• After uproar, Utah restaurant statue loses prominent feature

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — The small southern Utah town of Hurricane might become a little quieter after a statue of a copper bull lost its most prominent private feature this weekend. The sculpture holds a high perch above the sign for Barista's restaurant, and owner Stephen Ward said he woke up Friday and decided the bull would look better without the oversized genitalia that caused uproar among the neighbors. Hurricane residents disturbed by the noticeable, cone-shaped feature had asked the city council to revoke Barista's business license. Ward told the Spectrum newspaper in St. George (http://bit.ly/1Dgosne ) Saturday that he made it clear to city officials before he altered the statue that he wasn't bowing to commun

  • Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the men and women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin. Miss March, who's 88, wears a green top hat and not much else in the calendar from Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, and the centerfolds are two women in their 90s who seem to be playing poker with strategically placed oversize cards. Flip to February and you'll see a smiling, white-haired Dottie Rutter soaking in a bubble bath and flower petals, with chocolates and lingerie nearby.

  • Fundraising event challenges eaters with 20-foot bratwursts

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — As fundraising events go, this one's the wurst. And organizers wouldn't have it any other way. Sunday marks the second annual Wurst Challenge, which pits participants with big appetites against 20-foot long bratwursts. The event starts at 5 p.m. at Ypsilanti's Wurst Bar raises money for the city's FLY Children's Art Center. The bar will donate 10 cents an inch for the sausage consumed. Participants also are raising money separately. Those who don't nosh on the food chain can consume a tofu apple bratwurst. Last year's event raised about $8,000 for scholarships, school outreach the center's Creativity Lab. Returning for brat battle is last year's champion, Jason "Knifebeard SausageHa

  • Arizona man finds gun inside used golf bag

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who bought a used golf bag discovered his purchase was packing more than just a set of clubs. Mel Grewing told the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City (http://bit.ly/1DaZJAP) on Friday that he found a loaded .22-caliber pistol inside his new bag. Grewing says he spotted the set in a Sedona thrift store Tuesday and did not go through the bag until the next day. He took the weapon to Bullhead City police, who say it was not registered or reported lost or stolen. Grewing of Bullhead City, who is a recreational target shooter, says it's fortunate a child didn't find the gun. He says the Sedona store owner could not remember who brought in the clubs and said that

  • Mystery of California hilltop piano solved

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of — mystery. Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains found a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic view over the mountains between Calabasas and the Pacific Ocean. Turns out, the piano was used for a music video by Seattle-based artist Rachel Wong. The cinematographer, Michael Flotron, says he and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail on Tuesday. After the shoot, it was too dark to get the piano back down. Flotron says people seem happy to leave it there — but if necessa

  • Oregon's pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile." Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland says the prank succeeded beyond his wildest hopes. In his words, "I didn't expect to get this many people to smile." He says he tucked the chickens into a tree to roost early Thursday in a waterfront park, figuring they'd wake to a good day with water nearby and bugs to eat, spread some smiles and he'd pick them up Thursday evening. He soon heard news reports that the birds had become poultry celebrities.

  • Alaska police officers corral grazing miniature horses

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police officers in Alaska's biggest city became wranglers early Friday morning, rounding up a couple of miniature horses that escaped from their corral. A photo tweeted from the Anchorage police department showed three officers with the two horses they apprehended. The tweet read: "Some interesting runaways patrol came across this morning!" The two little horses, one black and one tan, were found grazing in the median of a busy East Anchorage street about 5:30 a.m. Friday. Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro tells Anchorage television station KTUU (http://is.gd/A699Ar ) that officers "were able to take these horses into custody." The horses were reunited with their owners after escaping f

  • Oregon farmers agree slugs are a problem _ but what to do?

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley hate slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops. But as familiar as farmers are with the mollusks, they acknowledge they're often baffled. And answers to their questions have come, shall we say, sluggishly. Growers and researchers at a recent Oregon State University "Slug Summit" in Salem agreed that the pests are causing more problems these days. But they have no good explanation why that's so. And the agricultural publication The Capital Press (http://bit.

  • Girl, 4, sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3 a.m. slushie

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie." Authorities say the girl's family didn't know she had awoken and unlocked the backdoor to start her trek during a downpour early Friday. They found nothing amiss at the house and have no plans to file charges. The bus driver is a father of three. He says he was scared for the girl but found her adventure funny. He says he knew she was in good hands. He stopped the bus and called police. They took the girl to a hospital, where she was reunited with her

  • Authorities: Woman posed as lawyer for decade, named partner

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced Friday. Kimberly Kitchen was charged Thursday with forgery, unauthorized practice of law and felony records tampering. State prosecutors contend Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee. The firm is based in Huntingdon, about 110 miles east of Pittsburgh. Kitchen, of nearby James Creek, handled estate planning for more than 30 clients "despite never having attended law school," the attorney general'

  • Veteran's prosthetic eye stolen from his car in New York

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BOONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a veteran's prosthetic eye has been stolen from his car in New York. The Oneida County Sheriff's office says the eye was stolen Saturday in the village of Boonville in the central part of the state. They say the eye was in a small black bag inside the car. The vehicle was parked in a supermarket plaza lot. Police say the prosthetic eye is worth more than $2,000. Sheriff's deputies are asking anyone with information to come forward.

  • Baby times 3: Rare identical triplets born to Indiana couple

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana couple is welcoming the arrival of rare identical triplets. Ashley Alexander of Greenfield delivered the three girls Thursday. WRTV-TV reports Sophia Mae and Alexis Kae weighed in at more than 4 pounds. Sister Ella Shae weighed 5 pounds. Alexander says she and husband Matt conceived the triplets without use of fertility drugs. The babies were delivered at 36 weeks' gestation. The Alexanders also have a son, Stefan, who was born in 2012. The Greenfield Reporter says identical triplets occur when one egg is fertilized and divides into three separate embryos. The Alexander babies share identical genetics. The Alexanders estimate they'll go through 7,000 diapers in the first

  • Belligerent birds chase people at central Florida park

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say some out-of-control birds are chasing people and tying up traffic at a central Florida park. Ducks, geese, ibis, seagulls and other birds that flock to the 30-acre Wells Park in Melbourne are losing their fear of people. This week, workers installed 'Feeding Wildlife Prohibited' signs. City Manager Mike McNees told Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1CsPO7a) three white geese when after him as he jogged in the park this week. He says he had a hard time scaring the birds off and fears an older person or a child may not be able to fight back. Parks manager Steve Graham says people love to feed the ducks, but something has to be done. Nearby resident Lynda Storer disagrees wi

  • Seattle police corral goats running through neighborhood

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police got their goats, corralling a group of 10 that had managed to get loose from a yard in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood. On their website, police say officers responded Thursday afternoon to a report that the loose goats were chasing a group of children. After a brief chase of their own, police managed to herd the goats back into a pen. Animal control officers were called to contact the goats' owner.

  • New Jersey suit over Florida pizza shop logo tossed

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority's lawsuit against a Florida pizza shop for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs has been tossed. Federal Judge William Martini granted the Jersey Boardwalk Pizza shop's request to dismiss the suit Thursday, saying that the shop doesn't have enough contact with the state for New Jersey to bring the lawsuit here. In his written ruling, he also said the company hasn't conducted business with residents in New Jersey other than branded merchandise that he says were arguably only purchased because of the publicity surrounding the lawsuit. Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney said the state is continuing to fight the company bef

  • Loose police horse briefly on patrol in downtown Cleveland

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A loose police horse conducted an unscheduled patrol through downtown Cleveland before officers recaptured it. Cleveland police spokesman Sgt. Ali Pillow said Jack, a horse with the department's mounted unit, was tied up at Erie Street Cemetery when he got loose about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1FWy3hO ) that Jack galloped through Playhouse Square, then headed toward Lake Erie. Police caught up with Jack as he headed east on Superior Avenue. Pillow said there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers said Jack stayed on the street during his escape but didn't stop at red lights.

  • Publicly funded Vermont candidate sued over email worth $255

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office has sued a publicly financed lieutenant governor candidate accused of campaign finance violations stemming from a mass email worth at least $255. Attorney General William Sorrell said Wednesday that Dean Corren's campaign solicited and facilitated a Vermont Democratic Party mass email sent to at least 16,000 people last October supporting his candidacy. Sorrell says the email amounts to a campaign contribution Corren failed to report. His office says it's seeking the return of $52,000 in public funds Corren's campaign had when the email was sent and $20,000 in fines. Corren lost the election. He filed a federal court lawsuit against Sorrell on Friday, challe

  • Councilman's petitions named famous non-residents, ends bid

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions — and thus ended his last re-election bid — in grand style. Seventy-three-year-old William Robinson's petitions indicated he personally collected more than 300 signatures from people including actors Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts, comedian Kevin Hart, former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis — and his two May primary opponents. The trouble is none — except the opponents who deny signing the petitions — are residents or registered voters in Robinson's council district, which covers part of Pittsburgh, Forest Hills and Wilkinsburg. The Democrat didn't immediately return a call and email to his office Wednesday.

  • Feel-good tale: Man gets $7M lottery ticket in get-well card

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man recovering from surgery has won $7 million off a lottery ticket tucked into his get-well card. Joseph Amorese, of Easton, got the ticket from his father, who lives in the hamlet of Congers in Rockland County, New York. Amorese had just undergone hernia surgery. A few scratches later on the "$7 million Golden Ticket," and he was feeling great. "I scratched the ticket and it was a good thing I was already sitting down because I was shocked. I was — and still am — in complete disbelief," Amorese said. "I had surgery so I didn't jump up and down, but in my mind I was jumping up and down," the beaming winner recalled Wednesday. He sent a photo of the ticket to his da

  • New Hampshire lawmakers honor students after raptor debacle

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a resolution formally encouraging student participation in state government even as the legislators were being lampooned nationally for mocking what started as a civics lesson for fourth-graders. The action in the House of Representatives follows the much-criticized and publicized debate over the students' effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. As the students from Lincoln Akerman School watched from the House gallery March 12, one lawmaker invoked abortion and others called the students' effort a waste of time. One suggested the state would next be naming an official state hot dog. The House defeated the kids' bill.