Cops: Man does $4K damage to parking meters for $30 in coins

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man caused $4,000 in damage to parking meters he knocked down for the $30 in coins inside.

Arizona drivers get a scare from giant inflatable pumpkin

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Halloween tricks came early for some drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix area when a giant, inflatable pumpkin bounded down the roadway in high winds.

Prosecutor suspended after pulling gun on fake spiders

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — An assistant prosecutor in West Virginia has been suspended after pulling a gun and threatening to shoot fake spiders scattered around the office as Halloween decorations.

Seattle parks official warns of seasonal owl attacks

SEATTLE (AP) — City officials say they're not surprised that an owl recently went on the offensive at Seattle's Discovery Park.

97-year-old Michigan woman receives high school diploma

WALKER, Mich. (AP) — A 97-year-old woman has received an honorary diploma from a Michigan high school, eight decades after she was forced to drop out to help her family.

Aquarium marks Halloween with underwater jack-o'-lanterns

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Aquarium is putting some fright into its sea life by adding underwater jack-o'-lanterns to celebrate Halloween.

Appeals court rules in favor of 'Point Break' parody creator

NEW YORK (AP) — An author's irreverent stage tribute to the 1991 Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves action movie "Point Break" is entitled to copyright protection even though she did not seek permission from the filmmakers to create the parody, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Minor league baseball team gets mascots: Chompers, Chew Chew

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new minor league baseball team in Hartford, Connecticut, will have two mascots.

Subway worker writes rescue note in ketchup after locking herself in cooler room

A Subway worker who got herself trapped in the cooler room while working alone wrote "HELP ME" on cardboard using ketchup and slid it under the door in the hope someone would see it on the security monitor.

Spine-Tingling Podcasts And The Endurance Of The Scary Story

Since there has been language, there have been stories -- and it’s safe to guess that scary stories originated not long after. There’s something that bonds us to others when we experience a chilling tale, be it wide-eyed at a sleepover or biting one’s fingernails in a dark cineplex. “No one wants to experience a truly life-threatening situation,” explained sociologist Dr. Margee Kerr to The Atlantic in 2013.

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