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Australian firefighters contend with pet crocodile

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Fire fighters who fought a house blaze in the tropical Australian city of Darwin have contended with the added distraction of being watched by a 4-meter (13-foot) pet crocodile. More>>

Stork delivery? Woman gives birth to baby at Nebraska zoo

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A woman whose baby was due May 14 went into labor early and gave birth at a Nebraska zoo. More>>

Bigfoot on the lam: Sasquatch statues vanish from Ohio store

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Police in Ohio are on the lookout for Bigfoot after a gift shop owner reported that painted concrete statues of the hairy creature vanished from outside her store. More>>

Dye for mulch leaks from trailer, turning creek bright red

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A mulch dye that leaked from a company's property is being blamed for turning the waters of a western New York creek a bright red. More>>

Mayor calls ghostly face seen in Salem streetlamp 'eerie'

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A Massachusetts city known for celebrating the occult is drawing attention after its mayor snapped a photo that appears to show a scowling face trapped in a streetlamp outside a courthouse. More>>

World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

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World's last male northern white rhino getting help from Tinder dating app to breed. More>>

Anti-Trump bar earmarks its profits for progressive causes

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A new anti-Trump bar in New York City is giving patrons the chance to put their money where their politics are by earmarking profits for a range of progressive causes. More>>

Toy given to police officer as safety talisman gets to Ohio

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Police in Ohio have received a stuffed toy given by a child to a Pennsylvania police officer to help keep him safe. More>>

What's in a name? Bronx Zoo proudly displays 'snot otters'

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The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is now proudly displaying two Eastern hellbenders _ also known as "devil dogs," "snot otters" or "old lasagna sides.". More>>

New York bowler rolls perfect 300 game in just 86.9 seconds

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A New York bowler has rolled a perfect 300 game in less than 90 seconds. More>>

Reports of dog attacks interrupt Connecticut mail service

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Some residents of a Connecticut neighborhood aren't receiving their mail at home anymore because a local dog is reportedly biting the mailmen. More>>

Officer charged with punching casino bathroom attendant

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A Rhode Island police officer charged with punching a 73-year-old casino bathroom attendant because "the water was too cold" is seeking to avoid prison time. More>>

Police: Man grew pot because he thought it'd be legal soon

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Vermont police have arrested a man who acknowledged growing marijuana to prepare for possible statewide legalization of the drug. More>>

Deputy wrangles feisty alligator in central Georgia

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An alligator has been apprehended at a park in central Georgia after a sheriff's deputy wrestled the creature. More>>

Wild monkey spotted in central Florida neighborhood

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Wildlife officials are warning residents of a Florida suburb to stay away from wild monkeys that have been spotted in the neighborhood. More>>

Torrents of juice flood Russian town after factory accident

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An accident at a beverage factory in southern Russia has sent torrents of juice streaming down the streets and into the River Don. More>>

Larry Bird delivers Pacers' 2021 All-Star bid in an Indy car

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Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it _ in an Indy car. More>>

Police stop 12-year-old boy from driving across Australia

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Outback police have arrested a 12-year-old boy who was almost a third of his way toward driving solo across Australia. More>>

Stuck cow pulled from muddy ditch by Florida deputies

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Sometimes a law enforcement officer's duty involves rescuing a cat from a tree; sometimes it's a cow. More>>

Just a minute: FIU baseball tops Marshall in a speedy finish

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FIU and Marshall were on the field for only about a minute, before the Panthers closed out a 4-3 victory. More>>

Civil War-era cannonballs to be moved from work site

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Dozens of Civil War-era cannonballs unearthed at a Pittsburgh construction site will be removed by a Maryland firm. More>>

Cops: 10 pounds of pot wrongly sent to Pennsylvania pastor

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Police are trying to determine who shipped 10 pounds of marijuana from California to a pastor in the Philadelphia suburbs. More>>

Coin flip decides new president of southern Illinois village

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A coin flip has decided the new president of a tiny southern Illinois village after an election this month ended in a tie. More>>

Chilly justice: Man ticketed for warming up car loses case

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Warming up your car in the driveway might be a Michigan winter tradition, but a judge says it's not legal in a Detroit suburb if no one's behind the wheel. More>>

Vienna bartender appeals fine for public belching _ and wins

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Vienna bartender fined for loudly belching next to a police officer wins appeal. More>>

Police pick up adorable intruders: A pair of pygmy goats

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Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets. More>>

Yo, Adrian! Pet shop from 'Rocky' films demolished

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A Philadelphia storefront featured prominently in the "Rocky" films has been demolished. More>>

Massachusetts man sentenced for burial plot sale scam

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A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to selling unused burial plots that had already been purchased by other people and pocketing the cash. More>>

Man in bunny suit who blew air horn at police pleads guilty

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A man who wore a bunny costume and repeatedly blew an air horn inside a New Jersey police station has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. More>>

Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino

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A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain's much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear. More>>

Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M

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The tiny town of Tiller, Oregon, is almost entirely for sale for $3.5 million - or $3.85 million if you also want the local elementary school, which is a separate deal. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Remote Oregon town for sale for $3.5 million

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AP PHOTOS: Oregon town for sale for $3.5 million. More>>

Prosecutors: Dentist pulled tooth while riding hoverboard

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Prosecutors say an Alaska dentist charged with Medicaid fraud pulled a sedated patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard. More>>

Loud sex sounds interrupt pro tennis match in Florida

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An outdoor professional tennis match in Florida came to a brief halt Tuesday night amid sounds of loud sex. More>>

Austrian town finds its hermit after international search

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It took an international search and making a choice between more than 50 applicants, but an Austrian town has a new hermit. More>>

Correction: Monaco-Flying Car story

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A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light frame plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine and rear propeller. More>>

Testing begins after brown spots appear in 2 Florida cities

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is looking into complaints about brown spots that are appearing on cars, boats, air-conditioning units and other objects in a couple of cities. More>>

Bus ad promoting US city festival shows images from Europe

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A bus ad promoting a Concord, New Hampshire, festival takes a detour through Europe. More>>

Coin toss decides winner of small Illinois village election

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A southern Illinois county is poised to hold a coin toss to decide who will be next leader of a tiny local town. More>>

Who stashed gold inside a British piano? It's a mystery

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British officials say they have been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money. More>>

Arena bans cowbells after some are thrown during hockey game

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A Pennsylvania arena has decided it needs less cowbell after some fans threw the noisemakers onto the ice at the end of a hockey game. More>>

Live video feed that showed giraffe birth to be taken down

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A livestreamed video of a pregnant giraffe that has enthralled millions of YouTube viewers since February is coming to an end. More>>

Police detonate 19th-century cannonball found among antiques

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An antiques collector in Massachusetts says he didn't realize he had an explosive 19th-century cannonball sitting in his home until Wednesday, when a bomb squad detonated the device. More>>

Starbucks calls shifting-color drink a "Unicorn Frappuccino"

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Starbucks says it will sell a "Unicorn Frappuccino" that changes colors with a stir of the straw. More>>

Namaste: Florida judge teaches yoga on courthouse lawn

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A Florida judge sometimes wears yoga clothes under her black robe. More>>

Alligator crawls out of Louisiana storm drain

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An alligator has been wrangled after crawling out of a storm drain in Louisiana. More>>

Oklahoma police chief issues himself a speeding ticket

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The police chief of a small northeast Oklahoma community says he issued himself a citation for speeding, but only after being caught on video. More>>

South Carolina homeowner finds 9-foot alligator on porch

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It wasn't the Easter bunny that startled a South Carolina homeowner and his family. More>>

Ohio man turns in $14,000 found on side of road

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An Ohio man says he was trying to set a good example for his children when he turned in $14,000 he found on the side of the road. More>>

Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet has announced that the red beacon lights that announce the presence of a very important person on the roads will be taken off the cars of all Indian government officials starting May 1. More>>

Audubon: First spotting of vermillion flycatcher in Maine

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The National Audubon Society says a web camera has captured the first confirmed sighting of a colorful species of bird in the history of the state. More>>

Danish diplomat chases off burglar from Manhattan apartment

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A Danish diplomat put aside diplomacy for the night _ chasing away a burglar who broke into her Manhattan apartment. More>>

Massive flooding turns a New York park into small lake

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A park in upstate New York has been flooded by 1 million gallons of water and turned into a lake. More>>

Police use carrots to corral horse loose on city streets

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Philadelphia police have corralled a horse that got loose and blocked traffic at an intersection in the city's Fishtown neighborhood. More>>

YouTube channel showing giraffe birth 2nd most live-viewed

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The long-awaited offspring of internet sensation April the Giraffe is being described as strong and "very independent.". More>>

Hundreds dress up as Chaplin's 'Tramp' at star's Swiss home

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Hundreds of Charlie Chaplin fans dressed as his "Tramp" character have gathered at the silent film star's former home in Switzerland, marking what would have been his 128th birthday. More>>

Researchers name loud shrimp after Pink Floyd

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A newly discovered species of shrimp that uses a bright pink claw to create a sound loud enough to kill small fish has been named for Pink Floyd. More>>

Police impersonator pulls over officer, needs real lawyer

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Authorities say a man who was impersonating a Florida police officer is jailed after he pulled over a real officer. More>>

Nude model, photographer arrested at shopping center

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Police say a man was taking photos of a woman who was wearing only thigh-high black stockings and high heel shoes at a suburban shopping center near Pittsburgh. More>>

Video captures horse battling gator at Florida park

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Visitors to a state park in Florida got a dramatic glimpse at the wild kingdom when a wild horse attacked an alligator by stomping on it. More>>

Professor sues Wal-Mart over 'clean toilets' description

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Montana State University professor sues Wal-Mart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed the occupation on the professor's fishing license as a toilet cleaner. More>>

Topeka firefighters rescue cat caught in tree and its owner

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Firefighters in Kansas have rescued a cat and its owner from a tree. More>>

California Chick-fil-A store seeks stolen cow costumes

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A California Chick-fil-A franchise is waiting for its cows to come home after thieves absconded with three mascot costumes from a storage shed earlier this week. More>>

Austria: 12 hidden gold bars stolen from parked car

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Police say a dozen gold bars worth some 117,000 euros ($124,000) were stolen from a woman's car while she left the vehicle briefly unattended in a small Austrian town. More>>

University of Michigan unveils 1,500-pound Rubik's Cube

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Past and present University of Michigan mechanical engineering students have unveiled a 1,500-pound tribute to one of the world's great brain teasers. More>>

Boy, 8, craves burger, drives dad's van a mile to McDonald's

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A craving for a McDonald's cheeseburger apparently prompted an 8-year-old Ohio boy to take his 4-year-old sister for a ride in his dad's van, which he learned to drive by watching YouTube videos. More>>

Remains, old gravesite found after logging in New Hampshire

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Police say they have found remains and a metal plate from a gravestone dated 1895 in Kingston, New Hampshire, after recent logging. More>>

Condom-clogged pipe leads police to Austin prostitution ring

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Police say they cracked an Austin prostitution ring they were led to by a drainage pipe clogged with condoms. More>>

Man gets 2-cent check from government and doesn't know why

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A Massachusetts man has a ready answer when he's asked for his two cents' worth: He presents a check he got from the government. More>>

Ssscary! Cleaning staff finds python in hotel room drawer

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A worker at a Massachusetts hotel got a slithery surprise while cleaning a room _ a 5-foot snake left in a drawer. More>>

Arizona man accused of stealing a woman's purse on 1st date

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Police say a Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a woman's purse during a first date. More>>

News driver retires after 57 years, 5 million deliveries

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After nearly six decades and millions of newspapers delivered, Mel Rulison has called it quits. More>>

Ancestry.com helps family of dead boy find man posing at him

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Federal prosecutors say the mother of a baby who died in Texas in 1972 discovered that a Pennsylvania man had assumed the child's identity by looking on Ancestry.com. More>>

Church gets offspring to replace now-dead 600-year-old tree

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A New Jersey church has planted an offspring of a now-dead white oak that was believed to be the oldest in the United States. More>>

Austrian town abuzz after theft of some 1 million bees

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A town south of Vienna is abuzz over the reported theft of dozens of beehives, containing about 1 million bees, from a local park. More>>

Contractor bans foul language at school's construction site

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Foul language is being discouraged at one construction site in Philadelphia. More>>

Fly the funnier skies: Mideast airlines troll United

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Mideast carriers are having fun at United Airlines' expense. More>>

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