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Update October 29, 2016

Some claim Bigfoot spotted
on Michigan eagle nest camera

Beulah, Mich. (AP) - Some people think they’ve spotted Bigfoot on a live camera trained on an eagle’s nest in Michigan. The clip from a camera mounted on a tree near a state fish hatchery shows baby eaglets in the nest while a dark figure walking on two legs moves on the ground below. The Detroit Free Press reports the clip was highlighted on the website of CarbonTV, which has partnered with the state to install the eagle cam. The company tells the Free Press the clip was captured in May. Idaho State University Professor Jeff Meldrum, who studies the legend of the never-confirmed man-ape-like creature, tells the newspaper the video is “interesting,” but “doesn’t offer much by way of compelling evidence.”


UK’s new 5 pound note has second use:
It plays vinyl records

London (AP) - The value of the British pound sterling may have been dropping in recent weeks but imaginative Brits have found a way to put cash to work: It turns out the new plastic five-pound-note can be used as a stylus to play vinyl records. A number of YouTube videos have been posted in recent days showing the new note “playing” music on a turntable, though it must be said the fidelity does not match sound produced by expensive equipment. The plastic note is illustrated with images of Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill. It was introduced last month to generally favorable reviews.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)


If schoolkids had a say,
Hillary Clinton would be president

New York (AP) - While most grown-ups are a few weeks away from heading to the polls, more than 150,000 of the nation’s schoolchildren have already voted on who they want to be president. Scholastic says Democrat Hillary Clinton took 52 percent of its 2016 Student Vote, while Republican Donald Trump won 35 percent of the ballots. The company says 13 percent of students wrote in “other” choices, which it says is an unusually high number. The student vote has been a fairly accurate predictor of the actual election over the years. Scholastic says it has mirrored the results in every election since 1940, with the exception of election years 1948 and 1960. Kindergarteners through 12th graders were allowed to vote. Scholastic acknowledges it wasn’t a scientifically designed sample.

McDonald’s: Ronald McDonald keeping
a lower profile

New York (AP) - McDonald’s says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise. McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.” The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change. The burger chain’s decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings. The reports have forced police in some areas to respond.

Cops plan to charge dad in scary
clown mask who followed bus

Auburn, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts say they plan to charge a father who wore a scary clown mask and followed his child’s school bus. Auburn police say some middle-school-age children were so scared that they hid under a backyard deck. Police say the man followed the bus Tuesday. They posted a picture on their Facebook page Thursday saying they intended to seek charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Because the charges have not been formally filed, the man’s name was not made public. Police wrote on Facebook: “We are hopeful that others will learn from this incident and not repeat these types of behaviors.” Police nationwide have been dealing with reports of clown sightings and hoaxes involving threats of violence by clowns.

Update October 22, 2016

Driver caught using mannequin to drive in carpool lane

(Brea Police Department via AP)

Brea, Calif. (AP) - A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin - not a real person - to drive in the carpool lane. The Orange County Register reports that Brea police found the mannequin Friday inside a truck on the congested 57 freeway. The truck veered out of the carpool lane close to an officer’s motorcycle. As the officer attempted to warn the driver to be careful, he noticed the passenger wasn’t a passenger. Police say the driver acknowledged using the mannequin in the carpool lane for some time. The driver told police that he would now accept that he needs to sit in traffic like everyone else. California requires that a vehicle have a minimum of two people for carpool lanes. Driving alone requires a fine of at least $481.

Police: Drug suspect tried to dissolve heroin by urinating

Scranton, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Pennsylvania drug suspect was all wet when he urinated in his pants in the hope that it would dissolve the heroin and cocaine in his pocket. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune says 42-year-old Wesley Autrey sold heroin Tuesday during an undercover sting in Scranton. When police tried to arrest him afterward, they say he struggled and had to be subdued with a stun gun. Police say Autrey then began urinating in his pants in an attempt to dissolve the drugs. Police say he was unsuccessful, and they found five small bags of heroin, four small bags of cocaine and $3,000 in cash. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Autrey. He remained in the Lackawanna County jail on Thursday unable to post bond.

German girl bicycles to Poland
to see her grandmother

Berlin (AP) - German police say a missing 14-year-old girl has turned up safe and sound in Poland, after bicycling and hitchhiking some 400 kilometers (250 miles) to see her grandmother. Lueneburg police said Friday that the girl, identified only as Nikola, set off from her rural town in northern Germany on Tuesday with her bicycle and a backpack. Police searched the whole region, but found no trace of her until she appeared Thursday at her grandmother’s house in western Poland. They say she was picked up by her parents there and is now home safely.

Woman struck by electric
grocery cart awarded $1.2 million

Cleveland (AP) - A woman injured when she was struck by a motorized shopping cart in a suburban Cleveland grocery store has been awarded $1.2 million by a jury. reports Barbara Rieger was struck in 2012 by a customer who lost control of a motorized cart at a Giant Eagle store in Brook Park. Rieger’s lawsuit says the impact tossed her 4 feet and caused her to hit her head on a store shelf. The lawsuit says the then-71-year-old Rieger suffered head and neck injuries. The complaint alleged Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle failed to show customers how to properly use the store’s motorized carts. Giant Eagle has stores in several states. It had denied Rieger’s claims in the lawsuit. The newspaper says an attorney defending Giant Eagle in the lawsuit didn’t return a call seeking comment Friday.

Man gets wedding ring back,
37 years after losing it in sea

Madrid (AP) - A gold wedding ring lost over 37 years ago has been returned to its owner after a scuba diver found it in the waters off the eastern coastal city of Benidorm last month and began a social media search. Diving instructor Jessica Cuesta gave the ring back to Agustin Aliaga Monday at his bar in a village near the northeastern city of Zaragoza. After finding the ring last month, Cuesta posted a photo of it on Facebook and gave the date inscribed on it - Feb. 17, 1979. She asked people to share the post and more than 80,000 people did, with word finally reaching Aliaga and his wife Juani Sanchez. Aliaga said he lost it while swimming several months after marrying.

Update October 15, 2016

For sale: NY mansion of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ fame

Rhinebeck, N.Y. (AP) - A dilapidated mansion in New York believed to have inspired the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses” is on the auction block. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the 24-room Wyndclyffe Castle will be auctioned Wednesday. The mansion was built in 1853 in Rhinebck as the country house of Manhattan socialite Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, a member of a wealthy family and aunt of American novelist Edith Wharton. The property’s elegance is said to have prompted owners of nearby Hudson Valley estates to build even bigger mansions, giving birth to the idiom “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Wyndclyffe fell into disrepair under various owners and was abandoned in the 1950s. It was purchased in 2003 and is being put up for sale by its owner. The assessed value is nearly $313,000.

Wyndclyffe Castle in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
(Maltz Auctions via AP)

Snakes Alive! Missing pythons on the loose in neighborhood

Hephzibah, Ga. (AP) - In a real life version of the children’s reader “Snakes Alive!”, state wildlife officers are searching for 14 pythons in an east Georgia subdivision after a woman reported that someone let the pet snakes loose. Jacqueline Heim told authorities the snakes were in secure cages. She suspects someone set them free deliberately this week. Heim tells WRDW-TV the ball pythons are not harmful. Ball pythons, sometimes known as royal pythons, are so named because their key defense against predators is to roll up in a ball. Priscilla Crisler of Augusta Animal Services says the snakes “typically are very docile.” But neighbors like Shekelia Wilcher are on edge. Wilcher tells WJBF-TV that young children in the neighborhood wait for their school bus and “one might just crawl up on them.” The neighborhood is in Hephzibah (HEHP’-sih-bah), about 15 miles south of Augusta.

‘Lucky’ to be alive: Calf with 2 faces
born at Kentucky farm

Campbellsville, Ky. (AP) - Visitors to a central Kentucky farm may do a double-take when they see the newest addition: a two-faced calf. Stan McCubbin of Campbellsville told WDRB-TV that he thought he had twins when he first saw the calf on Friday, but quickly realized he had something far more unusual. The female calf has two noses, two mouths and four eyes, though the middle two eyes don’t function. Although she can walk, the McCubbins say she ends up going in circles and falling over. The family says most calves with such a genetic mutation are stillborn, but so far this one is eating and seems healthy. McCubbin’s wife, Brandy, said their 5-year-old daughter, Kenley, named the calf Lucky because she’s lucky to be alive.

ATM at Ohio school doles out next best thing to cash _ pizza

Cincinnati (AP) - A newly installed ATM at an Ohio university is doling out the next best thing to money - pizza. Xavier (ZAYV’-yur) University in Cincinnati has partnered with a French company to install the first Pizza ATM in North America. The company, Paline, says the machine will hold 70 pizzas at once. Each medium-sized pizza costs $9 or $10, depending on toppings. Customers will be able to use a touchscreen to select a pizza, which will be heated for several minutes, placed in a cardboard box and ejected through a slot. Paline says the pizza dispensers have been in Europe for 14 years. They’re typically in small towns, at gas stations or pizzerias. Pizza lovers have been using the machine since it started providing pies on Thursday.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Update October 8, 2016

Al Capone letter showing his soft side sells for $62,000

(AP Photo/File)

Cambridge, Mass. (AP) - An intimate letter gangster Al Capone wrote while imprisoned at Alcatraz has sold at auction in Massachusetts for $62,500. Boston-based RR Auction says the winning bid came Monday at an auction in Cambridge. The buyer is a collector from the Chicago area who wishes to remain anonymous. Auctioneers had expected the letter to fetch around $50,000. The three-page letter was addressed to Capone’s son, Albert “Sonny” Capone. The mobster signed it, “Love & Kisses, Your Dear Dad Alphonse Capone #85,” which was his number at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. Experts say it shows the notorious mobster who ruled gangland Chicago during Prohibition had a soft side.

Austrian customs officials find human intestines in luggage

Vienna (AP) - Austrian customs officials are used to finding unusual items in travelers’ luggage. But human intestines were not on their list - until now. The Austrian Press Agency reports that the organ parts were found packed tightly in plastic containers and formaldehyde in a Moroccan woman’s baggage during a recent check at the airport of the southern city of Graz. It said Monday that the woman told police that she had brought the intestines of her dead husband to Austria to have them examined because she thought he had been poisoned. The tissue is being subjected to a pathological analysis. Pathologist Gerald Hoefler told state broadcaster authorities in Morocco where the man died gave the cause of death as intestinal obstruction, a diagnosis he says is plausible.

Man who lost phone fleeing cops posts online: Don’t call me

Scranton, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a Pennsylvania drug suspect who dropped his cellphone while running away from police took to Facebook to warn his friends not to call that phone number. Lackawanna County detectives say 25-year-old Scranton resident James Lee Hankins fled when police tried to arrest him for an undercover drug deal involving heroin and cocaine on Monday afternoon. Police say a woman who knew Hankins let them search her apartment, and they found him minutes later in her basement on a computer that had a page open to Facebook. Detectives say Hankins posted a message telling friends he’d be off Facebook for a while and asking them not to call his phone until he said otherwise. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Hankins.

Teen hospitalized after air freshener causes car explosion

Berlin (AP) - A German teenager has suffered serious injuries after accidentally creating an explosion in the family car with air freshener. Police in the western city of Duisburg say the 17-year-old boy had been trying Wednesday to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke in a recently purchased secondhand Volkswagen SUV. They say the teen sprayed so much air freshener inside the vehicle that it turned into a “combustible gas mixture.” The gas ignited when he opened the passenger door and a light switched on. Police said in a statement Thursday that the force of the explosion blew out the vehicle’s large glass sunroof. The unidentified teen was hospitalized with burns to both arms.

Inn that inspired Longfellow: Guests, give us our stuff back

Sudbury, Mass. (AP) - A historic Massachusetts inn that inspired poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and was once owned by automotive pioneer Henry Ford wants its stuff back - no questions asked. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury is celebrating its 300th anniversary by offering amnesty for former guests who may have - ahem - “secretly checked out” inn property. Return it, and management says it won’t pursue criminal charges. Innkeeper Steve Pickford tells The Boston Globe he’s particularly interested in recovering a copy of the Declaration of Independence belonging to Revolutionary War-era innkeeper Ezekiel Howe. It went missing in the 1950s. Pickford says guests have also absconded with stamped silverware, pewter serving pieces, antique dishes and paintings. The inn opened in August 1716 and bills itself as the oldest operating inn in the country.




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