Shark found at door of ‘Sea Dog’ pub on Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A cleaning crew has found an unexpected mess after arriving at Sea Dog Brew Pub on Nantucket: a 5-foot-long shark blocking the door. Pub manager Jimmy Agnew says he doesn’t know why anyone would…

Baby boy born on subway platform in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who gave birth to a baby boy on a Metro platform in downtown Washington is getting $100 in subway or bus fare. Shavonnte Taylor received a handwritten note of congratulations Thursday afternoon from…

Nevada brewpub shames patron online for unpaid tab

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada brewpub has turned to Facebook to publicly shame a patron who left the restaurant without paying his $100 tab. Employees of the Brewer’s Cabinet in Reno posted a picture of smiling patron…

Man repays insurance money with 4 tons of coins

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois businessman has paid off part of a court-ordered legal settlement with nearly four tons of quarters packed into dozens of bags. Roger Herrin, of Harrisburg, was ordered by an appellate court…

Police: Woman intended to visit Walking Dead actor

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Mississippi woman and her three children ended up in west Georgia while on a road trip to find an actor from “The Walking Dead” television show. Police say an officer responding…

Former Redneck Olympics getting under way in Maine

HEBRON, Maine (AP) — The event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics is getting under way in Maine. After being forced to change its name, the event now known as the Redneck “Blank” begins Thursday and runs through…

Denver hotel offers pop-up inflatable room

DENVER (AP) — For a limited time, a Denver hotel is offering a package with a one-night stay in a pop-up, inflatable room that rises 22 feet in the air, thanks to a scissor lift on top of…

Arizona boy digging for worms finds a handgun

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy digging for worms in northern Arizona found a gun buried near his home. Police in Prescott (PREHS’-kiht) say the stainless-steel .38-caliber revolver was in plastic bag along with one bullet just…

Texan gets another wrong water bill topping $66K

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man says he’s shocked to have been swamped with a nearly $67,000 erroneous water bill a few months after a similar computer error. Tom Hoffman says he’s looking forward to getting a new…
Freighter Cat

Cat found on freighter from Philippines to LA

A 4-year-old cat that stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles is gaining weight and getting stronger after the trip without food or water left it near death.…

Pie company: rebirth hope in penguin name

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans snack pie company says it’s honored to have an endangered penguin chick named “Hubig” after the company. The chick is one of three that had to be helped out of their…

Internet Cat Video Festival planned for ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of the annual international ArtPrize competition in Michigan say an Internet Cat Video Festival will be part of this year’s event. The free Sept. 27 showing at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown…

Scientists find mystery coffin at Richard III site

LONDON (AP) — A team of archaeologists says it has unearthed another interesting coffin in the central England parking lot where it found the skeleton of King Richard III. University of Leicester scientists have been digging at the…

Vote’s in: Penguin chick ‘Hubig’ after pie company

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fans of the Audubon Aquarium have passed up penguin-related monikers to name the aquarium’s youngest African blackfooted penguin chick “Hubig,” after a New Orleans snack pie company that burned down a year ago. Aquarium…

Owner could face charges for venomous snakes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Firefighters arrived at a Utah home to put out a blaze started by a kitchen range and discovered more than flames — 28 snakes, six of them deadly. The man didn’t have a…