Thai leader pats reporter on head, tugs his ear

November 21, 2014

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, is trying a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears. A video posted on Facebook by Bangkok Post reporter Wassana Nanuam shows Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha chatting Wednesday with reporters in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen. Some journalists kneeled in...
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New signs in Indiana warn of turtle crossing

November 21, 2014

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — State crews in Indiana have put up “Turtle Crossing” signs along a busy road running beside a wildlife area in Terre Haute. The signs mark an area where turtles of various species are killed by vehicles as they try to cross National Avenue on the northern edge of the...
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Oregon festival’s giant nutcracker: 41 feet

November 20, 2014

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece — a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 pounds and work its jaw with enough force to crush coconuts. The statue was created by a Willamette Valley woodworker using...
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Michigan wins appeal over prisoner’s air mattress

November 20, 2014

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has deflated a Michigan prisoner’s air mattress. The court on Thursday overturned a 2013 order by a judge who told the state Corrections Department to let Richard Boone II use an air mattress to relieve pain. In a 3-0 decision, the court said U.S. District Judge...
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Crew finds 150-ton boulder likely left by glacier

November 20, 2014

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Workers digging an underground garage for a new hotel in Everett, Washington, recently struck something big about 30 feet below the surface. This week they uncovered it — a boulder that’s thousands of years old and bigger than an SUV, weighing an estimated 150 tons. A geotechnical engineer who was...
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Golden Retriever Hilariously Fails at Dog Competition

November 20, 2014

At the Koira Mestari canine competition in Finland, dogs are tested on obedience, concentration and speed. At this year’s race, one dog had other plans.  The first two canines in the contest breezed past the distractions and easily reached the finish line, but the third competitor, a golden retriever, didn’t have the same level...
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Bandage DNA leads to arrest in 2-year-old burglary

November 20, 2014

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — State police say DNA taken from an adhesive bandage left at the scene of a Vermont camp break-in two years ago has led to an arrest. The bandage was found on the floor of the camp at Fairfield Pond, where a window had been smashed around Nov. 12, 2012....
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