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  • Teacher accused of cutting boy's hair pleads not guilty

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    VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A California high school teacher pleaded not guilty to several charges of child cruelty and battery after she allegedly forced a haircut on one of her students, authorities said.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:22:28 -0500
  • Clarification: Alderman-Key Missed Vote story

    HOXIE, Ark. (AP) — In a story Dec. 6, The Associated Press reported that Cliff Farmer, an Arkansas political candidate who missed voting for himself in a local election, was vacationing in Florida. Farmer was on a work-related trip.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:29:21 -0500
  • Uranus Examiner ends publication, blaming judgmental people

    URANUS, Mo. (AP) — The Uranus Examiner, a small Missouri newspaper whose name inspired chuckles and groans when it launched a few months ago, is closing.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:06:04 -0500
  • Leaping lemur surprises Florida trooper during DUI arrest

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    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:02:04 -0500
  • Man yells 'there's no Santa' at Florida holiday event

    CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed "there's no Santa Claus" over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:32:49 -0500
  • Moose rings Alaska home's doorbell

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose used the doorbell to awaken a couple in Alaska.

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 07:31:10 -0500
  • Feng shui or in the way? Begrudged boulders won't budge

    HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine restaurant owner is citing feng shui (fung shway) as a reason not to move boulders outside the building that are in the way of a sidewalk project.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:50:40 -0500
  • Man, woman drive from Arizona to Wyoming with kids in trunk

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A man and woman admit in court they drove from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:31:31 -0500
  • California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting boy's hair

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    VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A high school teacher in central California was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the national anthem, authorities said.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:18:54 -0500
  • Bah, Humbug: Florida neighbors scorn woman over display

    HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been scorned by her neighbors in a high-rise Florida condo because of a holiday message she spelled out in lights across her balcony.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:29:24 -0500
  • Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

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    NEW YORK (AP) — It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:30:08 -0500
  • It's now or never pedestrians: German town has Elvis lights

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    BERLIN (AP) — Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the central German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a U.S. soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon.

    Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:23:50 -0500
  • New study explains creation of deadly California 'firenado'

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    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 22:49:18 -0500
  • Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

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    BEIJING/JIAXING, China (Reuters) - Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him. Ren's mixing of martial arts and bullfighting worries his mother, but the 24-year-old has never been hurt. "It symbolizes the bravery of a man," Ren told Reuters in Jiaxing in China's eastern province of Zhejiang.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 20:51:52 -0500
  • Dragged carpet roll investigated in Alaska man's death

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A video showing a car pulling a rolled-up carpet down a snowy Alaska road may be linked to the death of a man found dead in the vehicle later that night.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:10:21 -0500
  • Police: Man freed from jail steals car from its parking lot

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man released from jail immediately stole a car from its parking lot.

    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:51:05 -0500
  • Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

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    SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be — his little brother.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:03:48 -0500
  • Utah man accused of hammering ice pick through man's penis

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping after authorities say he hammered a tool resembling an ice pick through another man's penis during an argument.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:30:49 -0500
  • 'Nutcracker' prince proposes to stunned Dewdrop Fairy

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The prince in the "Nutcracker" had a special present for his favorite ballerina during a performance of the holiday classic in Kansas.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:14:51 -0500
  • CHP may have used Tesla Autopilot to stop speeding car

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    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says it may have used the Autopilot system of a Tesla to stop the car after its driver fell asleep.

    Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:18:01 -0500
  • Sheriff: Man pulls gun on Popeyes worker in condiments clash

    MARRERO, La. (AP) — A man is accused of pointing a gun at the manager of a Popeyes in Louisiana during a dispute over condiments.

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:14:09 -0500
  • Dutch court rejects man's request to be 20 years younger

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    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69.

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:40:34 -0500
  • Saving Clark's neck? Panic at 'Lampoon's Christmas' display

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A holiday display meant to re-create a scene from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action.

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 07:15:24 -0500
  • Minnesota church ends 70-year tradition of lutefisk dinner

    FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota church has ended its 70-year tradition of serving a dinner of lutefisk, a Nordic dish of dried cod soaked in lye, and the pastor has penned a eulogy for the dinner's end.

    Sun, 02 Dec 2018 17:41:24 -0500
  • Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating while proposing to his fiancee, who nonetheless told him yes. Video shared on social media by the New York Police Department showed the man fumble the ring before lying on the sidewalk in the popular tourist destination and peering into the grating while his partner looked on in concern. "She said 'Yes' - but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate," the NYPD wrote on Twitter. ...

    Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:16:06 -0500
  • Royal Mail delivers: Postman, can you take this to heaven?

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    LONDON (AP) — A 7-year-old Scottish boy who sent a birthday card to his father in heaven has received a heart-warming reply.

    Sat, 01 Dec 2018 09:18:04 -0500
  • FanDuel pays out bets on Alabama to win title ahead of game

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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Roll in dough, Tide!

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:12:51 -0500
  • DC clerk stalls marriage over 'foreign' New Mexico ID card

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    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A District of Columbia clerk and a supervisor refused to accept a New Mexico man's state driver's license as he sought a marriage license because she and her supervisor believed New Mexico was a foreign country.

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:05:18 -0500
  • Air New Zealand Christmas ad replicates Trump's U.N. laughter moment

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    An Air New Zealand advertisement released for the Christmas season this week takes a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump by portraying an American boy wearing a "Make Christmas Great Again" red cap being laughed at by other children on Santa's "naughty" list. The three-minute advert beckoning travelers with a Christmas greeting from "the nicest place on earth" sees Santa accidentally emailing his 2018 list of naughty children to a student in New Zealand named Elvis Anderson instead of his elves at the North Pole.

    Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:51:41 -0500
  • Court: Man put clothes, ID on stand-in corpse in $2M scheme

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death seven years ago to collect a $2 million life insurance policy arranged for a stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes in Moldova, according to a judge's detention order.

    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:23:04 -0500
  • Teen freed after being stuck in vault at abandoned bank

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    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a teen has been freed after spending more than three hours in the vault of an abandoned Florida bank.

    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:35:41 -0500
  • Officials: Woman passes gas, pulls knife on offended man

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    DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman faces an aggravated assault charge after authorities say she passed gas in line at a dollar store and pulled a knife on a man who complained about it.

    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:05:05 -0500
  • Grinch steals Christmas from nuns, but they get it back

    COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — The Little Sisters of the Poor have a theory about how they got Christmas back from the Grinch who stole half the presents they bought for hospice residents and employees.

    Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:50:12 -0500
  • Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm

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    LAKE PRESTON, Australia (AP) — Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge.

    Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:45:21 -0500
  • Video shows Arizona fire started with gender reveal party

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A video released by the U.S. Forest Service shows how a gender reveal event led to a costly wildfire in southern Arizona that forced about 200 people out of their homes.

    Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:43:36 -0500
  • North Carolina woman given wrong lottery ticket wins $277K

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman who was given the wrong lottery game ticket is celebrating that mistake.

    Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:34:19 -0500
  • Iowa council gives final approval to 'toy' firearms ban

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A city council in northwest Iowa has banned people from carrying some types of "toy" firearms.

    Tue, 27 Nov 2018 09:10:14 -0500
  • Police officer rescues chicken from fire

    OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer who saved a chicken from becoming a roaster is taking a ribbing from his fellow officers.

    Tue, 27 Nov 2018 06:30:52 -0500
  • State trooper who stopped speeding van helps deliver baby

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Here's one way to get out of speeding ticket: A North Carolina state trooper helped deliver a baby on the side of the road after pulling over a speeding van on the highway.

    Sun, 25 Nov 2018 13:08:25 -0500
  • Vermont couple looking for family peacock among the turkeys

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    SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman whose family peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys says she's hopeful to get close enough to catch it with a net.

    Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:09:17 -0500
  • Burger joint closes after video appears to show rat cooking

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based burger chain has closed a Honolulu restaurant for cleaning after a video posted to social media appeared to show a rat being cooked on the grill.

    Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:35:21 -0500
  • 2 Utah teens accusing of stealing small airplane

    VERNAL, Utah (AP) — Sheriff's deputies arrested two teenage boys they say stole a small airplane at a private airstrip in rural eastern Utah and flew about 15 miles (24 kilometers) before landing successfully at Vernal Regional Airport.

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 20:16:27 -0500
  • Canadian scientist names beetle after Jose Bautista

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jose Bautista has a new namesake buzzing around.

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 16:59:24 -0500
  • 19-year-old Yorkshire Terrier retires from 'The Nutcracker'

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After more than 125 performances in "The Nutcracker" in Rhode Island, a 19-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Archie is leaving the stage.

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:10:00 -0500
  • Money laundering: Dutch police find cash in washing machine

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch police who found 350,000 euros ($400,000) hidden inside a washing machine have detained a man on suspicion of — what else? — money laundering.

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:01:39 -0500
  • Thais pray they're barking up the right tree looking for lottery luck

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    Superstition and looking for luck are a part of daily life in Thailand. In one temple in central Bangkok, visitors hope to find it hidden in the bark of an ancient tree. Hundreds flock to the Kunnatri Ruttharam temple every week to pay respects to the enormous dead tree trunk, which is draped in flowers and offerings from worshippers who believe rubbing its bark can reveal winning lottery numbers.

    Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:10:14 -0500
  • Bedazzled pigeon found in Arizona city reunited with owners

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A pigeon that had flown the coop with only its bedazzled vest is nesting back home in Phoenix.

    Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:14:30 -0500
  • Texas doctor fights to keep dinosaur skull seized by feds

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A doctor in Texas with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection.

    Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:14:42 -0500
  • Who brings olive oil to Portugal? Police foil cocaine smuggler's ploy

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    Who would bring a suitcase full of olive oil to Portugal, one of the world's biggest producers of the stuff? Police at Lisbon airport were already suspicious of one passenger before they discovered 24 bottles of extra virgin olive oil marked as Argentinian-made in his luggage. "We had information that the man could be a trafficker, so he was stopped for checks, but the fact that he was coming to Portugal with a bunch of olive oil definitely reinforced our suspicions, which proved to be right," a police official said.

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:31:18 -0500
  • Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

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    Twice world champion Scotsman Gary Anderson, 47, won Friday's match 10-2 to reach the quarter-finals but his Dutch opponent Wesley Harms, 34, said he was affected by the "fragrant smell" Anderson had left as they played. "It'll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose," Harms told Dutch television station RTL7L.

    Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:36:05 -0500
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