• August 28, 2016

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Woman admits crickets, worms spilling on subway was a stunt

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who caused chaos aboard a subway train by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was all a prank.

Owner: Pig found after 6 weeks in 'pretty good' condition

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — The owner of a potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal says the pig is in "pretty good" condition after being missing for six weeks.

Ultra-marathon runner reunited with missing stray dog

LONDON (AP) — An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing.

Headstone of Civil War soldier to be fixed after 154 years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A relative of a Civil War soldier who was misidentified when he was buried at a cemetery more than a century ago has asked officials to correct the mistake.

UK broadcaster shuts down for hour, asks viewers to exercise

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's leading broadcasters has blacked out its programs for an hour in hopes of spurring viewers to get some exercise.

Oregon fair generates buzz with 1st legal pot display in US

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Living marijuana plants went on display Friday at the Oregon State Fair, with organizers saying it's the first state fair in the nation to allow cannabis for public viewing.

Oldest floating US post office scrapes rock, runs aground

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat — and then it ran aground in New Hampshire.

Owner: Missing potbellied therapy pig is found, now home

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — A missing potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal has been returned to its Pennsylvania owners.

Man strips, drives pickup into Southwest plane in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man wearing only boxer shorts stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, causing minor injuries to three people on board.

Spieth has no chance against Spelling Bee co-champion

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Spieth was no match for the National Spelling Bee co-champion — with spelling and, ultimately, with putting.

Welcome to the fourth grade: Teacher's rap targets students

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A new teacher who made a music video to welcome his students has become a bit of a star with his fourth-graders.

Ultra-marathon runner reunited with missing stray dog

LONDON (AP) — An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing.

Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate.

Woman jostled on NYC subway loses grip on crickets and worms

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City subway riders are likely to get bugged over a lot of things — but a recent incident was one for the books.

Beer-testing lab helps university students learn chemistry

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A chemistry professor in Portland is using beer to help teach students.

London flight delayed for hour as easyJet crew members argue

LONDON (AP) — An easyJet flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Belfast has faced an hourlong delay after two crew members got into an epic shouting match.

Woman drives through store after refused gift card purchases

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Employees of an Oregon grocery store are cleaning up after a police say a woman drove her SUV into the store and down the aisles.

Cops: Man in Batman costume, Captain America mask stole beer

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (AP) — Do superheroes drink beer?

Alaska roadkill thieves target moose meant for charity

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of pounds of meat that normally goes to a program run by state troopers that gives it to the needy and others willing to butcher the carcasses, officials said Wednesday.

Boy, 5, uses allowance to buy lunch for police

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A 5-year-old in New Jersey picked up the tab for lunch for his police department.

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world's biggest pearl, but he didn't know it.

Officers penalized for taking recruits to play 'Pokemon Go'

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Two officers in a suburban Denver police department that's under federal investigation are no longer allowed to train recruits after taking them to play "Pokemon Go" instead of teaching them.

Explorer: No train or tunnel at search site for Nazi train

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi "gold train" in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found "no train, no tunnel" at the site.

Purdue entomologist returns moth library book 60 years late

LINTON, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University entomology professor has returned a copy of "The Moths of the Limberlost" that he checked out 60 years ago at age 8.