Football fan charged with DWI blames team's performance
WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a pro football fan charged with drunken driving after a crash told police he drank too much because his favorite team isn't any good.
Police: Woman beat McDonald's manager over ketchup
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police are seeking a woman who pushed, punched and choked a McDonald's manager because she wanted ketchup.
Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — It wasn't grand theft. It was tiny. But the snatching of a baby meerkat from a zoo has not only become a major story in the Australian city of Perth, it has led to the arrest of three people.
Syracuse profits by handwriting thousands of late-tax notes
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A city in New York state has found a novel way of motivating residents to pay their back taxes: personal notes handwritten by city officials.
National Grid to use 'noise cannon' to scare away crows
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — After all else failed, National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts.
Man crashes pickup truck into Mississippi courthouse
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man has been arrested after he drove his pickup truck into a courthouse in Mississippi. News outlets reported that the Gulfport Police Department said in a news release that 28-year-old Keith Cavalier told officers he intentionally crashed into the Harrison County Courthouse early Saturday because it was the best way to let them know his drug paraphernalia had been stolen.
'Unusual air activity' over Ireland sparks investigation
LONDON (AP) — Irish aviation officials are investigating reports of bright lights moving quickly in the skies over Ireland. The Irish Aviation Authority said Tuesday it was looking into "reports from a small number of aircraft" about what was called "unusual air activity" on Friday.
Runaway elephant returned to upstate New York sanctuary
WESTTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll.
Trapper captures record-setting python in Everglades
MIAMI (AP) — Officials say a Florida trapper has captured a record-setting python as part of a program to remove the invasive species from the Everglades.
France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill
PARIS (AP) — Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add "your plane has been seized by the government" to the list of things that can delay your flight.
Animal control officers, nearby helpers catch loose chicken
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below.
Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months.
What's in a number? Dutchman, 69, seeks age change to 49
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed.
Bond between donkey, emu may make adoption difficult
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption.
Surprise: Large alligator found in Kansas City hot tub
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub.
GOP candidate called 'Bigfoot erotica' devotee wins race
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Despite being labeled a "devotee of Bigfoot erotica," a Republican candidate won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia.
Twins from different parties get different election outcomes
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side.
Identical twin California sisters give birth 2 hours apart
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Identical twins have given birth about two hours apart from each other. The Fresno Bee reports Wednesday that BaoKou Yang went into labor first on Sunday.
Police: Man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man was injured after breaking into an alligator farm in Florida and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles, police said.
Woman tries to drive away with North Dakota squad car
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Charges are pending against a 23-year-old woman who police say got into a police car and tried to drive away in northeast North Dakota.
Who steals portable toilets? German court renders verdict
BERLIN (AP) — The portable toilets kept on disappearing — and now a German company knows why. Two men in Germany have been convicted of stealing more than 100 portable toilets.
Close call: UK fisherman saved from aggressive seals
LONDON (AP) — A British fisherman had to be rescued from a cliff face after fleeing an aggressive colony of more than 50 gray seals and their young pups, the coast guard said Monday.
Bedbugs found in courthouse in South Carolina for 2nd time
YORK, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina courthouse has been evacuated after bedbugs were found there for the second time in just over two weeks.
Montana woman rescues wandering llama from Yellowstone park
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A pack llama that escaped from a guided hike in southern Yellowstone National Park in August was rescued by a Montana outfitter last weekend, just days before most of the park's entrances were to close for winter preparations.
NY family thinks bones under home are long-missing father
LAKE GROVE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York family says they've found human bones beneath their basement, and they believe the remains are those of their patriarch who disappeared half a century ago.

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