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Boo! A Halloween display so scary that neighbor calls 911

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Halloween decoration hanging in the window of a North Dakota home is so scary that it prompted calls from concerned neighbors and at least one plea for police assistance.

The sign reading “Help Me,” which appears to be written in blood, is part of Becky Muhs’ display for her favorite holiday at her West Fargo home.

29 hurt in severe turbulence on Mexican airliner

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Aviation authorities in Mexico say 29 people were hurt and 12 of them hospitalized after an airliner hit a pocket of turbulence.

The Airbus A320 was on a flight from the western city of Guadalajara to the border city of Tijuana late Wednesday.

The flight operated by the airline Volaris hit the turbulence at an altitude of 34,000 feet about halfway into the flight.

Tropical Storm Kirk to rake across Lesser Antilles

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk is on a path to dump heavy rains that could bring dangerous flooding to the eastern Caribbean.

At 8 a.m. EST, the National Hurricane Center says the center of Kirk was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Barbados. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) and was moving ahead at 16 mph (26 kph).

Dog, dog, goose: Canines tapped to control bird population

OCEAN PINES, Md. (AP) - A Maryland town besieged by birds is calling on goose busters - more commonly known as border collies.

The Ocean Pines Association voted earlier this year to euthanize around 300 of the Canadian geese to protect local water quality. The tactic both angered residents and proved largely ineffective.

Vermont to test more schools for chemicals in water

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - State environmental officials plan to test the drinking water at more schools after an initial round of testing found unsafe chemical levels at two schools.

Last week, the state health department recommended that all schools test their water for lead. Now, the Department of Environmental Conservation said it is looking at a list of about 25 schools to figure out which should be in line for testing for chemicals known by the acronym PFAS.

Beth Peerless, Where it's at: Together again, in musical spirit

The stories of famous couples throughout time historically are written by biographers or others coming to it from the outside looking in. So it’s unique to have the couple themselves be the ones to tell the story.

And so it is with the “recorded storybook” romance between Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, two musicians whose careers were on overdrive to stardom when they dovetailed for a short time in the late 1960s.

Michigan township allows autistic boy to keep therapy ducks

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - New guidelines will allow a 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism to keep his ducks, which are his emotional support animals.

Georgetown Township officials had issued a nuisance order to Mark and Jennifer Dyke after receiving multiple complaints from neighbors about their son’s ducks straying from their property.

Sword-swinging hotel guest slashes bride, authorities say

HARDYSTON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a dispute involving a New Jersey bridal party and a hotel guest ended when the guest used a sword to threaten the women and slash the bride on the arm.

Carlos Mejia (meh-HEE‘-uh), of New York City, faces charges including aggravated assault following Saturday’s altercation in Hardyston.

Convicted former Arkansas state senator reports to prison

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former Arkansas state Sen. Jon Woods has reported to a federal prison in Texas to begin a more than 18-year prison sentence for bribery .

The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows Woods is being held at a low-security facility in Fort Worth.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Woods arrived at the prison at 1 p.

Police kill man who held gun to bus driver's head

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) - Authorities in New Jersey say police shot and killed a man who held a gun to a bus driver’s head and ordered her to drive through red lights.

Essex County prosecutors say 37-year-old Allen Travers had been involved in a domestic dispute at his East Orange home shortly before he boarded the bus around 9:40 p.