Thursday, July 31, 2014


A haunting premonition: ‘What will happen if the airplane crashes?’ asks boy boarding MH17

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?”

Pop culture prompts Michigan sheriff to swap orange for black-and-white striped inmate attire

SAGINAW, Mich. — A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes as the new attire for his jail inmates in part due to pop culture.

Cutting class: Students learning lumberjack skills in Adirondacks throw axes, climb poles, saw

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. — Axe throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It’s also OK to dump your classmate in the lake — as long as you’re both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log.

Keep camping meals simple yet delicious

TORONTO—Escaping the city for a few days of camping doesn’t have to mean getting away from delicious food, says a chef who takes pleasure in elevating his menu from those old stand-bys: burgers and hotdogs.
Marcus Monteiro, who grew up camping with his family near Bobcaygeon in the Kawartha Lakes area of Ontario, still enjoys roughing it under canvas.

Frontier Airlines pilot orders pizzas for passengers after storms ground Denver-bound flight

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Family: Pennsylvania man’s notice to register for military draft arrives 102 years too late

KENNERDELL, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman says her late father has received notice to register for the nation’s military draft — some 102 years too late.
Martha Weaver, now in her 80s, tells The (Oil City) Derrick ( ) that the Selective Service System notice arrived Saturday in Rockland Township, Venango County. That’s about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Hopping like a frog and walking like a gorilla, Pig the dog draws curious attention

ALABASTER, Ala. — It’s impossible not to stare at Kim Dillenbeck’s dog Pig.
Born in Atlanta with severe deformities and adopted by the Alabama woman, the 8-month-old mutt has gangly legs, a body that appears to have been chopped in half and no neck.
Pig looks like one of those fake animals created with Photoshop to draw clicks on websites, yet she’s real.

Alaska restaurant owner fords swollen creek to deliver food order to stranded motorists

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A little thing like a flooded creek was not enough to keep an Alaska restaurant owner from delivering Thai ribs and fried rice to stranded customers over the weekend.

George the cat makes his way back to family’s old Oregon home

PORTLAND, Ore. — George knows what he likes — and what the two-year-old orange tabby cat likes is his family’s old home in Portland’s St. Johns area.
So when the family moved across town to east Portland in May, George slipped away and made his way back to former residence — across 20 kilometres, three interstate highways and neighbourhoods where residents often see coyotes.

Sleep-away camps post images online daily so parents don’t have to wait for letters home

NEW YORK — Not long ago, parents who sent children to sleep-away camp might wait days or even weeks for a letter. And they’d be lucky if their kids’ scribbled notes home said anything beyond “Send candy!” or “I’m homesick.”

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