St. Louis couple rolls all 7s and 11s with daughter's birth
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple has rolled all 7s and 11s with the birth of their daughter. J'Aime Brown was born at 7:11 p.m.
75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog. Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium earlier this week and grabbed the dog while they were out for an early morning walk.
Chug chug! Moxie, the polarizing soda, is being celebrated
LIBSON, Maine (AP) — One Maine town is showing its moxie this weekend. The Moxie Festival dedicated to the quirky soda gets underway in earnest Saturday with a parade, music and a chugging contest in Lisbon.
Toxic lake in Russia's Siberia becomes selfie sensation
MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of a city in Siberia don't need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters.
A Capitol offense? Cannabis found in Statehouse flower beds
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, police said Friday.
Doughnuts with filling syringes nixed from Minnesota fair
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doughnuts with a side of syringes have been nixed from the Minnesota State Fair after the offering was roundly criticized.
Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship
JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland.
New Mexico, Colorado get fired up over hot peppers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — "It's on!" New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she's ready for a culinary duel with her neighbors to the north after the governor of Colorado proclaimed on social media that chile grown in his state is the best and will be stocked in grocery stores across four Western states.
Rattlesnake, uranium, whiskey found during traffic stop
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Police in Oklahoma say they found a rattlesnake, a canister of radioactive powdered uranium and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey during a traffic stop of a vehicle that had been reported stolen.
Photo shows black bear relaxing at New Hampshire hotel
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — It seems bears enjoy a good view just like any other visitor to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. A photo snapped June 29 by an employee at the Omni Mount Washington Resort shows a black bear holding onto a rail on the veranda and looking out.
Big rig spills pig intestines on Kansas City highway
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A tractor-trailer hauling pig intestine has dumped its load across a downtown highway in Kansas City, Missouri.
Fearless dog chases bear from neighbor's yard
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is promising to give his neighbor's dog a steak for chasing a black bear from his backyard.
Driver escapes injury when saguaro cactus pierces windshield
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say a driver escaped injury when his car's windshield was pierced by the trunk of a saguaro cactus during a wreck Wednesday on the outskirts of Tucson.
Minnesota woman who swims topless vows to return to beach
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who swims topless in Lake Superior says she won't be dissuaded by someone who called the police on her.
Maine couple buys home that inspired 'The Conjuring'
HARRISVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Maine couple has bought a Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the horror movie "The Conjuring." Cory Heinzen tells the Sun Journal in Maine that he's heard doors opening, footsteps and knocks.
Armored truck's cash rains on Atlanta interstate
ATLANTA (AP) — Drivers on Atlanta's busy perimeter highway were bombarded by flying money after a door swung open on an armored truck.
Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks.
Police: Woman throws snake at driver in carjacking
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Police say a woman stole a vehicle after throwing a snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades set up for a pole-vaulting exhibition in South Carolina.
Sea rescue: Olympic swimmer Magnini saves tourist in Italy
MILAN (AP) — A swimmer struggling in the sea off Sardinia soon discovered it was his lucky day. Italian news agency ANSA says the male tourist got in trouble Sunday afternoon after his inflatable swan was carried away by the wind.
Swiss air force team apologizes for fly-by in wrong place
BERLIN (AP) — The commander of the Swiss air force's aerial display team has apologized after his unit performed a low-altitude pass over the wrong municipality.
New Mexico ghost town saloon uses civility to draw crowd
WHITE OAKS, N.M. (AP) — A saloon in a New Mexico ghost town attracts regulars with diverse backgrounds and opinions with a promise to "have dialogue."
Patron tackles Australian robber with bar stool, pot plant
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A patron at a hotel on Australia's Gold Coast has foiled a holdup by attacking the robber with a bar stool and a pot plant.
Philly got Patti LaBelle's name wrong on honorary street
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia honored singer Patti LaBelle with her very own street earlier this week. Unfortunately, the signs didn't get her name right.
Police and residents rescue 6-foot snake from car engine
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police and bystanders teamed up to rescue a 6-foot-long (1.8-meter-long) snake that had wrapped itself around the engine block of a car in Connecticut.
Albuquerque blocks homemade skate ramp made from man's ashes
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homemade skate ramp made in part from ashes of a man shot and killed at an Albuquerque skate park is now blocked off.