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November 26, 2015

Dad Whose Selfie Video Was A YouTube Hit Back In Vegas

Las Vegas (AP) The clueless Irish dad whose accidental selfie video of his Las Vegas vacation was watched by millions is back in Sin City to get a do over.

This time, it’s a two-way Go Pro camera and the full VIP treatment paid for by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The first video has more than 7 million views since 20-year-old Evan Griffin edited together clips of his father, Joe Griffin, pointing out Las Vegas Strip landmarks while the camera was focused squarely on himself. Evan Griffin also added the Benny Hill theme song to the YouTube video and mocked his father as a country bumpkin in the caption posted Nov. 13.

The latest video posted by tourism officials Friday shows the two-day father-son trip that started Thursday.

But this time, he’s delighted by his Mirage hotel suite and VIP activities, including at the TAO nightclub, SlotZilla zip line across downtown Las Vegas and on a nighttime helicopter tour.

“Dear god above in heaven‚ my name in lights, show girls, champagne, CO2 fog, all the things. And I was the center of attention. It was slightly unnerving but wonderful at the same time,” said Joe Griffin, a married father of four.

800 Dogs, Cats Flown Places With Better Odds Of Adoption

Los Angeles (AP) Some 800 dogs and cats from California animal shelters have something to be thankful for this holiday season a free ride to other states where they have a better chance of finding homes.

The animals left Los Angeles aboard 22 airplanes Friday. They’re heading to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Illinois and Wisconsin in an airlift organized by the Wings of Rescue group.

The departure of an additional 200 animals was pushed to Saturday because of wind damage at their destination shelter.

Wings of Rescue pilots donate their time and planes for the Holiday Airlift, which takes animals from crowded shelters to no-kill facilities elsewhere. The group has relocated more than 16,500 pets in five years.

Co-founder Yehuda Netanel says everyone feels accomplished after an airlift but wishes they could take more animals.

Woman Accused Of Prostitution Says She Offered ‘Free Fun’

Mount Joy, PA (AP) A central Pennsylvania woman accused of running a prostitution service out of her home says she charged only for massages, and that any sex that occurred with clients afterward was just “free fun.”

Thirty-two-year-old Crystal Sweigart faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 18 on charges she was operating illegally.

But the Mount Joy woman, who posted ads offering “massage and stress relief” says she charged $50 for massages, but didn’t solicit payment for sex.

She says anything that happened when the massage stopped becomes two consenting adults having fun. Sweigart went on to explain that she’s simply an “open-minded, sexual person who connected with men who were unfulfilled.”

Police have also charged a man and another woman who, they say, operated a Craigslist page used to advertise for Sweigart’s clients.

Condo Board Wants Pet DNA To Track Down Poopers

Destin, FL (AP) Some Florida condo owners are steaming after their homeowners association asked them to submit their dog’s DNA in order to fine owners who don’t pick up after their pets.

Harbor Landing residents said they received a letter last week and some feel it’s an invasion of privacy. The letter asked residents to register their dogs and cats with the association through a DNA test, citing a significant increase in the amount of animal feces found throughout the property recently, including inside the elevators.

The News Herald reports pet owners would have to pay for the DNA test, registration fee and any potential cleanup fees.

Condo officials say it’s a voluntary process and that the measure is only meant to help keep the property clean.

That’s A Lot Of Coins: Mayor Tries To Pay $4K Fine With Coins

Hialeah, FL (AP) Talk about some loose change.

A Miami-area mayor who is feuding with his local commission tried to use 360,000 pennies and nickels‚ that’s 28 buckets full of coins‚ to pay a $4,000 ethics fine.

Instead of accepting the change, the ethics commission doubled the fine for Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, saying he intentionally broke the rules because he knew the panel only accepted checks. And now the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust is suing the mayor.

The commission ruled in July that Hernandez lied about interest rates on a $180,000 loan to a jewelry salesman now jailed for a pyramid scheme.

El Nuevo Herald reports that Hernandez has called complaints against him a “political circus” and described commission members as “clowns.”

Woman Reunited With Dog That Vanished 7 Years Ago

Hamilton, OH (AP) A Tennessee resident reunited with her dog that disappeared seven years ago from her old home in Ohio says she can’t even describe how happy she was to see her pet.

Mishka was 3 years old when she vanished from the backyard of owner Paula Graff’s home in Hamilton. But Graff had an identification microchip implanted under the skin of the small dog described as part Pekinese and part terrier.

“She’s my heart. She always has been. That’s why I never gave up,” Graff told WLWT-TV in Cincinnati.

Graff was reunited with Mishka on Tuesday after the Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati, called her home in Sunbright, Tennessee, to say her dog had been found through the facility’s routine scanning of strays for microchips.

Graff said the dog had been there a few days before the scanning located the microchip.

“Normally it’s on the back of the neck, but her chip had slid down on her side and they finally found it,” Graff said.

Fetty Wap Throws Wads Of Money Over Balcony To Fans

Paramus, NJ (AP) Rapper Fetty Wap gave fans a run for his money this weekend, tossing wads of cash over a balcony at a New Jersey mall to the delight of screaming onlookers.

Videos posted to social media show the Paterson native throwing money Saturday as he walked through the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus. The rapper posted on Twitter that he was so happy to be shopping with his daughter that he threw $2,000 to fans. He tweeted: “never no who needed it.” Wap’s real name is Willie Maxwell. He’s had a breakthrough year with multiple hits, including the pop smash “Trap Queen.”

His self-titled debut came in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this month, and his other Top 10 pop hits include “679” and “My Way.”









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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 -
Plea To Save Knavery, Flapdoodle And Rapscallion!

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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