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FILE - In this Feb. 2011 file photo, traffic approaches Maine Turnpike toll booths in Gardiner, Maine.  A Maine law banning obscene license plates goes into effect Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, but getting the foul language off the roads and highways won't happen overnight. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Removing the %&*@ from Maine's vanity plates will take time


More than 90 snakes found under Northern California home

Large African cat captured after escape in Detroit suburb

Lucky Dog! Pooch trapped in crevice 5 days rescued, unharmed

Large African cat escapes owner, prowls Detroit suburb

North Korean soldier in blue generates buzz on social media

Who stung JR? Hornets nest puts sting in Smith's golf debut

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest in his first college golf tournament and it had nothing to do with his high score.


2-headed baby turtle thrives at Massachusetts animal refuge

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - A rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle is alive and kicking - with all six of its legs - at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts after hatching two weeks ago.


Virgin's Branson leads high school band, prompts backlash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Billionaire Richard Branson said it was an honor and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to don a drum major's uniform and march ahead of a New Orleans high school band.


Elk roaming Colorado with tire around neck for 2 years freed

PINE, Colo. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Colorado say an elusive elk that has been wandering the hills with a car tire around its neck for at least two years has finally been freed of the obstruction.


Capone's belongings go for at least $3 million at auction

CHICAGO (AP) - Al Capone may have died nearly 75 years ago but it's clear interest in the infamous Chicago gangster is very much alive after some of his prized possessions were auctioned off over the weekend for at least $3 million.


School unhappy after soccer opponent sets record for goals

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) - A high school soccer player in northern Michigan broke records for most goals in a game, but not everyone is cheering.


Bosnian makes rotating house a monument of love for his wife

SRBAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - It's not exactly on par with India's Taj Mahal, but a family house in a small town in northern Bosnia is in its own way a monument to love.


At flooded restaurant near Bangkok, the special is a splash

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) - A flood-hit riverside restaurant in Thailand has become an unlikely dining hotspot after fun-loving foodies began flocking to its waterlogged deck to eat amid the lapping tide.


Danish police confiscate luxury sports car caught speeding

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Danish police have confiscated a high-performance luxury car after its new owner was caught speeding as he drove it home from Germany to Norway, a northern Danish newspaper reported Friday.


Hot tub on wheels: Suit says party vehicle lacks pool permit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee entrepreneur whose hot tub on wheels is one of downtown Nashville's best-known party vehicles has been told to stop operating a public swimming pool without a permit, a lawsuit says.


Convicted sheriff gives thumbs-up review of jail he ran

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A longtime Alabama sheriff removed from office after being convicted of theft and ethics violations is giving five-star reviews to the jail where he spent more than two weeks in custody. Perhaps he should: He ran it for decades.


A wedding with flare: 2 men fined over Coast Guard search

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two Rhode Island men authorities say touched off a needless and expensive ocean search-and-rescue effort when they fired maritime distress flares to celebrate a friend's wedding have agreed to pay $5,000 each to settle the case, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.