Obama shows up in Chicago for jury duty — but isn’t chosen

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama showed up at a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Then he heard the words most prospective jurors pray for: You’re dismissed. The 44th president’s motorcade — considerably shorter than the one when he lived in the White House — left his home in the […]

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16-inch zucchini sets off bomb scare in Germany

BERLIN — A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over — and found a particularly large zucchini. Police were summoned to the scene in Bretten on Thursday morning by an 81-year-old man. They said in a statement Friday that officers […]

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Alleged fake cop busted over stop in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a Kentucky man pretending to be a police officer is facing charges after pulling over a real officer. News outlets cited an arrest warrant in reporting that a Louisville police officer was driving his personal vehicle when 24-year-old Brandon Hurley began driving toward him Saturday with flashing lights and […]

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Surgeons give bear with ‘monstrously enlarged’ tongue a second chance at life

Nyan htoo’s life already had been saved once. A monastery in Burma had rescued the Asiatic black bear, along with his brother, when they were both cubs set to be sold illegally in China. But a curious phenomenon began happening to Nyan htoo, the monks noticed: The bear’s tongue would swell to grotesquely large proportions. […]

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Salvation Army receives donated urn filled with ashes

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A Salvation Army thrift store in New Hampshire has received an urn apparently filled with cremated remains. The Portsmouth Herald reports the urn was donated last week. It’s bronze in color and is engraved “Richard L. Pettengill 1929-1981.” The store is holding onto the urn in an effort to return it […]

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Breaking news: Car hits newsroom near Atlantic City

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey newspaper has scored an easy scoop. A Corvette crashed into the newsroom of the Press of Atlantic City newspaper in Pleasantville. The newspaper reports the car’s driver fell asleep Tuesday before driving through an intersection, jumping a curb, traveling about 75 feet, and then slamming into the newspaper’s […]

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Firefighters forced from station by spiders

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama fire department is fighting a different kind of battle after two firefighters were bitten by poisonous spiders. Capt. Frank McKenzie of Huntsville Fire and Rescue tells WHNT-TV that two firefighters working at the department’s Station 17 were bitten by brown recluse spiders. He says the agency has moved fire crews, […]

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Pennsylvania man accused in ruse to slow traffic near home, says it worked

JONES MILLS (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man said he used flashing dashboard lights to mimic a police speed trap — but only so he could slow down vehicles speeding past his rural home and killing deer and endangering people. Ricky McMillen, 57, told WPXI-TV that he used the flashing lights on his car because […]

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He thought he had a lung tumor. It was a tiny toy he inhaled 40 years ago.

For more than a year, he had felt ill, inexplicably coughing up phlegm. The British postal worker, a former smoker, already had been treated for pneumonia, but now doctors suspected it might be much worse — an exam had revealed a mysterious mass in one of his lungs, and it was suspected to be a […]

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Two car-cow crashes occur just minutes apart

AUBURN, Maine — A pair of cows is responsible for a pair of car crashes this week in Maine. Police say one driver who crashed into a black Angus cow was on the phone with 911 at the same time there was a second car crash with a second black Angus cow about 200 yards […]

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Lady Eagles' Goins is Salem-bound

Grayce Goins probably had one of the most difficult tasks of any local volleyball player during the 2016 season. The Surry Central defensive specialist and libero was one of the focal points of the Lady Eagles' defense, during a season in which the team was rebuilding.

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Rising to the occasion

Kaylee Freed played an important role on North Surry volleyball teams that won 46 matches and two Western Piedmont Athletic Conference titles the past two seasons, but expected her sports career would end when she graduated.

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Hurley to coach at state games again

The Powerade State Games High School Soccer Showcase will take place June 24-25 at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium, and as usual, Mount Airy head soccer coach Will Hurley will be a part of it.

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Lady Cards move Into second-place tie

Mount Airy already knew it had its work cut out for it on Thursday evening, when East Surry came calling. It didn't help the Lady Bears' cause that they had to figure out a way to stop the likes of Greensboro College recruit Mary Jo Lowe.

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Bears batter Villains again

On Wednesday night, the Granite Bears of Mount Airy registered a 9-2 win over Bishop McGuinness, and as a result, tallied back-to-back wins over the Villains in the last two days.

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Cards sweep two from Camels

Conference co-leader East Surry had to be reminded of that on Tuesday evening, when the fourth-ranked Cardinals started slowly in game one of a doubleheader with Atkins at Barry Hall Field.

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Strong second half lifts Central

Surry Central's girls' soccer team earned its second Western Piedmont Athletic Conference win on Monday evening, earning a 3-0 victory over North Surry in Dobson.

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Lankford inks with Presbyterian

After a four-year career that included four All-Conference honors and two Northwest 1A Conference Player of the Year citations, the senior walked off the court at the Dean E. Smith Center on the afternoon of March 11 as a state champion.

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Cardinals just miss team victory

The East Surry tennis team has encountered rough sailing in the early part of its 2017 season, struggling against several of the area's top programs.

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