DOG SAVES CHICKENS
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas dog is credited for batting a young hawk out of the air to save his owner’s chickens. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Taylor and Kailey Petrehn were having dinner Sunday evening in their Lawrence home when their dog, Cooper, saw the hawk swooping in for some dinner of its own. The raptor had apparently been eyeing the 13 chickens all day and the dog was ready when the hawk finally made its move. Cooper smacked the hawk down and cornered it without injuring it. Taylor Petrehn says he grabbed the bird right away. It was scared and dazed. He says he released it into a neighbor’s yard and the hawk flew away. Cooper is a 110-pound Anatolian Shepherd-Great Pyrenees mix whose owner says “gets along with chickens really well.”
BEAR TEARS CAR-ALASKA-THE LATEST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tom Cotter says he’ll leave the dents in his rare vintage car for a while to relish the Alaska vacation story behind it. It’s not every day that a pricey collectible car is damaged by a bear breaking in to steal cookies. Cotter, of Davidson, North Carolina, tells The Associated Press he’ll hold onto the experience because “it’s bar room talk.” His red 1965 289 Shelby Cobra sustained major damage to the vinyl roof and dents on the body when the bear broke into it last week at a ski resort near Anchorage. Fellow traveler, Woody Woodruff had left a package of Fig Newtons in the car, and the cookies were missing after the break-in. Cotter says he expects his insurance to cover the damages.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The organizers of a convention dedicated to “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” say next year will be their last, citing declining fandom activity among “bronies.” A “bronie” is kind of a mashup of “bro” and “pony.” The Baltimore Sun reports BronyCon 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center will be the longest yet, from Aug. 1-4 next year. Chairs Sheva Goldberg and Eliana Summers say they plan to go out with a bang rather than let the “fire dwindle into embers.” BronyCon was born in New York in 2011 to celebrate the animated series, which has attracted a following outside its target demographic of young girls -- including adult men.
BIG MAC-TURNING 50
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it’s not messing with the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich, whose ingredients of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun” were seared into American memories by a TV jingle. But the milestone comes as the company reduces its number of U.S. stores and customers visit less often. The “Golden Arches” still have a massive global reach, though, and the McDonald’s brand of cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and french fries remains recognizable around the world. But on its critical home turf, the company is toiling to stay relevant.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Fans of the Battle Creek Bombers lined up t to get a free Bombers tattoo — and free tickets for life to watch the baseball team. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the tattoos were part of a Bombers Tattoo Day promotion for the southern Michigan team of that plays in the Northwoods League and features top college players. They were inked to mark the team’s 12th year in Battle Creek. Russ Byers got in line at Cereal City Tattoo and Piercing on Friday evening to have a chance to be the first to get a tattoo on Saturday morning. Pairs of lifelong tickets went to the first 12 fans to participate. The 67-year-old Byers says it’s his first tattoo, but he’s big fan and had “no hesitancy” about it.
BASALT, Colo. (AP) — Singer Neil Diamond has given an unexpected performance for firefighters battling a blaze near his Colorado home. The 77-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took to the stage on Friday night to play Sweet Caroline for dozens of firefighters gathered at the command post for a fire burning near Basalt in central Colorado. Video of the event shows Diamond - who retired from touring earlier this year - thanking firefighters for their efforts to save his community.