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Massachusetts transit bosses under fire for $100K bathroom
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts transportation officials are under fire for authorizing a no-bid contract for a tiny, $100,000 bathroom inside a state office building.
Got skunks in your home? Don't use a smoke bomb
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks.
Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) — The feeding habits of a Cooper's hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of a New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons.
Nothing to see here! Police clear T
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EAST LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — Police in a Philadelphia suburb received an unusual report about a dinosaur on the loose.
Runaway cow defends its freedom in Poland
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled.
Police: Man's target practice leaves bulletholes in walls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man who was taking target practice in his home was arrested after bullets went through the wall into his neighbors' apartment.
APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A New York economic development agency report meant to show the state's growth was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing construction cranes in South Africa. The Associated Press discovered the ...
Tar cakes tires, slows commute on New Jersey highway
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OLDMANS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — It was a sticky commute on a New Jersey interstate after tar coated the highway.
Hundreds of KFC outlets in UK closed amid chicken shortage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets.
NYC still waiting to fill new 'night mayor' position
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is still waiting to see who will become its first ever "night mayor."
Lobster emoji gets 2 more legs following design complaints
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct.
Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.
Washington snipped here? College says it found prez's hair
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Tucked in the pages of a grimy, leather-bound almanac in the archives at New York's Union College was a tiny envelope with the hand-scrawled words "Washington's hair."
Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Passengers say their cruise in the South Pacific was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other guests, some of whom locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence.
German police rescue men tangled up with mannequin, toy car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car.
Dozen day care workers say parent's cookies made them high
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The director of a Maine day care says cookies dropped off by a parent as a Valentine's Day treat left about dozen staff members feeling high.
San Francisco firefighters rescue 2 dogs from cliff
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's usually cats in trees that need a firefighter's help but not Friday, when two dogs were rescued by San Francisco firefighters after sliding halfway down a cliff.
Is Maryland ready to rid 'Northern scum' from state song?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers who support changing the official state song think the time is right to finally wipe "Northern scum," and other pre-Civil War phrases out of it.
Blackface skit in China's new year gala sparks racism accusations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A skit on China's widely-watched Lunar New Year gala on state television featuring a Chinese actress made up to appear African has provoked accusations of racism online. The actress, Lou Naiming, appeared on stage in colorful garb with her face and arms colored brown, carrying a fruit basket on her head, and accompanied by someone costumed as a monkey. A black woman playing her daughter declares that she wants to study in China but is worried her mother will not agree.
Huge sinkhole on Rome street swallows half
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROME (AP) — Prosecutors have opened an investigation into a 10-meter (30-foot) -wide sinkhole that swallowed up a half-dozen cars on a residential street in Rome.
'Unseen' museum exhibit to depict glow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Feel as though you're in the dark when it comes to the underwater world?
Pennsylvania man the 7th teen to enter Kansas governor race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The field of teenage candidates running for Kansas governor has grown to seven, and the latest contender isn't even from the state.
NYC woman stood up by mystery man described in huge mural
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn't meant to be for a New York City woman seeking a mystery missed connection via a 20-foot mural asking him to meet her on Valentine's Day.
Skier lost in New York doesn't know how he got to California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Wednesday were trying to piece together how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy New York mountainside ended up six days later in California, confused and still in ski clothes.
After elk crashes copter, some question wildlife chopper use
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The case of an elk that died after it leapt in the air and brought a low-flying research helicopter down in Utah highlights the use of helicopters in wildlife monitoring, which has been criticized by animal-rights groups but praised as effective by wildlife managers.
How did a lost skier in New York wind up in California?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police say they're still trying to "piece together" how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy New York mountainside ended up six days later in California, confused and in ski clothes.
Rampaging bull leads to high school lockdown in Idaho
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — A high school in southeast Idaho was briefly placed on lockdown after a bull escaped an auction yard and stormed past the campus.
Police pursuit of stolen Ohio school bus hits 100 mph
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say speeds reached 100 mph during a police pursuit of a stolen school bus in southwest Ohio
Cash and carry: Woman in China rides through X
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A woman in southern China accompanied her purse through a train station's luggage x-ray machine rather than part with the bag amid the Lunar New Year holiday rush, Chinese media reported. Video from the digital news platform Pear Video, linked on the Facebook page of the state-run People's Daily newspaper and widely picked up online, showed a guard apparently telling the woman that, yes, small bags need to go in the machine, too. The woman rode through the security screening machine on Sunday in the southern city of Dongguan because she wanted to protect her money, the People's Daily's Facebook post and other media reports said.
Yes he can fetch, but Angus the dog can't run for Kansas governor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
(Reuters) - In the dog-eat-dog world of U.S. politics, a 3-year-old wire-haired Vizsla in Kansas was scratching his head, and behind his ears, after being denied a chance to run for governor, his owner said on Tuesday. The Kansas man, who registered his dog named Angus for governor, said the secretary of state's office has halted the campaign to put his pooch in politics. "His platform was going to be free Chuckit balls for life," said Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson.
Leaping elk crashes low
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday.
Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate's parents donate to his rival
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son's Democratic rival, Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Derailed locomotive left to run for a week in Adirondacks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JOHNSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Railway workers in the Adirondacks have been trying to move a derailed locomotive that has been left running for a week.
Deja vu: Convicted fraudster pleads in $340K 'psychic' case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman who claims to be a psychic has been convicted of scamming people — again.
Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog's campaign for governor.
Pair lasts 5½ hours outside in cold to alert pet owners
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — Two people in New Hampshire say they lasted 5½ hours outside in the cold overnight to make a point to pet owners who leave their animals outside on cold winter nights.
New Jersey capital to use lasers, audio to get rid of crows
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's capital city is taking a high-tech approach to rid the city of an estimated 30,000 crows that are waking up residents and leaving droppings behind.
Police: 'Obit bandit' targets homes of mourners at funerals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say broke into people's homes in Massachusetts while they attended wakes or funerals.
Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WILLOWICK, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been reunited with her wedding dress 32 years after a dry cleaner mix-up.
Dozens of nude models brave cold, rain for Polar Bear Paint
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Cold feet can't stop naked models from parading around New York City. Dozens of body-painted models walked through the chilly streets and posed for photos in a drizzle on Saturday as part of the Polar ...
Man punches and kicks 150
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DEDHAM, Maine (AP) — A Maine man says he punched and kicked a 150-pound bear, scaring it away after it attacked his puppy in the woods.
Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn't a country
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn't a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor.
Stranger accused of spanking man's son in Georgia store
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Police say a stranger spanked a man's 2-year-old son at a grocery store in Georgia when the toddler kept asking his dad for a candy bar.
Simple sketch helps police ID market theft suspect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say an extremely simple sketch helped investigators identify a suspect in a theft from a Pennsylvania farmers market.
Valentine condom campaign urges lovers to think of animals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An environmental group wants couples to think of wild animals before acting like them this Valentine's Day.
Vacancy sign flashes at Florida jail dubbed 'Green Roof Inn'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — Looking to stay at the Green Roof Inn? Probably not.
Fans return Eagles CB Sidney Jones' lost cellphone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A group of fans have helped return Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones' lost cellphone during the team's Super Bowl victory parade — but not before taking a selfie.
Japan public grade school under fire over Armani uniform
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo public school has adopted Giorgio Armani uniforms for students, triggering criticism in a country where hefty school tuition is already burdening young parents.
Naked airline passenger taken for psychiatric examination
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions.
Danish volunteer finds $8,284 in charity shop coat pocket
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish volunteer in a secondhand charity shop has found $8,284 in the pocket of a coat he was preparing to put on sale.