Oddities

This Aug. 3, 2019 photo from the Hoopa Fire Department shows a Humboldt County Sheriff's Department patrol car after it was struck by a falling bear and then hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames, near Hoopa, Calif., in Northern California. The deputy managed to escape without serious injury. (Rod Mendes/Hoopa Fire Department via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 7:41 pm
HOOPA, Calif. (AP) — They probably don't train people for this at the Sheriff's Academy. A patrol car was struck by a falling bear in Northern California last weekend. Authorities say a Humboldt County sheriff's deputy was driving on State Route 96 on Aug. 3, answering a report of a drug overdose...
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August 09, 2019 - 7:39 am
GIBSONTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 56-year-old Florida man took his golf cart on a wild ride through a Walmart store, terrorizing shoppers and ignoring deputies' orders to stop before crashing into a cash register. Hillsborough County Sheriff's investigators say they were summoned to the...
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This photo from video provided by KVOA-TV shows Alex Kack, in the green shirt at left, laughing at a protester during a vote to put a "sanctuary city" initiative on the November ballot during a meeting of the Tucson, Ariz., City Council Tuesday, Aug. 6. Kack is mystified that video of him simply laughing at the meeting has captivated the internet. Kack, also known as "#GreenShirtGuy," told The Associated Press on Thursday that social media reaction spawned by a news clip of him shaking with laughter at a Tucson City Council meeting has been "surreal." (KVOA-TV via AP)
August 08, 2019 - 4:48 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Alex Kack remained mystified Thursday as to how he became an internet sensation when all he did was laugh at a city council meeting in Arizona. "Everyone else was doing something far more active than me honestly. I was just laughing," Kack told The Associated Press. "You could have...
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August 08, 2019 - 11:18 am
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Dozens of ducklings have made a bid to create the world's cutest traffic jam in a Maine city. Even "Make Way for Ducklings" author Robert McCloskey couldn't have envisioned a scene like the one in Biddeford on Wednesday morning. Biddeford resident Karen Ramunno captured the...
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This Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, photo provided by Recology, shows nearly $23,000 in cash discarded at a recycling bin in a shoebox, which was recovered by a worker at the Samoa Resource Recovery Center operated by Recology in Samoa, Calif. A man who accidentally tossed the money into the recycling bin reunited with his life savings Saturday, Aug. 3 after a worker at the recycling facility in Northern California spotted it. Linda Wise, the facility's general manager, told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat most of the recyclables from the truck had been sorted by the time the man contacted Recology. Someone spotted the box down the sorting line Friday and recovered all but $320. The money somehow stayed in the shoebox during the 200-mile trip to the facility. (Brian Sollom/Recology via AP)
August 04, 2019 - 6:54 pm
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A man who accidentally tossed $23,000 into the recycling bin reunited with his life savings Saturday after a worker at a recycling facility in Northern California spotted a shoebox stuffed with money. When the man from Ashland, Oregon, realized his mistake on Thursday, the...
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August 03, 2019 - 4:04 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper says a message in a bottle from Hawaii was discovered floating in California waters after traveling for more than a decade across the Pacific. The Press Democrat reported Friday that 30-year-old Eric McDermott found the message, dated 2006, in April with the...
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File-This Sept. 16, 2013. file photo shows the Phillies Phanatic dancing with a fan on the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green fuzzy fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies' rights to the Phanatic next year and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
August 03, 2019 - 1:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate...
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August 02, 2019 - 6:22 am
TWINSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Twin brothers driving separately to the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, say each got pulled over for the second time in two years. But this time they got off without a ticket and just a laugh. Andy Baker says he and his twin brother Chad were driving from Nashville,...
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August 01, 2019 - 4:24 pm
PARKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane landed on a busy stretch of road in Washington state, stunning drivers but hurting no one. The Washington State Patrol says the single-propeller KR2 aircraft landed Thursday on the street in the city of Parkland, south of Tacoma. Trooper Johnna...
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In this June 27, 2019, photo provided by John Lever an orthopedic plate is laid on a counter at Coowonga, Australia, after it was found inside a crocodile's stomach. Lever had been told the surgical device was from a person's body and had been contacted by relatives of missing people anxious for clues. (John Lever via AP)
August 01, 2019 - 4:50 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian crocodile farmer who found an orthopedic plate inside a croc's stomach said Thursday that he had been told the surgical device was from a person's body and had been contacted by relatives of missing people anxious for clues. Koorana Crocodile Farm owner John...
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