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Princeton professor accused of stealing lawn signs

PRINCETON, N.J. — Police have charged a Princeton University professor with stealing lawn signs belonging to a computer repair business.

Owner Ted Horodynsky told The Times of Trenton his signs began to disappear after a traffic incident ...

Ku Klux Klan hands out candy in South Carolina

SENECA, S.C. — Some residents in northwestern South Carolina said they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan.

Residents in an Oconee County subdivision found the bags...

Police still looking for aggressive pig

OAKLAND, Maine — Police in the Maine town of Oakland said a pig that menaced two children walking through the woods has scared another passer-by.

They’ve now closed the walking trail near two schools where the pig has been seen....

On-duty officer delivers own son

HEMET, Calif. — Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son.

Anderson was on duty early Sunday in Hemet, California, when he got a call from his wife...

Electronic devices might cause rashes
Electronic devices might cause rashes

CHICAGO — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of...

Driver blames turtle, cat, squirrel, tree in wreck

BRYAN, Texas — Police said a man arrested for drunken driving blamed a turtle, a cat, a squirrel and an overhanging tree in a Central Texas wreck.

When police arrived at the scene just southeast of College Station on Tuesday, the 33-year-...

Plane returns to Seattle with chanting passenger

SEATTLE — Officials say a man who was loudly chanting on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Hawaii made the other passengers uncomfortable and prompted the crew to return and drop him off with law enforcement at Sea-Tac Airport....

Conviction tossed for ‘cannibal cop’ in NY

NEW YORK — A former New York Police Department officer was set to leave jail on Tuesday after a judge overturned his conviction in a bizarre case accusing him of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.

Judge Paul Gardephe ruled...

Evacuation plane slide deploys mid-flight
Evacuation plane slide deploys mid-flight

CHICAGO — An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to Southern California, filling part of the cabin and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas.

Passenger Mike Schroeder said...

Couple mistakenly flies to Grenada rather than Granada

WASHINGTON — A District of Columbia couple has sued British Airways, saying the airline ruined their vacation by booking them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain.

Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday said in...

Screaming man drags dead raccoon on leash

The Associated Press

MUKILTEO, Wash. — Someone called 911 to report a screaming man dragging an animal along a highway in Mukilteo.

When officers arrived Thursday they found a dead raccoon on a leash.

The Mukilteo police...

Tycoon hosts fancy lunch for homeless, uproar ensues
Tycoon hosts fancy lunch for homeless, uproar ensues

NEW YORK — A Chinese tycoon served up a fancy lunch Wednesday to hundreds of homeless New Yorkers at a Central Park restaurant, but caught grief from attendees who were expecting cash at the end of the meal.

Recycling magnate Chen...

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