Oddities

This undated image provided by Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology shows presentation material with images of a wanted suspect in a New York Police Department document obtained by the university. Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology published a report Thursday, May 16, 2019, on what it says are flawed practices in law enforcement's use of facial recognition. The report says NYPD used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify the beer thief who looked like the actor. (Georgetown University Center on Privacy and Technology via AP)
May 16, 2019 - 10:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor, according to a report published Thursday. Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology highlighted the April...
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May 16, 2019 - 4:59 pm
LONDON (AP) — A British restaurant has given some customers an unexpected treat, accidentally serving them a 4,500-pound ($5,760) bottle of red wine. The Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the diners "enjoyed your evening" after getting the 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol instead...
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May 16, 2019 - 2:13 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to retry a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum. Philly.com reports prosecutors told a judge Thursday they're refiling charges against Michael Rohana for theft and concealment of an object of...
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This May, 2019 photo from the San Diego Humane Society shows five kittens that had that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego being cared for at the organization's San Diego office. The group says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego. On April 24, 2019, construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from the column. They tilted the column and the week-old kittens slid out. The kittens are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in another couple of months. (San Diego Humane Society via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 9:18 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes. The San Diego Humane Society says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego. On April 24, construction...
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Klatch Coffee owner Bo Thiara holds a cup of Elida Natural Geisha coffee at his shop in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The California cafe is brewing up what it calls the world's most expensive coffee - at $75 a cup. Klatch Coffee Roasters is serving the exclusive brew, the Elida Natural Geisha 803, at its branches in Southern California and San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 15, 2019 - 8:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California cafe is brewing up what it calls the world's most expensive coffee — at $75 a cup. Klatch Coffee is serving the exclusive brew, the Elida Natural Geisha 803, at its branches in Southern California and San Francisco. The 803 in the coffee's name refers to the record...
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May 15, 2019 - 1:48 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A self-driving shuttle got pulled over by police on its first day carrying passengers on a new Rhode Island route. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements says an officer pulled over the odd-looking autonomous vehicle because he had never seen one before. The bus-like vehicle...
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May 14, 2019 - 4:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's government plane has been grounded by an excited fan who jumped out of her van to take a photo of it at Dortmund airport but forgot to put the parking brake on, and the vehicle rolled slowly into the nose of the jet. Germany's Spiegel Online posted a picture...
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May 12, 2019 - 11:59 pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she fled an officer during a traffic stop and told him, "I don't think so." Doña County court documents show Ricci Barnett was arrested April 21 following the exchange. According to court documents, an officer tried to...
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This summer 2018 photo provided by Al Mattin on Friday, May 10, 2019 shows his father, Stephen, and son, Ronan, at Stephen's home in Kensington, N.H. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2019 when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!" The group was so charmed that they launched a search. Stephen Mattin, who attended the concert with Ronan said he is on the autism spectrum and expresses himself differently from how other people do. He said his grandson is a huge music fan. (Al Mattin via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 9:49 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A performing arts group has found the child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!" The group was so...
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May 10, 2019 - 8:10 am
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family's washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash. Sanela Kamencic tells WMAQ-TV she was "totally creeped out" when the snake turned up Wednesday in the washing...
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