Oddities

December 20, 2017 - 8:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates to the 1960s counterculture has been arrested in California toting 22 pounds of illegal marijuana, prosecutors said Wednesday. Irvin Dana Beal, 70, of New York, was arrested Saturday in far Northern California after prosecutors...
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December 19, 2017 - 2:48 pm
SCOTLAND, Conn. (AP) — Residents of the rural town of Scotland, Connecticut, are becoming lords and ladies in the United Kingdom country of the same name. The Scottish land preservation company Highland Titles said Tuesday it's gifting all 1,694 residents 1 square foot (0.09 square meters) of land...
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December 18, 2017 - 1:58 pm
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — The shoulder-shrugging reply "whatever" continues to annoy Americans more than other words or phrases, but "fake news" is coming on strong. The annual Marist College poll of most annoying words and phrases found "whatever" topping the list for the ninth straight year. It...
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Several branches are bare of needles on the Christmas tree in the Statehouse rotunda, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Piles of needles cover the area beneath the donated tree that was put up in November. The governor's office said there were no plans to replace it. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)
December 18, 2017 - 1:56 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A dead Christmas tree at the Statehouse is being replaced. Gov. Gina Raimondo said on Monday that a new tree is coming after the first one dried up and dropped piles of needles more than a week before Christmas. She told reporters her staff plans the switch as soon as...
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Several branches are bare of needles on the Christmas tree in the Statehouse rotunda, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Piles of needles cover the area beneath the donated tree that was put up in November. The governor's office said there were no plans to replace it. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)
December 18, 2017 - 12:42 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A dead Christmas tree at the Rhode Island Statehouse is being replaced. Gov. Gina Raimondo says on Monday that a new tree is coming after the first one dried up and dropped piles of needles over a week before Christmas. She tells reporters they plan the switch as soon as...
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December 17, 2017 - 3:55 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won't put up his "zombie Nativity" scene after this year. Sycamore Township's Jasen Dixon said he originally wasn't planning to install the display this Christmas season. "But I...
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December 17, 2017 - 3:51 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — A macabre "zombie Nativity" scene that's become an annual tradition of sorts in a suburban Cincinnati neighborhood won't be displayed next Christmas. Creator Jasen Dixon, a resident of Sycamore Township northeast of Cincinnati, says he will put the Nativity scene in storage or...
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December 16, 2017 - 8:16 am
SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A routine oil change has turned into an unusual owl sighting for one car owner. The police department in Salem, New Hampshire, said Friday a mechanic popped the hood of a car and found an Eastern Screech owl sitting on the engine. The department said the car owner had no idea how...
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December 15, 2017 - 4:32 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves. He took a closer look through his headlights Thursday and saw something bigger and badder. Two young polar bears ran...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., holds a news conference to talk about the Democratic victory in the Alabama special election and to discuss the Republican tax bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 1:55 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says a federal rule change that's stopping donated Christmas trees from being sent to American troops overseas is straight out of the Grinch's playbook. The top Senate Democrat sent a letter to the U.S. postmaster on Thursday urging her to...
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