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(22 May 2015)
News: Police in Maryland found a mother pushing her dead child on a playground's swing set.
Man Evades Police, Caught Returning for Lost Hat
An 18-year-old had successfully eluded officers, but a search for his missing hat led him back into the hands of police.
Manure-Powered Bus Sets Land Speed Record
The biomethane-fueled "Bus Hound" hit a lap speed of 76.785 mph around a test circuit — the fastest time recorded for a regular bus.
iPhone Took Shotgun Blast to Save Owner's Life
A man was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a man who survived when his iPhone absorbed most of the shotgun blast.
11-Year-Old Graduates College with Three Degrees
An 11-year-old boy graduated community college with three associate degrees only one year after he graduated from high school.
Alligator Strikes Decisive Victory in Fight Against Truck
A motorist filming while taunting an alligator with his truck learned a valuable lesson when the reptile ripped into the front of the vehicle.
Floppy Organ Made From Discarded Disk Drives
A technology group unveiled its latest creation: The Floppy Organ, a musical instrument made from old floppy disk drives.
Elephant Snatches Camera, Snaps an 'Elphie'
The elephant snatched a GoPro camera while it was in time lapse mode, so it continued to shoot photos from its vantage point at the end of the elephant's trunk.
Man Brings Stuffed Owl to Court as Defense Counsel
A man accused of violating a protection order brought a stuffed owl with "law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford" to court as his public defender.
Man Gets Naked to Protest Overbooked Flight
A man stripped naked in the concourse because he was mad about an overbooked flight.
"Internetest Safety Video" Packed with Memes
Delta Air Lines released a new in-flight safety video "starring the Internet," including keyboard cat, the overly attached girlfriend and the screaming goat.
Baboon Opens Car Door, Steals Pizza
Tourists filming baboons recorded the moment a pizza-pilfering primate opened a car door to steal a few slices of pie.
Man in Scuba Gear Causes Restaurant Stir
A belligerent man dressed in scuba gear caused a stir at a fast food restaurant.
Man Pronounced Dead, Then Moves and Breathes
First responders preparing to take the body of a man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing.
Could Another English King Be Buried Under a Car Park?
Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping to find him.
Woman Gets 3.5 Years for Driving Over Non-Voting Husband
A woman was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for running over her husband with the family car because he failed to vote in the 2012 presidential election.
Colombia Plans to Fight Cocaine with Hungry Caterpillars
When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars munch on the leaves around them, consuming up to 1.5 times their body weight. The result: Growers have no leaves left with which to make cocaine.
Injured Sea Turtle Gets 3-D Printed Prosthetic Jaw
An endangered sea turtle injured by a boat propeller has become the first of its species to receive a 3-D printed titanium jaw.
Crane Fights Off Three Tigers
A red-crowned crane that fell into a tiger enclosure at a zoo became a crowd favorite hero when it successfully fended off three of the big cats.
1,080-Calorie Burger Comes Topped with Hot Dogs, Chips
The Most American Thickburger features a beef patty topped with hot dogs and a layer of potato chips, combining three Fourth of July barbecue staples in a creation aimed squarely at the fast-food chain’s core customers: “young, hungry guys.”
BASE Jumper Dies After Setting Parachute on Fire
A 73-year-old BASE jumper who died after leaping from a bridge had set his parachute on fire as part of a stunt.
Deceased Councilwoman Wins Primary
A councilwoman who died earlier this month easily defeated the only other candidate on the ballot for the county.
Radio Host Misses Show for 1st Time in 56 Years
"I can tell you that in the past, Pinky has done his show from a hospital without anyone knowing that he was doing it from a hospital, including his doctors, I would imagine."
Police Seek Man Who Swiped $3K Bottle of Cognac
Police are seeking a thief who apparently appreciates the finer things in life.
Stuffed Tiger Atop SUV Generates 911 Call
The sight of a stuffed tiger — a very large stuffed tiger — lashed to the top of an SUV was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought it was real.
If You Can Make It There: Acts Try Out for Subway Spots
It's a rite of spring: performers auditioning for the privilege of doing their thing in grubby, noisy subway stations.
Capitol Evacuated for Burnt Pizza Crust
Weeks after burned macaroni and cheese emptied out the building, a charred pizza crust has done it again.
Court Hears the Tall Tale of a Trooper's Missing Hat
Was firing a state trooper who lied about what happened to his hat justified?
Police Officer Caught Napping May Face Discipline
An officer apparently sleeping on the job in a video that went viral on Facebook may face disciplinary action.
Musician Farts Major Seventh Arpeggio
A comedian recording his flatulence said he accidentally farted a "major seventh arpeggio in the key of b flat," which he dubbed his "rectum opus."
Teacher Ate Hamster to Show 'How Dear Life Is'
A teacher is facing child abuse charges for eating a live hamster in front of his students to teach them "how dear life is."
'Smart Plate' Knows What You're Eating — And When You've Had Too Much
SmartPlate uses built-in cameras and weight sensors to identify the food being eaten and uses wifi and Bluetooth to pair with an app and keep track of the user's diet.
Lightning Filmed in Slow Motion
A videographer shared slow-motion footage of lightning strikes during severe storms.
Fire Brigade Warns Teens: Don't Light Yourself on Fire
The "fire challenge" trend, which has become popular on Facebook and YouTube, involves a person — usually a teenager — pouring flammable liquid on their body and then igniting themselves before jumping into a body of water.
To Heel or Not To Heel, That Is the Cannes Question
Perhaps not since Cinderella lost a glass slipper at the ball has there been such a stir about glamorous footwear as there was in Cannes over a report that women had been turned away from a film premiere for failing to wear heels.
40,000 Bees Removed From Home
It wasn't a monster making a ruckus under the floor of a bedroom. But it was still a bit scary.
Disney Tells Riders to Stop Using Selfie Sticks
Disney policy forbids visitors from using the sticks, which can be used to extend cameras out up to 3 feet.
Burglar Breaks Into House, Falls Asleep on Couch
Police have arrested a man they say broke into a home, then fell asleep on the couch.
Meet Jonathan, the 183-Year-Old Tortoise
At an estimated 183 years old, Jonathan the Tortoise just might be the world’s oldest living land creature.
Great White Shark Becomes Twitter Star
@MaryLeeShark is the fake Twitter handle for a very real, nearly 3,500-pound great white whose movements can be tracked online and in real time.
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