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Iraq's prank TV show depicting IS attacks taken off air

BAGHDAD (AP) — Responding to viewer outrage, Iraq's media regulator canceled a TV prank show that lured guests into simulated ambushes by militants, forcing participants and viewers to relive some of ...

Men in black hurl 1,000 roaches during Taipei police chief banquet

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two men dressed in black tossed bags filled with more than 1,000 cockroaches at a banquet attended by Taipei and New Taipei police commissioners on Monday evening (May 3)....

Two influencers ordered off Bali after fake mask video prank

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A U.S.-based YouTuber and a Russian influencer were ordered off Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Friday after recording themselves defying mandatory mask-wearing with so...

Coronavirus: Entire class quarantined after Swiss students fake COVID test to cut school

Three high school students in the town of Basel in Switzerland falsified a coronavirus test result so that they could skip school for a couple of days, local newspapers reported on Wednesday. Unfortu...

Jill Biden treats reporters to April Fools' Day prank

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reporters traveling with first lady Jill Biden got an April Fools’ Day surprise on their flight back from California to Washington on Thursday. During meal service...

Mom tells daughter she's been shot as April Fools' Day joke

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police were not laughing Thursday after a woman called her daughter and said she had been shot in what was supposed to be an April Fools' Day prank. The ...

Belgium: Police clash with April Fool's Day party crowd

Police on Thursday dispersed some 2,000 people gathered in the "Bois de La Cambre" park in Brussels in defiance of Belgium's coronavirus lockdown. People gathered for a fake concert du...

Business Highlights

___ Eager to build infrastructure, Biden plans to tax business PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden wants $2 trillion to reengineer America’s infrastructure and ex...

An unwelcome prank: Volkswagen purposely hoodwinks reporters

NEW YORK (AP) — Journalists are used to being wary about odd pranksters pulling April Fool's Day hoaxes at this time of year. Few expect it from a multi-billion dollar corporation. ...

A 'not haunted' house hits the market in Boston area

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman noticed something strange about the “For Sale" sign outside a home in her neighborhood. On top of the sign with the name of the broker and their c...

Oregon moves to ban display of nooses, a racist symbol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Greg Evans, a Black man who joined a parade of witnesses urging Oregon lawmakers to ban the display of nooses, said the issue was personal for him: A member of his family had been l...

Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier build bond while competing

In Brett Gardner’s mind, he’s a starter, even though he knows the New York Yankees project him as Clint Frazier's backup in left field. “I’ve always kind of gone into it with the min...

Police: Man shot, killed after 'prank' robbery for video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee are investigating after a man was shot and killed Friday night during a robbery “prank” for a YouTube video. Nashville police responded to...

Navy SEAL gets 10 years for his role in Green Beret's death

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men served together in Africa. The SEAL's attorney s...

Diary shows how quest for love landed Navy vet in Iran jail

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael White's long-anticipated trip to Iran was already a disappointment. The love interest he'd gone to visit had stopped seeing him and he'd idled away hours in his hotel room by...