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A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves.
Farmhouse for free, but buyer must move it off owners' land
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ELLSTON, Iowa (AP) — Bargain hunters beware! A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land.
Dog subject of court battle, faked death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was the subject of a two-year court battle and a faked death is back with his adopted family in Missouri.
No Tannenbaum: Senator says rule keeps trees from US troops
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says a federal rule change that's stopping donated Christmas trees from being sent to American troops overseas is straight out of the Grinch's playbook.
Grizzly crime solved: Candy factory's stolen bear found
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago.
Pilot traces virtual Christmas tree in German test flight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — A pilot has traced a virtual Christmas tree over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380.
Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow that escaped twice from a nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place.
Gaza eatery offers discounts to North Koreans but no takers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza eatery is offering massive discounts to North Korean diners but there is just one problem — there are no North Koreans in Gaza.
Gold coins found in Salvation Army holiday kettle in Florida
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say they found gold coins among the donations in a Salvation Army kettle in Florida.
Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($354,000). Two police officers, who are ...
Cow corralled on interstate escapes nativity scene _ again
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow that escaped from a nativity scene and found its way onto Interstate 95 in Philadelphia is away from the manger again.
Goodyear blows up new home for airship: an inflatable hangar
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Morning commuters on a Southern California highway were greeted Wednesday by a huge structure that wasn't there the night before.
Expecting dad stages own pregnancy photo shoot, shows belly
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — An expecting father in Massachusetts has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot.
Police: Man strips naked, jumps on car after road crash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Fairfax County police say a man stripped off his clothes and jumped on a passing vehicle after a road accident near Washington Dulles International Airport.
Family's 'A Christmas Story' house may become Lego set
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York family is campaigning for their carefully crafted recreation of the house from "A Christmas Story" to become an official Lego set.
Police: Man posed as officer, tried to get discounted coffee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in western New York have charged a man who they say impersonated a police officer in an attempt to get discounted coffee.
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOSTON (AP) — All comic book heroes need a sequel — even U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Singer of novelty song welcomes hippopotamus to Oklahoma
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first.
Fetid attraction: London fatberg to go on museum display
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LONDON (AP) — Part of a monster fatberg that clogged one of London's sewers is destined for fame in a museum.
Firefighters rescue girl stuck in McDonald's playground
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SPENCER, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters in Massachusetts responded to a fast food restaurant over the weekend to free a young girl who got stuck in the playground.
From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated U.S. headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year. A tweet by Trump in May read simply: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." White House officials batted away questions about what the word meant and even the dictionary company Merriam-Webster drew a blank. Trump left it up to the reader to divine his meaning, with a follow-up: "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ???
Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.
Wisconsin man fleeing police crashed while checking phone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions.
Woman who robbed banks while pregnant sentenced to prison
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman accused of robbing three banks while she was more than eight months pregnant pleaded guilty to robbing two of them and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Man who streaked at Buffalo Bills game pleads guilty, fined
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills fan who ran naked across the field during a blowout loss last month and earned praise from other fans for rushing better than the team's players has pleaded guilty to exposure.
Ice cream shop's cow derriere logo gets icy reception
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey ice cream shop is changing its logo of a cartoon cow with a pronounced derriere after the play on words drew complaints that it was sexist.
Maine police: Bouncing roll of duct tape leads to 911 call
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Bangor, Maine, say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape.
Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.
Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia demand higher wages
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.
Retired justice 'so disappointed' to be kept off jury
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOSTON (AP) — She was impartial enough to serve as a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, but apparently that wasn't enough for Geraldine Hines to be named a juror in a murder trial.
Postal Service probes glue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Some residents in a New Jersey city have noticed a glue-like substance on mailboxes is preventing their letters from going down the chute.
Correction: Tattooed Santa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — In a story Dec. 5 about a tattooed mall Santa Claus, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Cherry Hill Programs runs the Oxford Valley Mall. Cherry Hill Programs runs the mall's Santa photo operation.
Santa with 'naughty' and 'nice' tattoos must tone it down
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — A beloved Santa with "naughty" tattooed on one arm and "nice" tattooed on the other has been asked to tone down his typically goofy poses at a suburban Philadelphia mall, leaving some fans miffed.
Secret Santa couple pays off $10K in layaway orders in Maine
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Representatives for a Maine Toys R Us store say a husband and wife stopped in to pay off $10,000 in layaway orders for other families.
New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bill like a duck but teeth like a croc's, a swanlike neck and killer claws, a new dinosaur species uncovered by scientists looks like something Dr. Seuss could have dreamed up.
Cops: Woman parks in police chief's spot while smoking pot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a woman arriving at a Long Island court to answer a marijuana possession summons was smoking pot when she parked her vehicle in the local police chief's spot.
Police: Woman drove with transit sign sticking out of car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday on Route 46 in South Hackensack ...
Zippy's back! Town's elf on a shelf has been returned
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town is happy to report that its beloved elf on a shelf has been returned, more than a day after he vanished.
Delta flight makes emergency bathroom stop in Montana
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Delta flight from New York City to Seattle had to make a stop in Billings after the plane's toilets stopped working and passengers couldn't hold it any longer.
'Big as my head': Hawaii woman seeks record for huge avocado
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the massive avocado she snagged is the world's largest.
The search is on for Zippy, town's missing life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — Police in a New Hampshire town are looking for Zippy, a beloved life-size elf on a shelf that usually can be seen at various sites leading up to Christmas.
Man accused of illegally catching tuna, dumping it in woods
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been accused of catching a tuna out of season and then dumping its headless 400-pound carcass in the woods.
Hawaii woman's avocado might make Guinness World Records
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the 5-pound (2.3-kilogram) avocado she snagged is the world's largest.
Skydiving Santa crashes on Florida beach with Elf on a Shelf
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — A skydiving Santa looking to make a grand entrance while taking an Elf on the Shelf to a 9-year-old girl crashed into a tree and light pole before hitting a Florida beach and breaking his leg.
Police: DUI suspect dances on car, flees on kid's scooter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Police say a Nevada woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after she drove down a highway the wrong way, danced atop her SUV and attempted to flee from officers on a kid's scooter.
Astronauts make, fling, float, eat pizzas on space station
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first-ever pizza party in space is getting sky-high reviews.
Police: Squirrel blamed for vandalizing Christmas lights
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — It was a squirrel that nearly stole Christmas in a New Jersey town.
Skiing Santas ho
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Santa Claus is known for shimmying down chimneys, but for one day a year, dozens of Santas try to avoid tumbling down a mountain.
Opossum breaks into liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.