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October 20, 2016

62 Year Old Spanish Woman Gives Birth To Baby Girl

Madrid (AP) A 62-year-old Spanish woman has given birth to a healthy girl and encourages women in their later years to imitate her if they want to.

Lina Alvarez left the Lucus Augusti Hospital in the northwestern city of Lugo on Tuesday with her third child in her arms, saying she felt wonderful.

She said baby Lina, born Oct. 10, was in perfect health. The 2.4-kilogram (5.3-pound) Lina was born by cesarean section.

Alvarez’s first child, now 27, was born with cerebral palsy. Her second child is now 10. Her second and third pregnancies were through in-vitro fertilization treatment.

Alvarez, a doctor, said that women who are well enough to have a baby in their later years shouldn’t be afraid to do so, adding that they should let nature, not gynecologists decide.

Divers Gather In Michigan For Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Otter Lake, MI (AP) A group of scuba divers donned flippers and wetsuits to carve pumpkins underwater as part of a pre-Halloween tradition in Michigan.

Francis Carr, one of the participants in Sunday’s 21st annual event at Otter Lake, says it’s ``taking pumpkin carving to the next level.’’

While still on land, reports the divers scraped the insides of their pumpkin and drew designs. From there, they headed underwater to carve.

The event about 60 miles northwest of Detroit is sponsored by a dive shop. Jordon Fundaro, who has participated in the carving for the last two years, says that ``All you hear is yourself breathing and the knife carving through the pumpkin.’’ He says the whole experience is ``kind of surreal.’’

Hospital Faulted For Removing Kidney From Wrong Patient

Worcester, MA (AP) An investigation has found that a surgeon at a Massachusetts hospital removed a kidney from the wrong patient after failing to confirm the patient’s identity.

State and federal health investigators say the surgeon in July was supposed to remove a kidney with a tumor from a patient at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, but instead removed a healthy kidney from a different patient with the same name.

Authorities say the hospital failed to follow proper patient identification protocols by checking birth dates. The patients were several years apart in age.

St. Vincent has been put on notice that its Medicare and Medicaid agreements with the government will be terminated unless it takes corrective action.

The hospital in a statement said it is taking “all necessary steps” to prevent a similar error.

Elephant Seal Sets Record By Swimming Farthest West

Santa Cruz, CA (AP) Researchers with the University of California, Santa Cruz say an elephant seal has set a record by swimming farther west than any other tracked elephant seal.

UC Santa Cruz officials said Wednesday that by the time Phyllis arrives back in California in January, she will have completed a 7,400-mile foraging adventure. The 853-pound mother of two covered about 3,700 miles of ocean before turning around and heading home.

The average distance northern elephant seals usually swim during their eight-month migration is 2,000 miles.

A Nuevo Reserve director Patrick Robinson says UC Santa Cruz researchers have been tracking the marine mammals for 22 years at the reserve in Pescadero, California.

He says they have compiled one of the planet’s largest marine mammal diving and tracking record.

The adventurous animal was named after Phyllis Sooy, a late newspaper reporter and philanthropist.

If Schoolkids Had A Say, Hillary Clinton Would Be President

New York (AP) While most grown-ups are a few weeks away from heading to the polls, more than 150,000 of the nation’s schoolchildren have already voted on who they want to be president.

Scholastic says Democrat Hillary Clinton took 52 percent of its 2016 Student Vote, while Republican Donald Trump won 35 percent of the ballots. The company says 13 percent of students wrote in “other” choices, which it says is an unusually high number.

The student vote has been a fairly accurate predictor of the actual election over the years. Scholastic says it has mirrored the results in every election since 1940, with the exception of election years 1948 and 1960.

Kindergarteners through 12th graders were allowed to vote. Scholastic acknowledges it wasn’t a scientifically designed sample.

UK’s New 5 Pound Note Has Second Use: It Plays Records

London (AP) The value of the British pound sterling may have been dropping in recent weeks but imaginative Brits have found a way to put cash to work: It turns out the new plastic five-pound-note can be used as a stylus to play vinyl records.

A number of YouTube videos have been posted in recent days showing the new note ``playing’’ music on a turntable, though it must be said the fidelity does not match sound produced by expensive equipment.

The plastic note is illustrated with images of Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill. It was introduced last month to generally favorable reviews.

The note is worth just over $6 at Wednesday’s rate. The pound has been dropping largely because of concerns about Britain leaving the European Union.

Pumpkins Go Ballistic At New Hampshire Racetrack

Loudon, NH (AP) Pumpkins were going ballistic at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

Teams from as far away as Virginia came to the race track to use trebuchets, catapults and air guns to launch the fall fruit, some of which made a gourd-geous arc across the New Hampshire sky.

While the pumpkins, some weighing in at 1,000 pounds or more were the featured item, they were not only things which were being fired. Some smaller pumpkins flew up to two-thirds of a mile across the speedway.

Other acts of wanton destruction for general amusement included large, crane-like launchers to throw cars, motorcycles, a boat and pianos. Not all of the shots were successful. When a pumpkin misfired, participants referred to the result as a “pie.”

Some of the teams clearly took seriously the task of getting their medieval or earlier weapons systems in place and ready to launch.

Category winners got a trophy and a story to tell.








































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October 6 - Philly Police Investigating Big Wheel Tricycle On Busy Road

September 29 - Snake Wrapped Around Armrest Halts Japanese ‘Bullet’ Train

September 22 - Force Awakened: Darth Vadar Slays Galaxy Garbage

September 15 - A Literal Shotgun Wedding Couple Weds At Shooting Club

September 8 - Deer Interrupts Surfing Tryouts In California

September 1 - Crafty! Beer-Tasting Lab Helps Students Learn Chemistry

August 25 - Homeless Awareness Campaign Breaks Fist-Bumping Record

August 18 - Surgeon Returns Book Decades Late With Donation

August 11 - Rome Police 'Rescue' Arguing Elderly Couple With Pasta

August 4 - It's So Hot In New York That Manure Is Bursting Into Flames

July 28 - Think Trump And Clinton Fall Flat? Vote For Cat In The Hat

July 21 - Moo-ving Out: Sensor Sends Text Alerts From Cows In Labor

July 14 - Play (Fur)ball! Team Invites Fans To Bring Cats To The Game

July 7 - Party Foul? $90K Worth Of Stolen Beer Set To Be Thrown Away

June 30 - Germany Man Finds $166,000 In Old Cupboard, Hands It Back

June 23 - Man Accused Of Driving Under Influence On Mower

June 16 - VT Newspaper Publisher Holds Contest To Find New Owner

June 9 - Maine Teen's Message In A Bottle Found By Fisherman In Spain

June 2 - No Likes For Complex's Facebook Requirement

May 26 - Burglary Suspect Turns Out To Be A Raccoon

May 19 - Abandoned Human Ashes And Flag A Mystery

May 12 - New York Lottery Says Man Has Won $1 Million For A 2nd Time

May 5 - Duck At Elementary School Has Laid Eggs There For 13 Years

April 28 - Officer Announces Police Headquarters Squirrel's Death

April 21 - ‘Tis The Season For Lying - But Why Do We (& Politicians) Lie?

April 14 - Bakers Charge Women 79 Cents On A Dollar For Equal Pay Day

April 7 - Rider Crashes Uber Car During Cop Chase As Real Driver Naps

March 31 - Cops Seek Owner Of Jewelry Found In Department Store Purse

March 24 - College Goes On Lockdown, Light Saber Mistaken For Gun

March 17 - Maine Wholesaler Acquires Rare Four-Clawed Lobster

March 10 - Dog Pops Up In Driver’s Seat When Semi Crashes

March 3 - Police Looking For Bald Man Who’s Stealing Rogaine

February 25 - Woman’s Unorthodox Approach Helps Her Get Kidney Donor

February 18 - Jumping Donkey Leaps To Fame In Egyptian Village

February 11 - Moscow Exhibition Free For Women Wearing Heels

February 4 - Cats In Maine Still Await Inheritance From $200,000 Estate

January 28 - British Principal Tells Parents: No Pajamas On School Run

January 21 - 19 Year Old Plays Powerball For The First Time, Wins $2M

January 14 - Couple Struggles To Sell ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ House

January 7 - The Most Popular Web Critters Of 2015 (You Know You Love ‘Em)

December 31 - Oops! UK Astronaut Calls Wrong Number From Space

December 24 - Star Wars Fan In NY Legally Changes Name To Darth Vader

December 17 - Aspen, Colorado, Homeless Man Wins Big Lottery Prize

December 10 - Hundreds Of Full Coffee Cans Wash Up On Florida Beach

December 3 - 12 Days Of Christmas Items Top $34K, Up 0.6 Percent

November 26 - Dad Whose Selfie Video Was A YouTube Hit Back In Vegas

November 19 - New Jersey Mall Frees Up Santa’s Lap: No More $35-$50 Fees

November 12 - Bubble Yuck! Crews Melt Chewed Gum Off Famed Wall

November 5 - Officer Out-Dances Teen, Shows Us How To Win Without A Fight

October 29 - Diver Removes Famous Fake Skeletons From Colorado River

October 22 - At 100, Woman Still Working 11 Hours A Day, 6 Days A Week

October 15 - Church Gives Pizza Driver $1,000 Tip From Collection Plate

October 8 - Advice From Grandma Saves The Day

October 1 - Young Would-Be Robber’s Effort Ended By Clerk’s Stare

September 24 - Captive Snake With No Male Companion Gives Birth Again

September 17 - Bystander Lets Trooper Use Canoe To Apprehend Suspect

September 10 - Owner Of Wayward Chicken In San Francisco Comes Forward

September 3 - Southern New Jersey Man Digs Up Live Cannonball In Backyard

August 27 - Defense Lawyer Skips Hearing So Wife In Labor Won’t Kill Him

August 30 - Man In Bear Costume Harasses Mother Bear & Cubs

August 13 - East Texas Man Guilty Of Assault Gets Life In Matrimony

August 6 - Landmark New York Hotel Can’t Get Bike-Sharing Rack Removed

July 30 - Oldest Giant Panda Celebrates With Bamboo, Veggie Cake

July 23 - Romanian Music Fest Gives Free Tickets In Exchange For Blood

July 16 - Nude Man Found Drinking In Barn Says, “I Just Like Pigs”

July 9 - Broadway Theatergoer Tries To Recharge Phone Onstage

July 2 - New Rainbow Crosswalks Support LGBT Community

June 25 - Aquatic Creatures Turn Out For Coney Island Parade

June 18 - Iowa Residents Have The Right To Be Drunk On Their Front Porch

June 11 - “Wimpy” Earns Nickname While Fleeing From Bear

June 4 - Police Alerted To Armed Mob, Find Asparagus Pickers

May 28 - Colorado City Going Dark This Weekend To Help Stargazers

May 21 - Worker Rescues 10 Duckings From Storm Drain

May 14 - Elderly Man With Prostitute Under Bed Loses Housing Subsidy

May 7 - 95-Year Old Man Fights Off Would-Be Robber With Cane

April 30 - Thief Sneaks Ice Cream Cooler Past Sleeping Store Clerk

April 23 - Egypt Court Sentences Belly Dancer For ‘Insulting’ Flag

April 16 - Farmer Names Calf Born With Heart In Neck ‘Cardio Brisket’

April 9 - Burger King To pay For The Wedding Of Mr. Burger, Ms.King

April 2 - Trespasser Leaves Behind Credit Card Trail

March 26 - Authorities Seek Remedy For Naked NC Neighbor

March 19 - Nude Backyard Sunbather Takes Plea Deal

March 12 - Raccoon’s Freedom Costs San Francisco Carpenter His Job

March 5 - Men Built Mystery Tunnel To Use As Man Cave

February 26 - Toronto Police Stumped By Mysterious Tunnel

February 19 - No Charges For Woman Who Threw Bacon Into Police Station

February 12 - California Firefighters Save Horse Stuck In Tub

February 5 - Funds Pour In For Man Who Walks 21 Miles To, From Work

January 29 - Dancing Genitals Video Is A Hit In Sweden!

January 22 - ‘In Dog We Trust’ Rug To Be Auctioned For Animal Group

January 15 - Squirrel’s Wrong Turn Leads To Ohio Power Outage

January 8 -
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January 1 - West Virginia Troopers Hand Out $100 Bills

December 25 - Among Change, Gift Of Jewels For Salvation Army

December 18 - American Pops Question At Eiffel Tower

December 11 - Boys Searching For Santa Start By Calling 911

December 4 - Family Happy Squashy The Sasquatch Is Back In Their Yard

November 27 - New Sign In Indiana Warm Of Turtle Crossing

November 20- Flying Spaghetti Monster Devotee Sports Colander On License

November 13 - Man Held; Yard-Sale Teller Wasn’t Fooled By Fake $20s

November 6 - NYC Worker Suspended For Using ‘Robotic Voice’

October 30 - Custom Urns Courtesy Of Company’s 3-D Printer

October 23 - Woman Saved And Arrested On The Same Day

October 16 -Indiana College Gives Pizza Delivery Guy $1,200 Tip

October 9 - FTC Retailers: Drop Your Caffeinated Drawers

October 2 - Vets In NH Give Sight To Falcon Blind For Two Years

September 25 - Pregnant Buffalo + Frisky Bull Equals Knockout

September 18 - California Nudist Camp Accused Of Stealing Water

September 11 - In Washington Surprise Attack, Bear: 1 • Bowhunter: 0

September 4 - Dog Turns On Stove, Starts Fire...Maybe He Was Hungry?

August 28 - Um...OK, The Cameras Stink; Nevermind

August 21 - 86 Year Old Woman Writes Romance Novel

August 14 - Wanted: Serial Bank Robber With Questionable Taste

August 7 - Interrupting Lawyer Gets Rare Sanction

July 31 - Strip Club Endorses Pastor For Congress

July 24 - Man Starts Fire Using ‘Blowtorch’ To Kill Spider

July 17 - Great Fall Too Much, Humpty Dumpty To Be Rebuilt

July 10 - Performer Drapes, Lights Firecrackers On Body

July 3 - Good Samaritan Rescues Man From Burning SUV

June 26 - Firemen Rescue Man When ‘Lady’ Sculpture Traps Him

June 19 - Blind Man Hears, Feels His Way To Auto Mechanic Degree

June 12 - Drivers Gathering For Great Nebraska Tractor Ride

June 5 - Thief With Facebook Account Rats Himself Out

May 29 - Missing Pet Pigeon Flies To School Of Young Owner

May 22 - Testing Inconclusive, Suspected Bobcat Returned

May 15 - Rooster Prince George, At Dallas Hardware Store, Is Popular

May 8 - New Jersey Fire Siren Silenced By Osprey Nest

May 1 - New Jersey Tot Wipes Out Hours Of Monks’ Work

April 24 - Miss America: Don’t Suspend Teen Over Prom Invite

April 17 - Squirrel Blamed For $300K In Damage To Building

April 10 - Burglary Suspects Butt Dials 911

April 3 - Teen Says Typeface Change Could Save Millions

March 27 - Scrap Dealer’s Bargain Turns Out To Be Worth Millions

March 20 - City Considers Taking Ban On Spitting Off Books

March 13 - Gettysburg Wax Museum Selling Historical Figures

March 6 - Woman Gives Birth In New York City Crosswalk

February 27 - Wisconsin Rubber Duck Bill Racing To Finish Line

February 20 - Wait Till Santa See ‘Em! Reindeer Get Glowing Antlers

February 13 - NJ Festival Lets You Eat, Drink, Floss With Bacon

February 6 - Romance Sizzles At Bacon Fest As Couples Marry

January 30 - Man Shares Wanted Photo, And Cops Really LIKE Him

January 23 - Beloved Dog’s Ashes Returned To Owner After Two Years

January 16 - Colorado Gives Up And Renames Mile 420 Marker

January 9 - Brewery Responds To Starbucks Letter With $6 Check

January 2 - Atlanta Home Prompts 911 Calls With Fake Dangler

December 26 - Dog That Survived Gassing Headed To Rose Parade

December 19 - Tourist Distracted By Facebook Falls Off Pier

December 12 - ‘Cannibal Sandwiches’ Sicken Wisconsin Residents

December 5 - Topless Barber Charged With Unlicensed Cosmetology

November 28 - 852 Thai Children Set Human Christmas Tree Record

November 21 - Beagle’s Nose Predicts Few US Polar Bear Cubs

November 14 - NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 7 - Stolen Costumes + Craigslist = Not A Good Idea

October 31 - City: Odor From Sriracha Chili Plant A Nuisance

October 24 - Deadly Halloween Tableau Too Realistic For Some

October 17 - Abandoned Philly Prison Adds Screams For Halloween

October 10 - Indiana Dog That Crashed Half Marathon Gets Medal

October 3 - Naked And Scared Has Turned Into Semi-Clothed & Spooky

September 26 - Extra Weight Costs Bank Robber Swift Exit

September 19 - Russian Shot In Quarrel Over Kant’s Philosophy

September 12 - Art Heist Trial Help Up Over Lawyer’s Sneakers

September 5 - Marijuana Wrapped Arrow Shot At Squirrel?

August 29 - Hole Makes Huge Pumpkin Ineligible For Alaska Fair

August 22 - Prowling Ninja Says He Was Trying To Help Cops

August 15 - British Cats’ DNA Helps Convict A Killer

August 8 - China’s Heat Wave Brings‘Dead’ Man Back To Life

August 1 - Owner Could Face Charges For Venomous Snakes

July 25 - Swimmer To Go Alone Hauling 2,000 Pounds Of Brick

July 18 - Thai University Apologizes For Hitler Banner

July 11 - Winner Of The Cherry-Spitting Contest - BB Gun!

July 4 - Family Dogs Survive Close Call With Mama & Baby Bears

June 27 - ‘Here’s Looking At You...Officer!’ Man Quotes Bogart Upon Arrest

June 20 - "Happy Birthday To You" Copyright Suit Filed In NY

June 13 - Nude Revelers Greet Popular Tourist Train

June 6 - ‘Bucket List’ Item Leads To Women’s Arrest

May 30 - Swing Dance Your Way To Class Credit

May 23 - NH City Sues Parking Meter “Robin Hoods”

May 16 - Critter Cams Provide Peek Into The Lives Of Bears

May 9 - OMG - The Sun Is Shining! School Closes For Nice Weather

May 2 - Cartel-Linked Man Arrested On The Dance Floor

April 25 - Oregon Juror Jailed For Texting During Trial

April 18 - What’s That Sound? Court Screeners Find Pet Duck In Bag

April 11 - Goat That Walked Into Bar Was Taken From Zoo

April 4 - Man Accused Of Using Fake Penis For Drug Test

March 28 - Caretaker Charged With Taking Care Of Old Whiskey, Too

March 21 - Crime Doesn’t Pay #1: Thief Returns Money From 1980s

March 14 - People, Pooches Team Up To Fight Flab At Gym

March 7 - 37-Pound Tubby Tabby, Biscuit, In Need Of Home

February 28 - Shoeshine Man Donates $200,000 In Tips

February 21 - 911 Call Asking For Cigarettes Leads To Arrest

February 14 - Mistrial Declared When Prosthetic Eye Pops Out

February 7 - Snoozing Judge Sent Home For Nap





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