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5 bulls found dead in Oregon; then the story gets weird

An Oregon deputy investigating the bizarre deaths of five bulls found with their tongues and sex organs missing says he’s received many calls and emails from people speculating on the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:43 p.m.

Police credit poop-tracking dog tag with getting lost purse, belongings to pet owner

The mandatory tag requires Flynn and the building’s other pet owners to have their animals’ DNA collected and registered with the Tennessee-based company PooPrints. Then, if there is any unattended …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Man dies after competing in California taco-eating contest

Authorities say a man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 4:18 p.m.

Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:12 p.m.

7 tigers, 6 lions and a leopard found in Arkansas barn

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman says authorities are investigating the discovery of tigers, lions and a leopard in a barn in Arkansas.


Lizzie Borden house for sale after B&B plan falls through

The mansion where the notorious 19th century suspect Lizzie Borden lived out her days after she was acquitted of the ax murders of her father and stepmother is on the …


Hoverboard causes fire in Portland home, family escapes

Authorities say a Portland family escaped their house after a hoverboard caused a fire.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Sour grapes: Robbers empty Paris cellar of vintage wines

A Paris wine collector returned from holiday this week to a nasty surprise, finding a hole in his cellar and emptiness where his valuable collection of vintage wines had been.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 2:18 p.m.

Covert sonic devices in Cuba damaged hearing of at least 16 Americans, U.S. says

The United States says at least 16 Americans working for the U.S. government in Cuba suffered symptoms as a result of activity attributed to a covert sonic device. The diplomats …


Woman says stranger’s ashes in father’s urn, sues for $2.5 million

A Portland woman is suing an Oregon cremation company for $2.5 million, claiming it gave her the remains of a stranger instead of her deceased father.


Man proposes to girlfriend during solar eclipse totality

A Seattle couple became engaged as the solar eclipse reached totality in Oregon.


Abandoned infant survived 3 days in plastic bag, police say

An 8-month-old baby found alive in a plastic bag outside an upstate New York home had been abandoned there three days earlier by her 17-year-old mother, who has been charged …


Pop-up Cheetos-themed restaurant to open in New York City

Frito-Lay is getting in on New York City’s restaurant week by opening a pop-up eatery with a menu full of Cheetos-themed cuisine.


Want to live like a Trump? President’s old home is on Airbnb

Want to live like a Trump? Now’s your chance: The president’s New York City boyhood home is on Airbnb.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Australian teen’s feet bloodied by mystery sea creatures

A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.


Century-old $5 bill sold at auction for $11,000

Money may not grow on trees, but its value can grow.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Bee bumble: Homeowner tries to burn nest, sets home ablaze

A man’s attempt to burn bees out of their nest backfired after the ill-advised extermination method caught fire to a Georgia home, destroying most of it.


Crying girl helps authorities find mother injured in crash

Authorities say a little girl crying along the side of a busy highway alerted them to a hit-and-run crash that left the girl’s mother seriously injured in a car that …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

‘Sugardaddy’ seeking ‘sugarbaby’ banned from Florida beach

A 73-year-old man is banned from a Florida beach after a parent complained that he was handing out business cards that read, “Sugardaddy seeking his sugarbaby.”


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 8:36 a.m.

NASA job opening to defend Earth from aliens comes with a 6-figure salary

If “Independence Day” and “War of the Worlds” are among your favorite films, this might be your dream job.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 12:07 p.m.

Lawyers plead for leniency for elderly, homeless bank robber

Public defenders are pleading for leniency for a 78-year-old, lifelong criminal who admitted robbing a Reno bank with a steak knife so he could return to prison instead of spending …


Charge: Man hid girlfriend in freezer, lived with impostor

An Ohio prosecutor alleges a man stored his girlfriend’s body in a freezer while another woman helped him and assumed the dead woman’s life by moving into her home, using …


Harvard sorry directory erroneously said Anthony Scaramucci was dead

Harvard Law School has apologized for erroneously listing ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci as dead in a new alumni directory.


Boise firefighters rescue drunken man stuck in pipe

Boise firefighters say they rescued a drunken man who fell into a pipe at a construction site.


Yelm hoping to draw crowds to first UFO weekend festival

The first Yelm UFO Fest is set to launch this weekend, and organizers are preparing to welcome visitors from beyond. Or at least beyond Yelm.


Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

On Tuesday, police and federal agents warned that so-called virtual kidnappings are on the rise, and dozens of people already have found themselves terrorized into giving money to con artists.


Experts: No duty for laughing teens to rescue drowning man

MIAMI – It may be reprehensible and morally outrageous, but legal experts say a group of Florida teens had no obligation to rescue a drowning disabled man who they instead …


Alleged burglar hog-tied on roadside after stealing cereal

Authorities say officers arrested an alleged burglar after a homeowner hog-tied him alongside a road about 45 miles east of Chehalis.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

Naked man set on fire by police stun gun

Police say an officer using a stun gun to restrain a naked man accidentally set the man’s chest hair and beard on fire.


Idaho man survives after falling into abandoned well

A man is recovering after being rescued from an abandoned well in northwest Idaho.