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Because sometimes life IS stranger than fiction. From head-scratchers to jaw-droppers, this is where you'll find all the stories that make you say, "Whaaa..?" || News Plexus LLC — delivering your news in a convenient, AD-FREE and easy-to-read stream.

Because sometimes life IS stranger than fiction. From head-scratchers to jaw-droppers, this is where you'll find all the stories that make you say, "Whaaa..?" || News Plexus LLC — delivering your news in a convenient, AD-FREE and easy-to-read stream.
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NewsPlexus Media July 29, 2020

Australian Outback pub bans messy emus for 'bad behavior'
An Australian Outback pub has banned emus for "bad behavior," and erected barriers to prevent the large, flightless birds from creating havoc inside. Locals and tourists have been bemused by the antics of the emus eager to steal food from people in Yaraka, a remote Queensland state outpost with a permanent population of 18.
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NewsPlexus Media July 29, 2020

Farmer returns prosthetic leg that skydiver lost during jump
A Vermont skydiver who lost his prosthetic leg during a jump has it back, thanks to a farmer who kept an eye out for it and spotted it in a soybean field.
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NewsPlexus Media July 23, 2020

2 boys saved when caught in falls in French apartment fire
Two young brothers were saved from an apartment fire in the southeastern French city of Grenoble when they dropped about 10 meters (33 feet) from a window and were caught by people below. The two, aged 10 and 3, were unharmed by the fall Tuesday but might have suffered from smoke inhalation, French media reported.
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NewsPlexus Media July 22, 2020

A Long Island criminal defendant tried faking his death to avoid a jail sentence, but the phony death certificate his lawyer submitted had a glaring spelling error that made it a dead giveaway for a fraud, prosecutors said Tuesday. Robert Berger, 25, of Huntington, New York, now faces up to four years in prison if convicted in the alleged scheme. That's in addition to pending sentences for earlier guilty pleas to charges of possession of a stolen Lexus and attempted grand larceny of a truck — punishment prosecutors say he was looking to avoid.
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NewsPlexus Media July 21, 2020

Kansas dog makes 50-mile trek to her old home in Missouri
A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles away.
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NewsPlexus Media July 20, 2020

Police officers captured an unlikely suspect bouncing through a Florida neighborhood Thursday morning. After receiving a call about a kangaroo running loose, Fort Lauderdale police officers managed to capture him and place him in a squad car. The marsupial was taken to a barn where the agency keeps its horses.
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NewsPlexus Media July 16, 2020

A man in suburban Detroit was given the wrong lottery ticket. But there was no mistake about the result: a $2 million winner.
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NewsPlexus Media July 14, 2020

In a presidential election year, there's always a push to get people registered to vote. For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting. Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12 years ago.
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NewsPlexus Media July 10, 2020

Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic
Eight-year-old Eros trots through the streets of this hilly city several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market. The chocolate Labrador retriever is paid with treats and massages of his furry head. "He helps us to maintain social distancing" says Eros' owner Maria Natividad Botero. "And people love it when we send the dog."
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NewsPlexus Media July 2, 2020

This was not one of those delivery videos that some pregnant moms plan for. A Florida birthing center says an expectant mother was a few steps from entering the building but her baby couldn’t wait. She gave birth while standing up outside, with a midwife catching the baby and a doorbell camera catching all the action.
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NewsPlexus Media July 2, 2020

A Wisconsin family helped save a young bear that was struggling to breathe while swimming in a lake with its head caught in a plastic food container. Tricia and Brian Hurt and their son, Brady, were fishing Saturday on Marsh Miller Lake in western Wisconsin's Chippewa County when they came across what they first thought was a swimming dog. They soon realized, though, that it was a young bear with a clear plastic cheese ball container stuck on its head.
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NewsPlexus Media June 27, 2020

A swimmer in Delaware was caught on camera prying a shark’s mouth open with his hands this weekend in an effort to free it from a fishing hook. The video shows the man grabbing onto the shark at a beach in Cape Henlopen State Park. He went into the water to unhook it after another person caught it.
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NewsPlexus Media June 25, 2020

File it under pizza toppings only offered in Florida. State inspectors found an 80-pound iguana stashed in the freezer at a local pizza joint. Pizza Mambo in West Palm Beach was forced to close for a day last week following the inspection by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
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NewsPlexus Media June 19, 2020

Washington city helps residents, merchants with wooden money
The blue-cheese salad dressing, butter, ground turkey, cans of grain-free dog food and new toothbrush came to $24.97. Laurie Mahlenbrei handed the cashier a slice of wood marked $25, and walked out. The wooden currency is good only in the small city of Tenino, Washington, part of an effort to help residents and local merchants alike get through the economic fallout of the pandemic. Decades after it created a similar program during the Great Depression, the city is dipping into its emergency accounts to give people in need up to $300 per month in wooden currency to spend.
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NewsPlexus Media June 18, 2020

Kremlin installs special antiseptic tunnels to protect Putin
The Russian government built special tunnels to protect President Vladimir Putin from the coronavirus at home and at work, Putin's spokesman said Wednesday. Reports about tunnels where anyone passing through gets sprayed with germ-killing antiseptics appeared in Russian media on Tuesday night. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that one tunnel was installed at the president’s home outside Moscow and two at the Kremlin.
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NewsPlexus Media June 17, 2020

Oh snap! Police capture 65-pound turtle from Virginia suburb
A 65-pound alligator snapping turtle with a face only its mother could love has found a new home at a Virginia zoo after freaking out residents in a northern Virginia suburb.
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NewsPlexus Media June 11, 2020

A Florida man is facing felony charges after police said he let a 12-year-old girl drive his SUV and told her to speed because he wanted to be a "cool father" — even though he is not her dad.
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NewsPlexus Media June 10, 2020

Panda escapes from enclosure at Danish zoo; returned safely
One of Copenhagen Zoo's giant pandas escaped from its enclosure early Monday and roamed the park before staff were able to sedate it and bring it back. Xing Er, a 7-year-old male who arrived at the zoo last year, was seen on surveillance video breaking out of the newly built, 160 million-kroner Panda House that also houses female panda Mao Sun.
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NewsPlexus Media May 27, 2020

Alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow
An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo. The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when he died on Friday.
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NewsPlexus Media May 26, 2020

South Carolina boy, 6, cracks open robbery case by reeling in sunken safe
A 6-year-old boy helped crack open a nearly decade-old robbery case when he reeled in a locked safe from the bottom of a South Carolina lake. Knox Brewer of Johns Island took up “magnet fishing” and began hunting for metal objects underwater as a way to pass time during the coronavirus pandemic
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NewsPlexus Media May 22, 2020

Baby goat stolen from Baltimore garden reunited with owners
A stolen baby goat was returned home to its community garden in Baltimore late Tuesday night, police said. Baltimore police were notified just before 10 p.m. that the young Nigerian Dwarf goat named Ed had been “anonymously returned" to his owners, according to a statement from the department.
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NewsPlexus Media May 22, 2020

Mississippi gov is pranked in shout-out to high school grads
This one slipped through the cracks. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves asked people to submit names of high school seniors so he could read them aloud on a webcast — a recognition for teenagers who are missing traditional graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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NewsPlexus Media May 20, 2020

Bouncing back: Restaurant debuts 'bumper tables' amid virus
Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into dining out amid the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels. About a dozen of the so-called “bumper tables” were rolled out at Fish Tales, a restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland, on Saturday, news outlets reported.
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NewsPlexus Media May 20, 2020

A Virginia family out for a ride to get a change of scenery after being holed up due to the coronavirus found nearly $1 million in two bags lying in the road.
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NewsPlexus Media May 19, 2020

Priest draws squirt gun in fight against coronavirus
A Roman Catholic priest in the Detroit area has taken aim at his parishioners in a bid to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, using a squirt gun to shoot holy water. Photos posted on social media by the St. Ambrose Church show the Rev. Tim Pelc shooting water into a car window as it stopped by the steps of the church on Easter.
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NewsPlexus Media May 16, 2020

Detroit-area residents lift spirits with costumed parades
Sarah Ignash spends her days looking after dogs in normal times. With her business temporarily shuttered because of the coronavirus, though, she's taken to walks on the wild side through her Detroit suburb with dancing bears, bipedal zebras and the like. Ignash, whose business in nearby Roseville specializes in boarding, grooming and day care for dogs, is one of the roughly two dozen members of the Ferndale T-Rex Walking Club who have been donning inflatable costumes for feel-good jaunts during these stressful times.
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NewsPlexus Media May 16, 2020

Hong Kong shop offers 'tear gas' flavor ice cream
Tear gas is among the new flavors at a Hong Kong ice cream shop. The main ingredient is black peppercorns, a reminder of the pungent, peppery rounds fired by police on the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese city during months of demonstrations last year.
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NewsPlexus Media May 12, 2020

Space agency: Human urine could help make concrete on moon
The European Space Agency said Friday that human urine could one day become a useful ingredient in making concrete to build on the moon. The agency said researchers in a recent study it sponsored found that urea, the main organic compound in urine, would make the mixture for a “lunar concrete” more malleable before it hardens into its sturdy final form.
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NewsPlexus Media May 11, 2020

Some blame meatpacking workers, not plants, for virus spread
As coronavirus hotspots erupted at major U.S. meatpacking plants, experts criticized extremely tight working conditions that made the factories natural high risk contagion locations. But some Midwestern politicians have pointed the finger at the workers' living conditions, suggesting crowded homes bear some blame.
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NewsPlexus Media May 11, 2020

No charges for family of boy who drove car onto highway
The family of a 5-year-old boy who drove the family car onto a Utah highway won't face criminal charges, authorities said Friday. His teenage sister was watching him while his parents worked, and he swiped the keys while she was asleep in hopes of traveling to California to buy a Lamborghini, officials said.
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NewsPlexus Media May 6, 2020

Pint-sized driver surprises Utah trooper during traffic stop
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper got a pint-sized surprise when he pulled over a 5-year-old driver who was swerving so badly he thought the driver needed medical attention.
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NewsPlexus Media May 3, 2020

Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a "tropical paradise."
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NewsPlexus Media April 28, 2020

A welcome mat at the front door of a Florida home read “come back with a warrant” — and that's just what deputies did before finding drugs and drug paraphernalia inside.
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NewsPlexus Media April 28, 2020

1-eyed squirrel with Instagram account is returned to nature
A one-eyed squirrel that gained a social media following is being returned to nature. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took Willamina the squirrel from Emily Istre of Lafayette on Thursday, the Acadiana Advocate reported. Istre created an Instagram account for the squirrel, @one_eyed_willa, and posted images of it eating off a plate, snuggling with her or hanging out in an elaborate indoor treehouse. In videos, she sings a lullaby to it and does yoga while the squirrel scampers underneath.
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NewsPlexus Media April 27, 2020

A planning commissioner of Vallejo, California, has resigned after throwing his pet cat and apparently drinking a beer during a Zoom meeting between city officials that was made public, according to a newspaper report.
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NewsPlexus Media April 25, 2020

Russian man runs around his bed for more than 10 hours
Experienced ultra-runner Dmitry Yakukhny had planned to run the 250-kilometer (155-mile) Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert this month, but instead found himself stuck at home after the race was postponed to September because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yakukhny spent 10 hours, 19 minutes running around a double bed in his apartment on Saturday. He said he was inspired by a Frenchman who ran a marathon on his balcony last month, but decided to take it further.
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NewsPlexus Media April 24, 2020

Conspiracy theorists burn 5G towers claiming link to virus
The CCTV footage from a Dutch business park shows a man in a black cap pouring the contents of a white container at the base of a cellular radio tower. Flames burst out as the man jogs back to his Toyota to flee into the evening. It’s a scene that’s been repeated dozens of times in recent weeks in Europe, where conspiracy theories linking new 5G mobile networks and the coronavirus pandemic are fueling arson attacks on cell towers.
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NewsPlexus Media April 21, 2020

Tampa, Florida jogger dons costume to cheer up neighborhood
More than a week after Easter, there's still one mythical creature hopping around a Florida neighborhood trying to spread happiness. Corey Jurgensen, 40, donned a 7-foot-tall inflatable unicorn costume to jog, jump and dance around the streets near her Tampa home last week in an effort to cheer up neighbors stuck indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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NewsPlexus Media April 18, 2020

Top infectious disease doctor inspires 'Fauci fever'
A new condition related to the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the United States: Fauci fever. After decades of renown in American medicine, Dr. Anthony Fauci has become an unlikely celebrity in his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he has led the medical response to COVID-19 and tried to inform an anxious nation. Fauci's fame is showing up in all sorts of new, and sometimes odd, ways: A shop in Rochester, New York, cooked doughnuts featuring an image of a no-nonsense Fauci in a white coat. A Georgia brewery produced a pale ale called “Fauci Spring.” It's got acai berries — healthy, right? — and experimental hops.
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NewsPlexus Media April 15, 2020

Florida judge: Get out of bed, get dressed for Zoom hearings
A Florida judge has one request for attorneys showing up for court hearings via Zoom: Get out of bed and put on some clothes! Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey made the plea in a letter published by the Weston Bar Association, news outlets reported.
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NewsPlexus Media April 14, 2020

Russians decorate isolation by recreating artworks
In the coronavirus lockdown, Russians can’t go to their beloved and renowned museums. So they’re filling the holes in their souls by recreating artworks while stuck at home and posting them on social media. The Facebook group where the works are posted has become a huge hit. The art recreations range from studious and reverent to flippant and goofy.
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NewsPlexus Media April 11, 2020

Belarusian club puts mannequins in stands as fans stay away
They don't chant, they don't move, and they mostly wear the wrong colors. They're not even real. Defending Belarusian league champion Dynamo Brest has started boosting its home crowds with mannequins in soccer shirts and adorned with the faces of "virtual fans" who bought tickets online.
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NewsPlexus Media April 3, 2020

A tractor-trailer hauling toilet paper crashed and caught fire near Dallas early Wednesday, spilling the hot commodity all over an interstate. The fire shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Interstate 45 in Hutchins, the Texas Department of Transportation said.
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NewsPlexus Media April 3, 2020

British man runs marathon in backyard during lockdown
James Campbell, a former professional javelin thrower, spent his 32nd birthday on Wednesday doing 20-foot shuttles from one end of his small backyard to the other after promising to run a marathon if one of his Twitter messages received 10,000 retweets.
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NewsPlexus Media April 2, 2020

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked-down Welsh town
Un-baaaaa-lievable: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing. With humans sheltering indoors to escape the new coronavirus, mountain goats are taking advantage of the peace and space to roam in frisky clumps through the streets of Llandudno, a town in North Wales.
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NewsPlexus Media April 1, 2020

Florida sheriff seeking tips in 'Tiger King' mystery
It might be the biggest diversion from the pandemic: binge-watching the luridly fascinating Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” Now a Florida sheriff is asking the public for tips regarding one of the lingering mysteries raised in the recently released show: What happened to Carole Baskin's husband?
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NewsPlexus Media March 10, 2020

Lawyers for a longtime Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his Monday theft trial wrongly claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus. With Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely set to go on trial on felony charges, his attorneys told a judge in a court document filed Friday he was hospitalized and being tested for COVID-19.
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NewsPlexus Media March 9, 2020

For her 100th birthday, Ruth Bryant crossed a significant item off her bucket list. She went to jail. The Person County Sheriff's Office helped fulfill Bryant's unusual wish when two deputies showed up at her assisted living facility to serve her a warrant charging her with indecent exposure.
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NewsPlexus Media March 2, 2020

Authorities in Ohio have seized an alligator that was being kept in the basement of a home.
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NewsPlexus Media March 1, 2020

Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase
It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse — with a body inside — then went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway. Authorities say they found the body undisturbed inside a casket Thursday morning and took James Juarez into custody after the crash.
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