Hawaii to let nature clean harbor molasses spill

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials responding to a spill of 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters plan to let nature clean things up, with boat crews collecting thousands of dead fish to determine the extent of environmental damage.…

Van carrying clowns crashes in Pa., 1 clown hurt

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Good thing they weren’t crammed in a clown car. Pennsylvania police said a minivan with two clowns inside crashed outside the York Fair around 6 p.m. Wednesday when the driver missed the entrance and…

Ohio man cited for drunken train caper in NW Pa.

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — An Ohio man has been cited for public drunkenness and criminal trespass for a not-so-great effort to commandeer a freight train in northwestern Pennsylvania. Police say 28-year-old Robert Nerone Jr., of Jefferson, Ohio, somehow…

Some Pittsburghers cited for parking in driveways

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some Pittsburghers are being ticketed or warned not to park in their own driveways under an obscure ordinance that requires them to pay $225 for a permit if they wish to park within 30 feet…

Milwaukee’s latest de-icing strategy: Cheese brine

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee has literally been down this road before. What could the city’s Department of Public Works mix with rock salt to deice its streets in the winter? Rock salt is plentiful and inexpensive, but concerns…

Hawaii molasses spill killing thousands of fish

HONOLULU (AP) — Thousands of fish are expected to die in Honolulu waters after a leaky pipe caused 1,400 tons of molasses to ooze into the harbor and kill marine life, state officials said. Hundreds of fish have…

W.Va. pastor resigns after lending bus to police

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia pastor is being forced out of his church job for lending the church’s bus to law officers for a meth lab bust. Chris Wilkinson said Wednesday he plans to resign as…

Pa. playground closed due to chicken manure spill

MEYERSDALE, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania borough has indefinitely closed a playground because of lingering contamination from a chicken manure spill last month. The (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/18c0rNW ) reports the Meyersdale borough council voted Tuesday night…

Wash. firefighters rescue man stuck in chimney

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters chiseled a hole through bricks early Tuesday to rescue a man who had gotten himself stuck inside a 20-inch wide chimney space at a Washington home that had been converted to apartments. The…

Girl finds stolen cremation ashes in Pa. park

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — A girl has found cremation ashes that had been stolen from a van belonging to the dead man’s son. Robert Smith says he thinks someone in the crime-ridden Pittsburgh suburb of Clairton mistook his…

Man in Colo. accused of drunken horseback ride

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado police have arrested a man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through the city of Boulder. Police spokesman Ryan Huff tells The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/18K6Yvs ) that witnesses saw…

Honorary feline mayor goes home after dog attack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of an Alaska town, has recovered enough after a dog mauling to be released from the animal hospital. The 16-year-old cat’s owner, Lauri Stec, is making the long drive…

Bay Bridge in Calif gets good luck charm: troll

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its final piece of safety hardware installed: a bearded, spindly legged troll. Bay Area Toll Authority spokesman John Goodwin told…

How to bring a gator hunter to tears: propose

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — How do you bring an alligator hunter to tears? Drop down on one knee and ask her, “Will you marry me?” Jimmy Greer of Madison proposed to Elizabeth Ratcliff of Canton during preparations for…

Feds: Man tried to enter US via red chile shipment

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an immigrant suspected of entering the country illegally attempted to make his journey in an unusual but hot place — a shipment of red chile. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working…

Minn. yearbook misspells school’s name on cover

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Students who worked on the Moorhead High School yearbook this year have learned a hard lesson about proofreading, after misspelling the Minnesota school’s name on the front cover. A Forum News Service report (http://bit.ly/18KFEMp…