Oddities

April 20, 2017 - 2:23 pm
SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — A man who wore a bunny costume and repeatedly blew an air horn inside a New Jersey police station has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Kevin Hemmerich (HEM'-er-ik) entered the plea Thursday and was fined $500. The judge also ordered a police officer charged with striking...
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Piano tuner Martin Backhouse with the piano where he found a stash of gold, smiles in Ludlow Museum in Ludlow, England Thursday April 20, 2017, As a mystery surrounds the identity of the rightful heirs to a treasure trove of gold coins . British officials say they have been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins worth a "life-changing" amount of money. The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a windfall after a coroner investigating the find declared it treasure. (Richard Vernalls/PA via AP)
April 20, 2017 - 10:31 am
LONDON (AP) — British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money. The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a windfall after a coroner...
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This undated photo provided by the Austrian parish of Saalfelden Stan Vanuytrecht poses for a photo. It took an international search and making a choice between more than 50 applicants, but the Austrian town has a new hermit. Mayor Erich Rohrmoser of Saalfelden, near Salzburg, says officials chose Belgian Stan Vanuytrecht, a former artillery officer and surveyor and a Roman Catholic deacon because the 58-year old bearded pipe smoker “emanates calm and comes across as steady.” (Parish of Saalfelden via AP)
April 19, 2017 - 9:41 am
VIENNA (AP) — A months-long international search by an Austrian town to find a new hermit has ended — and Stan's the man. Mayor Erich Rohrmoser of Saalfelden, near Salzburg, says officials chose Belgian Stan Vanuytrecht, a former artillery officer, surveyor and a Roman Catholic deacon, because the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2014 file photo, former chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state Jayaram Jayalalitha travels in a car accompanied by a row of cars with red beacon lights after being released from a prison in Bangalore, India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet announced Wednesday that the red beacon lights that announce the presence of a very important person on the road will be taken off the cars of all government officials starting May 1. For decades, the blinking red light atop government cars has been the bane for millions of regular Indians. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)
April 19, 2017 - 7:24 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's officialdom is set to come down a notch. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet announced Wednesday that the red beacon lights that announce the presence of a very important person on the road will be taken off the cars of all government officials starting May 1. For...
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April 19, 2017 - 6:41 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's officialdom is set to come down a notch. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet announced Wednesday that the red beacon lights that announce the presence of a very important person on the road will be taken off the cars of all government officials starting May 1. For...
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April 18, 2017 - 1:43 pm
SPERRY, Okla. (AP) — The police chief of a small northeast Oklahoma community says he issued himself a citation for speeding, but only after being caught on video. Sperry Police Chief Justin Burch posted an apology on the department's Facebook page Saturday, saying he was "wrong in traveling at 75...
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April 18, 2017 - 11:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A Danish diplomat put aside diplomacy for the night — chasing away a burglar who broke into her Manhattan apartment. The New York Police Department says Marie Wandel went to investigate a noise late Saturday and found the intruder in her Harlem home. She snatched her valuables back...
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April 18, 2017 - 5:21 am
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — An alligator has been wrangled after crawling out of a storm drain in Louisiana. WWL reports ( http://bit.ly/2pbVXFK ) a 7-foot (2.13-meter) alligator emerged from a drain in Jefferson Parish on Monday after heavy rains. The drain was located behind an elementary school that...
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April 17, 2017 - 10:14 am
STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) — A park in upstate New York has been flooded by 1 million gallons of water and turned into a lake. The Post-Star reports ( http://bit.ly/2olxyZt ) that part of the Saratoga National Historical Park has been flooded with water from an unknown source since last year. The...
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April 15, 2017 - 7:52 pm
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana State University professor is suing Wal-Mart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a "toilet cleaner." Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, filed the suit this past week...
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