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Walter the friendly grouse becomes man’s backyard companion

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NEW LONDON, N.H. — Some people are greeted by the family dog. For Todd Westward, it's a ruffed grouse. ...

Airport changes name after years of fighting over ‘Orlando’

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MELBOURNE, Fla. — After years of fighting and litigation over who can include “Orlando” in the name of their central Florida airport, Orlando International...

‘A whirlwind.’ 1st Ohio vaccine lottery winners speak out

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The first winner of Ohio's first $1 million Vax-a-Million vaccination incentive prize was driving to her family's home in suburban...

Big cheese no more: UK drug dealer caught out by cheese pic

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LONDON — A drug dealer in the English city of Liverpool thought he was the big cheese — until police got all the evidence...

Louisiana gator swaps swamp life for Texas beach getaway

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PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Texas — A young alligator traced to the Louisiana bayous traded swamp scum for a sandy Padre Island beach in...

Germany: Large cocaine haul thrown in garbage bins

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BERLIN — Staff at a logistics company in Germany threw cocaine with a street value of up to 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in...

Woman gets back $1M lottery ticket she had thrown away

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SOUTHWICK, Mass. — A Massachusetts woman who accidentally tossed out a $1 million lottery ticket eventually collected her winnings thanks to the kindness and...

Las Vegas officials hold pop-up vaccine clinic at strip club

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LAS VEGAS — Wearing a French maid-inspired lingerie costume and high heels, dancer JoJo Hamner waited patiently to get her COVID-19 vaccine in a...

Whimsical NYC waterfront park funded by Barry Diller opens

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NEW YORK — A whimsical new park that appears to float on pilings above the Hudson River opened to the public just off the...

Vax and scratch: NY offers $5M lottery for newly vaccinated

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Anyone who gets vaccinated at a state-run vaccination site in New York next week will receive a lottery scratch ticket with...