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Bear rides garbage truck in New Mexico

Aug 4, 2016

Bear rides garbage truck in New Mexico

A New Mexico bear hitched a ride on top of a garbage truck, traveling at least 5 miles on the vehicle before it was able to make its escape up a tree. Santa Fe National Forest spokeswoman Julie Anne Overton says the driver was ...

U.S. rednecks hold their 'Summer Games'

Jul 31, 2016

U.S. rednecks hold their 'Summer Games'

There were no world-class athletes or top-notch sporting venues, but there was cold beer, barbecue and a muddy tug-of-war Saturday at the event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics. The event, now officially known as the “Redneck (Blank)” after the real Olympics threatened to ...

Athletes arriving in Rio fret over lack of 'Pokemon Go'

Jul 30, 2016

Athletes arriving in Rio fret over lack of 'Pokemon Go'

So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes’ village took several days to fix. Who cares? But no “Pokemon Go”? That’s an outrage! If there were ever a more “First World problem” for the Zika-plagued, water-polluted Rio Olympics, it is Brazil’s lack of access ...

Bikini-clad Swedish cop makes arrest while sunbathing

Jul 30, 2016

Bikini-clad Swedish cop makes arrest while sunbathing

She was off duty and wearing a bikini, but that didn’t stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief. A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden. “My first intervention while wearing ...

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

Jul 15, 2016

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug. An Oregon State University scientist on Thursday described a remarkable piece of amber — fossilized tree sap — containing a mushroom, ...

Jul 14, 2016

Skydiver to leap from 25,000 feet without a parachute

American skydiver Luke Aikins will leap out of a plane at 25,000 feet (7,6000 meters) without a parachute and attempt to land safely in the California desert in a live television broadcast titled “Heaven Sent.” The married 42-year-old third-generation skydiver, who has made about ...

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Jun 30, 2016

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Kacey Oberlander is missing her dogs back home, and she’s more than a little stressed competing in the high-pressure environment at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. That’s where Holly comes in. The adorable, 4-year-old Havanese is available for petting and furry hugs. “It just ...

Jun 11, 2016

Rancher on horseback lassos bike thief in Oregon

A rancher jumped on his horse Friday morning and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of an Oregon Wal-Mart, police said. Robert Borba was at the Eagle Point store loading dog food and a camping tent ...

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Jun 11, 2016

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Officials at a wildlife hospital say a seagull turned bright orange after falling into a vat of chicken tikka masala in Wales. The gull was likely scavenging for food when it became stuck in the thick sauce on Monday. The bird was rescued and ...