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World's Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs' inner beauty
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man's best friend's perfect imperfections in California on Friday.
Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BEIJING (AP) — Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China — and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials.
Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive.
Worker bit in tussle with would
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock say a mall worker wrestled away a stripper pole from a would-be thief who bit the employee during the struggle.
British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave.
Genoa makes special airport waiver for famed pesto sauce
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ROME (AP) — The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who can't get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce.
Suspect lights cigarette at end of wild police pursuit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a woman led officers on a wild chase in a suspected stolen car that lasted a half-hour and ended when she crashed into a pole.
Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.
German teen suspected of shooting toy gun at Thai king
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating a 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets from a toy gun at the King of Thailand who was cycling near Munich this month. The king was not hurt. The unidentified youth, together with a 13-year-old who is too young to be investigated, is suspected of having fired the gun from a garden or house window at a group of cyclists that included King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a regular visitor to Bavaria, and his entourage.
Roadkill: It's what's for dinner under new Oregon law
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.
Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet.
Adviser quits in vote tampering scandal at California school
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Students at a Southern California high school got a lesson in political corruption after it was revealed that a faculty adviser rigged the election for class president and two other races.
Stoked! 511 California surfers paddle out to set record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California surfers are stoked after setting a Guinness World Record for largest surf paddle-out.
Empty NYC transit bus rolls down street, hits church, cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — An empty New York City transit bus rolled backward down a hilly Brooklyn block and smashed into a church and parked vehicles during a crash caught on video .
Goodwill returns $97K to Ohio couple in mistaken donation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A couple has gotten back nearly $100,000 they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in Ohio
German prosecutors investigate teenager for shooting toy gun at Thai king
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating a 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets from a toy gun at the King of Thailand who was cycling near Munich late one evening earlier this month. The unidentified youth, together with a 13-year-old who is too young to be investigated, is suspected of having fired the gun from a garden or house window at a group of cyclists that included King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a regular visitor to Bavaria, and his entourage. First it was fired at a group of cyclists, one of whom was the King of Thailand," said Thomas Rauscher, prosecutor in the southern town of Landshut.
Naked thief nabbed by Austrian police at Vienna hotel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police have arrested a suspected thief. But first, they made sure he put on some clothes.
Cops: Woman with history of thefts steals hair highlights
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman with a history of stealing meals and services has allegedly struck again, this time at a hair salon.
Senior student mocks school's dress code with yearbook quote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A teenager has left a permanent mark on her long-running battle against her high school's dress code.
Woman who hid gun in her vagina gets probation in drug case
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman who police said packed a loaded pistol in her vagina has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to drug possession.
California deputies harness wayward Llama
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A couple of Solano County sheriff's deputies are one wayward llama's heroes after they saved it from traffic.
Student mocks school's dress code with yearbook quote
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey teenager has left a permanent mark on her long-running battle against her high school's dress code.
Sleepy burglary suspect caught taking nap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man found asleep in a stranger's home has been charged with burglary.
Coke tweet targeting Pittsburghers uses map of Philadelphia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Coca-Cola's marketing efforts during the weekend's heatwave in Pittsburgh backfired when the company mistakenly used a map of Philadelphia in a post on Twitter.
Swarm of gnats causes fire scare at landmark Hamburg church
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — Emergency services were called to a landmark Hamburg church to fight a fire. All they found was a swarm of gnats.
Wicked long: Restaurant hopes to land lobster roll record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — It's a lobster lover's dream.
Pet squirrel that foiled Idaho home burglary returns to wild
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime-fighter might be more of the lover type.
Blooming corpse flowers draw crowds in Northern California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Plant lovers in Northern California are getting a rare treat as two corpse flowers bloom for the first time in a decade.
Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300K California theft
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Police are calling it grand theft avocado. Southern California authorities say three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados. The Ventura County Sheriff's ...
Michael Phelps' latest challenge: 'Shark Week'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
"Shark Week" has a new star attraction: Michael Phelps.
After 40 years, father and daughter meet for the 1st time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is looking forward to celebrating Father's Day a week after his first meeting with his 40-year-old daughter, who tracked him down following decades of questions.
Crooked Hill Road exit sign altered to read Crooked Hillary
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A sign marking the Crooked Hill Road exit off a suburban New York parkway has been altered to read "Crooked Hillary."
Teen police volunteers steal LAPD cars, patrol Los Angeles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three teenagers in a program for those who may want to become officers stole three Los Angeles Police Department vehicles and went on patrol around the city before leading authorities on wild pursuits that ended with crashes, Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.
Whopping $100 million water bill shocks North Carolina man
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — The water bill wasn't so bad, but the service charge was eye-popping.
Pennsylvania family rebuilding after skunk spray ruins home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania family is slowly rebuilding their life and their home seven months after a skunk sneaked into their home and ruined it.
No 1. courthouse problem: People urinating in the elevator
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Officials in an Arkansas county have a plea for courthouse visitors: Please stop urinating in our elevator.
Attacked while running, woman drowns rabid raccoon in puddle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOPE, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman says a rabid raccoon attacked her while she was out for a run, so she drowned it in a puddle.
Report: Woman stole city money to get butt lift
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city says a former employee stole money to get a butt lift.
Massachusetts mayor sends man $1 to settle parking dispute
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor has paid $1 out of his own pocket to settle a dispute with a man who complained after unnecessarily paying for parking.
Soup Nazi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A company that sells soup from the recipes of the chef who was the real-life model of the Soup Nazi on "Seinfeld" has filed for bankruptcy less than a month after its chief financial officer was arrested on charges he cheated the government out of employment-related taxes.
A cake mistake: Florida baker says new pans ruined desserts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida bakery claims faulty cake pans created a dessert disaster and has taken the pan-maker to court.
Rotting clams that stunk up neighborhood are being removed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — The rotting clamshells that were used to pave an access road in a small Rhode Island community are being removed after neighbors complained about the stench and maggots.
Kansas husband who robbed bank to avoid wife given probation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 70-year-old man who said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife blamed his actions on depression.
KFC to send chicken sandwich to edge of space on balloon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — KFC plans to make a space pioneer out of a chicken sandwich next week when it sends it to the edge of the atmosphere with the help of a high-altitude balloon.
Minor league team pitches pregnancy tests for Father's Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A minor league baseball team in Florida has planned an unusual Father's Day promotion. The team will give out pregnancy tests.
Man ordered to remove clamshells as stench draws complaints
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been given until the end of the week to get rid of the unwashed clamshells he used to pave a road that neighbors complained give off a sickening stench.
It wasn't 'itsy bitsy,' but spider causes Florida car crash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — A spider is being blamed for a car crash in the Florida suburbs.
Judge orders DUI defendants to download ride
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge known for handing down unusual sentences is requiring convicted drunken drivers to download ride-hailing apps on their phones as part of their punishment.
Correction: Cross
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BEEBE PLAIN, Vt. (AP) — In a story June 10 about the sale of a home that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of the house. The home is just over 3,000 square feet, not almost 7,000 square feet.
French Spiderman climbs 29
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — French urban climber Alain Robert has scaled a 29-story hotel in Barcelona with his bare hands and in just 20 minutes.