Dozens play chess in public to defy SF crackdown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At least for an afternoon, the chess players were back at the usual spot they’ve occupied for years along downtown San Francisco’s busy Market Street. But instead of hustling a dollar here and a…

Spanish shepherds guide 2,000 sheep through Madrid

MADRID (AP) — Shepherds led a flock of 2,000 sheep through Madrid on Sunday in defense of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. Tourists were surprised to see downtown…

Yale searches for stinker adding feces to dryers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University hopes to solve a case of whodungit by identifying the stinker who has been soiling students’ laundry by sticking human feces inside clothes dryers. The culprit has been dubbed the “poopetrator”…

Weather forecast includes apparent plea for pay

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — There was more than the forecast in a National Weather Service dispatch Friday for south-central and southwestern Alaska. The “Anchorage area forecast discussion” posted online and sent to media outlets at 5 a.m. contained…

Pieces of old carpet from Legislature up for sale

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state is holding an old carpet sale after spending roughly $370,000 on a renovation of the state’s House and Senate chambers. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/176VwbX ) that the old carpet, which…

NY police: 70-ft.-long mobile home stolen from lot

HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police in a rural upstate New York town are looking for a 70-foot-long mobile home that was stolen from a diner’s parking lot. The Washington County sheriff’s office tells The Post-Star of Glens Falls…

Ohio home’s Halloween pirate ship grabs attention

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Halloween has run aground early at one northern Ohio home where a pirate ship jutting out from one side of the building has passing drivers doing double-takes and stopping to snap photos. The builders…

University students in Hungary hold naked protest

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Students and a professor at a university in southern Hungary took off their clothes in class to protest the new dress code introduced by the institution’s president. Thursday’s protest by around 10 male and…

Mass. lawmaker wants potty-mouth officers fired

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts legislator has proposed a bill that would punish police officers for swearing or using racial slurs while dealing with the public. Officers could even lose their jobs under the bill proposed by Springfield…

Birthday cake attacked in Wash. courthouse

KELSO, Wash. (AP) — A woman in Washington state brought her child’s birthday cake into a courthouse, thinking that would be safer than leaving it in the car with her dog. She realized her error when a stranger…

Gov’t reimburses man for ‘mutt-ilated’ currency

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who painstakingly gathered and reassembled parts of five $100 bills eaten by his golden retriever has been reimbursed by the U.S. Treasury for the “mutt-ilated” currency. Wayne Klinkel of Helena received…

Pa. dealer takes longer sentence to spare mate

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania judge has agreed to a drug dealer’s chivalrous request to spend five extra years in prison in exchange for letting the man’s live-in girlfriend avoid a felony conviction and the resulting…

Wave of jellyfish shuts down Swedish nuke reactor

It wasn’t a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of the world’s largest nuclear reactors to shut down — a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become more common. Operators…

Text mistakenly sent to cop leads to arrest in NJ

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man mistakenly sent a text message to a police detective to set up a drug sale and now faces charges. Authorities say a detective received the text message on…

Pa. student’s Spider-Man robbery charge dropped

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a robbery charge against a college student who dressed as Spider-Man after a convenience store owner testified he believes the incident was just a “silly mistake.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1bqjkvl) 21-year-old…

Ohio capital city fights rat problems with fliers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Without money to bring back its rat-control program, the health department for Ohio’s capital city plans to map complaints and spread fliers educating residents about dealing with the rodents. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16Qdf6o )…