Oddities

This undated photo provided by Tyler Ivanoff shows a bottle with a message that he found on the shores of western Alaska. Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter dated 1969 early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, KNOM-AM reported Tuesday, Aug. 13. (Tyler Ivanoff via AP)
August 18, 2019 - 7:19 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage,...
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August 17, 2019 - 2:59 pm
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman who recently gave birth to triplets says she didn't find out about her pregnancy until she went to the hospital with what she thought were kidney stones. KOTA-TV reports Dannette Giltz, of Sturgis, gave birth to the healthy triplets on Aug. 10. Giltz says...
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August 16, 2019 - 6:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Aug. 15, The Associated Press, relying on information from state officials, erroneously reported which New York agencies were involved in fixing signs for the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to add the governor's middle initial. State officials now say only the Thruway...
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August 16, 2019 - 2:58 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A New York couple's luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere. The Palm Beach Post reports the Casimano family can't even visit the $702,000 home they purchased earlier this year in...
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August 16, 2019 - 2:19 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A New York couple's luxurious Florida vacation home has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere. The Palm Beach Post reports the Casimano family can't even visit the $702,000 home they purchased earlier this year in the...
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August 16, 2019 - 1:00 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Bidding is under way for a basketball jersey believed to have been worn by President Barack Obama when he was in high school. As of Wednesday, thebid was $43,000 for the No. 23 Punahou School jersey. Obama wore that number during the 1978-79 school year. Peter Noble, who was three...
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August 16, 2019 - 11:10 am
KEAVY, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say three thieves thought they were stealing gasoline from a property for their broken down car until the car stopped working again. Laurel County Sheriff's Office on Facebook said the three stole a 5-gallon gasoline jug from a garage for their car. Except...
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August 16, 2019 - 10:18 am
ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation involving two of the world's biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges that a man illegally shipped the reptiles to China. Nathan Horton is charged with violating the Lacy Act, which forbids illegal wildlife trafficking. Prosecutors took a...
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August 16, 2019 - 4:26 am
ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation involving two of the world's biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges that a man illegally shipped the reptiles to China. Prosecutors took a slow-wins-the-race approach to filing charges this week, since the case began as early as 2016...
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 photo provided by the Washington State Patrol, a piece of foam, cut to hold eight mobile phones in place -- all of them playing the game Pokemon Go -- is shown on the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by a person who was found pulled over on the shoulder of a highway in Washington state near Seattle by a Washington state trooper who thought the driver needed assistance. Trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesman for the patrol, and said the trooper did not issue a ticket because he did not observe the car moving while the driver was using the phones, but he did ask the driver to put the phones in the back seat and move along, as the shoulder is for emergencies only. (Sgt. Kyle Smith/Washington State Patrol via AP)
August 15, 2019 - 6:59 pm
BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state trooper who pulled over to help what he thought was a disabled vehicle found something else instead: The driver had eight phones simultaneously playing the video game Pokemon Go. The driver was stopped on the shoulder of Highway 518 in Burien, south of...
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