Colorado TV tech charged after giving customer 'bear hug'
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado television technician is facing felony charges for allegedly hugging a customer tightly. Karen Loest told KDVR-TV that David Novinski, a subcontractor for Dish Network, gave her a "bear hug," pinning her arms and chest painfully, as she was showing him out after he completed his work this month.
Road crew misspells 'school' in school crossing
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — A road crew in Florida should get an "F'' for spelling. A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word "school" at a pedestrian crossing in the road.
Police: Man returns home, finds naked stranger on couch
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Tennessee man returned home to find a naked stranger sitting on his couch drinking juice. WKRN-TV cites a Nashville police report that says the resident summoned officers Wednesday and told them he called out to the stranger, who responded by screaming and dropping the juice.
Sheriff's officer corrals donkey on interstate near Chicago
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — It wasn't a routine day for a sheriff's officer after she spotted a donkey meandering along Interstate 90 near Chicago.
Snakes in office force Liberia's president to work from home
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A spokesman says Liberia's president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office.
Paddleboarder guilty of assaulting surfer in wave dispute
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A paddleboarder has been convicted of assault for hitting a surfer with his paddle during an argument over a wave off the Southern California coast.
'Miracle on Ice' scoreboard will be displayed in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A scoreboard that marked the U.S. men's ice hockey team's victory against the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics has found a new home in Colorado Springs.
Deputies look for naked burglar who stole from Little League
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are asking for the public's help in tracking down a man who they say burglarized a Little League concession stand wearing nothing more than a ballcap and gloves.
Senior slugger: 65-year-old woman hits burglar with bat
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When a Florida woman heard a noise and saw a man trying to break into her car early Sunday, she took matters into her own hands.
Authorities: Man sleeping in dumpster ends up in trash truck
MCKEES ROCK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man sleeping in a dumpster was tossed into the back of a garbage truck as the trash was being emptied, causing him to lose his prosthetic leg.
Customer threw iguana at restaurant manager, police say
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a customer at an Ohio restaurant pulled out a turquoise iguana from under his shirt, swung it around and threw it at the manager.
Thai oil rig workers rescue dog swimming 135 miles offshore
BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land.
Eastern hellbender voted Pennsylvania's official amphibian
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil.
Harvard dorm ends decades-old goat roast tradition
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard University residence hall is ending a decades-old tradition of skinning and barbecuing a goat in the courtyard.
Muskrat love: Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat rodent
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate.
Man sues parents for getting rid of his vast porn collection
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana man is suing his parents for getting rid of his vast pornography collection, which he estimates is worth $29,000.
Part of giant hammer artwork stolen in California returned
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities say that part of a giant hammer stolen last year has been returned. The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reports that a local attorney told Healdsburg police Thursday that someone had left the hammerhead portion on Sonoma County property owned by a client.
3 naked women at rest stop lead deputies on chase in Florida
DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three women who were applying suntan lotion publicly in the nude at a Florida rest stop led police on a 21-mile (34-kilometer) chase, drove a car at a deputy and threatened another deputy with a bat.
Oklahoma governor tries 'American Ninja Warrior' course
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking a shot at the "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Girl not amused by 'SNL' joke about her disabled pet chicken
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont girl isn't happy that her disabled pet chicken was joked about on "Saturday Night Live." The chicken, named Granite Heart, is learning to walk with a custom wheelchair.
German students have algorithm for Game of Thrones deaths
BERLIN (AP) — Spoiler alert: Computer science students at the Technical University of Munich have developed an application that scours the internet for data on the popular Game of Thrones series, and uses an algorithm to predict which characters are most likely to survive to the end of its final season.
Police: Pair made laxative cookies for striking workers
UHRICHSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a couple made laxative-laced cookies for striking school employees because they were tired of the noise from the picket line near their home.
Mysterious bowls of mashed potatoes confuse Mississippians
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, are confused by the bowls of mashed potatoes they're finding on their cars, porches and mailboxes.
German police: Shiny gold Porsche a danger to other drivers
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have ordered a blinged-out golden Porsche off the road for being too shiny. Hamburg's Morgenpost reported Friday the 31-year-old driver was stopped in the northern city last week and told his Porsche Panamera, sporting a reflective gold foil finish, might blind other drivers and was a danger.
S. Korean babies born Dec. 31 become 2-year-olds next day
DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Just two hours after Lee Dong Kil's daughter was born on New Year's Eve, the clock struck midnight, 2019 was ushered in, and the infant became 2-years-old.