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  • In Japan, robot-for-hire programed to perform Buddhist funeral rites news

    A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank's humanoid robot "Pepper" - a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals. Chanting sutras in a computerized voice while tapping a drum, the robot was on display on Wednesday at a funeral industry fair - the Life Ending Industry Expo - in Tokyo. Nissei Eco Co., an unlisted plastic molding maker, wrote the chanting software for "Pepper", which was introduced by SoftBank Group Corp. in 2014.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:12:17 -0400
  • To E or not to E - USC didn't in spelling Shakespeare's name

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Visitors to the University of Southern California might well be muttering, "What fools these mortals be" as they stroll past a statue of the legendary queen of Troy and notice William Shakespeare's name seemingly misspelled at its base.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:13:01 -0400
  • Bourbon, pizzas and now spaghetti sauce cover Arkansas roads news

    CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) — It's a smorgasbord on Arkansas highways, with the third food spill in as many weeks.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:38:48 -0400
  • Pittsburgh police, FBI looking for wig-wearing bank robber news

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police and FBI agents are trying to find a bank robber who wore an unkempt woman's wig to disguise himself.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:35:07 -0400
  • Saudi police detain teenage boy for dancing in the street

    Saudi police said on Tuesday they had detained a 14-year-old boy who was filmed dancing to the 1990s hit song "Macarena" at a street crossing in the coastal city of Jeddah, in a clip that was widely shared on social media.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:16:14 -0400
  • German police seize thousands of 'Trump' ecstasy tablets news

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have seized thousands of tablets of the party drug ecstasy in the shape of Donald Trump's head, a haul with an estimated street value of 39,000 euros ($45,900.)

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:23:41 -0400
  • Massachusetts man arrested for trying to punch police horse in face

    A Massachusetts man was arrested for trying to punch a police horse in the face at a street festival, according to Worcester police. The incident occurred on Saturday when police were responding to a disturbance at a beer tent at the street festival in the city, located about 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston. The man, 59-year-old Donald Pagan, tried to walk between a column of police horses when officers asked him to stop.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:32 -0400
  • Buddy the blind sea lion goes to Los Angeles Zoo

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — He's big and he's loud.

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:48:42 -0400
  • Police hunt suspected TV thief in 'I'm Broke Baby' T-shirt news

    LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City are on the hunt for a man accused of stealing a TV while wearing a T-shirt with the phrase "I'm Broke Baby" on it.

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:25:11 -0400
  • Woman stuck in swimming pool turns to Facebook for help

    EPPING, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in a swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to Facebook to ask for help getting out.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:50:20 -0400
  • Golden retriever digs up heroin in Oregon backyard news

    MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon family's golden retriever has been honored by a sheriff for digging up $85,000 worth of black tar heroin in a family's backyard.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:24:56 -0400
  • Men say they've set record for traversing Boston's subway

    REVERE, Mass. (AP) — Two Boston-area residents say they've set the world record for travelling to every stop on the city's subway system in about 7 1/2 hours.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:46:11 -0400
  • Big catch! Drunken woman allegedly bites fisherman's line

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't exactly the catch a Florida man was hoping for while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, deputies say a drunken 22-year-old woman cursed at him before swimming up to his fishing line, biting it and swimming away with the rigging.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:40:22 -0400
  • NY courts spokesman fired after saying he 'barely' worked

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:59:32 -0400
  • Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery news

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:35:31 -0400
  • Man denies purposely spraying manure on border patrol car news

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:49:35 -0400
  • Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ring news

    CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:30:15 -0400
  • Are you for real? Police check out man looking for dentures

    BERLIN (AP) — A wary woman in southern Germany alerted police after a man buzzed on the door and asked for permission to search her balcony for his false teeth.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:12:52 -0400
  • Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car news

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:11:56 -0400
  • Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis news

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police."

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:42:56 -0400
  • Escape artist llama makes bid for freedom on golf course

    JACKSON, N.H. (AP) — Maybe these golfers in New Hampshire didn't yell "fore" but they might have considered "llama on the links."

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:24:47 -0400
  • The Iowa State Fair is opening. Time to visit the Butter Cow news

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 1 million people typically visit the Iowa State Fair each year, and sometimes it seems like every one of them is clustered around the Butter Cow's climate-controlled glass enclosure.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:16:50 -0400
  • Silent song finds iTunes popularity due to special role

    NEW YORK (AP) — No, the volume is just fine. It's the song.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:09:22 -0400
  • Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gourmet fun or just plain cheesy?

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:51:14 -0400
  • German customs intercepts package with 20 snake heads

    BERLIN (AP) — German customs officers say they have found and destroyed 20 rotten snake heads found in a package that had arrived from Nigeria.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:01:45 -0400
  • Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scare news

    By Charlotte Steenackers MALMEDY, Belgium (Reuters) - A Belgian town honored its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelet on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four meters wide. Millions of chicken eggs have been pulled from European supermarket shelves as a result of the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil, which is forbidden in the food chain and can cause organ damage in humans. Hundreds of people gathered in the eastern Belgian city of Malmedy undeterred by the scare and the president of the local branch of the giant omelet fraternity, Benedicte Mathy, said she was confident Tuesday's dish was safe to eat.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:40:57 -0400
  • Wisconsin man drives to hospital after nail shot into heart news

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who doctors say came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on his house calmly drove himself to the hospital and even parked his pickup truck in the lot before walking into the emergency room.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:29:38 -0400
  • Wayward alligator found in swimming pool at New Jersey motel

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An alligator has been found in a swimming pool at a motel at the New Jersey shore.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:01:35 -0400
  • Removal of mysterious circular object from beach canceled

    WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A tree removal company's attempt to uproot a mysterious object with steel legs that is lodged on a Rhode Island beach has been postponed.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:55:49 -0400
  • Defying Europe's egg scare, Belgian town makes giant omelet news

    MALMEDY, Belgium (AP) — Defying rain and a tainted egg scandal that has shaken European consumers, a Belgian town has turned nearly 10,000 eggs into a giant omelet for the whole community.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:12:56 -0400
  • Lawsuit claims rodent was baked into Chick-fil-A sandwich news

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawsuit claims a suburban Philadelphia woman got an extra topping on her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:11:40 -0400
  • 2 accused of theft get locked in store, break glass to flee

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut woman and her 12-year-old daughter were locked inside a convenience store by an employee who suspected them of stealing, and they kicked out the store's glass doors to escape.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:56:12 -0400
  • Florida man gets 6 years for firing gun while taking selfie

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for accidentally shooting a gun while taking a selfie in a strip club restroom.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:25:49 -0400
  • Correction: Kale-eating Contest story

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about a Georgia man who won a New York county fair's kale-eating contest, The Associated Press erroneously reported the town where the winner lives. Gideon Oji lives in Morrow, Georgia, not Marrow, Georgia.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:06:18 -0400
  • Police arrest man accused of ramming Bentley, Rolls-Royce

    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Police say a 32-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly rammed his car into two luxury vehicles at a Washington car dealership, causing more than $500,000 in damage.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:14:31 -0400
  • German police hunt stolen trailer full of chocolate

    BERLIN (AP) — Police say a semi-trailer full of chocolate has been stolen in a small central German town and are calling on witnesses who may have seen the sweet-toothed thieves.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:03:49 -0400
  • Woman gets OK for license plate inspired by 'covfefe' tweet news

    CORTLAND, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have granted a woman's request to have President Donald Trump's mysterious tweeted typo, "covfefe," on her license plate.

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:10:31 -0400
  • Man falls into 10-foot sinkhole while trying to block it off

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man who fell into a sinkhole says he was putting traffic cones around it because he was worried about the safety of children playing outside.

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:06:54 -0400
  • Couple admits to crashing wedding; bride finds stunt funny

    SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — A couple who gained notoriety for crashing a New Jersey wedding reception and leaving the newlyweds a card apologizing for their actions said they did it as a lark while on their first date.

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:49:23 -0400
  • Police officers corral loose pig; jokes ensue

    WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey were put to the test over the weekend when they were called to catch a loose pig.

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:15:14 -0400
  • An alligator lurking by the road? No, just a plastic toy

    DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — No, a live alligator was not lurking by the side of a Massachusetts highway this weekend: It was just a plastic toy.

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:28:09 -0400
  • Boris in Union Jack underpants? Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit news

    A retelling of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and its dramatic political consequences might perhaps be framed as high drama or extreme farce. On hearing the news that "Leave" has won, Johnson, who in reality surprised many with his decision to campaign to leave the EU and is now Britain's foreign secretary, sings in horror: "Leaving Europe will be a catastrophe/ Overnight we'll bugger the economy." Britons voted to leave the EU in June 2016, but since then a host of unforeseen political consequences, including a snap election in which the Conservative government lost its majority, have mired the country in uncertainty.

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:06:43 -0400
  • Sheriff's office to auction century-old machine gun

    NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio sheriff's office is auctioning off a nearly century-old machine gun to help pay for new weapons for deputies.

    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:35:18 -0400
  • 16-year-old is running for Kansas governor seat

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — He won't even be able to vote, but a 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he's serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas.

    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:15:31 -0400
  • Woman charged with faking cancer, keeping donations from New York towns

    A 38-year-old Orlando woman who pretended to have terminal cancer and accepted donations when she lived in New York's Westchester County several years ago was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud, U.S. prosecutors said. Vedoutie Hoobraj, 38, used the name Shivonie Deokaran while perpetrating the scam from about October 2014 through at least March 2016, federal prosecutors said in a statement. Cancer patients often lose their hair during treatment.

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:25:35 -0400
  • Art exhibit expressly for canine critics debuts in NYC news

    NEW YORK (AP) — You won't find any pictures of dogs playing poker at DoGUMENTA.

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:32:31 -0400
  • Not OK? Sculpture of hand gesture moved over gang worries news

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A sculpture showing a hand making the OK sign in New Jersey is being relocated because some people fear it too closely resembles a gang symbol.

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:06:48 -0400
  • Video shows car's 7-story fall from Texas parking garage news

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police in Austin have released surveillance video showing a car plunging seven stories from a downtown parking garage and striking another vehicle as it lands in an alley.

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:58:34 -0400
  • Strange circular object with steel legs baffles beachgoers

    WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island beachgoers are puzzled and concerned about a mysterious object lodged about 10 feet underwater just off Westerly's East Beach.

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:50:30 -0400
  • Scientists on research vessel spot rare whale in Bering Sea news

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal researchers studying critically endangered North Pacific right whales sometimes go years without finding their subjects. Over the weekend they got lucky.

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:43:15 -0400
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