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Update Saturday, Oct. 21 - Oct. 27, 2017

Fish fall from sky with rain in northern Mexico

Mexico City (AP) - Civil defense officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky. Tamaulipas civil defense says in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency’s Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk. According the U.S. Library of Congress, it’s a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water - known as waterspouts - could be responsible for sucking fish into the air where they are blown around until being released to the ground.

South Dakota St. Bernard has
record-longest tongue for a dog

Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP) - A St. Bernard in South Dakota has set a new, slobbery world record. Mochi, also known as Mo, holds the Guinness World Records title for having the longest tongue on a dog. According to Guinness World Records, Mochi’s tongue measures in at 7.31 inches (18.58 cm). Mochi’s owner, Carla Rickert of Sioux Falls, says her dog is happy, but also has some breathing problems because of her long tongue and slobbers more than usual when she’s nervous. Mochi also needs to be given treats in a certain way and has problems picking items up from the floor. The 8-year-old Mochi broke the previous record held by a male Pekingese, whose tongue was 4.5 inches (11.43 cm). Mochi is listed in the new Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals book.

New Jersey state trooper tells
cow to mooove it

(Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Flynn/New Jersey State Police via AP)

Stockton, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey state trooper on his way to work had to tell a cow to mooove it. Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Flynn was driving to headquarters Thursday morning when he came across a traffic jam on Route 29 in Stockton, a rural town northwest of Trenton. He drove along the shoulder and came upon a wayward cow that was slowing down traffic. The cow gave the trooper a look and continued to meander along the highway. Flynn says the cow’s farmer arrived and with the help of another trooper, they managed to get the cow back to its farm on the other side of the highway. Flynn says it’s not the first time he’s had to deal with livestock. He’s also had to corral horses and goats.

State yanks NY vineyard’s liquor
license over rowdy crowds

Cutchogue, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the license of a Long Island winery where officials say drunken patrons have engaged in public sex, brawls and other rowdy behavior. SLA officials on Thursday said Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue (kuht-CHAWG’) had a “disturbing record” of repeatedly serving extremely intoxicated customers to the point where it strained local police services and caused “havoc” on neighbors. The liquor license suspension comes after neighbors told police on Sept. 30 that two people were having sex on vineyard property in full view of the neighbor’s backyard. SLA officials say police had to return to the vineyard later that day to break up a fight that broke out among a drunk and disorderly group of 400 people. The vineyard’s lawyer says the allegations are untrue and exaggerated.

Police: Moving help unwitting
accomplices in Montana theft

Great Falls, Mont. (AP) - Police in Montana say a man told friends he needed help moving and got their unwitting help stealing $40,000 worth of items from another man’s home. One of the friends allegedly rented a U-Haul without knowing it would be used in a crime. The other told police he became suspicious and left after he saw military medals in the Great Falls home. He doubted 36-year-old Patrick Joseph Adams Jr. served in the military. Investigators say the true homeowner came home later that night, found his home had been burglarized and called 911. Prosecutors charged Adams on Thursday with burglary and criminal mischief, both felonies. The Great Falls Tribune reports Adams faces up to 30 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. It wasn’t clear if Adams had a lawyer.


Update Saturday October 14 - October 20, 2017

Arrested drunk man claims he time traveled to warn of aliens

Casper, Wyo. (AP) - Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion. Casper police say the man they encountered at 10:30 p.m. Monday claimed he was from the year 2048. KTWO-AM in Casper reports that the man told police that he wanted to warn the people of Casper that aliens will arrive next year, and that they should leave as soon as possible. He asked to speak to the president of the town, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) northwest of Cheyenne. The man told police he was only able to time travel because aliens filled his body with alcohol. He noted that he was supposed to be transported to the year 2018, not this year.

Would-be thief in Rio chased out
by jiu-jitsu students

Rio de Janeiro (AP) - A would-be thief in a Rio de Janeiro suburb apparently chose the wrong gym to rob. Surveillance camera footage shared widely on social media shows the man entering the gym and jumping a turnstile after arguing with the receptionist. Several seconds later, the man is seen jumping back over the turnstile and fleeing outside. He is chased by several jiu-jitsu students dressed in uniforms. Jiu-jitsu teacher Edgar Neto told The Associated Press that the incident happened Monday night and he reported it to police. The man managed to escape. Police said Wednesday he hasn’t been arrested, but they have recovered one of his sandals that fell off during the chase.

Indiana farmer plants corn maize
tribute to Carrie Fisher

(Jeremy Goebel via AP)

Evansville, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana farmer who created a corn maze with trails outlining the face of “Star Wars” character Princess Leia says he planted it to honor the late actress Carrie Fisher. Jeremy Goebel designed the maze in February, more than a month after Fisher’s late December death, and planted it this spring using a GPS device. The corn is now mature and its trails outline the “Star Wars” character’s face, distinctive hairstyle and part of her upper body. Goebel tells the Evansville Courier & Press that as a longtime “Star Wars” fan he “wanted to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher.” The maze at Goebel Farms in Evansville, Indiana, honors Fisher with trails above Leia’s head that spell out “Carrie Fisher RIP 1956-2016.” The maze is open to paying customers.

Etching of German rifle ground
off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Moscow (AP) - Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle. The monument features a towering statue of Kalashnikov and an adjacent sculpture of St. George fighting a dragon with an AK-47-tipped spear. Metalwork on the plinth of that statue bore etchings of guns, one of which was discovered to be of the StG44 rifle used by Nazi Germany. News reports said the gun images were ground off on Friday. State news agency Tass quoted Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky saying: “There’s one big plus in this - now everyone will exactly know that in their designs the AK and the German assault rifle are absolutely different firearms.”

(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)


Update Saturday October 7 - October 13, 2017

Graveyard plaque of Wild West figure was buried, not stolen

(Phillips Collection via Wikimedia Commons // Public domain)

Prescott, Ariz. (AP) - It turns out the graveyard plaque of the common-law wife of legendary gunfighter John Henry “Doc” Holiday was just six inches under, not stolen from a cemetery. The plaque at the Arizona Pioneers’ Home Cemetery in Prescott had been reported stolen recently. But the Prescott Daily Courier reports that a voluntary caretaker found the plaque in mud under a hole at the grave of Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings, also known as Big Nose Kate. Holiday played a central role in the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881 in what was then the Arizona territory. Pioneers’ Home interim Superintendent Dale Sams says the plaque had sunk into the ground, which had been softened and waterlogged by monsoon rains, and then covered by flowing mud. Volunteer caretaker Denise Meyers says the plaque needs cleaning but is intact. Horony-Cummings died Nov. 2, 1940, at age 89. She was buried under the name “Mary K. Cummings.”

German police arrest wanted man after he tries to vote drunk

Berlin (AP) - A drunk German man who insisted on voting in Sunday’s election despite lacking the necessary documents has landed in jail - after police discovered he was wanted for arrest. The unidentified 46-year-old tried to cast his ballot in the eastern town of Guben, but was turned away by election officials. The inebriated would-be voter caused a scene, prompting officials to call police. German daily Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten reported Monday that officers checked the man’s identity, found that he had a seven-month sentence to serve and promptly arrested him.

Rangers: Woman armed with frying pan helped stop forest fire

Beddington, Maine (AP) - Maine forest rangers say the quick actions of a woman armed with a frying pan helped stop a forest fire. Rangers say Nancy Weeks used a frying pan to carry water back and forth between the flames and a nearby pond in a wooded area near Beddington. WGME-TV reports Weeks kept the fire under control until crews arrived. Officials say the fire was sparked by an unattended camp fire. Rangers say it’s still fire season in the state, and likely will remain so until the first snowfall.

New Alaska highway stripes are crooked, paint staining cars

Ketchikan, Alaska (AP) - New yellow painted highway lines in the Alaska’s Panhandle city of Ketchikan are crooked and the paint that’s been used by state transportation officials has stained cars, officials said. Among those affected was Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis, whose car ended up with yellow paint on it. “You come to expect having highway striping like that to be straight and have orderly looking lines and be professionally applied,” Landis said. “Something was clearly wrong with the equipment or the operation of that equipment to have so many things wrong all at once.” The problems emerged after the state Department of Transportation tried out a new line painting system on the Tongass Highway, The Ketchikan Daily News reported Saturday. Department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said the paint is “not drying as quickly as it should due to humidity in southeast Alaska.” Bob Sivertson, a Ketchikan city council member, called it the poorest line painting work he’s seen. Bailey said the state will not repaint the yellow lines. She said people with cars that got paint on them should have the vehicles pressure washed. If the car washes don’t work, she recommended spraying WD-40 lubricant on areas stained with yellow paint. The lubricant should be left on cars for up to two hours before washing them. And if that does not work, she said, they should put a “liberal coating of Vaseline” on the car areas stained yellow. It should be left on the cars overnight before getting the vehicles pressure washed, Bailey said.

(AP Photo)
 


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