new “bait bike” is proving irresistible to thieves.

Date: 08/21/2014 | Off the Wire


Fungus turns ‘zombie ants’ into booby traps

By Rachel FeltmanThe Washington PostIf you thought mind-controlling fungi were already scary, just wait — the shrooms are even more strategic than we thought.

Date: 08/19/2014 | Nation & World


Owl enters 10th story apartment, kills canary

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — An Idaho couple says an owl flew into their 10th story apartment, apparently opened a bird cage and killed one of two canaries inside.

Date: 08/18/2014 | Northwest


Mural collecting dust is a William Cumming original

MOUNT VERNON — A large mural that collected dust in barns over the decades before being displayed this month at a fair in Washington state is an original 1941 painting by William Cumming, a member of the Northwest School art movement of the 1930s and ’40s, a Seattle art...

Date: 08/17/2014 | Northwest


Nude sunbather in Utah to fight lewdness charges

FARMINGTON, Utah — A 76-year-old man who police say was sunbathing nude in his backyard next to a church parking lot in Utah has pleaded not guilty to lewdness charges.

Date: 08/13/2014 | Off the Wire


Fair closes ‘Smallest Woman’ sideshow

LONGMONT, Colo. — A sideshow at the Boulder County Fair advertising "Little Liz, the World's Smallest Woman" has been shut down after complaints.The show featuring a woman from Haiti who's 29 inches tall, or less than 2?½ feet, closed Thursday after...

Date: 08/10/2014 | Nation & World


Hells Angels on their best behavior

CODY, Wyo. — The weeklong gathering of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in northern Wyoming turned out to be uneventful for police.

Date: 08/09/2014 | Off the Wire


Tiny, fierce planes

Gallery: Competitors test their skills at Bladder Grabber

Date: 08/09/2014 | Local News


They're out there somewhere

'Squatchers' keep an eye out for Bigfoot (gallery)

Date: 08/08/2014 | Local News


Suspect orders pizza for cops

Associated PressCORBIN, Ky. — Police in southern Kentucky said they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting — five pizzas showed up at the station.Officers said 29-year-old Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone...

Date: 07/18/2014 | Off the Wire


Prosthetic leg found on Kingston beach returned

KINGSTON — A woman who found a prosthetic leg on a beach at Kingston has returned it to its owner.Hannah Listle posted information on Facebook about the prosthetic she found while look for shells Sunday at Point No Point beach.

Date: 07/01/2014 | Northwest


Lost for 60 years, ring turns up in dry Texas lake

LUBBOCK, Texas — An 84-year-old Washington state woman will soon hold her 1953 university class ring, lost six decades ago, after it was found in a dried-up West Texas lake.

Date: 07/01/2014 | Northwest


Weasel finds new home in Bronx

NEW YORK — A mysterious long-haired critter that's been sighted on the streets of a Bronx neighborhood for several months has a name.

Date: 06/26/2014 | Off the Wire


Study: Male-named hurricanes scarier

WASHINGTON — Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study finds.

Date: 06/02/2014 | Nation & World


Oregon county puts unused jail on the market

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s largest county is looking to unload a jail in mint condition — having never housed a suspect or convict.

Date: 06/02/2014 | Off the Wire


“HiddenCash” creates a frenzy

SAN FRANCISCO — Someone is dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco — and causing an international frenzy on social media.

Date: 05/27/2014 | Nation & World


$40,800 found in Salvation Army couch

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — For all the screaming and carrying on, their neighbors thought they'd won the lottery. But it was a lumpy old sofa stuffed with $40,000 in cash that had three young roommates raising a ruckus.

Date: 05/15/2014 | Off the Wire


Sorry I’m not sorry: Some classic non-apologies

NEW YORK— Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself into a deeper hole after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he’s not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology.

Date: 05/13/2014 | Off the Wire


Study ranks Chicago as funniest U.S. city; Seattle in top 10

A new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder ranks Chicago as America’s funniest city, beating out laugh riots Boston and Atlanta to claim the top spot. Researchers hailed Chicagoans for their witty banter and observational humor, specifically citing the local penchant for poking fun at the...

Date: 04/21/2014 | Off the Wire


16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

HONOLULU — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane’s wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

Date: 04/20/2014 | Nation & World


Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite

YORK, Pa. — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

Date: 04/20/2014 | Nation & World




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