Odd Stories

Family gets visit from orphaned bear cub, feeds him apples

ASTORIA, Ore. — A family from southwest Washington had an unexpected visitor. A small black bear cub wandered along Erica and Bruce Hazen’s country road, peeking into their kitchen through a glass door. One evening, the cub stood alone in the rain, looking for a way into the couple’s home. The Hazens live just across the mouth of the Columbia …

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Creepy Halloween doll in carpool lane doesn't fool officer

TACOMA, Wash. — Washington state troopers have seen drivers use all kinds of tricks to get access to carpool lanes. During Tuesday’s morning commute, a trooper pulled over a man who tried to use a creepy Halloween doll to gain access to the carpool lane of Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The trooper found the male driver and the doll buckled …

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Think you're unhappy in Dubai? Police may call to ask why

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — If you say you’re unhappy in Dubai, the police may call to ask you why as part of a new survey. The online poll, unveiled in recent days, comes as Dubai tries to break into the top 10 rankings of world’s happiest cities by 2021, an effort in league with …

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Dispensaries offer free marijuana to California fire victims

MIDDLETON, Calif. — Medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California are offering up to $200 in free cannabis per patient affected by a hugely destructive wildfire. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1M1sgqU ) the two companies are offering free products at five dispensaries in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Lake County through Oct. 7. Patients eligible for the products must …

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Man thinks he and son poisoned by meth in hotel coffee maker

KEARNEY, Neb. — A Nebraska man believes he and his 2-year-old son were poisoned by a methamphetamine-tainted coffee maker at an Omaha hotel. Travis and Amber Richard and their children spent Labor Day weekend in Omaha. He says he used the coffee maker and coffee package in their room on Sept. 6 and began to feel weird within 20 minutes …

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Seattle Aquarium trains otter to use inhaler for asthma

SEATTLE — The Seattle Aquarium has diagnosed a sea otter with asthma and is training the animal to use an inhaler. KING-TV reports (http://kng5.tv/1iiQLrX ) Dr. Lesanna Lahner diagnosed the otter, named Mishka, after she was having trouble breathing when smoke from wildfires was in the Seattle area. Mishka’s trainer uses food to teach the 1-year-old to push her nose …

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Burglary suspects make poor getaway: police station

ROSWELL, Ga. — Authorities say two suspects in a drug store burglary chose one of the worst possible places to make their getaway: the police station. Police say the men ran from the business, ending up at the back gate of the Roswell police station. Roswell police say an officer on patrol heard an alarm coming from the Wender and …

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Cars in Reno, Nevada, damaged by watermelons

RENO, Nev. — Police say vandals have been lobbing watermelons at cars in a Reno, Nevada, neighborhood. KOLO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Kl0Y21) Sunday night’s vandalism happened in Angelique Ybarra’s northwest Reno neighborhood. A watermelon dented the side of her car in July, and she says this new attack shattered glass and splattered fruit throughout her vehicle. She says the incidents have cost …

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Police: Shoplifting suspect had raspberry cookies in pants

ALTOONA, Pa. — Police in Pennsylvania say a repeat shoplifter has been caught with his pants up — but full of raspberry cookies. The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/1QAe50e ) reports 47-year-old James Kaylor faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 23 based on his most recent arrest. Kaylor, who has six previous retail theft arrests and four convictions, was checking out at Martins …

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