4-year-old twins free selves, climb to safety after crash
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state authorities say 4-year-old twins freed themselves from their car seats and climbed an embankment seeking help following a car crash that killed their father.
Mysterious memorial to 'Lawnmower Man' reappears after theft
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A mysterious memorial dedicated to a New Mexico homeless man who mowed lawns has reappeared after a similar one was stolen.
'Typo' may have overvalued Utah home at nearly $1B
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials say a possible dropped phone resulted in a typo that overvalued a home for almost $1 billion.
Prosecutors say Alaska dentist rode hoverboard at procedure
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska dentist accused of fraud and unnecessarily sedating patients also performed a procedure while riding a wheeled, motorized vehicle known as a hoverboard, authorities said.
Bears are rarely seen in Delaware. This one caused an uproar
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A bear has caused an uproar after running through the streets of Wilmington, Delaware. The News Journal reports that police spent part of Thursday morning trying to catch the animal while bystanders rushed to get a look.
Police: Patron angered by ketchup pulls gun at McDonald's
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say an irate woman pointed a gun at fast food workers because they gave her ketchup instead of jelly.
Miami Beach unveils traffic sculpture made of sand
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took artist Leandro Erlich two years and 330 tons (299 metric tons) of sand to create his largest work of art to date — a giant traffic jam, made entirely of sand.
Palm Beach Sheriff: French bulldogs stolen in 2 burglaries
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida's Palm Beach County are searching for a dog thief targeting a particular high-end breed.
Shocked? Electric eel powers aquarium's Christmas lights
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium may be shocked to learn that an electric eel named Miguel Wattson is lighting up a Christmas tree.
Loaded gun inside baby gift bought at Florida thrift store
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A woman who bought a baby shower gift at a Florida Goodwill store was shocked when the father-to-be opened the box and found a loaded semi-automatic rifle inside.
‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Missouri rescue mission
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of a tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of a Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him.
Mississippi residents protest pothole with holiday decor
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a Mississippi city are protesting a large pothole in their neighborhood by decorating it with holiday cheer.
‘Thanksgiving antics’ NC elk gets tangled up in red hammock
MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (AP) — An elk is running around western North Carolina with a shredded hammock on its head, and apparently a love of apples is to blame.
Evacuation slide falls from jet, lands in yard; no one hurt
MILTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when an evacuation slide fell from a jetliner into the yard of a suburban Boston home.
Police: Man called out of work drunk, tried to rob workplace
OAKWOOD, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a man called out of his Steak ‘n Shake job because he was “intoxicated,” then showed up anyway and demanded money while holding a co-worker at gunpoint.
Court: ‘Football flu' dispute can be settled by arbitrator
BURLINGTON CITY, N.J. (AP) — A state appellate court upheld a southern New Jersey school teacher’s legal victory in an ongoing dispute over using a sick day during last year's Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade.
Bear blamed for car damages in Alaska airport parking lot
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A bear has been blamed for a pair of vehicle break-ins at an Alaska airport parking lot that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to one car, officials said.
Cats to be put on leashes to protect wildlife? EU says No
BRUSSELS (AP) — Put domestic cats on a leash to better protect threatened birds and the environment? The European Union says that would deny mankind’s furry friend its unalienable right to roam.
Phoenix teen rescued after becoming stuck in chimney
PHOENIX (AP) — A teenager has been safely rescued without injury after becoming stuck in the chimney of a Phoenix home. Authorities say the 17-year-old girl and a friend were locked out of her home Wednesday night and tried to climb in through the chimney on the roof.
Hikers answer plea to find wedding ring lost on mountaintop
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man’s quest to find his wedding ring on a 4,000-foot snow-covered mountain in New Hampshire has been completed by a couple of hikers — and a metal detector.
Police: Couple staged store robbery, then bought rings
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A convenience store clerk in North Carolina staged a robbery with her boyfriend at the business, used the money to buy rings hours later and made a video of their engagement at a Walmart, police said.
Act of kindness softens police sorrow over spilled doughnuts
BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — The loss of Krispy Kreme doughnuts documented by police in Georgia has come to a bittersweet ending. A Facebook post from Brookhaven police shows officers respond to the scene of “total carnage” Tuesday morning.
Man using magnet fishes WWI-era grenade from Michigan river
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A magnet-wielding angler has fished a World War I-era grenade from a western Michigan river. WOOD-TV reports the angler found the explosive Tuesday after dangling the magnet from a bridge in the Grand River in Grand Rapids.
Hospital: Kidney went to wrong transplant patient
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hospital says a kidney meant for one patient was mistakenly transplanted into another with the same name who was farther down the priority list.
Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump couldn’t resist riffing on the House impeachment inquiry Tuesday as he continued the tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, generating holiday-season laughter at the expense of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep.