Oddities

File-This Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo shows a pigeon wearing a bedazzled vest in Peoria, Ariz. A pigeon that had flown the coop with only its bedazzled vest is nesting back home in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports Marlette Fernando and her husband were reunited Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, with their pet pigeon Olive. The bird was brought to Fallen Feathers bird rescue center in Peoria more than a week ago. Center director Jody Kieran says she knew the pigeon had to be someone's feathered friend when she saw the rhinestone-studded vest. (Angel Mendoza/The Arizona Republic via AP)
November 21, 2018 - 1:53 pm
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A pigeon that had flown the coop with only its bedazzled vest is nesting back home in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports Marlette Fernando and her husband were reunited Tuesday with their pet pigeon Olive. The bird was brought to the Fallen Feathers bird rescue center in...
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November 21, 2018 - 10:14 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection. Dr. James Godwin argues that the government waited too long to file a forfeiture claim after it...
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November 21, 2018 - 8:37 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection. Dr. James Godwin argues that the government waited too long to file a forfeiture claim after it...
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November 19, 2018 - 9:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a squirrel is to blame for power outages that affected thousands of people in upstate New York. New York State Electric and Gas says the squirrel got into its substation in the Buffalo suburb of Lancaster Sunday and knocked out three substations, leaving 12,000...
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The large wooden troll, "Isak Hearthstone," made by artist Thomas Dambo during Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts in August, sits in the snow Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, along the Wellington Trail in Breckenridge, Colo. The troll was created during the Breckenridge Festival of the Arts in August, but got so popular that it caused complaints from nearby homeowners due to tourists visiting, and demanded it to be removed. (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP)
November 16, 2018 - 8:39 pm
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it's possible the artwork could find another home. Workers in Breckenridge used a chainsaw and backhoe to remove the 15-foot (4.5 meter) sculpture known as Isak Heartstone on...
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November 16, 2018 - 8:27 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A homeless Australian man who shot to fame after using a shopping trolley to help police thwart last week's militant attack in Melbourne has been charged over a series of burglaries. Michael Rogers was hailed as a hero and dubbed "Trolleyman" on social media after emerging from a...
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November 16, 2018 - 8:21 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — A homeless Australian man who used a shopping trolley to help police thwart last week's militant attack in Melbourne has been charged over a series of burglaries. Michael Rogers was hailed as a hero and dubbed "Trolleyman" on social media after emerging from a crowd with a trolley to...
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November 16, 2018 - 10:44 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The surprisingly powerful winter storm that swept across Pennsylvania brought some surprising sights with it, including a camel stranded along a snowy roadway. Motorists traveling about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Philadelphia started tweeting about the camel and posted...
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November 15, 2018 - 11:40 pm
WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home say the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst. Travis Sauder with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the kitten appeared to be in good health otherwise and was sent to a wildlife...
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Shown is one of the cells that prisoners mounted a famous 1962 escape from, on Alcatraz Island Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in San Francisco. The FBI has created replicas of decoy heads used by prisoners to mount their infamous escape from Alcatraz. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D printed replicas of the decoys that inmates had constructed with soap, plaster and human hair to distract guards from their plan. Authorities say inmates Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin placed the decoys in their beds before climbing through the wall to escape the island prison in San Francisco Bay. The men were never found. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
November 15, 2018 - 8:04 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys...
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