Oddities

March 28, 2019 - 5:59 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police in Australia set off a panic when they locked down a Melbourne train station after a street entertainer's instrument was mistaken for a rifle. Commuters described panic at Melbourne's Flagstaff Station when police in body armor carrying assault rifles stopped a...
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March 27, 2019 - 7:42 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police have arrested three juveniles suspected of crashing a display of 1,800-food cans collected for an Alaska food bank. The chest-high structure built by 17 engineering students at Anchorage's Dimond High School was displayed at the Dimond Center mall. The display was...
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This photo released by the Australian Border Force, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, shows a wanted British man who was apprehended in the Torres Strait attempting to flee Australia on a personal watercraft. Australian police say the 57-year-old set out on Monday from the northern tip of Australia’s Queensland state, carrying enough fuel to make the 140-kilometer (86-mile) trip across Torres Strait. The photo was manipulated to blur the watercraft's registration numbers. (Australian Border Force via AP)
March 27, 2019 - 4:07 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police say a drug suspect was thwarted in his attempt to flee the country for Papua New Guinea on a motorized personal watercraft. They say the man had set out Monday from the northern tip of Queensland state and he was carrying enough fuel for the Sea-Doo to make the 140-...
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The Supreme Court building is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The Supreme Court is returning to arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overly partisan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 26, 2019 - 3:27 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service improperly banned an Alaska moose hunter from using a hovercraft on a river through a national preserve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a unanimous decision. The court limited the National Park Service's authority to enforce laws and...
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March 24, 2019 - 10:11 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has agreed to a plea deal that includes a promise to stop chasing after stolen vehicles. The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that 54-year-old Floyd Hall pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment resulting in a 30-day suspended sentence and a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018 file photo, a naked bicyclist poses for photos as other participants ride past during the Philly Naked Bike Ride in Philadelphia. Naked bicyclists say they were so cold riding around Philadelphia last September that this year they’ll do it in August. Organizers of the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride say they’ve “ridden in chilly weather” the last two Septembers so this time they’ll saddle up Aug. 24 and “hope it’s a scorcher!” The nude ride was on Sept. 8 last year and Sept. 9 the year before that, with temperatures reaching only about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
March 24, 2019 - 9:55 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Naked bicyclists say they were so cold riding around Philadelphia last September that this year they'll do it in August. Organizers of the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride say they've "ridden in chilly weather" the last two Septembers so this time they'll saddle up Aug. 24 and "...
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In this image made from video, an albino penguin is seen along in its enclosure in Gdansk zoo, Gdansk, Poland, Friday, March 22, 2019. An extremely rare white penguin has made its public debut at the Gdansk zoo in northern Poland. The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In natural conditions such unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of survival. (AP Photo)
March 22, 2019 - 4:25 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An extremely rare albino penguin has made its debut at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland. The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In the wild, such an unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, a darted captured lion is seen in a police cell at the Sutherland, South Africa. The lion had escaped from the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West, some 320km away, a month ago after he reportedly managed to crawl underneath the park's electric fence. The lion was recaptured when four sheep and two goats were killed on a farm in the vicinity. (AP Photo)
March 14, 2019 - 1:24 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A lion that escaped a wildlife park and was captured weeks later spent the night in a South African jail cell, until authorities could send him back to the place he's meant to call home. Photos taken on Wednesday show the darted lion sprawled out in the cell, surrounded by...
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In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019 photo a crematorium is pictured in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany. A fire at that crematorium in southern Germany has caused significant damage to the building. (Koss/SDMG/dpa via AP)
March 14, 2019 - 5:44 am
BERLIN (AP) — A fire at a crematorium in southern Germany has caused significant damage to the building — but the 20 bodies stored inside remained intact. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the cause of the overnight fire in Schwaebisch Hall, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of...
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March 09, 2019 - 7:02 am
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts doctor who pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle is getting his wish. The Boston Globe reports a spokeswoman for the pharmacy chain said Friday the company is in the process of updating its voice-response phone system, including the on-hold music that Dr...
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