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A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

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Many airports have problems dealing with bird strikes, but the one in America's farthest north community is having issues lately with marine mammals. More>>

End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' scene

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A macabre "zombie Nativity" scene that's become an annual tradition of sorts in a suburban Cincinnati neighborhood won't be displayed next Christmas. More>>

C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer

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A black and white cat has become one of the stars at a St. Louis center where dogs are trained to help people with disabilities. Trainers say the cat named D-O-G plays an important role teaching dogs how to act amid distractions. More>>

Farmhouse for free, but buyer must move it off owners' land

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A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land. More>>

Dog subject of court battle, faked death

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Mack the boxer-mastiff mix is back with his adopted family after a two-year court battle and his faked death. More>>

Grizzly crime solved: Candy factory's stolen bear found

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Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago. More>>

California man gets stuck in chimney during burglary attempt

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Authorities say a Northern California man tried to burglarize a business by entering through the chimney only to become stuck. More>>

Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

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A cow believed to have escaped from a nativity scene found its way onto Interstate 95 in Philadelphia before being corralled by police. More>>

Oil change turns into owl sighting, bird named 'Shazam'

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A routine oil change has turned into an unusual owl sighting for one car owner. More>>

Expecting dad stages own pregnancy photo shoot, shows belly

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An expecting father in Massachusetts has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot. More>>

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport

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French police are looking for a homeless man who found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave with 300,000 euros ($354,000). More>>

Pilot traces virtual Christmas tree in German test flight

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A pilot has traced a virtual Christmas tree over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380. More>>

Gaza eatery offers discounts to North Koreans but no takers

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Gaza eatery becomes latest fan of authoritarian North Korean leader, offers massive discount to his countrymen. More>>

In need of workers, Maine hires contractors to plow roads

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Worker shortages in Maine have forced the state Department of Transportation to hire private contractors to plow roads. More>>

Family's 'A Christmas Story' house may become Lego set

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A central New York family is campaigning for their carefully crafted recreation of the house from "A Christmas Story" to become an official Lego set. More>>

Goodyear blows up new home for airship: an inflatable hangar

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Goodyear has raised a giant inflatable hangar that will be the permanent home of one of the company's new airships, which replaced its original blimps. More>>

No Tannenbaum: Senator says rule keeps trees from US troops

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US Sen. Chuck Schumer says a federal rule change that's stopping donated Christmas trees from being sent to American troops overseas is straight out of the Grinch's playbook. More>>

Gold coins found in Salvation Army holiday kettle in Florida

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Officials say they found gold coins among the donations in a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Florida. More>>

Police: Man strips naked, jumps on car after road crash

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Police in Virginia's Fairfax County say a man stripped off his clothes and jumped on passing car after a road accident. More>>

Fetid attraction: London fatberg to go on museum display

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Part of a monster fatberg that clogged one of London's sewers is destined for fame in a museum. More>>

Singer of novelty song welcomes hippopotamus to Oklahoma Video included

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Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first. More>>

Red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond

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In a reverse-reality Christmas tale, a red-suited man on a sled pushes a deer to safety on an ice-covered pond in Oregon. More>>

Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin

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Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was about the size of a grown man. More>>

Wisconsin man fleeing police crashed while checking phone

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Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions. More>>

Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks Video included

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An obese squirrel has been caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a New Jersey family leaves out every year as a holiday treat for delivery people. More>>

Maine police: Bouncing roll of duct tape leads to 911 call

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Maine police: Bouncing roll of duct tape led to dog's barking, 911 call. More>>

Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly

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A dog is on the mend after an Oklahoma veterinarian recently removed 21 pacifiers from its stomach. More>>

Police: Man posed as officer, tried to get discounted coffee

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Police in western New York have charged a man who they say impersonated an officer in an attempt to get discounted coffee. More>>

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero

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US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets a comic book sequel, 'Female Force: Elizabeth Warren #2,' chronicling early days of 2012 Senate campaign. More>>

Firefighters rescue girl stuck in McDonald's playground

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Firefighters in Massachusetts responded to a fast food restaurant over the weekend to free a young girl who got stuck in the playground. More>>

Woman claims surgeon talked on cellphone during operation

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A suburban New York City woman sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her. More>>

Man who streaked at Buffalo Bills game pleads guilty, fined

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Buffalo Bills fan who ran naked across field during blowout loss to Saints, earning praise from other fans for rushing better than the players, pleads guilty to exposure. More>>

Woman who robbed banks while pregnant sentenced to prison

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A Wisconsin woman accused of robbing three banks while she was more than eight months pregnant pleaded guilty to robbing two of them and was sentenced to four years in prison. More>>

'Big as my head': Hawaii woman seeks record for huge avocado

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A Big Island woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the 5-pound avocado she snagged is the world's largest. More>>

Ice cream shop's cow derriere logo gets icy reception

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A New Jersey ice cream shop is changing its logo of a cartoon cow with a pronounced derriere after the play on words drew complaints that it was sexist. More>>

Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane

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German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne. More>>

Police: Woman drove with transit sign sticking out of car

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Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. More>>

Tinder swindler who made false cancer claims gets prison

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A man who swindled his Tinder dates out of $49,000 has been sentenced to two to six years in prison. More>>

New dinosaur looks like odd mix of duck, croc, ostrich, swan

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Scientists unveil a tiny dinosaur that looks like Dr. Seuss glued it together with the features of a duck, swan, croc, ostrich and penguin. More>>

Cops: Woman parks in police chief's spot while smoking pot

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Authorities say a woman arriving at a Long Island court to answer a marijuana possession summons was smoking pot when she parked her vehicle in the local police chief's spot. More>>

Secret Santa couple pays off $10K in layaway orders in Maine

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Representatives for a Maine Toys R Us store say a husband and wife stopped in to pay off $10,000 in layaway orders for other families. More>>

Postal Service probes glue-like substance found on mailboxes

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Some residents in a New Jersey city have noticed a glue-like substance on mailboxes is preventing their letters from going down the chute. More>>

Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia demand higher wages

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Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. More>>

Retired justice 'so disappointed' to be kept off jury

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She was impartial enough to serve as a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, but apparently that wasn't enough for Geraldine Hines to be named a juror in a murder trial. More>>

Zippy's back! Town's elf on a shelf has been returned

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A New Hampshire town is happy to report that its beloved elf-on a shelf has been returned, more than a day after he vanished. More>>

Delta flight makes emergency bathroom stop in Montana

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A Delta flight from New York City to Seattle had to make a stop in Billings after the plane's toilets filled up and passengers couldn't hold it any longer. More>>

Skydiving Santa crashes on Florida beach with Elf on a Shelf

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A skydiving Santa looking to make a grand entrance while taking an Elf on the Shelf to a 9-year-old girl crashed into a tree and light pole before hitting a Florida beach and breaking his leg. More>>

Police: DUI suspect dances on car, flees on kid's scooter

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Police say a Nevada woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after she drove down a highway the wrong way, danced atop her vehicle and attempted to flee officers on a kid's scooter. More>>

Correction: Tattooed Santa-Mall Crackdown story

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A beloved Santa with "naughty" tattooed on one arm and "nice" tattooed on the other has been asked to tone down his typically goofy poses at a suburban Philadelphia mall, leaving some fans miffed. More>>

Astronauts make, fling, float, eat pizzas on space station

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The first-ever pizza night in space is getting sky-high reviews. More>>

Opossum breaks into liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

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An opossum who apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. More>>

Man falls through ceiling, lands at the feet of police

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A Pennsylvania man hiding from police in the crawl space of his girlfriend's home has been taken into custody after he fell through the ceiling directly in front of an officer. More>>

Man accused of illegally catching tuna, dumping it in woods

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A Massachusetts man has been accused of catching a tuna out of season and then dumping its headless 400-pound carcass in the woods. More>>

Selfie-service: Man cooks Waffle House meal as worker sleeps

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When a man found the only worker at an empty South Carolina Waffle House asleep, he took his meal into his own hands. More>>

The search is on for Zippy, town's missing life-size elf

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Police in a New Hampshire town are looking for Zippy, a beloved life-size elf on a shelf that usually can be seen at various sites leading up to Christmas. More>>

Suburban NY police tell residents to avoid hybrid coyote

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Police are cautioning residents to stay away from a large hybrid coyote that's been wandering around a New York City suburb. More>>

Skiing Santas ho-ho-hold court at ski resort's annual bash

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The 18th annual Santa event took place at Sunday River ski resort in western Maine on Sunday. More>>

Sphinx from 90-year-old movie set unearthed in California

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Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments". More>>

Police: Squirrel blamed for vandalizing Christmas lights

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It was a squirrel that nearly stole Christmas in a New Jersey town. More>>

Cat banned from library develops social media following

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A tabby named Max has been playing a game of cat and mouse with some Minnesota college librarians. More>>

Anonymous driver sends police $1,000 30 years after crash

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A person who apparently sped off after hitting a parked car in a Minneapolis suburb more than 30 years ago anonymously sent $1,000 to local police this month and asked them to pass it on to the car's owner, if possible. More>>

Beagle breakout: Pup caught on video scaling shelter cage

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A video of a beagle at a Virginia animal shelter scaling her cage to escape has generated calls of interest from across the country. More>>

Builders race to save football's Eagles from Billy Penn jinx

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Superstitious construction workers have placed a small statue of Philadelphia's founder atop the city's newest skyscraper in an effort to save the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles from a fabled jinx. More>>

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