Oddities

May 16, 2018 - 6:30 am
CUMBERLAND, Wis. (AP) — Police had praise for students who created an illusion for a senior class prank that appeared to show a car had crashed into the principal's office. Students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin used a junk car, some bricks, some tape and a black tarp to make it look like...
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May 16, 2018 - 3:40 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A group of Chinese tourists wearing T-shirts depicting the country's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea has sparked anger in Vietnam. The tourists arrived at the Cam Ranh international airport on Sunday night and after going through the immigration, took off...
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May 15, 2018 - 8:00 am
BERLIN (AP) — Police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance in a southern German town — and found a man arguing with a parrot. A resident in Loerrach, near the Swiss border, called the emergency number Monday to report his concerns about loud shouting from a next-door apartment that had...
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Allison Closs arrives for the Carlisle High School senior prom at Letort View Community Center at Carlisle Barracks in Carlise, Pa., on Friday, May 11, 2018, with a cutout of actor Danny DeVito. Closs and her famous two-dimensional date joined other Carlisle High School seniors Friday for prom. Closs purchased the cutout of DeVito online along with a scooter she used to move the figure with. (Michael Bupp /The Sentinel via AP)
May 14, 2018 - 3:38 pm
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student took an unorthodox approach to prom and brought a cardboard cutout of actor Danny DeVito to the dance. WHTM-TV reports Allison Closs and her famous two-dimensional date joined other Carlisle High School seniors Friday for prom. Closs purchased...
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May 14, 2018 - 9:53 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — If you need to ride a public transit bus in Cleveland and Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County, there's no better person behind the wheel than Godwin McNeal. Cleveland.com reports the 64-year-old McNeal has been a driver for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for 40 years...
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May 13, 2018 - 5:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — A book nearly five decades overdue has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library. The copy of Eldridge Cleaver's memoir "Soul On Ice" was due back at the Eureka Valley branch Dec. 9, 1970, making it 47 years, four months and 29 days late. The library's late fee...
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This 2018 photo released by the Michigan Humane Society shows a kitten named Badges. The Troy, Mich., police department has created a new rank of "pawfficer" for the cat that has joined the force. Badges will be used for therapeutic purposes and make public appearances. (Michigan Humane Society via AP)
May 11, 2018 - 10:35 pm
TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws. A cat named "Pawfficer Donut" was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness. Donut will be...
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May 11, 2018 - 11:32 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A father and daughter in Philadelphia walked across the stage together to get their undergraduate degrees from Temple University. Craig Manning and his daughter, Juliana, graduated from Temple on Thursday. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in film and media arts, and...
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May 11, 2018 - 9:22 am
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The smell of two dozen cupcakes in a baker's car was too much for a black bear in New Jersey. The bruin smashed a window and left only smeared icing and a paw print behind. Christine Allen tells The Record the bear ate every single chocolate, vanilla and strawberry...
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Fort Dodge Police officers Matt Weir, left, Larry Hedlund and Jacob Naatz investigate an accidental shooting, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his lap. He says when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, he must have disabled the safety on the gun in his belly band and stepped on the trigger causing the gun to fire and strike Remme in the leg. (Joe Sutter/The Messenger via AP)
May 10, 2018 - 3:23 pm
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — With best friends like these, who needs enemies? An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing Wednesday. Fifty-one-year-old Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his...
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