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After fight, Indiana man receives ‘ATHE1ST’ license plate

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles denied Chris Bontrager’s first request in February without citing a specific reason. The bureau’s denial letter to Bontrager noted the agency could refuse a personalized plate if it had a connotation offensive to good taste or decency, was misleading or deemed improper. Bontrager believed the decision was religiously motivated, and he filed an appeal with the state. He said the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana helped the appeal process move quickly,...

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Barn yarn: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

BY RODRIQUE NGOWI MILTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Sweaters for chickens? It sounds like a joke, but a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep poultry warm during the New England winter. The unusual project began after members of a knitting club at Fuller Village, a retirement home in Milton, Massachusetts, heard about the hardships that some chickens suffer this time of year. Certain breeds shed their feathers and grow new plumage in the winter months. Others imported from tropical climates just aren’t suited for the wintry conditions. Organizer Nancy Kearns said the project...

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Defense lawyer’s pants catch fire during Arson trial in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami defense attorney is feeling the heat after his pants caught fire as he delivered closing arguments in an arson case. Witnesses told the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2m4lhIE ) 28-year-old Stephen Gutierrez was fiddling in his pocket Wednesday while addressing jurors when smoke started billowing from his pants. At the time, he was arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and wasn’t intentionally set on fire. Gutierrez quickly left the courtroom. Jurors also were escorted out. When Gutierrez returned unharmed, he insisted it wasn’t a staged defense gone wrong. The Herald reports he blamed a faulty...

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Surgeons remove 915 coins swallowed by Thai sea turtle

BY JERRY HARMER – ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK (AP) — Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins. Veterinarians in Bangkok operated Monday on the 25-year-old female green sea turtle nicknamed "Bank," whose indigestible diet was a result of many tourists seeking good fortune tossing coins into her pool over many years in the eastern town of Sri Racha. Many Thais believe that throwing coins on turtles will bring longevity. Typically, a green sea turtle has a lifespan...

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An Angry Vegan Rammed a Chicken Truck

A 26-year-old woman named Judith Armstrong crashed into the side of a truck that was hauling a bunch of chickens near Athens, Georgia last month. Then she rammed it AGAIN when the truck slowed down. So it was intentional. She lost control of her car the second time and spun out. Then she fled the scene . . . but didn’t realize her LICENSE PLATE broke off. So cops found it on the ground, ran the number, and tracked her down at her house. She told them she rammed the truck because she’s vegan, and didn’t like that it...

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Austria: Man tries to enter courthouse with bag of roaches

VIENNA (AP) — Security guards at an Austrian court might need to put up a sign at the screening gate to let the public know about another item prohibited on the premises – cockroaches. State broadcaster ORF said Wednesday that security personnel in the western city of Linz turned away a man a day earlier after he tried to enter the court building with a sack full of the six-legged pests. ORF did not say why the man had the roaches or what he planned to do with them. Recommended: No...

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Uber Driver boasts cruising through 240 consecutive green lights

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City Uber driver is boasting that he drove through 240 green traffic lights before hitting a red light. Noah Forman achieved the feat during a 27-minute drive through Manhattan that started at around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 6. Forman recorded his early-morning journey on video . The recording shows him slowing to a crawl on some blocks to avoid hitting a red, and taking numerous turns to avoid having his path forward blocked. "It seems like you go with where the lights take you," Forman told the Daily News. "The minute I...

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Nowhere to mooove: 3 cows stranded by New Zealand earthquake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three New Zealand cows looked like they could use a little help Monday after an earthquake triggered landslides all around them and left them stranded on a small island of grass. Video taken by Newshub news service from a helicopter near the small town of Kaikoura shows two adult cattle and a calf stuck on a chunk of land in a paddock that had been ripped apart in Monday’s magnitude-7.8 quake. The patch of grass was surrounded by deep ravines of collapsed earth, trapping the animals where they stood. It was not immediately clear...

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Dead city treasurer wins re-election in California race

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Voters in one California city have elected a dead man to office. Official figures show that Oceanside City Treasurer Gary Ernst was re-elected Tuesday even though he died in September. Ernst earned 17,659 votes and beat challenger Nadine Scott by about 6 percentage points. There wasn’t time to remove his name from the ballot after he died from diabetes complications. Since he can’t take office, the City Council can declare the seat vacant and decide to appoint someone to fill out the term or call a special election. A decision could be made next month....

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Texas tow truck driver takes pricey sports car for a spin

PE ARLAND, Texas (AP) — PE ARLAND, Texas (AP) – A tow truck driver found a $110,000 sports car just too tempting and decided to give it a spin after towing it from a Houston-area home. But the driver was unaware the Nissan GT-R is equipped with a sophisticated system that records video, audio and speed. The car’s owner, Brian Montgomery of Pearland (PEHR’-l’nd), was able to watch the video of the joyride after the car was returned to him. Montgomery told KPRC-TV in Houston (http://bit.ly/2ecYx5s ) that he was having trouble with the car last weekend and decided...

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Some claim Bigfoot spotted on Michigan eagle nest camera

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Some people think they’ve spotted Bigfoot on a live camera trained on an eagle’s nest in Michigan. The clip from a camera mounted on a tree near a state fish hatchery shows baby eaglets in the nest while a dark figure walking on two legs moves on the ground below. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/2dvyGrO ) the clip was highlighted on the website of CarbonTV, which has partnered with the state to install the eagle cam. The company tells the Free Press the clip was captured in May. Idaho State University Professor Jeff Meldrum,...

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For sale: NY mansion of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ fame

RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) — A dilapidated mansion in New York believed to have inspired the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" is on the auction block. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports (http://pojonews.co/2cZma45 ) the 24-room Wyndclyffe Castle will be auctioned Wednesday. The mansion was built in 1853 in Rhinebeck as the country house of Manhattan socialite Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, a member of a wealthy family and aunt of American novelist Edith Wharton. The property’s elegance is said to have prompted owners of nearby Hudson Valley estates to build even bigger mansions, giving birth to the idiom "Keeping up with the...

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