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March 15, 2018

Oklahoma mom who once married her son will now go to jail for marrying her daughter

March 14 - Patricia Ann Spann, 46, and her biological daughter Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, 26, got married in the town of Lawton about 17 months after same-sex marriage became legal in the state of Oklahoma. To get around the potential snag of their shared family name, Patricia Spann listed her name as Patricia Ann Clayton on the pair’s marriage license application, filed with Comanche County. For her part in marrying her daughter, two years after she was legally allowed to contact...

$2.3 billion goof: New commuter trains too wide for tunnels

March 14 - No one disputes this Australian state’s need to upgrade its rail-transit fleet after 40 years of service. The New South Wales regional train system in and around Sydney operates with a variety of trains, the oldest rolling stock – called V-sets – and newer XPT longer-distance carriers. After four decades, purchasing 512 new carriages at a cost of $2.3 billion had become a necessity. And with the purchase, commuters can look forward to mobile-phone charging stations...

Marvel fan spotted his $1.4M collection for sale online

March 14 - Police in California said two men were arrested on burglary charges after a man discovered his $1.4 million collection of Marvel super hero memorabilia for sale online. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded Feb. 22 to a storage facility where a man discovered his collection of Marvel collectibles had been stolen after he was made aware that some of his items were listed for sale online. Investigators contacted the online seller...

Russian plane loses load of gold, platinum and diamonds

March 15 - A plane's cargo ramp was damaged during takeoff in Russia, causing gold, platinum and diamonds to be spread from the runway to up to 16 miles from the airport. The Investigative Committee of Russia said the Nimbus Airlines AN-12 cargo plane was carrying $378 million worth of gold, platinum and diamonds when it took off from Yakutsk airport on Thursday. The plane's cargo ramp was somehow damaged during takeoff, causing gold to litter the runway...

Ohio residents mourn loss of 'Kangaroo Crossing' sign

March 13 - Residents of an Ohio neighborhood are lamenting the end of an era after city officials removed a "Kangaroo Crossing" street sign that had stood for years. The sign, a silhouette of a kangaroo on a yellow diamond-shaped road sign, had been a local mystery for years after it was erected in 2014 at the side of a road in the Clintonville neighborhood in Columbus, and the saga came to a close Monday when the city Department of Public Service had it removed.

March 7, 2018

Woman throwing out old toys finds ferret hiding with teddy bears

March 5 - Animal rescuers in Britain said a woman preparing to throw out a bag of old toys found a stray ferret snuggled up among the teddy bears. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said a woman was clearing out some old stuffed animals from a Woldingham, England, garage when she noticed one of the bags of toys was moving. The woman opened the bag and discovered a friendly ferret snuggled in with the teddy bears. RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Kirstie Gillard...

Video of smoking orangutang lands zoo in hot water, again

March 7 - An Indonesian zoo infamous for mistreatment of animals is being slammed again by activists after a video emerged of one of its orangutangs smoking. Activist Marison Guciano said Wednesday the smoking great ape is further evidence of a lack of supervision and education at Bandung Zoo, about 75 miles southwest of the capital, Jakarta.In the video shot Sunday, a young man flicks his half-smoked cigarette into the primate's enclosure. It's picked up by the reddish-brown primate...

Australian couple discovers world's oldest message in a bottle

March 6 - The world’s oldest message in a bottle washed up on a beach in Australia, about 132 years after it was thrown overboard a ship, according to 9 News in Australia. Kym and Tonya Illman of Perth, Australia, found the bottle in January near Wedge Island, about 100 miles away from Perth. “It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase," Tonya Illman told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. When Tonya Illman took the bottle back home...

March 1, 2018

Gorilla Statue Removed After Complaints It Was ‘Racially Insensitive’

February 28 - A statue of a gorilla, and prime attraction for kids at the Community Park playground in Corsicana was removed by the city. A spokesperson for the city said some community members found the gorilla offensive – racially insensitive — in some form, and requested its removal from the park. “We can understand this, because we have an obligation to listen to all our citizens, to determine what is offensive and not, especially in public places,” said Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow.

Meatball theft suspect had red sauce on his face

February 28 - Police in Pennsylvania said a man accused of stealing a pot of meatballs from a resident's garage was spotted with evidence all over his face. Pennsylvania State Police responded to a report of a burglary Monday after a Hazle Township man arrived home at 2:37 p.m. and discovered a man covered in red sauce was outside his home and a pot of meatballs was missing from his garage. Troopers found the pot on the street outside the man's home and located...

Dash cam catches scary close call with separated semi trailer

February 27 - A Russian driver's dashboard camera captured the scary moment a truck traveling the opposite direction toppled sideways and nearly crushed the car. The video, recorded Saturday, shows a truck in oncoming traffic on a road in Smolensk. The driver of the vehicle with the dash cam stops when it appears the semi truck might tip over, and the larger vehicle's trailer indeed falls on its side. The trailer appears as though it might strike the car, but ends up...

Life raft falls from helicopter, crashes through roof of home

March 1 - A Florida woman said she thought a bomb went off inside her home, but discovered the crash was actually a life raft dropped on her home by the helicopter. Luce Rameau of Miami said she was in her bed talking to a friend on the phone when wood and dust from her roof rained down on her. "I kept screaming, 'What happened? What happened?'" Rameau told the Miami Herald. "I was shocked." Rameau said she thought a bomb had gone off, but she soon...

February 22, 2018

Pennsylvania 11-year-old gets jury duty summons

February 21 - A Pennsylvania mother was left scratching her head when she received a jury duty summons for her son -- an 11-year-old Boy Scout. Jeanette Fox said a jury duty notice showed up at her West Chester home this month and she was surprised to notice it was addressed to her 11-year-old son, Luke. Luke, a Boy Scout, said he visited the courthouse with his Cub Scout pack last year and he was excited to serve on a jury. "I didn't think it was real,"...

Semi truck's bucked wheel collides with dump truck on highway

February 21 - A driver's dashboard camera in Oklahoma captured the moment a runaway wheel from a semi truck collided with a dump truck traveling the opposite direction. The video, recorded Friday, shows the filmer's vehicle traveling behind and to the right of a dump truck traveling on U.S. Highway 266. A semi truck traveling in the opposite direction loses a wheel, which rolls across the road to the dump truck and gets caught in its back tires. The entire rear end of the dump truck bounces...

Fearless horse struts up to wolf pack, acts playful

February 21 - A photographer searching for wolves in Italy found a group of the animals as well as something more bizarre -- a fearless horse frolicking among them. Fabrizio Giammatteo said he was out looking for wolves to photograph in the Acciano area when he came across a pack of six wolves resting in the sun. Giammatteo said he started filming when he spotted a horse grazing nearby. The photographer said he nicknamed the brave horse "Orazio."

February 14, 2018

Man learns of wife's pregnancy from pilot's announcement

February 14 - A Florida man who boarded a flight home from Chicago received a shock when the pilot made a special announcement -- the passenger's wife is pregnant. Audrey Rose of South Tampa said she secretly slipped a note to a flight attendant on the Tampa-bound flight and the worker offered her a thumbs-up to signal the message had been received. "I have a big favor to ask," the note reads. "I just found out that I'm pregnant and I really want to surprise my husband!

Florida man's gas pedal gets stuck going 100 mph

February 13 - A Florida man had to call 911 after the gas pedal of his car got stuck while going nearly 100 miles per hour down a busy Florida highway. "I think my gas pedal is stuck on my car and I'm on I-95," Joseph Cooper, 28, said in a frantic call to 911 as his car bolted down the highway in Indian River County on Florida's east coast. When the 911 employee asked Cooper if he tried the emergency brake, he nixed that suggestion. "Ma'am, I'm not going to do that at 100 mph...

Trash collector's backflip caught on home's security camera

February 13 - A Texas trash collector was caught on an amused homeowner's security camera doing a backflip on a discarded mattress. A video posted to a Rowlett community Facebook page shows Demarian Henderson, a collector for FCC Trash and Recycling, loading a waste truck outside the home where the security camera was rolling. Henderson bounces on a discarded mattress at the side of the road for a few seconds before getting back to work -- and then back to the mattress.

February 7, 2018

Sheriff's deputy allegedly robs bank, pays with his job hours later

February 7 - A Davidson County sheriff's deputy was arrested after being accused of robbing a bank in Rowan County Tuesday afternoon, reports CBS Charlotte affiliate WBTV. Davidson County sheriff's deputy Jeff Athey, 51, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. The robbery happened at the F&M Bank in Rockwell. Authorities say a man -- believed to be Athey-- walked into the bank, pulled out a black handgun and told a clerk he needed money. He then left in a silver Mustang.

Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of cookies outside marijuana store

February 7 - A young Girl Scout sold more than 300 boxes of cookies in just six hours thanks to picking a prime location -- outside a California marijuana dispensary. San Diego marijuana store Urbn Leaf, which has started selling legalized recreational marijuana, posted a photo to Instagram showing the young girl hawking her Girl Scout cookies outside of the shop on Friday. The girl's father said she sold more than 300 boxes of cookies in about six hours outside the store.

Missouri woman catches neighbor's dog riding her pony

February 7 - A shocked Missouri woman captured video when she arrived home to a bizarre scene -- her neighbor's mischievous dog riding on the back of her pony. Callie Schenker, 22, said she pulled into her driveway Thursday night in Bolivar and noticed her one-eyed pony, Cricket, was trotting around with a corgi perched on his back. "I can't make this stuff up!!!" Schenker wrote in posting video of the unusual scene to Facebook. "So we pull back in our driveway tonight and this is what we see.

Scottish police in 45-minute standoff with toy tiger

February 7 - Police in Scotland said officers responding to a report of a tiger in a cow shed engaged in a 45-minute standoff with what turned out to be a stuffed toy. Officials with the North East Police Division shared a story with Facebook page UK Cop Humor detailing the Saturday night call-out to a farm in the northeast part of Scotland. "The farmer has gone out to check his cows and discovered a tiger in the cow shed!" the post said. "Photographs of said tiger were sent to the control...

Mutant Crayfish Clones Self-Spawning Out of Control

February 7 - A mutant cloned crayfish is self-spawning out of control leaving researchers puzzled about two things: How did it happen and how many of these rogue crawladies (not dads) can Earth support if they turn out to be not good in jambalaya? The first self-cloning crayfish were found in 2003 when a German aquarium owner purchased a bag of "Texas crayfish" from a pet trader and saw his tank fill with the creatures without the need of mating because all were female, The Atlantic magazine reported.