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Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Trump 'live figure' thumps Merkel at Berlin's Madame Tussauds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest attraction on Tuesday - a posturing Donald Trump figure striking a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball. Unlike the usual wax figures, the new moving "Trump" in the Berlin museum is an actor wearing a silicone mask modeled on the billionaire U.S. president, dancing to the Abba hit "Money, Money, Money". Relations between the two leaders got off to a frosty start, although Trump said they had had a "great meeting" on the sidelines of a NATO summit last month.
Man rescued from mud with parrot perched on his shoulders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot.
Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts firefighters say a man who donated to their muscular dystrophy drive accidentally dropped his wedding ring into their boot.
Paris residents peeved at very public eco
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. One of the bright red "urinoirs" installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation. "There's no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot," said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.
Rhode Island alone celebrates Victory Day, debate lingers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the end of World War II as a state holiday, although it remains the only state in the U.S. to do so.
Minnesota deputies rescue women stranded on unicorn raft
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STARK, Minn. (AP) — It was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn.
Dog running on interstate can't resist lure of stuffed teddy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A dog could not resist being lured away from a busy Massachusetts highway by a teddy bear.
Residents split in goose dispute in Long Island village
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BRIGHTWATERS, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a Long Island village are divided over what to do about a glut of goose droppings around town.
Officers seize 3 king cobras, 300 other reptiles from home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home.
Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out.
Officers seize 3 king cobras, other reptiles from home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras and other venomous reptiles from a New York home.
India lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize prime minister
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India.
Indian lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize premier
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India.
Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian.
Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he's giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation's most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot.
Bronze Archie statue honors artist for hometown anniversary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckle-faced Archie is now greeting visitors at a New Hampshire town in honor of a local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends.
Missy Elliott praises woman's karaoke version of 'Work It'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman's karaoke version of Missy Elliott's hit song "Work It" has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott.
School demolition crews unearth 124
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — Construction crews tearing down a former middle school in Massachusetts have found a 124-year-old time capsule.
Colorado college reprinting up to 9.2K diplomas to fix typo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado university is offering to reprint up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper found a big typo.
Driver's test arrest: Pot, gun, cash found in smelly car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A 22-year-old man who went for his driver's test left in handcuffs after the examiner became suspicious about a certain odor emanating from the car.
Michigan twins from different parties advance in election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.
2 lives down, 7 to go: Cat survives being hit twice by cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road.
Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats.
Holy cow! Bovine herd helps police corral suspect in Florida
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture.
Cardinals challenge fans to eat $75 belly busting burger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals fans can reap a reward while expanding their waistlines watching football this season.
Iran's Ahmadinejad opines on Trump, James spat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James.
San Francisco's wild parrots branching out throughout city
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's famous birds immortalized in the book and movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" are now roosting in several neighborhoods throughout the city, a newspaper reported Saturday.
Amazin' frets: Free therapy for New York Mets fans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio.
Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos.
Man who harassed Yellowstone bison arrested at Glacier park
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday.
Michigan man befriends wild turkey who moved into his yard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the large bird.
Hawaii judge evicts Oahu nudists from rental house
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii judge has ordered the eviction of the tenants of an Oahu rental home that advertised naked parties and gained the ire of neighbors.
NYC twister: Queens tornado knocks down trees, crushes car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A tornado that touched down in Queens toppled at least 50 trees, crushed a car and broke a limb that hit a man.
No kidding: Dozens of goats chow down in Idaho neighborhood
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 100 escaped goats have munched on manicured lawns in Idaho's capital city before being rounded up and hauled away.
Michigan man fights ticket for turkey who moved into yard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who found himself facing fines after a wild turkey moved into his overgrown backyard has made friends with the massive bird.
Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
More than 100 goats burst into a neighborhood in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. The herd of goats had been at work clearing some land for the county when scores of the inquisitive animals escaped at about 7 a.m. local time (1300 GMT) and wandered into a West Boise suburb, their owner said. "They were on a pond that the county had hired us to clear, and it looks like they pushed through some of the wood boards and got out that way," said Matt Gabica, owner of We Rent Goats, a company that provides goats to clear weeds on private and public property.
Couple thinks they found Prohibition
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A couple moving into a Massachusetts home have found what they believe is a stash of Prohibition-era booze.
Feline and hen become fast fire friends
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A cat seeking refuge from a raging Northern California wildfire found a fine-feathered friend as it awaited rescue from the heat and flames.
Police: Arkansas man tried to steal jet to go to concert
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Police say an Arkansas man accused of trying to steal a commercial jet told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers.
Patriots fan turns Tom Brady's autograph into a tattoo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A young Connecticut woman didn't want to ever lose the autograph she got from Tom Brady.
Christmas comes early for London department store
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Hanna Rantala LONDON (Reuters) - On a hot summery Thursday in London, Santa Claus turned up 144 days early wearing a studded leather jacket to open the new Christmas shop at department store Selfridges. Holding a guitar and sporting black sunglasses, Santa was dressed to fit the store's theme of "Selfridges Rocks Christmas". With London basking in the midst of a heatwave, t-shirts rather than Christmas jumpers seemed more appropriate but Selfridges defended the move to start the Christmas countdown almost five months before Dec. 25.
New Delhi robbers escape with valuable commodity: Hair
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW DELHI (AP) — Posing as customers, the three men entered a little New Delhi workshop early one morning. Then one pulled out a gun, and the trio demanded the most valuable thing there: Hair.
Colorado man fined $1K for repeatedly feeding bears
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been fined $1,000 for intentionally feeding bears for the third time in the past eight years.
2 drivers cited for going too slow under Idaho's new law
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police are starting to enforce a new law targeting slow drivers using the passing lanes of highways.
National Comedy Center opens in 'I Love Lucy' star's town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The National Comedy Center is open for laughs in "I Love Lucy" comedian Lucille Ball's hometown.
Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SEATTLE (AP) — Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters.
Python that went missing during California fire is found
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a Northern California neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief now that a 14-foot python that went missing after a pet store was evacuated during a wildfire has been found safe.
Don't call dolphin hybrid spotted off Hawaii a 'wholphin'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say.
Pennsylvania man's 7
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EAST GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man's 7-foot (2-meter) red tail boa constrictor has gone missing.