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Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:57pm

A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.

Cat stuck in peanut butter jar gives birth to kittens, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:40am

A stray cat found earlier this week with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar has been euthanized, but not before giving birth to a litter of kittens.

That's not carry-on: Loose snake slumbers on Alaska flight

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:36pm

Anna McConnaughy was flying to Alaska's largest city when the announcement came over the intercom: a passenger on a previous flight had brought a pet snake on board.

AP PHOTOS: Gaza Barber blazes hair styles with fiery method

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:35am

Palestinian barber Ramadan Adwan has found a fiery way to trim his client's hair — if they are brave enough.

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:59pm

A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper.

Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:10pm

The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.

California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:16am

The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard.

Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:20am

Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets.

Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:30am

The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance.

Bomb experts remove Civil War cannon balls from museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:20am

Bomb disposal experts removed four Civil War-era artillery rounds from Virginia's Siege Museum after X-rays showed several artillery rounds stored there are capable of exploding.

Australian police arrest man in toddler's 1970 disappearance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:33pm

Australian police have made an arrest in the mysterious disappearance of a toddler from a beach nearly 50 years ago, charging a man with the 3-year-old girl's slaying in a case that has baffled officials for decades.

Police: Man checks out of hospital, steals ambulance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:40am

Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance.

What a croc: Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:46pm

What a croc!

Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:40pm

A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued at about $150,000 in his unit.

Michigan college student's dating resume goes viral

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:06pm

A Michigan State University student has received dozens of phone calls after creating and sharing a dating resume.

Thou shalt not smuggle: Woman hides drugs in inmate's Bible

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:36am

Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail.

Crocodile attacks Aussie teen who jumped into river on dare

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:12pm

An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said Monday, as authorities recovered the body of another man who also may have been attacked by a crocodile in nearby waters.

You're nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:30am

Arrests can't come any easier than this.

Fugitive nabbed after using a store rewards card in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:10am

Key West police detectives nabbed a man wanted in Georgia for an assortment of violent crimes, including felony strangulation and aggravated assault with a weapon — after he used a store rewards card, which tipped authorities off to his whereabouts.

Quacks on the tracks: NYPD rescues duck from subway line

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 8:52pm

It wasn't an ordinary police call for someone trying to duck a subway fare.