HAVANA, Cuba — U.S. Marines raised the Stars and Stripes over the newly reopened American Embassy in Cuba on Friday as Secretary of State John Kerry made an unprecedented nationally broadcast call for democratic change on the island ruled by a single party for more than five decades.
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BRANDON, Man.—A tow-truck driver in Brandon, Man., is being called a hero after he rescued a toddler who had been accidentally locked inside a vehicle in sweltering heat.
The temperature was well above 30 C when Jeff Hogg was called to deal with a malfunctioning automatic locking system.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Alaska State Troopers want to talk to a man believed to have donned a fairly realistic bear costume to harass a sow and two cubs.
The incident happened on the Chilkoot River near Haines, Alaska, on Monday.
The bears are frequent visitors to a fish weir, where pink salmon are running.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—A man admitted yesterday that he brought millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to use in a casino’s poker tournament, a scheme that was uncovered when he clogged a pipe by flushing the chips down the toilet in his hotel room.
Christian Lusardi, 43, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to trademark counterfeiting and criminal mischief.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. government has formally returned a painting by Pablo Picasso valued at $15 million that had been stolen from a Paris museum more than a decade ago and seized by immigration officials late last year in New Jersey.
MISSOULA, Mon.—A man who broke into a car in Missoula had to call police for help after finding himself locked in the trunk.
KGVO-AM reports that Missoula Police Patrol Sgt. Colin Rose says 31-year-old Ryan Payne broke into a car Tuesday night and then called 911 after managing to lock himself in the trunk of the car.
GRAND BEACH, Man.—A Manitoba man has turned his cellphone case over to police after it caused panic on a crowded public beach.
The black case, shaped like a handgun, was tucked in the waistband of the man’s shorts while he was at Grand Beach north of Winnipeg.
RCMP were called and responded with real rifles and Tasers.
SAN FRANCISCO—Public urination has gotten so bad in San Francisco that the city has painted nine walls with a repellant paint that makes pee spray back on the offender.
ASUNCION, Paraguay — An 11-year-old girl who was denied an abortion after being raped gave birth Thursday, the culmination of a case that put a spotlight on child rape in this poor South American nation and drew criticism from human rights groups.
ALTOONA, Pa.—Police say dogs trying to get at a box of cupcakes left on top of a stove apparently started a small fire in a Pennsylvania home.
The landlord tells police in Logan Township that he stopped by his tenants’ home to let out the dogs about 8 p.m. Sunday.
That’s when the landlord saw a small stovetop fire and called firefighters.