J.K. Rowling launching 4-part series on wizarding school

NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling has more magic on the way. The “Harry Potter” author is launching a series called “Magic in North America,” a four-part backstory for this fall’s film adaptation of the Potter prequel “Fantastic Beasts and...

Fake parking tickets ‘rickroll’ North Carolina motorists

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Motorists in North Carolina who tried scanning fake parking tickets ended getting “rickrolled.” WLOS-TV (http://bit.ly/21S8BqX ) reports the fake tickets in Asheville included a code that could be scanned with smartphones and pulled up a...

Vienna burp leads first to fine, then to expenses-paid trip

VIENNA (AP) — A sonorous burp after a doner kebab led to a fine for Vienna bartender Edin Mehic. But the belch also had its benefits — an all-expenses paid trip to Istanbul, compliments of a chain famed for the Turkish specialty. A policeman ticketed and fined Mehic...

Ruh-roh: Scooby-Doo like van escapes California police

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Northern California police have a real mystery on their hands. A driver of a mini-van painted to resemble the “Mystery Machine” from the Scooby Doo cartoon series led Redding police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds in excess of 100...

Cops find gunfire suspect, 75, asleep after 4-hour standoff

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Gunfire at a central Ohio home in the middle of the night spurred a four-hour standoff until officers heard snoring, realized the 75-year-old suspect had fallen asleep in bed and moved in to arrest him, police said Monday. No one was hurt. Gunshots were...

Lost goldfish case in Norway closer to being solved

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian police have bigger fish to fry so they’ve allowed a fellow officer to take home a goldfish that had been waiting for its rightful owner in a jam jar at the local police station. Bodo Police spokesman Tommy Bech says investigators “were...

Peyton Manning jokes, chokes up during retirement remarks

AP Photo/David Zalubowski ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning got through the weekend thanks to hundreds of texts and calls from men he played against or alongside over his unparalleled 18-year NFL career. He had to crack a few jokes to help fight back the tears at his...

Class action suit filed by residents over Flint water crisis

AP Photo/Paul Sancya FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit stemming from Flint’s lead-contaminated water was filed Monday on behalf of the city’s residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as well as other current and former government officials and corporations. The...

Bank of England chief: won’t make recommendation on EU vote

LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says the bank won’t make a recommendation on whether Britain should remain in the European Union. In testy exchanges before a House of Commons committee on Tuesday, Carney stressed that the bank would remain focused...

After decades in Damascus, American says he’ll never leave

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Thomas Webber stoops to check his car for bombs every morning before heading out, but the 71-year-old American has no plans to leave Damascus, a city he has called home for more than four decades. He is perhaps the last American not of Syrian origin...