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300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high school

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300 bats caught by janitors at Salt Lake City high school, after-school programs canceled so they could capture the flying mammals. More>>

Pennsylvania high school golfer has 2 holes-in-one in round

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A Pennsylvania high school golfer has defied 67 million-to-1 odds by recording 2 holes-in-one in the same round. More>>

Police: Man steals green chile burger after slapping victim

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A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he randomly slapped a customer then stole the man's green chile cheeseburger before dashing away. More>>

Ex-Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusks

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A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks has been sentenced to five years, two months in federal prison. More>>

Tractor-trailer makes wrong turn, gets stuck on boardwalk

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A tractor trailer apparently made a wrong turn and got stuck on a boardwalk at the New Jersey shore. More>>

Diamond on the highway: Officer comes to driver's rescue

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A police officer has come to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire. More>>

Michigan lottery tickets with 4 zeroes are worth $5,000

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When are four zeroes worth $5,000? When four zeroes are the winning numbers in a Michigan lottery drawing. More>>

Chocolate overload: Rig chock-full of candy bars overturns

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Police say a truck driver may be cited after his rig full of chocolate bars overturned. More>>

'Nasty' to have service dog in restaurant, customer says

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An argument broke out after a woman complained about a service dog being allowed inside a Delaware restaurant. More>>

Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

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Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood. More>>

Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signs

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A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. More>>

Pennsylvania Turnpike warns of 80-mile detour this weekend

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Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are warning motorists of an 80-mile detour they'll encounter in western Pennsylvania over the weekend. More>>

11-year-old boy gets lawn-mowing gig at White House

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The president got what you might call a grassroots display of support at the White House, welcoming an 11-year-old Virginia boy who offered to help cut the lawn. More>>

Pierogis made for Broadway find new home in restaurant

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Producers of the now-closed Broadway musical "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" are keeping enthusiasm in the show going by opening a place to serve pierogis like the ones made for show attendees. More>>

Cops: Man who didn't want to drink alone breaks in with beer

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Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man who didn't want to drink alone forced his way into a woman's home and sat down with two 12-packs of beer. More>>

Gas station robbery suspect's getaway car runs out of fuel

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Authorities say a man who robbed an Indiana gas station was arrested when his getaway vehicle ran out of fuel. More>>

Man who sent Hannibal Lecter photo to judge to go on trial

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A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter. More>>

Dog that disappeared in Florida in 2016 is found in New York

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A dog that disappeared in West Palm Beach, Florida in February 2016 has been found in New York. More>>

Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen

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A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen. More>>

Fish tale: Fisherman gets up close view of humpback whale

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A fisherman says he's had a close encounter with a humpback whale near a New Hampshire beach. More>>

SpaceX bloopers video: 'How NOT to land an orbital rocket'

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SpaceX chief Elon Musk has put together a video showing "How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster.". More>>

Koala survives 10-mile Australia trip in wheel arch

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For a stowaway who made a 16-kilometer (10-mile) journey squeezed in the wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches. More>>

Tall tail: Record-setting cats share home near Detroit

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Here's a very tall tail: A suburban Detroit couple's two house cats hold the Guinness World Records marks for tallest and longest tail. More>>

Dirty money? Wads of cut-up cash found in Geneva toilets

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A Geneva official has confirmed a local newspaper report saying wads of cut-up 500-euro (about $600) currency bills mysteriously turned up jammed into the toilets of three neighborhood restaurants and a bank in separate episodes in recent months. More>>

Help! Help! There's a kangaroo loose on Highway L

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It was a brief taste of freedom for Joey the kangaroo, who kicked his way out of a pen at a southeast Wisconsin pumpkin farm only to be rounded up by sheriff's deputies. More>>

No use in crying: Spilled milk turns Indiana creek white

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Authorities say an accidental milk spill at a food processing business turned a central Indiana creek white. More>>

Police: People dressed as ninjas started fires in building

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Police say two people dressed up as ninjas broke into a New Jersey apartment building and set several fires. More>>

Now-famous Florida nun used Google to figure out chain saw

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The Florida nun who became a viral sensation when she helped clear trees downed by Hurricane Irma says she had to Google instructions on how to start the chain saw. She laughed at being called the 'chain saw nun,' but said she didn't mind the attention. More>>

French city to send misspelled Montpelier jerseys to Vermont

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Vermont's capital city is saying merci to France for a spelling error on some soccer jerseys. More>>

Tied down with late budget, lawmakers warned to keep on ties

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After two months of futile efforts to complete a budget, Pennsylvania lawmakers have turned their attention to what they should be wearing to the fight over state finances. More>>

Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

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Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement. More>>

Hunky cops photo prompts Facebook users to ask for arrests

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A group selfie from some Florida police officers has caused a social media stir, prompting some Facebook users to inquire about their marital status and others to ask to be arrested. More>>

Injured hawk 'Harvey' that gained online popularity released

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An injured hawk that got into a Houston man's taxicab before Hurricane Harvey made landfall will be released in the Dallas area. More>>

Grave humor: House next to cemetery has 'quiet neighbors'

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A Michigan real estate agent selling a house next to a cemetery is promoting it with a sign that says 'quiet neighbors'. More>>

Pathologist suspected of drunken driving toted human organs

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Central Indiana authorities say a pathologist arrested on suspicion of drunken driving had human organs and tissues in his truck when he was pulled over along a rural highway. More>>

Goodbye Cassini: Saturn spacecraft gets funny opera send-off Video included

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is getting a grand but hilarious opera send-off. More>>

Museum bids to acquire huge 'fatberg' clogging London sewer

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London's monster fatberg may be destined for a museum. More>>

Cops: Man's GPS led him to drive into Pennsylvania river

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Police say a driver's global positioning system device caused him to drive into a Pennsylvania river. More>>

Police: Man nabbed trying to rob just-burglarized restaurant

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Police say a man with a knife tried to rob a Southern California pizza restaurant just a few hours after burglars had already stolen from it. More>>

Police: Woman took taxi home after robbing bank

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A Mississippi woman accused of robbing a bank and fleeing in a taxi has been arrested. More>>

Babies born on back-to-back days outside same Burger King

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Two women have delivered healthy babies on back-to-back days in the parking lot of the same Burger King restaurant in New Jersey. More>>

Ohio couple: Thief stole 15-pound pet mini pig named Spam

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Cleveland police are investigating a reported break-in after a couple said someone entered their home and stole their 15-pound pet pig named Spam, jewelry, TVs, and a camera. More>>

Arkansas woman admits using county cash to buy dog tuxedo

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A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug. More>>

Germany fights invasion of American crayfish in Berlin park

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Berlin animal control officials say they've caught 3,000 American crayfish that have been taking over a downtown park. More>>

Complaints about festival's cold pizza prompt state inquiry

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Cold pizza, warm wine: Some New York City foodies say a neighborhood pizza festival has left them with a bad taste in their mouths, and prosecutors are investigating. More>>

Police: Thieves take SUV pulling U-Haul with a casket inside

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Sides agree to stop monkeying around in primate selfie suit

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Monkey see. Monkey sue. Monkey settle. Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they asserted the animal owned the copyright to selfies it had shot with a photographers camera. More>>

2 stranded manatees helped after Irma sucks water from bay

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Two stranded manatees, stuck after Hurricane Irma sucks water from Sarasota Bay, get rescuers' help to reach deeper water. More>>

Bikini baristas sue Washington city over dress code law

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Seven bikini baristas and the owner of a chain of the coffee stands have sued a Washington city, saying two recently passed ordinances banning bare skin violate their right to free expression. More>>

UK engineers launch 'sewer war' against giant fat blob Video included

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British engineers say they have launched a 'sewer war' against a giant fat blob clogging London's sewers. More>>

Cops 'find' red balloon floating in Stephen King's hometown

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Police in the Maine city that's home to Stephen King played a prank to coincide with the opening of the horror film "It," based on King's book. More>>

Paramedic truck stolen in Vegas, stopped in California

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Authorities say a woman stole a paramedic truck in Las Vegas and led pursuing police officers on a 50-mile (80-kilometer) freeway chase that went several miles into California. More>>

Lawsuit settled over rights to monkey's selfie photo

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A lawsuit over who owns the copyright to selfie photographs snapped by a monkey has ended in a settlement before a federal court could answer the novel legal question. More>>

Minnesota university teaches philosophy through Harry Potter

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A Minnesota university is mixing the magical world of Harry Potter into philosophy teachings. More>>

Vermont police seek panda-costume wearing theft suspect

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A Vermont police department is asking for help identifying a suspect wearing a panda costume believed to have stolen an airsoft rifle from a sports store. More>>

Alaska teens petition for statewide climate change policy

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A group of Alaska teenagers has sent a petition to the state Department of Environmental Conservation in hopes of tightening climate change policies. More>>

Indiana farmer plants corn maize tribute to Carrie Fisher

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A southern Indiana farmer who created a corn maze with trails outlining the face of "Star Wars" character Princess Leia says he planted it to honor the late actress Carrie Fisher. More>>

California man finds nude burglary suspect asleep in his bed

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California police say a man arriving home from work found a naked woman he did not know asleep in his bed. More>>

Texas woman jailed after slipping cuffs, stealing police SUV

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A Texas woman is being held on several charges after she slipped her handcuffs, stole a police SUV and then led officers on a pursuit that reached speeds of nearly 100 mph. More>>

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

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A Swss supermarket chain has started selling burgers and balls made from insects _ and says the products are popular. More>>

Bikers in the buff ride through Philadelphia's streets

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Thousands of nude bicyclists have taken to the streets of Philadelphia to promote positive body image and protest dependence on fossil fuels. More>>

Oregon town seeks solutions to wild turkeys, their droppings

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A small town's leaders have asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for recommendations on how it should handle a flock of wild turkeys that have been ruining residents' gardens and leaving behind their droppings. More>>

Nebraska woman lends her wedding dress to brides on a budget

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A Nebraska woman is lending her wedding dress to brides on tight budgets for free, instead of letting it gather dust in her closet. More>>

Best-in-show baked goods eaten during masked Ohio burglary

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Authorities have identified a suspect in an Ohio county fair burglary targeting best-of-show baked goods. More>>

Guinness records include long-tailed cat, old bodybuilder Video included

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A long-tailed cat, an 83-year-old bodybuilder and a five-inch long eyelash are included in the latest edition of Guinness World Records. More>>

Police shoot and kill tiger that wandered on busy interstate

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Authorities say a Bengal tiger shot and killed after frightening motorists on a Georgia interstate and alarming residents of a subdivision had escaped from a truck on its way from Florida to Tennessee. More>>

Cops: Frat party cited for indoor waterfall, minors drinking

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Authorities say underage drinking and a waterfall pouring down a staircase led police to break up a party at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology fraternity house. More>>

Teen takes credit for red 'It' balloons tied to sewer grates

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A teenage girl says she and her friends are behind the red balloons found tied to sewer grates in a small Pennsylvania town, not a homicidal clown. More>>

Sheep get loose, dodge traffic in Alaska's biggest city

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Alaskans are accustomed to seeing bears and moose near roadways, but dodging sheep on the street is a whole different ballgame. More>>

Dozens screened after beer found at prep football game

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Several students have been detained and ordered to undergo blood and urine testing after a can of beer was discovered at a New Jersey high school football game. More>>

Police 'terrified' by red 'It' balloons tied to sewer grates

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Police officers in a small Pennsylvania town are evidently afraid of a certain homicidal clown. More>>

Police officers help deliver baby girl for panicking parents

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New Jersey police officers became midwives for a day _ helping a local resident deliver a baby girl when she and her husband arrived at the station seeking help. More>>

Jersey shore town bans elaborate tents to help overcrowding

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A Jersey shore town is banning elaborate tents from the beach as a way to help alleviate crowding. More>>

Cops: Man who robbed Pittsburgh-area bank hired jitney

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Police in western Pennsylvania say a man who robbed a Pittsburgh-area bank hired a jitney, which was pulled over by authorities who followed the vehicle using a tracking device placed in the stolen money. More>>

Fake architect sentenced in 'Operation Vandelay Industries'

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Fake architect named Newman has been sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for posing as an architect in three eastern New York counties. More>>

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