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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Man wins $1 million while on Rhode Island vacation

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A vacation off the coast of Rhode Island has turned a man into a millionaire. More>>

Authorities: Nebraska man spotted naked on I-80

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Authorities say a Nebraska man was walking around naked on Interstate 80 before damaging a passing vehicle. More>>

Uruguay teachers protest attacks by parents

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Teachers in this South American country are going on a 24-hour strike to protest a wave of physical attacks on educators by students' mothers and fathers. More>>

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

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By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. More>>

Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

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Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after some scientists gave her name to a water mite species they discovered near Puerto Rico. More>>

Miami car thief makes good time to Washington

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Police in the town of Blaine, Washington, near the Canadian border found a car in a bank parking lot on July 2 that had been stolen in Miami just about two days earlier. More>>

Boulder, Colorado, celebrates Tube To Work Day

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A few commuters in Boulder, Colorado, may have arrived at work dripping wet because they observed Tube To Work Day. More>>

Man claims kingdom so daughter can be princess

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A Virginia man says he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess. More>>

On-duty officer delivers his own son in California

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Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son. More>>

Pig that menaced children seen again in Maine

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Police in the Maine town of Oakland say a pig that menaced two children walking through the woods has scared another passer-by. More>>

Store accepts a 25-year-old gift certificate

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A Massachusetts pop culture store has honored a 25-year-old gift certificate. More>>

Driver of stalled pickup finds slithering surprise

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When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand. More>>

Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea 'concert'

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Nearly 500 divers and snorkelers submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Saturday for a "concert" beneath the sea broadcast by a local radio station. More>>

Live birds found in Elmo doll at US-Mexico border

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Federal agents inspecting a couple's belongings at an Arizona entry port on the U.S.-Mexico border found two live parrots hidden inside an Elmo doll. More>>

Connecticut man arrested after stabbing watermelon

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A 49-year-old Connecticut man faces threatening charges after a woman told police he stabbed a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner. More>>

Meat mess on upstate NY road stinks up cars

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Some car owners are raising a stink after driving a road littered with meat in upstate New York. More>>

NYC man's long-lost class ring turns up in Greece

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More than 40 years after a New York man last saw his high school class ring, the love token his wife had until their wedding night popped up on a Greek island. More>>

Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

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Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package - 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa. More>>

Bull gores Alaska rodeo promoter at his own event

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Rodeo cowboy Frank Koloski has been gored before, but never at an event he sponsored. More>>

New Mexico judge elected by coin toss after tie

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A New Mexico county magistrate race that ended in a tie has finally come to a head, or rather, heads. More>>

California man catches 482-pound halibut in Alaska

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A California man hooked the catch of a lifetime while on vacation in Alaska. More>>

Kodiak, Alaska, has most expensive haircut in US

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If you've seen a lot of long-haired men on Alaska's Kodiak Island, this might be the reason. More>>

Plane's swastika banner spurs criticism around NYC

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A banner aiming to change people's minds about what swastikas stand for has stirred outrage after it flew over beaches in New York City and on Long Island. More>>

Whoops! Police say tow truck tried to snag cop car

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Pig threatens children walking through Maine woods

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Police in the Maine town of Oakland are looking for a pig that threatened two children walking through the woods. More>>

Great fall too much _ Humpty Dumpty to be rebuilt

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The nursery rhyme proved right: Humpty Dumpty couldn't be put together again. More>>

14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s

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By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians. More>>

Jumping jack to become official Missouri exercise

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Arms up! Legs out! More>>

Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

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Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered. More>>

Artist: Santa Fe police pulled rifle for dog poop

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A well-known American Indian artist said police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary. More>>

Police arrest man accused of kicking police horse

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Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of running up to a police horse, uttering a "karate-like battle cry" and delivering what a spokesman calls "a jumping, double kick" to the... More>>

Agave that will bloom only once begins to do so

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A flowering process 80 years in the making is finally underway. More>>

3 skulls donated to Seattle-area thrift store

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Officials in Washington state are searching for the person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store in a Seattle suburb. More>>

Massachusetts man injured when dragged by wires

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A Massachusetts man was injured when overhead wires pulled down by a passing truck wrapped around him and dragged him down the sidewalk. More>>

Naked Seattle intruder recites Scripture in home

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It was little comfort to the residents of a Seattle home along Lake Washington when the naked man who crashed through their front door began loudly reciting Scripture. More>>

Cat in central Florida goes wild; owner calls 911

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A 4-year-old Russian blue cat named Kush is being quarantined after apparently going berserk inside a central Florida home, prompting its owners to call 911. More>>

Freak accident sends chisel through gym window

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A woman working out at a Manhattan fitness center suffered cuts from shards of glass after a piece of construction equipment crashed through the gym's fourth-floor window. More>>

Probation for official who stole $460K in quarters

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The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term. More>>

Farmer loses phone, returned 8 months later

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Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after a trip to Japan. More>>

Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

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Faced with potentially hungry - and grumpy - passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours. More>>

Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

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Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. More>>

Oregon man impersonates deputy while on test drive

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An Oregon man impersonated a sheriff's deputy while taking an SUV for a test drive and pulled over a motorcyclist, authorities said. More>>

The lid's off: Judge accused of lying about fight

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An upstate New York judge has been indicted on nine charges related to a reported attack last summer that authorities now say he fabricated. More>>

Pennsylvania man's draft notice was 102 years late

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A Pennsylvania woman says her late father has received notice to register for the nation's military draft - some 102 years too late. More>>

Police: Men steal $2,000 in soap, hygiene items

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Police are trying to figure out why a trio of hygiene-minded thieves walked into a CVS pharmacy in Atlanta's northern suburbs and stole $2,000 in soap and other personal care items. More>>

100-year-old German turns tables on trickster

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This 100-year-old German woman was too sharp for a would-be trickster. More>>