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MYSTERIOUS BOOMS-WISCONSIN

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Something goes boom in the night. But officials aren't sure what it is. A series of mysterious booms have folks stumped in the small town of Clintonville, Wisconsin. The noises have been rattling nerves for at least two nights this week. City Administrator Lisa Kuss says it gets your heart racing because you don't expect it. The experts have ruled out earthquakes or water pressure problems and there are no military bases in the area. It was kind of scary at first to 21-year-old Jordan Pfeiler. He says then it got cool. Now, Pfeiler says the underground booms are just annoying.

LOTTERY WINNER

BOSTON (AP) -- Plumber Bruce Campbell is Lucky for Life. He's the first winner of the New England states lottery game of that name. Campbell wins $1,000-a-day-for-life. Campbell bought the ticket at a store owned by a friend, which gets $50,000 for selling it. Massachusetts State Lottery officials say Campbell intends to splurge on a Cadillac and a Harley, and also make some investments.

PARAGLIDING GRANDMA

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mary Hardison is a high-flying, 101-year-old great-great grandmother. She's being officially recognized as the "Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem" by Guinness World Records. Hardison flew with an instructor last September 1st, while four generations of her family cheered. She says she wanted to do it because her 75-year-old son has taken it up. Hardison says she doesn't want him to get too far ahead of her. As for any future paragliding, the Utah centenarian says she'll do it again if the "notion strikes."

ROBBER-MOP DEFENSE

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Cleaning up crime -- with a mop. Police in Bellingham, Washington, report a convenience store clerk used a mop to fight off a would-be bandit. The crook was armed with a knife. Sergeant Jason Monson tells the Bellingham Herald the clerk was mopping near the register, when the armed man jumped over the counter. Police say the clerk knocked the bandit to floor with the mop, then chased him out of the store. Nothing was taken. Police are checking security video to try to ID the suspect.

STRANDED PASSENGERS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Forget about the slow boat to China -- this was the slow flight. Passengers on a United Airlines flight were prepared for the 13-hour trip from San Francisco to Shanghai. Instead, they were stranded in Anchorage, Alaska, for two days. United says Flight 857 diverted to Anchorage because several of the bathrooms were out of order. Passengers tell the Anchorage Daily News the airline handed out hotel and meal vouchers, but that took hours. By then, the passengers say the restaurants were closed. United brought in another plane Monday, but it had problems, too. The China-bound passengers finally took off yesterday on a third Boeing 777. United says they'll fully refund everyone's tickets.

TROOPERS-NEWBORN

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) -- A Wyoming trooper had to play midwife, after stopping a car for speeding. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a trooper pulled over a couple late Sunday. The husband explained his wife was in labor and they were on the way to the hospital. The trooper followed, while the couple continued. But they didn't make it. The couple pulled over as their baby girl was born. A second trooper who had worked as a paramedic arrived. He wrapped the baby in a blanket and cleared her airway. An ambulance then took the mother and new baby to a hospital.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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