Friday, January 21, 2022

Odd Stories

Wandering turkey causes stir at University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A wandering turkey is causing a stir at the University of Michigan. The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/1LZfwWA ) that a turkey has captured the attention of university students and staff as it roams wooded areas, chases passers-by and gets in the way of bus traffic. It’s also showing up on social media in people’s selfies. …

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Soup kitchen offers free meal for return of Jesus statue

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — “Have you found Jesus?” That’s what employees at a Rhode Island soup kitchen are asking after a religious statue disappeared from the kitchen’s garden. Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Director Adrienne Marchetti told the Valley Breeze (http://bit.ly/1JRQItL) on Wednesday that she last saw the statue, which depicts Joseph carrying the baby Jesus, on July 20. Marchetti says the kitchen …

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2 houses from ‘Breaking Bad’ for sale in Albuquerque

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series “Breaking Bad” are up for sale in Albuquerque. A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine on the hit television show. The house in Albuquerque’s Country Club area is listed for $1.6 …

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Man wearing ninja mask robs pharmacy with sword

More on this PLACENTIA, Calif. — Police are looking for a robbery suspect who was wearing a ninja mask and armed with a sword when he demanded cash from a clerk at a Walgreens pharmacy in Placentia, California. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1KCjEbX ) that police had responded to a report of a robbery at the pharmacy Wednesday night. …

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New Hampshire baby receives lifetime hunting-fishing license

CONCORD, N.H. — A 6-month-old New Hampshire boy has become the first child to get a newborn hunting and fishing license in the state. Daylen Brickley’s grandfather read about the state program in a hunting and fishing magazine. The family from Milford bought the license July 23, the first day it was available. New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are …

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Texas businessman finds cellphone that fell from plane

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A Texas businessman used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell about 9,300 feet during a flight from Houston. The Wichita Falls Times Record News (http://bit.ly/1JTt5AS ) reported Thursday that Ben Wilson says his cellphone still works. Wilson says he and a pilot were traveling home Monday in a Beechcraft …

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Former 41-pound fat cat in Texas slims down to 19 pounds

DALLAS — A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic. Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital. …

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Cat found alive aboard sunken boat pulled from Lake Havasu

More on this LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — A trapped, hungry, wet and scared cat is now safe after it was found tucked away in a boat that had sank to the bottom of Lake Havasu. Today’s News-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1h31xlO) the brown-and-black American shorthair breed was found when the boat was brought ashore by Dive Time Recovery owner John Zucalla. …

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Snow piles from record-breaking Buffalo storm still melting

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — People from Buffalo hear it all year — over the phone or while traveling: “Buffalo? Got snow there?” The answer, still: “Why, yes!” Two piles remain in one abandoned lot where trucks dumped it after a freak November storm buried neighborhoods in so much snow — 7 feet fell in spots — …

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Fugitive's role in horror film leads to his arrest

More on this TACOMA, Wash. — A fugitive has been arrested after federal agents saw his photo in a Washington state newspaper that ran a story about a low-budget horror movie. The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1JqhmOs ) that 44-year-old Jason Stange, a convicted bank robber, plays a leading role in the movie, “Marla Mae.” The Olympian newspaper ran a feature …

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