Oddities

May 02, 2017 - 2:40 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A businessman will get a new trial on mortgage fraud charges because his defense attorney was seen sleeping by the judge, witnesses and the federal court jurors who convicted him last year. U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose ruled James Nassida was denied a fair trial because...
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May 02, 2017 - 1:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man is on a mission to flush the cremated remains of his lifelong friend — a plumber — down ballpark toilets around the country. Tom McDonald tells The New York Times ( http://nyti.ms/2qodwCS ) that it's a fitting tribute for Roy Riegel. The two baseball fans were...
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May 02, 2017 - 10:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man is on a mission to flush the cremated remains of his lifelong friend — a plumber — down ballpark toilets around the country. Tom McDonald tells The New York Times ( http://nyti.ms/2qodwCS ) that it's a fitting tribute for Roy Riegel. The two baseball fans were...
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May 02, 2017 - 8:41 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland police dispatcher heard snoring on a recorded 911 call has been suspended for six days for sleeping on the job. WJW-TV ( http://bit.ly/2prEYy7 ) reports Jasmin Thomas pleaded no contest to internal charges from the department's investigation. The local police union...
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May 02, 2017 - 7:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — A court in Munich has rejected a woman's legal bid to obtain the name of a man she spent three nights in a hotel with seven years ago. The woman gave birth to a son nine months after the encounter in Halle, eastern Germany, and sought to force the hotel to reveal her lover's full...
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May 01, 2017 - 6:27 pm
FOREST PARK, Ohio (AP) — Six siblings who wanted to remain together have gotten their wish, thanks to their adoption by an Ohio couple with five biological children. Christopher and Christina Sanders live in the Cincinnati suburb Forest Park. They had taken the siblings in as their first foster...
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May 01, 2017 - 6:18 pm
NENANA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's favorite spring guessing contest has concluded. Nenana Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness (SHAYR-ee for-NESS) says ice on the Tanana (TA-nah-nah) River went out at 1 p.m. Monday. For contest purposes, that means the official correct guess for winning the annual...
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May 01, 2017 - 5:37 pm
BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Twin sisters in New Jersey have delivered babies on the same day. The Asbury Park Press ( http://on.app.com/2polzOT ) reports 32-year-old fraternal twins Danielle Grant and Kim Abraham gave birth to baby boys on Friday. The sisters decided to have labor induced after...
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May 01, 2017 - 12:32 pm
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A wild coyote has decided to go where some other wild things are — the Detroit Zoo. The Detroit Free Press and WWJ-AM report the zoo in the suburb of Royal Oak temporarily closed Monday morning after workers discovered a coyote on the grounds. The gates reopened a short time...
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May 01, 2017 - 7:57 am
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town is giving away golden tickets courtesy of its local chocolatier and the prize is free parking for a year, not a tour of a chocolate factory. The limited edition chocolate bars were created by Vermont's Tavenier Chocolates. The Brattleboro Reformer reports (...
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