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Woman who got postcard sent in 1993 tracks down sender

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:56am

An Illinois woman who recently got a 1993 postcard in her mailbox has tracked down the man who sent it to his children more than two decades ago.

US Air Force warns against joke event to 'storm Area 51'

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:40am

The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people "storm Area 51," the top-secret Cold War test site in the Nevada desert.

All-white creature identified as rare albino porcupine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 2:22pm

A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine.

Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 1:17pm

A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it.

City hopes 'Baby Shark' song will drive homeless away

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 1:15pm

Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children's songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility.

Nesting penguins can't resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 1:31am

Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean.

California officers reunite 250-pound tortoise with owners

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 9:39pm

A 250-pound tortoise that wandered away from its home has been rescued after California Highway Patrol officers found it on the side of a road.

The Latest: Expert captures alligator at Chicago lagoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 9:57am

The Latest on alligator captured in a lagoon in a Chicago public park (all times local):

Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:11am

The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida.

Welsh street named steepest in world; New Zealand loses out

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:44am

A street in Wales has been designated the steepest in the world after a successful campaign by residents.

75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 9:58pm

A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog.

Iguana thrown in restaurant incident reunited with owner

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 8:48pm

An iguana that a man allegedly used as a weapon has been reunited with its rightful owner.

Utah actors stage musical in crosswalk ahead of 'Mamma Mia!' play

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted Jul 13th - 5:04pm

Cast members of Taylorsville Arts Council's production of "Mamma Mia!" practiced their blocking — literally — in a crosswalk Saturday, entertaining drivers as they sang and danced in the street.

Toxic lake in Russia's Siberia becomes selfie sensation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 2:57am

Residents of a city in Siberia don't need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents — ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds — have been busy instagramming near a bright blue lake nicknamed the "Siberian Maldives."

A Capitol offense? Cannabis found in Statehouse flower beds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 7:43am

Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, police said Friday.

Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 1:29pm

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.

9-week-old kitten well after rescue from car's subframe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 1:04pm

A 9-week-old kitten survived a 30-mile (48-kilometer) trip trapped in the frame of a car.

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:49pm

A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island.

St. Louis couple rolls all 7s and 11s with daughter's birth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 9:17am

A St. Louis couple has rolled all 7s and 11s with the birth of their daughter.

Doughnuts with filling syringes nixed from Minnesota fair

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 11:14am

Doughnuts with a side of syringes have been nixed from the Minnesota State Fair after the offering was roundly criticized.