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  • Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland

    HELSINKI (AP) — An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:11:09 -0400
  • Indiana trooper wins praise for stopping too slow driver

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he's overwhelmed by the widespread praise he's receiving online.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:48:25 -0400
  • Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans' flags

    ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:30:00 -0400
  • Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was a gray wolf.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:39:14 -0400
  • Baby born on Paris suburban train gets free rides until 25

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris public transport company RATP says a baby boy born in a suburban train will get free rides in the French capital until he is 25.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:28:52 -0400
  • Australian artist emerges alive from three-day burial under road

    By Melanie Burton HOBART (Reuters) - An Australian performance artist who was buried in a steel container under a busy road for 72 hours as part of a so-called dark arts festival was released from his self-imposed prison on Sunday. Mike Parr, a 73-year-old performance artist whose creative endeavors typically explore physical limits, was entombed in the mini-shipping container late on Thursday and the road was resealed above him. Oxygen was pumped into the container where Parr had access to water, reading and writing material, a heater and a distress button in case anything went wrong - but no food.

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:29:29 -0400
  • Vows in the air: German couple married in tightrope wedding

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    BERLIN (AP) — A couple in eastern Germany have gotten married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 meters (46 feet) above the ground.

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 11:04:25 -0400
  • Australian supermarket giant says 'yes' to mass nude photograph

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    More than 11,000 Australians who rushed for the chance to strip for American photographer Spencer Tunick will soon wear only smiles after a national supermarket chain changed its mind about allowing the shoot to go ahead on a suburban rooftop carpark. "We're over the moon," John Lotton, director of the Provocare Festival of the Arts, told Reuters on Saturday. After festival organizers agreed to move the event from busy weekend trading hours to a quiet Monday morning, Woolworths shed its inhibitions to allow the event to go ahead on July 9.

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:53:47 -0400
  • Research on dogs might shed light on human responses to food: study

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    Researchers in Hungary who found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food say the dogs’ responses were similar to what might be expected in normal and overweight humans. The study suggested dogs could be used as models for future research into the causes and psychological impacts of human obesity, the authors of the paper from Budapest's ELTE University said. Researchers put two bowls - one of them holding a good meal, the other empty or containing less attractive food - in front of a series of dogs.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:18:21 -0400
  • Mortuary must pay widow $50K for 'coerced' cremation

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana mortuary business must pay a woman $50,000 after her husband was cremated against his wishes.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:22:50 -0400
  • Deputy: Florida man chugged can of beer during DUI stop

    BIG COPPITT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 48-year-old Florida man raised a can of beer and chugged it after a sheriff's deputy stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:09:53 -0400
  • Signs seeking return of heirloom: 'My mother will kill me'

    MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, "My mother will kill me."

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:09:56 -0400
  • Czech president torches underpants, stunt stuns journalists

    PRAGUE (AP) — A fiery stunt by the Czech president has really stunned journalists this time.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:26:43 -0400
  • Emergency slide accidently deployed from plane

    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — An emergency slide was accidentally deployed from a plane at a Connecticut airport, causing the flight to be delayed for several hours.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:54:59 -0400
  • Firefighters break windows of car blocking hydrant

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters had to break the windows and run a hose through a car that was blocking a fire hydrant in New Jersey.

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:49:06 -0400
  • North Dakota mayor re-elected with all 3 of town's votes

    RUSO, N.D. (AP) — The man believed to be North Dakota's oldest mayor has breezed to another term, winning unanimously in a vote that saw 100 percent turnout.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:34:25 -0400
  • Trucks collision in Arkansas causes fire and spills Fireball

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:31:41 -0400
  • Montana man rescues tired fawn from bed of sewer sludge

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    FORT BENTON, Mont. (AP) — A north-central Montana man rescued a tired fawn from a bed of drying sewer sludge while others helped reunite the baby deer with its mother nearby.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:23:57 -0400
  • Airplane-towed banner falls in NJ, smashes car window

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An airplane-towed banner broke loose and came down near New Jersey's statehouse, fluttering to the ground and shattering the rear windshield of a parked car.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:27:49 -0400
  • 2 inn workers eat pot-laced candy left by guests, get sick

    SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Police say two employees of an inn at a popular Vermont tourist destination ate marijuana-laced chocolate left behind by guests and got sick.

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:16:57 -0400
  • Minnesota online sensation raccoon captured atop skyscraper

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    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe. "After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:27:05 -0400
  • Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe

    WINSTED, Minn. (AP) — A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:14:51 -0400
  • Big hurdles for bold push to split California into 3 states

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation's most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, but the entire nation.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:35:20 -0400
  • St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25-story tower

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:27:17 -0400
  • Rare sightings of big bug draw fans from around the world

    ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 17:10:52 -0400
  • 'Dead' husband returns after Japan police send wrong body

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese wife has told police the body she thought was of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up alive a year later.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:52:52 -0400
  • Coin toss decides Kentucky magistrate race

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With both candidates in a Kentucky magistrate primary tied at 127 votes, they used a coin flip to decide the race.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:08:32 -0400
  • Sisters give birth on same day in Georgia

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Two sisters. Two new babies around the same time — again.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:53:05 -0400
  • Russia's psychic cat Achilles picks home team for World Cup opener

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    Want to know who will win the first match of the World Cup? At least that's the prediction of Achilles, a cat in St Petersburg reputed to have psychic powers. Achilles, who lives in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum, is deaf, something his minders say means he will not be easily distracted by onlookers while making his prediction.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:01:52 -0400
  • Correction: Stranded Raccoon story

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story June 13 about a raccoon scaling a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the building was the UBS Tower. The building's formal name is UBS Plaza.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:51:18 -0400
  • Minnesota online sensation raccoon captured atop skyscraper

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    (Reuters) - A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:57:21 -0400
  • Her life saved, Bulgarian cow Penka waits to rejoin herd

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    KOPILOVTSI, Bulgaria (AP) — Swatting away the flies with her long tail, Penka the cow happily munches on hay, unaware of the international stir she has caused.

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:06:28 -0400
  • 'Roof, roof!' Dog rescued from overhang roof at his home

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    SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — "Roof! Roof!" He was practically begging to be rescued.

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:02:43 -0400
  • Artist eying record for world's largest paper airplane

    FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to set a world record for the largest paper airplane.

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:11:35 -0400
  • Abandoned baby moose, 'begging for attention,' befriends dog

    WALLAGRASS, Maine (AP) — A dog and a young moose have forged an unlikely friendship in Maine.

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:40:46 -0400
  • Man literally falls into police's hands after eluding them

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who ran from a traffic stop and then found himself clinging by his hands to a window ledge has been literally caught by police waiting below.

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:01:00 -0400
  • Distillery has new bourbon flavored by beaver secretion

    TAMWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone?

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:37:53 -0400
  • 14 boys, no regrets: Michigan family happy the way they are

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    LAKEVIEW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple has 14 boys and no regrets, regardless of what online opinion-givers have to say about it.

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:52:52 -0400
  • Chinese vase found in shoebox sells for $19 million

    An 18th century Chinese vase found in a shoebox in an attic in France sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at auction in Paris on Tuesday. The price was more than 20 times the estimate of 500,000 euros to 700,000 euros auctioneers Sotheby's had put on the item. It was the highest price reached for a single item sold by Sotheby's in France.

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:55:34 -0400
  • Plane taxis to Orlando gate _ after alligator crosses tarmac

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Most times it's bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator.

    Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:37:33 -0400
  • Maine town works to save statue of famous harbor seal Andre

    ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine town is raising money to save the statue of a beloved harbor seal that brought the community together.

    Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:57:59 -0400
  • Penka the Bulgarian cow escapes death sentence after international outcry

    Bulgaria agreed on Monday to spare the life of Penka the cow after plans to kill her for crossing European Union borders without paperwork triggered an international outcry. Penka wandered away from her herd near the Bulgarian village of Mazarachevo last month and walked out of the bloc into neighboring Serbia. When she was returned two weeks later, authorities said she would have to be put down as she had violated guidelines under which animals entering the European Union have to have papers verifying their health.

    Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:21:30 -0400
  • Kim Jong Un impersonator questioned on arrival in Singapore

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    SINGAPORE (AP) — A Kim Jong Un lookalike was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump.

    Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:00:22 -0400
  • Some like it not: Marilyn Monroe statue has church venting

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Marilyn Monroe's rear is getting some leers in Connecticut.

    Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:47:28 -0400
  • Astronauts give pope personalized space suit, add white cape

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    Astronauts from the International Space Station gave Pope Francis his own blue jump suit on Friday but to distinguish him from ordinary planetary pilgrims like themselves they added a white cape. "Since clothes make the man, we thought we'd have a flight suit like ours made for you," Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli told the pope at a meeting in the Vatican also attended by four other Space Station veterans - three Americans and one Russian. Nespoli said the suit was identical to theirs and made of the same material.

    Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:06:32 -0400
  • Cops rescue pig near a Dunkin' Donuts, name him 'Pork Roll'

    NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say they found a lost pet pig wandering near a local Dunkin' Donuts and nicknamed it "Pork Roll."

    Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:46:49 -0400
  • South Dakota sheriff loses re-election, fires winning deputy

    TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota sheriff waited a whole minute after polls closed to fire a deputy who undid his re-election bid this week.

    Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:41:00 -0400
  • Wandering caterpillars make for slippery road in Maine

    BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — Drivers: Better watch out for caterpillars in one Maine town.

    Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:51:52 -0400
  • Bees get death-by-pesticide funeral in Paris

    Bee keepers and environmental activists staged a mock funeral in Paris on Thursday for bees, to protest against the pesticides they say are killing insects crucial for the eco-system. Green campaigners say bee colonies in western Europe have been ravaged by the use of neonicotinoids, a group of pesticides based on the chemical structure of nicotine. Bee keepers in France have pressed the government to take more action to protect their livelihoods.

    Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:56:39 -0400
  • Man beats huge odds: 2 My Million lottery wins in 18 months

    PARIS (AP) — A man who regularly plays the lottery with the same numbers at the same place in eastern France has beaten huge odds, winning the My Million lottery twice in 18 months.

    Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:07:05 -0400
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