Oddities

December 20, 2018 - 10:53 am
GREENUP, Ky. (AP) — A jail inmate who escaped from authorities and tried hitchhiking along a highway didn't enjoy freedom for long because the motorist he flagged down was a law enforcement officer. Greenup County Jailer Mike Worthington told The Independent that 31-year-old Allen Lewis was being...
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December 18, 2018 - 1:06 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — Travelers beware: Russian border guards are not in a Christmas mood. They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia's alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian...
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December 18, 2018 - 6:17 am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a 23-year-old man went through a McDonald's drive-thru and tried to pay for his order with a bag of marijuana. News outlets report Port St. Lucie police say the fast food worker denied the trade and Anthony Andrew Gallagher drove off, only to return...
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This undated photo provided by in Lawerence County Sheriff in Mt. Vernon, Mo., shows David Berry Jr. Berry was ordered to watch the Walt Disney movie at least once each month during his one-year jail sentence in what conservation agents are calling one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history. Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter says the deer were killed for their heads and their bodies were left to rot. (Lawerence County Sheriff via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 3:30 am
OZARKS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer. David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation...
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December 17, 2018 - 8:39 pm
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — A hefty hog has been captured near a school bus stop in Florida. Florida Today reports the nearly 400-pound (181-kilogram) hog was captured over the weekend by a team of dogs and trappers in Palm Bay. Melbourne wildlife trapper James Dean received a call reporting "a very...
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December 16, 2018 - 3:19 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine has shut down a Facebook page detailing the potential dangers of marijuana use in response to a satirical page launched by pro-pot critics. State Center for Disease Control spokeswoman Emily Spencer tells Maine Public that Maine took the page down out of...
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This photo provided by New York State Police on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, shows a rescued dog after it was thrown out of a vehicle in Cortland County, N.Y. A trucker driving nearby said the dogs were thrown from the rear passenger window of a dirty, rusty Dodge Durango. The trucker stopped and rescued the dogs. (New York State Police via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 3:00 pm
WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway. State police on Saturday asked for the public's help in finding the suspect in the incident Wednesday on Interstate 81 near Whitney Point,...
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December 14, 2018 - 5:42 am
TEMPLETON, Mass. (AP) — A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch. Police say the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Templeton. Tracy Samuels, who was sleeping on the couch, says she heard a loud bang, woke up and said...
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Volunteer diver George Bell, dressed as Santa Claus, waves to children after speaking inside the Philippine Coral Reef tank at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a diver dressed as Santa Claus submerge into a coral reef exhibit while dozens of children watched from behind the glass. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
December 13, 2018 - 6:11 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a scuba diver dressed as St. Nick submerge into a coral reef exhibit while dozens of children...
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December 13, 2018 - 4:34 pm
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — A city council candidate in northeastern Arkansas whose runoff election ended in a tie after he didn't vote has lost his bid for the seat by a roll of the dice. The race for a seat on the Hoxie City Council was determined by Cliff Farmer and incumbent Alderwoman Becky...
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