Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring

U.S. 02/02/19, 09:06

It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania ...

Who’s the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test

Europe 01/31/19, 13:04

A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland said Thursday the test showed 5-month-old Padma wasn't fathered by the male in her enclosure.Keepers routinely take DNA samples from newborn orangutans because the endangered great apes are part of a breeding ...

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

U.S. 01/30/19, 14:36

A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said.About 60 adult seals that have birthed 35 pups took over a beach in Point Reyes ...

Police: Would-be bank robber gets cold feet, rips up note

Amazing 01/30/19, 11:42

Police in Massachusetts are looking for a woman they say intended to rob a bank but got cold feet and left without a penny. Fall River police tell the Herald News the woman walked into the Fall River Municipal Credit Union on Monday afternoon and approached a teller. Fall River police are ...

Stray cows to be bar coded in Indian state to counter menace

Amazing 01/30/19, 04:36

Authorities in India's most populous state have been ordered to bar code stray cows and use vacant buildings to shelter them in response to farmers' complaints that the closure of slaughterhouses has created a menace of crop-destroying, free-range cattle.An order by the Hindu nationalist-led Uttar Pradesh state government this week ...

California county employee helps deliver baby in van

California 01/24/19, 21:08

A Southern California couple got some unexpected help delivering their baby.Amanda Tadeo of Perris went into labor Jan. 16, according to a Riverside County news release about the birth. Amanda and her husband Oswaldo Tadeo were racing to the hospital when they realized they didn't have enough time, county spokeswoman ...

Dee wrong Ford: Chiefs fans vent on Twitter at Englishwoman

Sports 01/24/19, 14:38

A 47-year-old Englishwoman has seen the best and worst that Twitter would have to offer the American football player who shares her name.Dee Ford, of Kent, England, told the Kansas City Star that her "phone was going off literally nonstop" due to angry tweets from Kansas City Chiefs fans who ...

Cat rescued after sliding down dam’s spillway

Amazing 01/18/19, 15:30

A wayward cat is safe after it was rescued from a dam in Indiana.The Huntington County Sheriff's Department writes on Facebook that a fisherman spotted the feline stranded on the spillway at the J. Edward Roush Lake dam.Officers could not reach the animal, so Army Corps of Engineers workers decided ...

Another ice disk grabs attention in Maine

Amazing 01/18/19, 09:52

The massive ice disk that formed on a Maine river has a baby brother.Officials at Baxter State Park in Millinocket shared a photo of an ice disk that's about 30 or 40 feet across, much smaller than the massive disk that formed in a river in the city of Westbrook ...

Silicon Valley landlord rents $1,500 studio to 2 cats

Amazing 01/15/19, 22:13

Two cats are living large at a $1,500-a-month studio apartment their owner rents for them in Silicon Valley, where a housing shortage has sent rents skyrocketing.The Mercury News reports the 20-pound (9-kilogram) cats named Tina and Louise moved to the studio in San Jose after their owner moved away to ...

Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails

Amazing 01/15/19, 15:09

A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said.The 3-year-old cow "busted out" of a pen before participating in junior events at the Father's Day Rodeo in Anchorage, rodeo promoter Frank Koloski told the Anchorage ...

Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief

Football 01/13/19, 15:56

A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts ...

Austrian train workers rescue wild goat buried in snowdrift

Europe 01/09/19, 11:32

Austrian train workers have shut down their track clearing operations to rescue a mountain goat after seeing it get buried in a deluge of snow they had been clearing from the rails.Austrian news agency APA reported Wednesday two workers leapt out of the train and shoveled through the snow to ...

Moose wanders into Alaska hospital building

Amazing 01/08/19, 04:50

A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city Monday — and Stephanie Hupton was ready to capture the visit with her phone camera.Hupton works in billing at a physical therapy office inside a building attached to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. When a patient mentioned security staffers ...

Kansas teen will get high school, Harvard diplomas in same month

U.S. 12/28/18, 13:32

A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma — and a few days later he'll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor's degree. Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral will attend both commencement ceremonies in May, becoming the only student to successfully pursue a four-year high school degree ...

Beaver bourbon, runaway peacocks: A wild 2018 in New England

U.S. 12/27/18, 05:53

Things got a little wild in New England in 2018 — as in actual animals weaseling their way into the headlines.A Vermont family's pet peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys. A black bear trashed a car in Connecticut after locking itself inside. Beavers flavored bourbon at a distillery ...

Authorities: Unsuspecting victim gives burglar a car ride

Amazing 12/26/18, 14:40

Authorities in Maine say a burglar had a bite to eat, watched TV and even got a car ride from his unsuspecting victim.The York County sheriff's office said 35-year-old Derek Tarbox broke into a Waterboro home Sunday afternoon, took a shower, got dressed in the homeowner's clothing and was watching ...

Aquarium apologizes for tweets about sea otter

California 12/21/18, 12:11

California's Monterey Bay Aquarium has apologized after some people perceived a tweet about a sea otter as body-shaming.The aquarium on Tuesday tweeted a picture of Abby, an otter who helps train orphaned otters how to survive in the wild. The tweet featured social media words and phrases such as "thick," ...

Inmate in hot water: Police find escapee soaking in hot tub

U.S. 12/19/18, 11:50

An escaped inmate is back in custody after being found soaking in a hot tub at an Ohio senior living community, still wearing her yellow jail outfit.The Pike County Sheriff's Office says the 34-year-old woman fled while being booked on drug-possession charges Tuesday. She was captured by the sheriff and ...

Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional

New York 12/17/18, 19:00

A 1974 New York state ban on nunchucks that was put into place over fears that youth inspired by martial arts movies would create widespread mayhem is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, a federal court has ruled.Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling Friday in a Brooklyn federal court on the ...

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