Oddities

An Andean flamingo swaddles a surrogate Chilean flamingo chick, supplanted to replace its own infertile egg, in Slimbridge, England, in this undated photo. The British conservation charity Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust says recent record-breaking high temperatures encouraged a rare flock of Andean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003, but their eggs were infertile so the WWT gave them eggs from their near relatives, Chilean flamingos, to look after and satisfy their nurturing instincts. (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust via AP)
August 12, 2018 - 2:38 am
LONDON (AP) — A British conservation charity says record-breaking temperatures have encouraged a rare flock of Andean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust says six of the exotic birds laid nine eggs, all of which were infertile. The charity's...
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August 10, 2018 - 2:19 pm
ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras and other venomous reptiles from a New York home. The Olean Times Herald reports that Department of Environmental Conservation officers obtained a warrant Thursday morning to search a home in the town of Allegany, on the...
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Indian lawmaker Naramalli Sivaprasa stands dressed like Adolf Hitler outside the Indian parliament building in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Sivaprasa appeared in Parliament dressed like Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India. He said he wanted to send a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to follow Hitler. (AP Photo)
August 10, 2018 - 10:10 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. His demand: More funds for the development of his state in southern India. Naramalli Sivaprasad also raised his...
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August 09, 2018 - 8:00 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Yoga and meditation suit Gov. Kate Brown just fine, she told reporters Thursday when asked if she follows a certain...
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August 09, 2018 - 11:08 am
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman's karaoke version of Missy Elliott's hit song "Work It" has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott. Mary Halsey, of West Warwick, recently performed a version of the 2002 hit at an outdoor party at a park and posted the...
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August 08, 2018 - 11:28 am
GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road. State police say they recently received a report of a cat being struck by two vehicles in the rural town of Grafton, just outside Albany. When a trooper...
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In a Sunday, July 8, 2-18 photo, UConn mascot Jonathan XIV poses with Daniel and Holly Bronko during their wedding in Simsbury, Conn. The Siberian Husky, who helped Daniel Bronko propose last year, served as an assistant ring bearer, carrying the ring box down the aisle on his collar. (Joanne Vandal via AP)
August 06, 2018 - 4:01 pm
SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Siberian Husky that serves as the mascot for the University of Connecticut is taking on a new role: assistant ring bearer for two university alumni. Jonathan XIV, was an assistant ring bearer for Daniel and Holly Bronko last month as they tied the knot in Simsbury. He had...
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FILE- In this April, 5, 2017 file photo, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a press conference in Tehran, Iran. Ahmadinejad's quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James. Ahmadinejad used Twitter -- which is banned in Iran -- to write Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 that: "In my opinion everyone especially a President should love all, and not differentiate between them." He added that he loved NBA greats James and Michael Jordan, as well as former Denver Nuggets player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
August 05, 2018 - 8:09 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James. Ahmadinejad used Twitter — which is banned in Iran — to write Sunday: "In...
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New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak, left, talks with catcher Devin Mesoraco during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 in New York.the Braves won 2-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
August 04, 2018 - 3:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio. An online mental health marketplace is giving free, confidential therapy sessions to Flushing faithful who fill out a form asking for their most difficult moments as...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016 photo, a herd of bison grazes in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park has been arrested in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service says 55-year-old Raymond Reinke caused a disturbance Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Many Glacier Hotel. Yellowstone rangers cited him later over the bison incident. Reinke had been cited for drunken and disorderly conduct in a third national park, Grand Teton, last Saturday and released on bond. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
August 03, 2018 - 7:59 pm
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday. Rangers looking for Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon...
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