Oregon’s pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains

PORTLAND, Ore. — The mystery of Portland’s pink chickens is solved. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds’ owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to “make people smile.” Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland says the prank succeeded beyond his wildest hopes. … Read more

Elephant hauler gets stuck; pachyderms keep truck upright

POWHATAN, La. — Louisiana authorities responding to a tractor-trailer stuck on the muddy shoulder of a highway were astounded to see what was keeping it from overturning: elephants. The Natchitoches (NAK-uh-tesh) Parish Sheriff’s Office says the truck was carrying three elephants from New Orleans to Dallas but got stuck Tuesday when it pulled over onto … Read more

Cardboard ‘Most Interesting Man’ fails as carpool-lane ruse

FIFE, Wash. — A Washington State Patrol trooper says it’s by far the best carpool scam he’s seen, but it didn’t work. As KOMO-TV put it, “Troopers don’t always stop people in the HOV lanes, but when they do, they prefer ‘dos’ passengers.” A motorcycle trooper parked along Interstate 5 near Tacoma on Monday afternoon … Read more

Boston Yeti selling swag to benefit MSPCA's animals in need

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON — The Boston Yeti is using its newfound notoriety to help some fellow furry friends. The abominable snowman gained a huge following on social media during Boston’s epic winter by running around the city in costume and stopping to help dig out stranded drivers. Now the unidentified prankster … Read more

Police impersonator who pulled over real cop gets probation

AKRON, Ohio — An Ohio man who pulled over a detective while impersonating a police officer has been sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Fifty-year-old David Scofield, of Lancaster, was sentenced Thursday in Akron. A judge fined him $1,000 and ordered that all contents seized from his … Read more

Teachers take 1,000 apples to New York governor in protest

ALBANY, N.Y. — Teachers from an apple-growing region in New York have delivered 1,000 of them to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) to protest education funding levels. The teachers from the Finger Lakes say each of the shiny red apples represents a local teaching position unfilled because of years of underfunding for public education. They laid … Read more