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Officials beg pastor, strip club owner to end feud

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Officials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other's establishments over a years-long feud. More>>

Police seek huge boa on loose in Nampa

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Police in Nampa say they're on the lookout for a 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity. More>>

Giant San Diego panda gets chipped tooth fixed

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Bai Yun, the San Diego Zoo's giant female panda, has been known to chew on bamboo up to 12 hours a day, so when she chipped a lower tooth, veterinarians had to fix it. More>>

Police: 2 boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist

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Two juvenile suspects have confessed to picking clean a pumpkin patch that was cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers, police said Friday. More>>

Cops: NY man hid drugs in anti-drug stuffed animal

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State police say they've arrested a 22-year-old New York man after he was found with marijuana, cocaine and LSD hidden inside a stuffed animal dressed in an anti-drug T-shirt. More>>

California nudist camp accused of stealing water

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Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. More>>

New Mexico county struggling with stinky building

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A county government building in southern New Mexico stinks. More>>

Cops photograph alleged sleeping Florida burglar

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Talk about a heavy sleeper. More>>

Police: Intruder caught cooking corn in home

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Massachusetts police have arrested a man they say broke into a home and cooked himself a snack. More>>

Vermont town looking for stolen electronic sign

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A Vermont town is considering a reward for help finding whoever stole a brand new electronic sign that tells drivers how fast they're going. More>>

Woman accused of aiming gun at kids over clarinet

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A western Colorado woman is accused of pointing a rifle at several children in a neighboring backyard because she was upset that an 11-year-old boy was playing his clarinet outside. More>>

Man arrested after discussing drugs on 911 call

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A man has been arrested in Middle Tennessee after dispatchers heard him discussing drugs on an accidental 911 call. More>>

Police: Man broke into bar, took nap in kitchen

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Pennsylvania State Police say a man broke into a northwestern Pennsylvania bar, where he was found napping on a table. More>>

Thieves steal pumpkins grown by preschoolers

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Thieves have picked clean a pumpkin patch that had been cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers. More>>

Illinois volunteers grill 100-foot-long bratwurst

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About 50 people volunteered to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst without burning or breaking it at a bar in Illinois. More>>

Man named human loses primary in New Hampshire

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Human's race ended in defeat. More>>

Man held for allegedly stealing Ferrari twice

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Authorities have arrested a Southern California man they say stole the same Ferrari - twice. More>>

Latest NYC condo amenity: $1 million parking spot

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A condo development in New York City's pricy SoHo neighborhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle - $1 million. More>>

Police say woman used wheelchair cart for getaway

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Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart. More>>

100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen

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It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life. More>>

'Missing' trophy returns to Massachusetts school

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Proof of Haverhill High School boys' swimming team's 1978 Massachusetts state championship is finally returning home. More>>

Sleepwalking camper injured in cliff fall in Ky.

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Rescue crews say an Ohio man who was camping with friends in central Kentucky's Red River Gorge is recovering after falling from a cliff while sleepwalking. More>>

Maine lobstermen catch 2 albino lobsters in week

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It's no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. More>>

Girl finds ancient spear point on NJ beach

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A girl has found what appears to be an ancient spear point on a New Jersey beach. More>>

Newborn killer whale spotted in Washington waters

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Whale researchers are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound in Washington state. More>>

Man named human mounts bid for New Hampshire House

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New Hampshire's House of Representatives may be getting a little more human next year. More>>

Couple exchanges vows, rappel down Miami hotel

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A couple exchanged marriage vows atop a Miami hotel before rappelling down the high-rise building along with hundreds of others for a charity fundraiser. More>>

Skinny dip yearbook photo raises eyebrows

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A New Mexico high school yearbook is raising eyebrows after it published a racy photo of students under a "Most Likely to Skinny Dip" category. More>>

Deputies: Woman bit victim, calls it 'zombie game'

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Authorities in Oregon say a woman has been arrested after breaking in to a house, pushing a woman down the stairs, pulling her hair, biting her on the face and telling her victim she was playing "the zombie game." More>>

Maserati driver has impersonation charge dismissed

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A Massachusetts man charged with impersonating a police officer for driving a Maserati that resembled a police cruiser is off the hook. More>>

Ocean sunfish washes up on Washington coast

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A 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters recently washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near the mouth of the Columbia River. More>>

Bear chases bow hunter up tree, bites his leg

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A bow-hunter was attacked by a bear while looking for deer near the southwest Washington city of Longview. More>>

Woman accused of shoplifting $144 in eye shadow

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An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup. More>>

Off-duty officer scares Massachusetts pranksters

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Two Massachusetts men planning to prank a stranger by springing from a box in a scary mask were thwarted by an alert off-duty police officer and are now facing charges. More>>

Oops: College exams already had all the answers

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Students in Austria sitting down to take university entrance exams this week found themselves with a guaranteed pass - at least for a minute or two. The answers were already filled in. More>>

Captured cobra had intact venom glands Video included

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A monocled cobra that roamed a California neighborhood for days could have given a potentially deadly bite, a snake expert said Friday. More>>

Judge orders attorney to wear socks in courtroom

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An attorney who habitually appears in court without socks faces sanctions including possible fines if he shows up without them again in one Indiana courtroom. More>>

UMass starts semester with giant clambake

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The new school year at the University of Massachusetts has started with a record-setting feast. More>>

Fake Massachusetts license plate fools no one

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A Massachusetts state trooper noticed something a little odd about the license plate she spotted on a car on Interstate 391 in Chicopee. More>>

Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

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A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy." More>>

Wanted: Media directors for ancient Chinese temple

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Help wanted: Ancient Buddhist temple famed for its kung fu monks seeks media directors to build brand. English and social media skills required. Not necessary to be a monk, practice martial arts or eat vegetarian. More>>

New England's tallest lighthouse sells for $78,000

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New England's tallest lighthouse has been sold for $78,000. More>>

Cobra loose in Los Angeles suburb can be deadly Video included

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Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood. More>>

Egypt religious body: Suspend belly-dancing show

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Egypt's top religious body demanded Wednesday that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for "corrupting morals" and serving "extremists" who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic. More>>

Police: Utah suspect swallows stolen ring

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Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it. More>>

Dog turns on stove, which then sets laptop ablaze

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Police say a New Jersey family's dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof. More>>

Motorcyclist brags to cops he hit 185 mph in chase

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New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase. More>>

3rd tourist cited for flying drone in Yellowstone

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For the third time this summer, Yellowstone National Park rangers have cited a tourist for illegally flying a drone in the park. More>>

Community service eyed for Brooklyn Bridge stunt

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A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service - like cleaning a bridge. More>>

1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

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A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record. More>>

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

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For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks - some weighing hundreds of pounds - zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. More>>

Museum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton

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The public will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum's storage room. More>>

Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

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Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of them all. More>>

Slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned

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A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. More>>

Austrian SWAT team raids wrong apartment

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The drug bust was perfectly planned. Unfortunately, Austrian police broke down the wrong door. More>>

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