Detroit suburb celebrating prominent pig sculpture

GARDEN CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb is getting ready to go hog wild to celebrate the return of a prominent, plump pig sculpture to its downtown. The Garden City Downtown Development Authority says a Friday celebration…

Wis. shelter helped by cat’s 26 toes is closing

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee area animal shelter that turned a cat’s near-record 26 toes into a fundraising windfall is closing. In 2011, the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center started asking for $26 donations — a dollar for each…

Whately’s giant milk bottle gets a makeover

WHATELY, Mass. (AP) — The iconic giant milk bottle in downtown Whately (WAYTE’-lee) has been given a face-lift. The Whately Historical Society recently restored the large concrete milk jug that’s nearly 20 feet tall with $650 in donations.…
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Ex-caretaker to trial in Pa. stolen whiskey case

The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion will stand trial on charges he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.…

Balloon king makes more than 8,000 sculptures

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The balloon man is back on top. Tim Thurmond of the Brighton area says he turned nearly 8,300 balloons into sculptures in 24 hours, reclaiming a record he had for nine years. He says…

Ex-governor’s jibe may become Wis. capital’s motto

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The mayor of Wisconsin’s capital city is proposing it adopt its first official motto: 77 square miles surrounded by reality. The phrase is a take on former Republican Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus’ jibe that…

Tall man _ about 6-foot-6 _ in drag robs Pa. bank

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania bank robber was long and tall, but probably not named Sally — despite outward appearances. Instead police in Richland Township, near Johnstown, believe the robber was a 6-foot, 6-inch…

Stop frying eggs, Death Valley officials say

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — It gets so hot in Death Valley that you can fry an egg with sun power. That’s what one Death Valley National Park employee did last week, when she took a…