Oddities

Aerialist Lijana Wallenda walks on a high wire above Times Square, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Szenes)
June 24, 2019 - 12:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement. Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he said he was nervous. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him Sunday...
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Scamp the Tramp rests after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
June 21, 2019 - 11:17 pm
The Latest on the Ugly Dog Contest in California (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Scamp the Tramp's looks have made him a winner — but it wasn't a beauty contest. The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Owner...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2018, file photo, Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog owned by Megan Brainard, stands onstage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The new World’s Ugliest Dog will be chosen in the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Ca, on Friday, June 21, 2019.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
June 21, 2019 - 2:32 pm
Things are starting to get ugly in the picturesque California town of Petaluma. Indeed, the place will go to the dogs when the winner of what's being billed as the World's Ugliest Dog Contest is announced Friday night. It's shaping up to be a hideous affair. Nineteen contestants featuring droopy...
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June 21, 2019 - 9:09 am
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man took off more than his belt and shoes at a Detroit Metropolitan Airport security checkpoint, and that he got completely naked before trying to pass through a metal detector. The Wayne County Airport Authority said in a statement that the man walked up to...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, a cold winter's day in Tromsoe, the main city of Norway's Arctic. Sitting about 70 Km (43 miles) west of Tromsoe, the island of Sommaroey, north of the Arctic Circle, has a population of about 350 people and fishery and tourism are the main industry. People on the remote island of Sommaroey, north of the Arctic Circle, on June 13, 2019, have asked Norwegian lawmaker if they can become the world's first time-free zone, getting rid of traditional business opening hours and introduce flexibility in school and working hours because the sun doesn't set for 69-days from May 18 to July 26. (AP Photo / Doug Mellgren, FILE)
June 19, 2019 - 12:30 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn't set for 69 days of the year want to go "time-free" and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days. People on the island of Sommaroey are pushing to get rid of traditional...
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June 19, 2019 - 5:21 am
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Family members say someone stole an urn with a man's ashes after his funeral in Pennsylvania. A service for 42-year-old Sam Abreght was held over the weekend at the Salvation Army in York. His cremains were divided into three urns, one of which was to go to his mother. Family...
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June 18, 2019 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Horror and alarm over the discovery of what appeared to be the body of a dead baby at a New York City park turned to relief, and probably some embarrassment, Tuesday when the blue-skinned corpse was later revealed to be a realistic-looking doll. Police and paramedics rushed to...
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June 18, 2019 - 11:08 am
MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Police say a man faked a heart attack in a Massachusetts convenience store while his accomplice hopped over the counter to steal money from the register. Malden police on Facebook say they responded to the store Sunday afternoon on reports of a theft. Officers were told two...
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June 13, 2019 - 9:10 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A snake stowed away in a man's bag and remained undetected until it completed the trip from Florida to Hawaii, officials said. The southern black racer snake slithered out of the man's backpack when he arrived on Maui Monday, KGMB-TV reported Wednesday. The U.S. Department of...
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June 12, 2019 - 10:53 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian police say a private circus owner has released a bear from a cage after a standoff with police trying to take the animal away. Authorities wanted the bear confiscated for many violations, most recently because it was kept in temperatures reaching 30 degrees...
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