Alaska council to vote on cat leash law

September 24, 2016

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council wins approval. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter and council member Tim Navarre have proposed a cat leash law after complaints from residents about roaming felines. The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/2diht2m) that current city code does not include...
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Hold your nose: Stinky corpse flower blooms in New Hampshire

September 24, 2016

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A flower that got its nickname from its putrid smell is blooming at Dartmouth College for the first time since 2011. Named Morphy, the titan arum — or corpse flower — began opening Friday afternoon at the Ivy League college’s Life Sciences Greenhouse. The 7 ½-foot flower is set to...
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Driver caught using mannequin to drive in carpool lane

September 23, 2016

BREA, Calif. (AP) — A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin — not a real person — to drive in the carpool lane. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2d5N3Sh ) that Brea police found the mannequin Friday inside a truck on the congested 57 freeway. The truck veered out of the...
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Michigan quintuplets work first jobs together at McDonald’s

September 23, 2016

POTTERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Three 18-year-old brothers and their two 18-year-old sisters have landed their first jobs, together, at a McDonald’s in Michigan. The non-identical quintuplets say they can usually get through a working day without any customers recognizing they are siblings. MLive (http://bit.ly/2dp7ewD ) reports that Leith, Logan and Lucas Curtis all work...
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German girl bicycles to Poland to see her grandmother

September 23, 2016

BERLIN (AP) — German police say a missing 14-year-old girl has turned up safe and sound in Poland, after bicycling and hitchhiking some 400 kilometers (250 miles) to see her grandmother. Lueneburg police said Friday that the girl, identified only as Nikola, set off from her rural town in northern Germany on Tuesday with...
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Send in the clown complaints: Spate of reports raises alarm

September 23, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police are encouraging caution amid a rash of public complaints and social media reports in a number of states of people dressed like clowns and acting suspiciously, even if they think many are knucklehead pranksters or simply bogus. Real clowns are just plain miffed. Authorities in Greenville, South Carolina, were among...
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Work on sex life of rats, life as a badger honored at Ig Nobel Prizes

September 23, 2016

By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it’s like for a human to live like a badger and how different the world looks when viewed through your legs was honored at this year’s Ig Nobel spoof awards. The group also took...
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