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'Zombie' event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anti-tax "zombies" in Oklahoma were stopped outside the entrance to the state Capitol on Saturday in a staged event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to health, education and other services.
Honolulu store owners say thieves are targeting cans of Spam
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HONOLULU (AP) — Cans of Spam have become a common item that's being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities.
To learn how to say New Zealand leader's name, just call her
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When an Australian journalist wanted to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of New Zealand's incoming prime minister, he — unwittingly — went straight to the top.
Devils fans help young anthem singer who forgets the words
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Fans have come to the rescue of a girl who apparently forgot the words while singing the national anthem at a New Jersey Devils game.
Police: Newborn's dad sold heroin in hospital maternity ward
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter.
KFC Twitter follows 11 Herbs and Spices, intrigues internet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Twitter user has earned kudos online for discovering a subtle message on KFC's account.
Police: Man accused of fake ID use found hiding in trash can
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of trying to rent a car in Delaware using fake identification was caught hiding in a trash can.
Police: Robbery suspect left wallet behind at crime scene
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey have arrested a robbery suspect who they say left his wallet behind at the scene of the crime.
Student's yearbook photo rejected because he's holding gun
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
STANDISH, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school has rejected a student's submitted yearbook photo because it shows him holding a shotgun.
No Go: Pokemon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kentucky man dressed as the Pokemon character Pikachu is accused of trying to jump the White House fence — all in the name of making a YouTube video.
Texas district alters homecoming queen's hair color in photo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area school district has apologized for altering a high school homecoming queen's purple hair in a photo.
Correction: Robbers Dressed As Nuns story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about two women charged in a bank robbery, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the number of New Jersey banks the women were charged with robbing. They were charged with robbing one bank in New Jersey, not two.
Police video shows large bear peering into shop windows
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KINGS BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A very large bear-about-town was spotted peering into shop windows in a California tourist community on Lake Tahoe.
Alaska rescue group takes in alligator that outgrew bathtub
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — It was an odd day for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub.
NYC water main breaks, sending geyser blasting onto house
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Public works crews have repaired a broken water main that caused a geyser to erupt from the ground in front of a New York City home.
Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Facebook users in Pittsburgh and other western and central Pennsylvania locations have found themselves transplanted to Philadelphia for a day. A glitch on the social media site caused Pittsburghers and ...
Robbers with hunting knives demand $1 from store, then flee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Two young men made an unusually small request as they robbed a store in Massachusetts by demanding a single dollar in their robbery.
Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Some flowers have found a nifty way to get the blues.
Sheriff's cadet uses dad's patrol car to pull over his ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say the 22-year-old son of a Florida sheriff's lieutenant took his father's unmarked car and used it to pull over his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
Newlyweds' pot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania borough has granted a second reprieve to a newly married couple fighting for the right to keep their pet pot-bellied pig.
Baltimore workers remove "fatberg" of grease from sewer pipe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BALTIMORE (AP) — A "fatberg" that may have taken beyond half a century to grow below Baltimore has been removed.
New York police round up wandering cow in Brooklyn park
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
New York City police wrangled a cow on the loose in a Brooklyn park on Tuesday after the animal became a spectacle for tourists and New Yorkers alike when it was spotted roaming the streets and enjoying the park facilities. Officers used soccer goals to fence the animal in on a baseball diamond, but the cow barreled through one of the nets, knocking down a police officer. Police eventually trapped the cow between two vehicles parked on either side of baseball field's bench area after an officer appeared to fire a tranquilizer dart at it.
Police round up unusual suspect: young bull on soccer field
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have rounded up an unusual suspect — a young bull on a soccer field.
Sweet Surrender: Detroit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old man wanted for probation violations surrendered at a suburban Detroit police station — with a dozen doughnuts for officers.
Newspaper lands easy scoop: Corvette crashes into its office
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey newspaper has scored an easy scoop.
Curiosity does in bear cubs after escape from wildlife park
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Two bear cubs that escaped from a South Dakota wildlife park didn't get far, due in part to their curiosity.
Man vows he's penniless in court; deputies find $4K on him
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio defendant who vowed he was penniless and couldn't pay a fine now faces a big one after deputies escorting him from court found he had over $4,000 in his clothes.
New York City police pursue unusual Brooklyn suspect: a cow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have been pursuing an unusual suspect — a cow on a Brooklyn soccer field.
2 suspected in Pennsylvania bank heist while dressed as nuns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Two women charged with robbing a pair of New Jersey banks are also suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns.
Attorney: Convicted tax schemer is too fat for prison
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The attorney for a 72-year-old Florida man who was convicted in a tax scheme is using obesity to try to keep his client out of prison.
Police: Man sprays foul
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man sprayed a foul-smelling brown liquid on produce at a grocery store in South Carolina, telling police the store owed him money.
Cops: Man tried to rob market to get money for drug fines
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man broke into a market so he could get money to pay his court fines for marijuana possession.
FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will check to see whether any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying pilot dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival over the weekend.
Candidate touts apparent hoax idea of drug
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area mayoral candidate says he was serious when he vowed to investigate the use of drug-sniffing bunnies if elected — even though it appears to stem from an internet hoax.
Crash leads to fight, stun gun, arrests on Indiana racetrack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Two racecar drivers have been arrested after getting into a fistfight following a crash on an Indiana racetrack that ended with a police officer using a stun gun on one of the drivers.
Pathologist toting human organs while drunk gets probation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana pathologist who was hauling human organ samples in his pickup truck when he was arrested on drunken driving charges has pleaded guilty.
Man builds 2
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud.
Hogwarts Express rescues stranded family in Scotland
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — As if by magic, the Hogwarts Express has come to the rescue of a stranded family in Scotland.
Man wounded in shooting during fight in Tombstone saloon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say a saloon shooting in the Old West town of Tombstone put one man in the hospital with a leg wound and another in jail.
Man arrested after trying to light cigarette with nozzle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police in North Dakota have arrested a man for possession of drugs after first spotting him attempting to light a cigarette with the nozzle of a gas pump.
Northern Michigan University offers marijuana degree
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree — in marijuana.
Sheriff: 2 briefly escape Oklahoma jail to visit girlfriends
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HUGO, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff says two inmates briefly escaped to visit their girlfriends and smoke marijuana and then walked back to the jail.
Teacher who works at supermarket to vie for US bagging prize
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman is heading to Las Vegas to compete for the title of America's fastest grocery bagger.
Breaking mad: 'Breaking Bad' house gets fence to block fans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The real Albuquerque house made famous by the methamphetamine-making character Walter White in the AMC-TV hit series "Breaking Bad" is getting a fence.
Mike Diamond rescues fiancee's trashed engagement ring
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New York City woman who accidentally threw her 3-carat diamond engagement ring in the trash has been reunited with it, thanks in large part to her soon-to-be-husband — Mike Diamond.
The high way to heaven? Man who hid drugs in Bible gets jail
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who was caught hiding heroin in a Bible while on parole will spend another six months in jail.
Drugs in prayer card with Jesus' image mailed to inmate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Prison officials in Massachusetts say someone tried to send drugs to an inmate by mailing a laminated prayer card that contained wafer-thin strips of a prescription narcotic.
Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Helsinki airport says Flight 666 has arrived safety in HEL — the airport code for the Finnish capital — for the last time.
Man cited for painting over mural designed by children
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDONDERRY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been cited for unlawful mischief after he painted over a public mural designed by students in the town of Londonderry.
German man in hot water for running taps non
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — A man in the northern German city of Salzgitter is in hot water after police allege that he left his bath and sink faucets running for at least a year, causing "massive damage" to his apartment building.