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  • Gold tooth dropped into Missouri donation kettle

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Salvation Army spokesman says someone has dropped a gold tooth into a holiday collection kettle. Spokesman Rick Carroll said Thursday that he’s found diamond rings, silver bars and four-leaf…

  • Dog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting

    SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek (KAHS’-eh-sec) says the bullet struck Richard L.…

  • Broken treetop hanging on wire gets holiday decor

    INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Some Washington state residents are getting in the holiday spirit by decorating a Douglas fir that toppled onto an unused utility line in a recent windstorm and looks like an…

  • Worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist

    GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — Fire officials say a fuel delivery worker in New Hampshire sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him back out. Greenland Deputy…

  • Germany: 73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment

    BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn’t expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: 33 kilos (nearly 73 pounds) of cocaine. Police in the German capital said Thursday that…

  • Johns Hopkins mistakenly welcomes wrong students

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University mistakenly sent nearly 300 applicants welcome messages when they were actually rejected or deferred, and now the school has issued an apology. University officials told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1vYGr7q)…

  • Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet…

  • Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) — In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace. On…

  • ‘Nut rage’ gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Korean Air Lines executive’s tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii’s $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Cho Hyun-ah, an airline vice…

  • Dognapped! 13 puppies snatched from pet store

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say they have collared the humans responsible for snatching 13 puppies from a New Hampshire pet store in a smash-and-grab dognapping. A passer-by noticed a broken window…

  • American pops question at Eiffel Tower ice-rink

    PARIS (AP) — It could have been a scene from fairytale movie “Frozen.” And an AP photographer snapping tourists at the Eiffel Tower’s Christmas ice-rink Tuesday happened upon the fairytale moment. Real estate agent Jon…

  • Mystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops. A man wearing a cowboy hat walked into Marylou’s in Hyannis on…

  • Goodwill workers find cremated remains in donation

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased’s next of kin, police said. Goodwill employees sorting through…

  • Rings given to Salvation Army fetch $21K for toys

    BOSTON (AP) — Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these. A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow…

  • Massachusetts baby born at 10:11, 12-13-14

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple is celebrating the birth of their daughter with a numerically unusual birth time and date. Clare Elizabeth Keane was born at 10:11 a.m. Saturday — making her birth…