Police investigate how a handgun ended up in driver’s bumper

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Talk about gunning the engine. Authorities say a driver near Tacoma, Washington, saw an object strike the front of his car during his evening commute Wednesday. When he stopped for gas 18 miles (29 kilometers) later, he discovered it was a handgun....
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Obituary: Tornado chaser wants ashes launched into a twister

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: “That’ll be fun!!!!” Jim “Mad Dog” Sellars spelled out his unique wishes in the obituary he wrote before...
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Chicken Feathers
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Truck dumps 20 Tons of chicken feathers on highway

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds (18,145 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell...
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Foam rubber gold bars fool man who burglarized Michigan shop

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Fake promotional gold bars apparently appeared so much like the real thing that someone broke into a western Michigan flooring shop to take them. WXMI-TV reports Old to Gold Hardwood Floors owner Rowdy Lapham arrived at work Monday to find his...
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Missing 14-foot-long pet python sought in Indianapolis-area

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis-area police are warning people to be on the lookout for a 14-foot-long (4-meter-long) pet Burmese python that’s on the loose. The Beech Grove Police Department says the constrictor is missing from a home in the community on the...
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US Postal Service scratch-and-sniff stamps, get approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — Letter writers will soon be able to express their sentiments in words and smells. The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it will soon issue its first scratch-and-sniff stamps. The stamps feature illustrations of ice pops. The agency says the stamps will...
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City looks for answers after zombie alert sent to residents

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say they still don’t who sent a “zombie alert” to residents of a Florida city following a power outage. Lake Worth spokesman Ben Kerr says an independent investigation is underway to determine who was behind the message...
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The Latest: Group to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain plaque

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Brandi Chastain’s Hall of Fame plaque (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The president of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco says the organization will redo a plaque of soccer star Brandi Chastain after a social media...
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Message in a bottle washes ashore in Canada 18 years later

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A message in a bottle that a woman tossed off the coast of Massachusetts has been found nearly two decades later in Nova Scotia. Eighty-year-old Rita Ganim tells the Gloucester Times she dropped the bottle into Ipswich Bay in August 2000 with a...
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Bear trashes interior of Connecticut woman’s car

CANTON, Conn. (AP) — What might be the world’s hairiest vandal has destroyed the interior of a Connecticut woman’s car. Linda Morad tells WFSB-TV she was house-sitting in Canton last Friday when she noticed her car lights on and heard strange noises. She called...
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