Oddities

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017 file photo, is an overview of the Presidio Terrace neighborhood in San Francisco. Wealthy homeowners whose private, gated and very exclusive San Francisco street was auctioned off after decades of unpaid taxes are asking supervisors to undo the sale Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, prompting cries of elitism in a city obsessed with property and fairness. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
November 28, 2017 - 10:32 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Residents of an exclusive San Francisco neighborhood who failed to pay taxes on their private, gated street for two decades got the street back Tuesday after supervisors voted to rescind the sale of the tax-defaulted property. The Board of Supervisors split 7-4 on the move,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017 file photo, is an overview of the Presidio Terrace neighborhood in San Francisco. Wealthy homeowners whose private, gated and very exclusive San Francisco street was auctioned off after decades of unpaid taxes are asking supervisors to undo the sale Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, prompting cries of elitism in a city obsessed with property and fairness. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
November 28, 2017 - 9:52 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Residents of an exclusive San Francisco neighborhood who failed to pay taxes on their private, gated street for two decades got the street back Tuesday after supervisors voted to rescind the sale of the tax-defaulted property. The Board of Supervisors split 7-4 on the move,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017 file photo, is an overview of the Presidio Terrace neighborhood in San Francisco. Wealthy homeowners whose private, gated and very exclusive San Francisco street was auctioned off after decades of unpaid taxes are asking supervisors to undo the sale Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, prompting cries of elitism in a city obsessed with property and fairness. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
November 28, 2017 - 8:24 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The British consul general in San Francisco and other residents of an exclusive gated neighborhood are pleading with city officials to rescind the sale of their street for unpaid taxes. More than a dozen residents of Presidio Terrace, one of the toniest private streets in San...
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November 28, 2017 - 2:20 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman came home to find out a thief broke into her home and stole clothing, jewelry, prescription drugs and the mounted head of a zebra she had on a wall. Stacy Scott tells Anchorage television station KTVA that she received the zebra head from a friend when she...
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This Nov. 26, 2017 photo released by the Santa Clara Police Department shows Tracy Michael Mapes, 55, of Sacramento, Calif. Authorities say Mapes was arrested after using a drone to drop anti-media leaflets over crowds at NFL games in Santa Clara and Oakland and that federal, state and local officials are investigating. (Santa Clara Police Department via AP)
November 27, 2017 - 7:41 pm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man was cited for flying a drone over two NFL games this weekend and dropping political leaflets over the stadiums, reigniting concerns over remote aircraft at major sports events. Federal and local laws prohibit flying drones near games, and...
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In this photo taken Nov. 25, 2017, rescue dogs named Molly Weasley and Arthur Weasley, owned by Diane and Jeff Swope, are dressed as Harry Potter movie characters on Spring Street during a Harry Potter-themed celebration called Diagon Alley in Newton, N.J. (Terry Klimek/The New Jersey Herald via AP)
November 27, 2017 - 6:29 pm
NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — Wizards and muggles have turned out in droves for a Harry Potter-themed celebration in a small community, so much so the town is now looking to turn it into an annual event. Spring Street in Newton was transformed on Saturday into Diagon Alley, the magical market from the J.K...
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November 27, 2017 - 4:08 pm
SUDBURY, Mass. (AP) — Police in a Massachusetts town are showing residents how not to transport their holiday trees. Sudbury police posted a picture Friday of a vehicle with a large tree on top of it. Almost the entire car appears to be hidden. Police say an officer stopped the vehicle on Route 20...
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November 27, 2017 - 4:06 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say it took firefighters more than two hours to free a man who wound up stuck in a trash truck's compactor section. Police say it appears the man had been sleeping in a trash bin when he was tossed into the truck. He was buried under bagged and loose trash when...
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November 27, 2017 - 3:10 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say it took firefighters more than two hours to free a man who wound up stuck in a trash truck's compactor section. Police say it appears the man had been sleeping in a trash bin when he was tossed into the truck. Firefighters had use ladders to get into the vehicle so...
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November 27, 2017 - 3:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say it took firefighters more than two hours to free a man who wound up stuck in a trash truck's compactor section. Firefighters had use ladders to get into the vehicle so they could remove bags of trash to reach the man Monday morning. The ordeal happened outside The...
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