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Hotel valet has lucky escape, but Porsche gets crunched
SYDNEY — A hotel valet had a lucky escape — but the luxury sports car he was trying to park did not.
Australian media say the valet drove the soft-top Porsche Carrera under another vehicle Thursday outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney.
Emergency workers cut the driver out from the Porsche as a crowd watched.
Matthew Talbot, the hotel's director of sales and marketing, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the valet was "embarrassed and a little bit shocked" but was OK.
The larger vehicle was propped up and its wheels were anchored while the vehicles were separated. The black Porsche, its hood and front bumper crunched and dented, was then backed onto a tow truck.
Witness Jonathan Bayle said he thought a television show or movie was being shot.
The hotel said in a statement it was investigating.
Hazardous golf: Utah couple flees lumbering moose
PARK CITY, Utah — A Utah couple ran into a different sort of hazard during a round of golf on Memorial Day near Salt Lake City.
A young moose bigger than their golf cart chased them off the links at the Park City Golf Club.
Emily Clearwater of Phoenix says she watched the scene unfold from a relative's home nearby and took a video when she realized it was following them.
She said the young-looking moose went after the cart twice but eventually lost interest.
Golfer Mark Redican told the Deseret News he was getting ready to hit a shot when his wife started yelling. They jumped in the cart and made an escape as the animal headed off to a nearby pond.
He says the animal wasn't super aggressive, but it was "gigantic" so they didn't hang around.
Attempt to remove goose from baseball stadium ends in chaos
DETROIT — A Canada goose settled into right-center field during a rain delay at the Detroit Tigers game, and an attempt to remove it ended in chaos.
The grounds crew at Comerica Park in Detroit set off two firecrackers and another member gave chase Wednesday night. The bird tried to escape, but crashed into an LED board on the third deck and fell two levels into the stands.
Video of the goose's appearance was captured by Fox Sports Detroit.
After several moments, a veterinarian who was attending the game wrapped the stunned goose in a blanket and took it to the concourse, where it was released outside the stadium and dashed into nearby bushes.
After the rain delay, the Tigers went on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1.
Girls discover World War I practice bomb in Michigan lake
ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan.
The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual.
The girls and Sage's mother dragged the 3-foot-long (1-meter-long) mystery find from the murky water. Paige says they were excited at first, but then got worried. She says she was "so scared" it might explode.
The lake is in Genesee County's Argentine Township, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton says the Michigan State Police's bomb squad came out and drilled a hole in it, but "nothing but mud came out."
Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint
Satanic Temple says Twitter discriminated against it
SALEM, Mass. — A Salem, Massachusetts-based organization called The Satanic Temple is accusing Twitter of discriminating against it on religious grounds.
Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves filed a complaint in March with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, saying Twitter wrongly suspended its accounts after someone tweeted a threat to the organization. The Boston Globe reports Twitter has restored the accounts but without the "verified" status Greaves wants.
An attorney for Greaves says the standards used by Twitter to determine its suspensions and verifications of users is colored by its favoritism toward groups that share the social network's views.
Twitter says an account is verified if it's determined to be of public interest.
The Satanic Temple's building is zoned as an art gallery and is open to the public with art installations, lectures and film screenings.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com
Escaped boa constrictor found in owner's upstate NY home
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A 6-foot-long boa constrictor reported loose in Binghamton, New York, has been found — beneath the owner's kitchen sink.
A Facebook post by the Broome County Humane Society on behalf of the owner said the pet snake escaped its enclosure earlier this week and was last seen near the high school. The county office of emergency services issued a statement Tuesday saying people should "exercise caution and keep small children and small animals away" if they came across the snake.
But on Wednesday morning, the reptile's owner told local media that Bella the boa had apparently never left his apartment building and was found safe in his kitchen.
Red-tailed boa constrictors eat small mammals, killing their prey by squeezing them to death. They're typically docile as pets.
In the mood for a melody, LIRR passengers sing 'Piano Man'
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — A group of New York commuters got together around "9 o'clock on a Saturday" and sang a rendition of Billy Joel's famous ballad, "Piano Man."
A video posted on Twitter captured nearly everyone aboard the Long Island Railroad train bound for Huntington singing in unison to the song on May 19.
Professional tennis player Julia Elbaba — who posted the video — says she was on the train talking with a man who mentioned he was in a Billy Joel tribute band.
Elbaba says she sang a few bars with the man and soon, the whole car was singing.
The 23-year-old Oyster Bay resident said in her post on Twitter that she wished LIRR riders could always get along that well.
Man who befriended undercover cop on Facebook loses appeal
DOVER, Del. — Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a felon convicted on gun charges after accepting a Facebook "friend" request from an undercover police officer.
A court panel on Tuesday said a detective's viewing of 40-year-old Terrance Everett's Facebook page did not violate constitutional prohibitions against illegal searches.
Everett was sentenced as a habitual offender last year to 15 years in prison after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
Everett was arrested in 2015 after accepting a friend request about two years earlier from a detective using a fictitious Facebook profile.
The detective then used information gained from Everett's posts, including a photo of showing a handgun on a nightstand, to obtain a search warrant for Everett's house, where officers found a loaded 9mm pistol.
Woman finds goat head on car hood
BOSTON — A woman woke up to find a gruesome sight on her car in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park.
The woman found a bloody goat head on her car hood early Tuesday morning with a photo of herself tucked under the windshield wiper blades.
The woman was walking her dog up Garfield Avenue around 6 a.m. and noticed the head of the animal.
Police say she drove her car about half a mile to the Hyde Park branch of the Boston Police Department with the grisly scene still intact.
Animal control removed the head, and officers are searching for more evidence. They are asking the public for surveillance video in the neighborhood. No suspects have been arrested.
Authorities: 69-year-old woman beats, kicks would-be robber
BAYONNE, N.J. — Authorities say a 69-year-old New Jersey woman kicked and beat a man who tried to rob her in front of her home.
Bayonne police say the robber was on foot when he crossed a street and confronted the woman about 7 p.m. Sunday. He demanded the woman hand over her purse and, when she refused, he tried to take it by forcibly pulling on the strap.
The woman quickly fought back, kicking the robber multiple times and hitting him. The man soon fell to the ground and ran off without the purse.
The woman was not injured. Her name has not been released.
Authorities say the man remains at large.
Man climbs into Dunkin' Donuts window, immediately leaves
METHUEN, Mass. — Perhaps they ran out of Boston Kremes.
A man accused of climbing into the drive-thru window of a Massachusetts Dunkin' Donuts and then promptly climbing right back out has been apprehended.
Police say they responded to a security alarm at a shop in Methuen on Sunday morning and saw video surveillance footage showing a man pushing the drive-thru window open and climbing into the store. He immediately turned and left out the window.
Officials arrested the man Sunday evening but not identified him.
In a Facebook post that included the security footage , police did not say if the man stole anything from the Dunkin' Donuts, or if he has any affiliation with the store.
Vegas states its (lower) case: no capital letters on Twitter
LAS VEGAS — This city means business when it comes to hockey and is stating its (lower) case — no capital letters.
In a shot at the Vegas Golden Knights' opponent — the Washington Capitals — city officials are dispensing with capital letters on the official Twitter account.
The city posted a photo-shopped version of the famous Las Vegas sign with all lowercase letters on Friday and the message: "we're serious about #nocaps! #goknightsgo." Since then, the city has been tweeting in all lowercase letters. MGM resorts also joined the push on its Twitter account.
The campaign comes in response to the Washington Capitals' "#ALLCAPS" social media push.
The expansion Golden Knights have made a startling run to the Stanley Cup Final and host Game 1 on Monday night.
Creative road signs warn Maine motorists in funny ways
AUGUSTA, Maine — Motorists traveling around Maine this holiday weekend will see residents' creativity on display.
Message boards warn motorists that, "A Cold Suppah Is Bettah Thana Hot Ticket." Another one says, "Spend Money on Lobstahs — Not Speeding Tickets." Yet another says, "Put Down UR Cell — Or You May End Up In One."
They're part of contest run by the Maine Department of Transportation.
People were asked to come up with clever messages, and six winners were selected out of nearly 2,000 entries. They'll be displayed for the next few weeks.
5 hospitalized in accident that set bees free
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Several people have been hospitalized in a head-on collision with a car transporting bees in western Massachusetts.
The Berkshire Eagle reports five people, including a 4-year-old boy, have been taken to Berkshire Medical Center following a crash in Lanesborough Saturday.
Police responded to the scene shortly before 2 p.m. to find a Ford station wagon carrying hundreds of bees and a Chevrolet Sedan had crashed.
Police say the collision was at least somewhat caused by bees getting loose and stinging the driver. Several people on the scene were stung, but none were hospitalized for their stings.
The beekeeper refused to be taken to the hospital for evaluation and tried to collect the bees into several hives.
Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com
Woman reaches goal of doing a headstand in all 50 states
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper's office.
Bruinooge says she has been traveling around the country for the past decade, doing headstands in every state that she and her husband visit.
Bruinooge, who is an avid participant of yoga, says her motivation was simply "the fun of doing headstands."
Bruinooge says she isn't sure if anyone else has ever attempted to do a headstand in each state.
Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com
Tiny California cottage on market for just under $1 million
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — A 595-square-foot (55-square meter) Southern California cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom is on the market for just under $1 million.
The Orange County Register reports the price of the tiny abode in tony Laguna Beach dropped to $998,900 this month after being listed for as much as $1.15 million last year.
The Lombardy Lane lodging was built in 1941 and is about five blocks from the Pacific Ocean.
Listing agent Gary Boisen of Surterre Properties tells the newspaper it has been in the same family for nearly 50 years.
He says most buyers would probably modernize it to a degree, but even if the city allowed it to be torn down it probably couldn't be rebuilt with the current footprint due to many code changes.
Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com
Police investigate how a handgun ended up in driver's bumper
LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Talk about gunning the engine.
Authorities say a driver near Tacoma, Washington, saw an object strike the front of his car during his evening commute Wednesday. When he stopped for gas 18 miles (29 kilometers) later, he discovered it was a handgun.
The weapon was embedded in his bumper, barrel-end first, with the trigger sticking out just below the driver's-side headlight.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill says the driver notified troopers, who recovered the gun, which was missing its magazine. Gill calls it a "completely bizarre way to recover a weapon."
The driver didn't know whether the gun came from an overpass or another vehicle.
Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler says the department is investigating whether it was linked to a nearby fight where shots were fired.