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  • Mysterious humming sound at times in Olympia

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Some Olympia residents say they have been awakened in the overnight hours by a mysterious humming sound. The Olympian reports ( not everyone can hear it and the sound is intermittent. Attempts to track down the hum have been unsuccessful, although idling trains, pressure washers and heat pumps have been suspected. ___ Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.

  • Penn State police: 3 posed nude at Nittany shrine

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university's Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline. Police tell the Centre Daily Times ( they responded to the shrine about 1 a.m. Wednesday after an employee reported seeing three naked people. Police arrived to find three fully clothed male students who were leaving the shrine, but then acknowledged taking the nude photo. Police aren't identifying the students who have been referred to the school's student conduct office.

  • Urine sample request in Port Angeles only a prank

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Port Angeles School District is telling students not to bring urine samples to school. The district sent letters home to parents this week telling them to ignore prank calls. KONP reports ( the calls told some students they needed to provide a urine sample to test for marijuana. ___ Information from: KONP-AM, http://www.konp.

  • Tacoma zoo's trained owl spooked, flies off

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is asking for calls from anyone who sees Forrest, who is believed to be in Point Defiance Park. Members of the zoo's Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater staff were rehearsing a new show when Forrest flew off Wednesday afternoon. They think he was startled by changes made to the stage. He's trained to fly during performances and then return. Forrest is about 2 feet tall, with a 5-foot wingspan.

  • Man avoids $525 fine for refill at SC hospital

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning. When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket. Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink before without paying. VA spokeswoman Tonya C. Lobbestael said after reviewing what happened at the Ralph C. Johnson Center in Charleston, officials decided a warning was sufficient. Lobbestael says the cafeteria at the center has signs posted in the drink machines indicating the cost of refills. Failing to pay for the refills is consider

  • Woman moves stranger's vehicle; key fit 2 cars

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn woman says her mother accidentally moved a stranger's car with a key that fit two vehicles. Cheryl Thorpe was house-sitting for her daughter, Nekisia Davis, when the mix-up occurred on April 7. Thorpe had agreed to move cars for Davis and her friends because of street cleaning regulations. She even texted them to proudly report: "All cars moved successfully." When they got home from vacation, Davis' friend discovered the Honda that Thorpe had moved wasn't hers. It took 10 days to track down the owner, who thought she'd been targeted by a professional car thief. According to CBS New York ( ) Davis now jokes that her mom stole a car while its owner was

  • Maine animal shelter buried under carrot avalanche

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal shelter has so many carrots it doesn't know what to do. The Somerset Humane Society in Skowhegan received the carrots last week from a trucking company that wanted to get rid of them after a supermarket manager turned them away because some were bruised. The carrots were still edible and the trucking company didn't want to waste them. Shelter Director Hattie Spaulding estimates they got three to four tons of carrots. She tells the Morning Sentinel ( ) she's donated them to area food pantries and homeless shelters, the county jail, and offered them for 50 cents a bag to the public.

  • Water tower design decried as ugly, gets 2nd look

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan community's selection of a water tower design that prompted some city council opposition and online backlash is getting another look. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports ( ) Del and Stephanie Belcher started a Facebook page titled "The Proposed Jackson Water Tower Is Super Lame" last week. The design features "JACKSON" in capital letters with "Founded 1829" underneath the name of the city. Mayor Jason Smith says council members on Tuesday will debate other design options, some of which are by residents and were submitted to the Facebook page. Council last week voted 4-2 in favor of the $14,000 design for two city water towers.

  • Man with 1st name 'God' sues credit rating agency

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. According to the New York Post ( ), God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate. He says an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue. Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather. The 26-year-old owns a Brighton Beach jewelry store and is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He says he has high scores with two other major credit agencies. The Post says Equifax did not return calls o

  • Crocodile at Shopping Center

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and released by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, CDFW wildlife veterinarian Ben Gonzales, left, has just removed the duct tape from the muzzle of a 4-foot-long crocodile found at a shopping center with the help of aide Tom Batter, right, at the CDFW Wildlife Investigation Lab in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Authorities in Northern California are probably having quite the “tail” or tale to tell after their unusual capture of a crocodile roaming through a shopping center. Police and animal control officers on Wednesday wrangled the crocodile with a catch pole typically used for dogs after the reptile escaped from a plastic box placed outside a reptile store in Roseville. (AP Photo/Calif

  • Washington state sewage plant invites weddings

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A sewage treatment plant near Seattle is advertising its availability as a wedding venue. The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center says on Facebook it has a full catering kitchen, audio-video equipment, dance floor and ample parking. You could even hold the wedding outside. The director of the Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center, Susan Tallarico, tells KIRO ( ) that receptions would take place just steps away from where raw sewage is processed. She says there's no odor because all the processing is contained. The King County plant was finished three years ago but has been available for rent for about seven months. It costs $2,000 to ren

  • Cemetery copes with deer eating gravesite flowers

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Administrators of one Delaware cemetery are asking visitors to bring artificial flowers to gravesites, saying hungry deer are eating fresh floral arrangements there. The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. reports ( ) that All Saints Cemetery has installed signs suggesting visitors bring faux foliage. Artificial floral arrangements are also being sold now at a cemetery office. An assistant superintendent at the cemetery says groundskeepers have tried to keep the pesky deer away from funeral flowers by spraying them with a deer deterrent and covering them at night. But the official says problems with the hungry deer seem to have only gotten worse this year.

  • Hilltop's fiberglass cows find home in Lynnfield

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    LYNNFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Three of the fiberglass cows that once stood outside the Hilltop Steak House restaurant in Saugus have found a new home not too far away. A cow and two calves have been installed outside near a children's play area at MarketStreet, an outdoor shopping center in Lynnfield. A spokeswoman for MarketStreet says when management heard the cows were going to be sold after the landmark restaurant on U.S. Route 1 closed last fall after 52 years in business, they snapped them up to keep a piece of local nostalgia in the area. She tells The Daily Item ( ) the cows cost "several thousand dollars." The cows will be used as marketing tools and decorated for different holidays and s

  • Book sale supporting library planned aboard ship

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    MUSEKGON, Mich. (AP) — An annual book sale to support a western Michigan library is taking place in a different location this year — aboard a ship. The Friends of the Hackley Public Library event runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. The Muskegon Chronicle reports ( ) it's the first time the sale has been held aboard the landing ship tank, which is docked in Muskegon. The sale, which usually includes thousands of used books, is open to the public. Martha Ferriby, director of Hackley Public Library, says holding the sale aboard the ship makes it "kind of fun" and she's grateful about the opportunity. Money raised goes toward Hackley Public Library's meeting rooms,

  • Stolen car turns up in owner's spot in Bremerton

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A man whose car was stolen was amazed to find it 12 days later parked in his regular spot at the Bremerton restaurant where he works, three miles from where it vanished. David Nicholson says it was a "one-in-a-million" chance that the thief parked in his spot. The Kitsap Sun reports ( ) that the Port Orchard man had climbed into his Honda Prelude before he remembered the car had been stolen last month and called 911. Kitsap County sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson deputies arrested a man suspected of taking the car. Nicholson says the car had its ignition punched and other damage but he's got it back. ___ Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.

  • South Koreans crave Asia's smelliest fish

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies is regularly compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. And that's by fans. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a cartilage-rich fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting. Up to a month in some cases. "You know when it's done by the smell," said Kang Han-joo, co-owner of a seafood store in the bustling fish market of Mokpo, a port city on the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula, a region that's considered the food's spiritual home.

  • Police: Burglary suspects pocket-dialed 911

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota burglary suspects are arrested after police say one of them accidentally called 911 and left the line open as the pair discussed the crime. Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell says the dispatcher got a call and hang-up, then another call that stayed open. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) reports the dispatcher overheard a conversation about where police were. Schnell says the calls were made on April 1 using the phone's emergency-call feature. The dispatcher saw the location was a car-repair shop. Officers arrived to see two men leaving the building wearing dark clothing. One carried a television, the other a box. The men dropped the objects and ran,

  • Captain charged with allegedly dumping dead mink

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A commercial crab boat captain has been cited for first-degree water pollution after police say he dumped about 5,000 pounds of rotten mink carcasses into the Port of Brookings. Charles Case faces a felony for the pollution charge in Curry County Circuit Court. During the night of April 1, the 48-year-old Case and the crew of the "Anne Me" allegedly dumped the carcasses. Workers breathing through mint-scented masks to combat the smell spent the weekend retrieving 3,000 pounds of floating, bloated carcasses. Port officials expect more carcasses to surface. Port manager Ted Fitzgerald has said the smell was so bad it was tough to get near the port for awhile.

  • Woman complains to police about marijuana quality

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Police in East Texas have arrested a woman after she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased from a dealer. Lufkin police Sgt. David Casper said Monday that an officer went to the home of 37-year-old Evelyn Hamilton to hear her complaint that the dealer refused to return her money after she objected that the drug was substandard. Casper says she pulled the small amount of marijuana from her bra when the officer asked if she still had it. She was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamilton said Monday that she spent $40 on "seeds and residue." She says she called police when she got no satisfaction from the dealer's family.

  • Heroin-stuffed Teddy Bear is focus of police probe

    Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police are trying to learn who shipped a Teddy Bear -- with heroin hidden inside -- from Mexico to northeast Georgia. A woman told Athens-Clarke County police that she received the bear on Thursday, in an unexpected package from Mexico. The Athens Banner-Herald reports ( that the woman opened the package, saw an old Teddy Bear and called police because she suspected something dangerous might be inside. An officer who examined the toy found something hard within the stuffing, then noticed a slit in the back of its neck. He pulled out a plastic bag with some type of powder. A drug task force member later determined the powder was heroin.