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  • Woman gives birth inside Walmart near Atlanta

    Updated: 49 min ago

    ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Labor Day came early for a Roswell woman who gave birth inside a Walmart near Atlanta. Authorities say the baby made its arrival shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday in the Walmart Supercenter on Mansell Road in Roswell. Ken Simpson, regional director for the Rural/Metro ambulance company, says the woman delivered her baby inside the store before paramedics could arrive. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that the new mother and her baby were taken to Northside Hospital for evaluation. Walmart officials did not immediately return the Atlanta newspaper's call for comment late Tuesday. The woman's name wasn't released, and it wasn't immediately known whether she w

  • Human skull donated to Austin Goodwill store

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police have asked for the public's help to locate whoever donated a human skull to an Austin thrift store. Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play was not suspected in the person's death. He says he just wants to know how the skull came to be in an unspecified container left at the store. Goodwill staff discovered the skull while sifting through donations on July 16. A spokeswoman says it could have been gifted up to a week prior to its discovery. Israel says the skull is from an adult. No other details about it have been released. This is at least the fourth skull to be donated to the international nonprofit this summer. Three were donated in July to a Goodwill store i

  • Woman accused of setting fire with burned bacon

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    VERNAL, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges. Police say 32-year-old Cameo Adawn Crispi repeatedly called and texted her former flame in March from his home, where she left the bacon over a lit burner. The Deseret News reports ( ) the man wasn't home and called police saying he wanted Crispi out of his house. Officers arrived and saw smoke flowing out the front door. Inside, they found hot coals on the floor around an open wood stove and the burned bacon. Charging documents say Crispi's blood-alcohol level was 0.346, four times the legal limit. She is due back in court in October to face arson, burgl

  • Vermont bistro scolded for removing its bacon sign

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so. Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski last week took down a sign saying "Yield for Sneakers Bacon" after comments were posted in an online community forum by "a vegan and a member of a Muslim household." Vegans and Muslims don't eat pork. Sneakers' menu features items including a breakfast sandwich with homemade turkey bacon. Owner Marc Dysinger says the sign was meant to be fun and to show the restaurant cares about Winooski, a city of 7,000 residents with many Muslim families. The Burlington Free Press ( ) reports people have criticized the rest

  • State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. On Wednesday, the court ruled that Stephen Whigham, who was injured in a company kickball game, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was required to attend the game as part of his job. Whigham worked for Jackson Dawson Communications, a public relations firm. With the encouragement of his boss, he organized a kickball game as a team-building event for employees. He rented a facility and had T-shirts made. During the Friday afternoon game, Whigham shattered two bones in his leg while trying to avoid being tagged out.

  • Long Island police seek forklift thief


    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities on Long Island are asking for the public's help in finding a forklift thief. The bright yellow vehicle went missing Monday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from its parking spot near a building in Riverhead. One or more people used a flatbed tow truck with a white cab to remove the Caterpillar forklift. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-220-TIPS.

  • Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics. Except when it rains. That's when the "Burners" end up in the parking lot of the Reno Wal-Mart. Turned back at the gate to the Black Rock Desert after rare showers on Monday turned the ancient lake bottom to a muddy quagmire, hundreds of "Burners" were forced to overnight on the Wal-Mart blacktop. Nearly a hundred other RVs pulled into the parking lot of the Grand Sierra Resort casino, across the street.

  • Crested Butte to be Bud Light's 'Whatever' town

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" — a secretive Bud Light plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign. The company has agreed to pay the town $250,000 to fence off its main street and bring in more than 1,000 revelers to the town of 1,500 for the Sept. 5 - 7 event being promoted on social media, The Denver Post ( ) reported. Secrecy has been part of the "Are you up for Whatever?" campaign from its beginning at last year's Super Bowl when Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in a spot playing pingpong with Don Cheadle in an elevator with a llama. Town councilors have been quietly working o

  • Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall. Local government spokesman Ulf Mossberg said city officials decided the tune from Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama was an appropriate way to demonstrate the city's belief in "the equal value of all people." He said the bells of the clock tower played the song before and after a political rally Tuesday by the Party of the Swedes, a small extremist group that wants to stop immigration and reserve Swedish citizenship for people with "Western genetic and cultural heritage." The party aims to win seats in local assemblies across Sweden in Sept

  • Bear heads stolen from remote Maine cabin

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The person who broke into an off-the-grid cabin in remote western Maine didn't get away with money, jewelry or other valuables. Police say the thief took a pair of bear heads. Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols says a Waterboro family reported last week that someone had broken into their cabin in secluded Alder Stream Township sometime over the summer. Nichols tells the Morning Sentinel ( ) the family hadn't been to the cabin since April, so the exact time of the break-in is not known. In addition to the stuffed bear heads, the thief also made off with two lawn chairs and three flashlights. The sheriff says the cabin's futons appear to have been slept in.

  • New York meat truck driver charged in stinky spill

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — State authorities have charged the driver of a truck that lost part of its load of expired meat outside an upstate New York mall, resulting in some irate motorists whose vehicles drove over the stinky spill. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports ( ) that the Albany man was charged with disposing of refuse on a highway. Officials say the driver for Albany-based Baker Commodities was in the Queensbury area last month to pick up expired meat and grease from restaurants to take to a rendering plant. A door on the truck wasn't secured and meat slid out as he drove up a hill in front of Aviation Mall. Dozens of vehicles drove through the spill and wound up having to be cleaned to

  • Dead dogs wrapped in plastic left on city streets

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in an Atlanta neighborhood say they're alarmed after recent discoveries of dead dogs wrapped in plastic which have been left on roadsides. Animal control officers are looking in the cases in the Capital View area of southwest Atlanta, but it remains a mystery why the dog carcasses are being dumped. WSB-TV reports ( that the bodies have been found near abandoned homes and in storm drains. Resident Benjamin Hodges tells the Atlanta station that the third dumped dog in the last month and a half was found on Genessee Avenue near Allene Avenue. Paul Ebbs, a Fulton County animal cruelty investigator, said if the cases are a common occurrence, police would become involved

  • Gold thief offers to pay for pilfered nugget

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it — after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program. The man was a former resident who had returned three weeks ago to participate in a salmon fishing derby, police Lt. Kris Sell said. By Sunday afternoon, he had called the store and left his credit card number to pay for the precious metal. "He didn't think he was on video," Sell said. Alaska has a rich mining history, and gold continues to be pursued by corporations with heavy equipment and individuals with gold pans. Nuggets are used in jewelry, and the largest specimens

  • Cops called after fliers fight over seat recline

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. The fight started on a United Airlines flight because one passenger was using the Knee Defender, a $21.95 gadget that attaches to a passenger's tray table and prevents the person in front of them from reclining. The Federal Aviation Administration leaves it up to individual airlines to set rules about the device. United Airlines said it prohibits use of the device, like all major U.S. airlines

  • Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster. WCSH-TV ( ) reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday. LaPlante and daughter Meghan were hauling traps when she discovered the bright blue critter. The story has a happy ending for the lobster. Meghan says she is naming it Skyler and donating it to the Maine State Aquarium, far from any dinner rolls or pats of butter. The aquarium says it has three other blue lobsters and an orange one. LaPlante says it's the first time he has caught a blue lobster. ___ Information from:

  • Colorado marshal can't adjust to high altitude

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    NEDERLAND, Colo. (AP) — Nederland, Colorado's town marshal says he is resigning after just six months because he can't adjust to the altitude. The Daily Camera ( reports Monday that Jim Matheney wanted to dispel rumors, including one claiming he left the job in the quirky town just west of Boulder because of a space alien attack. Matheney, a former police captain in suburban Detroit, says he left because he could not acclimate to the 8,400-foot altitude. Paul Carrill, a former Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff's commander, is interim marshal. The town, which has five officers and a sergeant, is also known for its Frozen Dead Guy Days festival, celebrating the corpse of a man who hoped to one d

  • Moose shows up at German office canteen

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Maybe he got hungry? A moose on the loose in the eastern German city of Dresden evaded capture before getting stuck inside an office building, tantalizingly close to the canteen. A spokesman for Dresden police says the young bull walked into the building housing German industrial giant Siemens shortly before lunchtime Monday. Marko Laske says officers and wildlife spent six hours trying to shoo the moose into a container but eventually had to resort to using a tranquilizer gun after he refused to follow orders. The animal, likely to have come from neighboring Poland, will be released back into the wild.

  • Garden gnome alert: 400 missing in Austria

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    VIENNA (AP) — A leading Austrian political party has issued a garden gnome alert after 400 of its figurines disappeared from lamp posts used in campaigning. Placed by the Socialist Party ahead of elections in western Austria, the gnomes were hung three meters (more than three yards) from the ground — presumably in part to prevent mass pilfering. But a party statement Monday said that 400 gnomes, valued at around 3,000 euros ($4,000), had gone missing over the weekend. The party suspects the heists were less outright theft and more dirty electioneering, accusing the rival conservative People's Party of being behind the disappearances. It notes that some of the gnomes have been replaced by People's Party posters.

  • Two-headed turtle born in Northeast Arkansas

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    AMAGON, Ark. (AP) — A two-headed snapping turtle has been born in Northeast Arkansas. The Jonesboro Sun reports ( ) the baby turtle was discovered last week at the NEA Turtle Farm in Amagon. An employee says the common snapper was discovered among a group of 30,000 that will be shipped to China. Workers say they previously found a hatchling with one neck and two heads that died in birth. Others have been born with too many legs or no tails. A state biologist says turtle mutations are rare, but are becoming more common. Another employee says the turtles are typically sold for education or research, but that they are looking for a home for the unnamed two-headed turtle. He says the animal is f

  • Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it. Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won't soon be forgotten. And the editors of the publication are predicting more of the same for the coming season. "Shivery and shovelry are back. We're calling for some frigid conditions, bitter conditions," said managing editor Sandi Duncan. The latest edition, which officially goes on sale this week, forecasts colder-than-normal and wetter-than-usual weather for three-quarters of the country east of the Rocky Mountains.