Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare

07/24/2014 11:05 AM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food. 
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Tortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape?
07/24/2014 10:41 AM EDT - NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. Full Story

Man run over by own truck during road rage
07/24/2014 07:47 AM EDT - GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. Full Story

Naked thieves take burgers from SW Fla eatery
07/24/2014 06:38 AM EDT - BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into an eatery "dumb, dumber and dumbest. Full Story

New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo
07/24/2014 12:26 AM EDT - TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. Full Story

Officials release sketch in peacock shooting death
07/23/2014 03:25 PM EDT - RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California. Full Story

Woman: Backyard near turnpike is not a rest stop
07/23/2014 11:26 AM EDT - STAHLSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols. Full Story

2 police cars collide when officer runs red light
07/23/2014 08:12 AM EDT - SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Syracuse city police officer was looking at the computer inside his patrol car when he ran a red light and collided with an unmarked police vehicle. Full Story

170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois
07/22/2014 03:27 PM EDT - BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money. Full Story

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge
07/22/2014 07:56 PM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones. Full Story

Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare

BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food. Full Story
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York County man gives sugar cookies some kick

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Dwayne Johnson holds surprise 'Hercules' screening

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hercules came to Comic-Con. Dwayne Johnson made an unannounced appearance Thursday inside the San Diego Convention Center's largest exhibition hall. Full Story