Pittsburgh-area kindergarten has 10 sets of twins

ALLISON PARK, Pa. (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area elementary school has a novel way to acclimate its kindergartners to the school experience — but it’s not a technique that can be easily shared with other schools. It’s the fact…

Bear obeys bartender’s command, leaves Juneau bar

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — If only all unwelcome bar guests were this obliging. A black bear walked into the bar at the Alaskan Hotel in downtown Juneau on Monday night. Bartender Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy says she freaked out and…

Welsh village’s proposed name change raises stink

LONDON (AP) — A proposed name change is raising a stink in one British village. Welsh-language campaigners say Varteg, in south Wales, should be rebranded with a more authentic Welsh spelling — Y Farteg. The Welsh language has…

Austria: Catholic church fined for phone texting

VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s Roman Catholic church has learned its lesson. Mass is OK. Mass texting is not. A diocese in the southern city of Graz says it has been found guilty of contravening Austria’s telecommunications law by…

99-year-old Iowa woman gets high school diploma

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school in 1932 has finally received her diploma. Audrey Crabtree was surrounded by family and friends on Monday as Waterloo Community Schools presented her…

NY city’s dead skunk depot stinks up neighborhood

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood plagued by skunk odors now know what caused the stink: Trapped critters that were shot and stored at a shuttered police station. The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/18myscv )…

Hawaii man: Duct tape used in theft of 23 goats

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 20 purebred goats— most of them pregnant — were stolen from a Hawaii farm on a full moonlit night, with duct tape used to keep the animals from making noise, their owner said.…

Hawaii man: Duct tape used in theft of 23 goats

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 20 purebred goats— most of them pregnant — were stolen from a Hawaii farm on a full moonlit night, with duct tape used to keep the animals from making noise, their owner said.…

Planetarium stars align, spell love for Ga. couple

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The way the stars aligned inside a Georgia planetarium caught the 22-year-old woman by surprise, spelling out the question: “Krystal Sanderson Will You Marry Me?” Sanderson’s boyfriend, Alan Gilbert, was behind the weekend message…

Floods in NM washes up mysterious casket

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Flooding in New Mexico washed up an unexpected item in one small city — a casket. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/15Lk9xV) that the rusty casket washed up in an arroyo near Aztec Speedway during…

2 accused of elaborate calculator theft scheme

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police in Utah say they’ve arrested two people accused of an elaborate scheme to steal expensive graphing calculators. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/16LZvh6) police caught on to the operation when the manager…

Wis. college student helps pay tuition by eating

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Wisconsin student with a nickname of “Silo” is eating his way through school — competitively. Computer engineering student Eric Dahl now ranks third in the world of competitive eating as determined…

British drivers can pay for parking with chestnuts

LONDON (AP) — It’s the next best thing to parking that costs peanuts: parking that costs chestnuts. A company that runs parking lots in the English cities of Leeds and Manchester is temporarily letting drivers pay with the…

Pa. man charged with DUI on riding lawn mower

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with driving drunk while carrying an open can of beer — on a riding lawn mower. Murrysville police say they found 55-year-old Thomas Marrone driving the mower…

4 new species of legless lizards found in Calif.

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Scientists in California have discovered four new and separate species of legless lizards — snakelike animals that burrow into sand or soil. The University of California, Berkeley says the discovery was made by its…