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Grandma thanks Idaho trooper for traffic stop

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A woman who got a speeding ticket while on a recent vacation to Idaho wrote a note to the Idaho State Police thanking the trooper for the kindness he showed her grandchildren during the stop. More>>

Ax crashes through car windshield on highway

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It was a scary moment on a highway north of Boston when an ax smashed through the windshield of a car. More>>

Pesky pig that scared kids on Maine trail captured

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An 80-pound domestic pig that chased children and adults on a walking trail in Maine during three weeks of freedom has been nabbed. More>>

Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium

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A fisherman has caught a rare lobster that's bright orange with dark blue spots. More>>

Houston firm offers space flights for pet remains

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A Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world will offer the same memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones. More>>

Couple wants middle names to include 'Seamonster'

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Sea monsters may exist only in the imagination, but a Massachusetts couple wants to make them part of their names. More>>

Clowns help fellow clown who crashed car into pole

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Clowns to the rescue! More>>

Dad accidentally delivers baby into toilet

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A Connecticut baby has arrived with a splash, right into a toilet bowl. More>>

'Spider-Man' fights Dubliner in street, goes viral

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Dublin's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has become a social media phenomenon after being caught on video fighting a man who allegedly tried to steal his money. More>>

Oak Ridge cancels class to reduce Southern accents

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Some employees at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee complained about a class aimed at teaching them how to reduce their Southern accents. Now, managers are calling the whole thing off. More>>

Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple's bed

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A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. More>>

Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months

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An Indianapolis man has won two $1 million lottery prizes in the past three months. More>>

Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

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Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. More>>

Wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks out

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Authorities say a brawl involving dozens of guests broke out at a wedding reception in central New Jersey. More>>

Centenarian gets honorary high school diploma

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A Rhode Island centenarian has received something she'd wanted for more than eight decades: her high school diploma. More>>

Pennsylvania town gets wet yet again on Rain Day

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It's just a sprinkle, but it counts enough for people in a southwestern Pennsylvania town to celebrate Rain Day. More>>

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats Video included

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Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. More>>

Strip club endorses Democratic pastor for Congress

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An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress. And the candidate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he's happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix. More>>

Bolivian president seeks votes in the bedroom

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As night falls and Bolivian couples slip between the sheets, pillow talk turns, naturally, to economic policy. More>>

Yes! Former WWE champ catches suspected burglar

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A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said. More>>

Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

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Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. More>>

No ticket for Shrek over loud musical, chief says

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A musical being performed in a New Hampshire park has drawn some noise complaints, but the deputy police chief says he's "not giving Shrek a ticket." More>>

Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois

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For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" was not an option. More>>

911 call reveals unusual home intruder _ a snake

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Authorities say officers in New Mexico rushed to a home invasion call and found an unusual intruder - a large snake. More>>

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

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An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. More>>

Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times

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A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him. More>>

California to have 4 governors in 4 days next week

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How many governors does it take to run the state of California? Next week, the answer's four. More>>

Man run over by own truck during road rage

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A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. More>>

Tortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape?

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An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. More>>

New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

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The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. More>>

Naked thieves take burgers from SW Fla eatery

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A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into an eatery "dumb, dumber and dumbest." More>>

Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down

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A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks. More>>

Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare

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Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food. More>>

Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown

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Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla. More>>

State ends hunt for snake in New Jersey lake

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A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry. More>>

Woman: Backyard near turnpike is not a rest stop

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A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols. More>>

2 police cars collide when officer runs red light

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Authorities say a Syracuse city police officer was looking at the computer inside his patrol car when he ran a red light and collided with an unmarked police vehicle. More>>

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

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Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags... More>>

Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

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Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California. More>>

Couple marries in Omaha's largest cemetery

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A Nebraska couple chose an unusual venue for their wedding: the largest cemetery in Omaha. More>>

170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois

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Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money. More>>

Driver stops to help ducklings, gets ticket

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A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket. More>>

Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

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Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake - possibly an anaconda - slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water. More>>

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

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A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed - by beetles. More>>

Chase ends as man runs into a Miss. police academy

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Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy. More>>

Legal marijuana milestone heads for Seattle museum

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The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday. More>>

Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

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A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store. More>>

Police: Woman posted selfies in stolen dress

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Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewelry from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items. More>>

200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

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Authorities are investigating after a thief at an east Georgia shopping mall made off with a bagful of women's unmentionables. More>>

Black-and-white stripes are the new orange

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A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture. More>>

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

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Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this. More>>

High water moves Alaska regatta into parking lot

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High water forced the cancellation of the Red Green Regatta in Fairbanks over the weekend, with the fun moved off the water and into a parking lot. More>>

Another tiny Wyoming town goes up for sale

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Here's a gift for someone who has everything: A tiny town in far northeastern Wyoming named Aladdin. More>>

Dog hailed as hero for alerting deaf boy to fire

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A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire. More>>

Cornhole champions being decided in West Virginia

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Cornhole, the strange-sounding game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is taking on a serious side this week. More>>

Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

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A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska. More>>

Robber who hit same bank, teller twice sentenced

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A 24-year-old man who a month after being released from prison for a bank robbery held up the same bank and teller has been sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars. More>>

Deja Phew: Plane lands on NY highway for 2nd time

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A New York pilot who landed his disabled plane on a highway for the second time in eight days said Friday he's lucky to have escaped unhurt and thankful he didn't hit anyone. More>>

Couple bringing crazed cat home after calling 911

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A cat is heading back home after spending time in quarantine following an attack on its central Florida owners that prompted a 911 call. More>>

History buffs? Police say museum's dinosaur stolen

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Talk about exploring the past. Police say a pair of thieves stole a baby dinosaur replica from a science museum and took props from a history exhibit at another facility. More>>

Contempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed

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An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court. More>>

Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

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Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. More>>

Police: Arrested man ordered 5 pizzas to station

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Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting - five pizzas showed up at the station. More>>

Mosquito trap causes bomb scare at power plant

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A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two. More>>

Twins are born 12 hours apart on different days

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The Muldowney twins will share plenty of things in life, but the same birthday isn't one of them. More>>

California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

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Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws. More>>

Man starts fire using 'blowtorch' to kill spider

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A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said Wednesday. More>>

Pilot mistake means pingpong balls rain on highway

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A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate. More>>

Criminal history on Pennsylvania Capitol portraits

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The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers and one former top state senator hanging in the Capitol's marble corridors each have new information to tell visitors: their criminal histories. More>>

Couple pilfers replica of baby dino from museum

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Police are looking for a man and a woman caught on video stealing a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum. More>>

@HiddenCash to pay for park trampled by money hunt

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When the man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash moved his scavenger hunt to Whittier, California, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park seeking free money. More>>

SAY WHAT!? Removal by noise reaps barbs in Belgium

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A plan by a Belgian mayor to remove a group of Gypsies by playing loud music backfired when the camping cars stayed put and the children danced to the music. More>>

Ax throw, log climb at Adirondack lumberjack class

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Ax throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It's also OK to dump your classmate in the lake - as long as you're both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log. More>>

2 arrested in theft of cheese vans in California

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Two men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing three Volkswagen minibuses that were customized to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese loafs. More>>

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