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Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees

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Scientists say some flowers produce a blue halo, apparently to catch the attention of foraging bees. More>>

No Go: Pokemon-costumed man arrested after White House jump

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A Kentucky man dressed as a Pokemon character is accused of trying to jump the White House fence _ all in the name of making a buzzy YouTube video. More>>

Texas district alters homecoming queen's hair color in photo

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Houston-area school district apologizes after altering a high school homecoming queen's purple hair in a photo. More>>

Police video shows large bear peering into shop windows

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A very large bear-about-town was spotted peering into shop windows in a California tourist community on Lake Tahoe. More>>

Alaska rescue group takes in alligator that outgrew bathtub

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It was an odd day earlier for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub. More>>

NYC water main breaks, sending geyser blasting onto house

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Public works crews have repaired a broken water main that caused a geyser to erupt from the ground in front of a New York City home. More>>

Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day

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Pittsburghers and others in western and central Pennsylvania transplanted to Philadelphia, thanks to Facebook. More>>

2-story 'Star Wars' replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

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A two-story "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is inspiring kids to pick up toy light sabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state. More>>

Robbers with hunting knives demand $1 from store, then flee

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Two men made an unusually small request as they robbed a store in Massachusetts of $1. More>>

Student's yearbook photo rejected because he's holding gun

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A Maine high school has rejected a student's submitted yearbook photo because it shows him holding a shotgun. More>>

Police round up unusual suspect: young bull on soccer field

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New York City police have been pursuing an unusual suspect _ a cow on a Brooklyn soccer field. More>>

Correction: Robbers Dressed As Nuns story

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The FBI has charged two women with trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains while dressed as nuns. More>>

Sweet Surrender: Detroit-area man arrested with doughnuts

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A 21-year-old man wanted for probation violations surrendered at a suburban Detroit police station _ with a dozen doughnuts for officers. More>>

Baltimore workers remove "fatberg" of grease from sewer pipe

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A 'fatberg' that may have taken beyond half a century to grow along a sewer pipe below Baltimore has been removed. More>>

Sheriff's cadet uses dad's patrol car to pull over his ex

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Officials say the 22-year-old son of a Florida sheriff's lieutenant took his father's unmarked car and used it to pull over his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. More>>

Newlyweds' pot-bellied pig gets second reprieve from borough

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A Pennsylvania borough has granted a second reprieve to a newly married couple fighting for the right to keep their pet pot-bellied pig. More>>

Newspaper lands easy scoop: Corvette crashes into its office

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Newspaper scores easy scoop as Corvette driver jumps curb, crashes into newsroom. More>>

Attorney: Convicted tax schemer is too fat for prison

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The attorney for a 72-year-old Florida man who was convicted in a tax scheme is using obesity to try to keep his client out of prison. More>>

Curiosity does in bear cubs after escape from wildlife park

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Two bear cubs that escaped from a South Dakota wildlife park didn't get far, due in part to their curiosity. More>>

Man vows he's penniless in court; deputies find $4K on him

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An Ohio defendant who vowed he was penniless and couldn't pay a fine now faces a big one after deputies escorting him from court found he had over $4,000 in his clothes. More>>

Oops! Actor Bill Pullman accepts, then breaks film award

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Bill Pullman accepts, then breaks film award presented at Woodstock Film Festival. More>>

Candidate touts apparent hoax idea of drug-sniffing bunnies

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A Philadelphia-area mayoral candidate says he was serious when he vowed to investigate the use of drug-sniffing bunnies if elected _ even though it appears to stem from an internet hoax. More>>

Cops: Man tried to rob market to get money for drug fines

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Police say a Pennsylvania man told them he broke into a market so he could get money to pay his court fines for marijuana possession. More>>

Hogwarts Express rescues stranded family in Scotland

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As if by magic, the Hogwarts Express has come to the rescue of a stranded family in Scotland. More>>

Police: Man sprays foul-smelling brown liquid on produce

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Authorities say a man sprayed a foul-smelling brown liquid on produce at a grocery store in South Carolina, telling police the store owed him money. More>>

Pathologist toting human organs while drunk gets probation

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An Indiana pathologist whose pickup truck was hauling human organ samples when he was arrested on drunken driving charges has received probation after pleading guilty in the case. More>>

FAA looking after pilot drops turkeys on Arkansas festival

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The Federal Aviation Administration says it will check to see if any laws or regulations were broken when a low-flying plane dropped live turkeys onto an Arkansas festival. More>>

Crash leads to fight, stun gun, arrests on Indiana racetrack

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Racecar drivers arrested after getting into fistfight following crash on Indiana racetrack; fight ends with police using a stun gun on one of the drivers. More>>

Man builds 2-story 'Star Wars' vehicle replica for Halloween

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A 2-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud. More>>

UK coast guard comes to aid of struggling dog in North Sea

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UK coast guard comes to the rescue of dog being swept out to sea off Scotland. More>>

Man wounded in shooting during fight in Tombstone saloon

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Arizona authorities say a saloon shooting in the Old West town of Tombstone put one man in the hospital with a leg wound and another in jail. More>>

Breaking mad: 'Breaking Bad' house gets fence to block fans

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A fence is going up around the real Albuquerque house made famous by the methamphetamine-making character Walter White. More>>

Police: Man stripped naked in massage chair, punched guard

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Police say a New Jersey man got a little too comfortable in a massage chair at a mall. More>>

The high way to heaven? Man who hid drugs in Bible gets jail

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A Connecticut man who was caught hiding heroin in a Bible while on parole will spend another six months in jail. More>>

Man arrested after trying to light cigarette with nozzle

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Police arrested a North Dakota a man for possession of drugs after first spotting him attempting to light a cigarette with the nozzle of a gas pump. More>>

Northern Michigan University offers marijuana degree

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A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree _ in marijuana. More>>

Drugs in prayer card with Jesus' image mailed to inmate

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Prison officials in Massachusetts say someone tried to send drugs to an inmate by mailing a laminated prayer card that contained waver-thin strips of a prescription narcotic. More>>

Teacher who works at supermarket to vie for US bagging prize

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A New Hampshire teacher who pulls night and weekend shifts at a Hannaford Supermarket is heading to Las Vegas to compete for the title of America's fastest grocery bagger. More>>

Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL

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The Helsinki Airport says Flight 666 has arrived safety in HEL _ the airport code for the Finnish capital _ for the last time. More>>

Mike Diamond rescues fiancee's trashed engagement ring

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A New York City woman who accidentally threw her 3-carat diamond engagement ring in the trash has been reunited with it, thanks in large part to her soon-to-be-husband _ Mike Diamond. More>>

Half-smoked Winston Churchill cigar sells for $12,000

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A cigar half-smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for just over $12,000 during an online auction. More>>

Crowd scrambles as man tosses cash into the air (on purpose)

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Some people are a few dollars richer thanks to a Massachusetts carpenter who intentionally tossed cash from his paycheck into the wind. More>>

German man in hot water for running taps non-stop for a year

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A man in the northern German city of Salzgitter is in hot water after police allege he left his bath and sink faucets run without stop in his apartment for at least a year. More>>

TV news report leads man to old shirt, $24 million jackpot

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A New Jersey man says a television news report spurred him to check an old shirt filled with lottery tickets, where he found a $24 million winner. More>>

Skinny dippers disrupt Massachusetts wedding reception

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A skinny-dipping couple surprised a wedding reception at a scenic Massachusetts restaurant. More>>

Deer lassoed, rescued from Pittsburgh reservoir

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A paramedic and an animal control officer rescued a deer that had waded into a Pittsburgh reservoir. More>>

Man cited for painting over mural designed by children

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A Vermont man has been cited for unlawful mischief after he painted over a public mural designed by students in the town of Londonderry. More>>

Paradise found: iconic Key West welcome sign back home

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The sign welcoming Key West visitors to "Paradise U.S.A." that went missing after Hurricane Irma hit Florida is back home. More>>

Fisherman speaks of relief after surviving Dover sole mishap

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A fisherman has spoken of his relief after surviving a bizarre incident in which a fish he had just caught jumped down his throat. More>>

Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

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An Italian woman is being allowed to use family sick days to care for her dog, thanks to the help of an animal rights group. More>>

Teacher who won $1M prize is accused of stealing $28 leash

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A Maine teacher who pleaded guilty to shoplifting a $14.99 blouse after winning the $1 million Global Teacher Prize is accused of violating her conditions of release by stealing a $28 dog leash. More>>

Turtle that swallowed fishing line released in ocean

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A sea turtle that underwent surgery to remove more than 4 feet (1 meter) of fishing line she had swallowed has been released in the Atlantic Ocean off South Carolina's coast. More>>

Report: Motorist falls short in bid to jump car over canal

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Report: Man fails in bid to jump his car 20 feet (7 meters) across a canal in a Florida neighborhood, walks away unhurt but car totaled. More>>

School locked down after students fight, then parents brawl

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Authorities say a New York high school had to be placed on lockdown after a fight broke out among students and another brawl erupted when their parents arrived. More>>

The cat wins! Student prevails in fight over support animal

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She can keep the cat! A North Carolina university reaches settlement with disabled student allowing her to keep her emotional support pet Kifree in her dorm room. More>>

Paramedics save man after Dover sole jumps down his throat

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British paramedics say a man almost died when a fish he had just caught jumped down his throat. More>>

Russia's dog-loving leader gets another puppy as gift

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been given another puppy as a gift, this one a Central Asian Shepherd bestowed by the president of Turkmenistan. More>>

Police: Man calls in bomb threat to avoid paying bar tab

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A Pittsburgh man has been arrested after police say he called in a false bomb threat to try and get out of paying his restaurant bill. More>>

Impatient mom gets jail time for pulling gun on son's barber

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A woman accused of pulling a gun on a Cleveland barber because he was taking too long to cut her son's hair has been sentenced to six months behind bars. More>>

Shark-suit wearer runs afoul of Austria's "burqa ban" law

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An Austrian law that forbids any kind of full-face covering including Islamic veils has claimed an unusual victim _ a man wearing a shark suit. More>>

Oklahoma prisons selling inmates cold case playing cards

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Oklahoma authorities are hoping to solve unsolved killings and other cold cases by selling decks of playing cards that feature the cases to prisoners. More>>

Heaviest is best: Pumpkin sets record at California contest

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The winner of the 44th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off had the heaviest pumpkin recorded in the history of the San Francisco Bay Area competition. More>>

Hundreds of undead people take part in annual zombie walk

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Hundreds of undead people have gathered at the New Jersey shore to take part in an annual zombie walk. More>>

Leaders gifting live animals uncommon, but not unheard of

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Leaders gifting live animals uncommon, but not unheard of. More>>

Great pumpkins! Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles

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A Rhode Island grower is the first in the world to achieve a trifecta in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods, setting world records for heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and heaviest squash. More>>

Have wife will carry: Couples vie in wife-carrying contest

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Dozens of participants are vying for cash _ and beer _ in the North American Wife Carrying Championship. More>>

Fire department fights brown recluse spiders after 2 bitten

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An Alabama fire department is fighting a battle of a different kind after two firefighters were bitten by brown recluse spiders. More>>

Montana mayoral candidate needs only 1 vote _ his _ to win

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There's one person running for mayor of Manhattan, Montana, and he only needs to vote for himself to win. More>>

Man sets up fake speed trap to curb smelly deer carcasses

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A Pennsylvania man acknowledges using flashing dashboard lights to mimic a police speed trap _ but only so he could slow down vehicles speeding past his rural home and killing deer and endangering people. More>>

'Jeopardy!' champ wins fans with quirky antics, big bets

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A New York City bartender's on-screen antics and big bets while competing on "Jeopardy!" are winning him cash to go along with a cult following. More>>

Alaska's popular reindeer, Star, dies in owner's arms

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A popular reindeer that could be seen walking the streets of downtown Anchorage has died at age 15. More>>

State yanks NY vineyard's liquor license over rowdy crowds

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The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the license of a Long Island winery where officials say drunken patrons have engaged in public sex, brawls and other rowdy behavior. More>>

South Dakota St. Bernard has record-longest tongue for a dog Video included

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A St. Bernard in South Dakota set a new world record that has tongues wagging. More>>

Doomsday prepper sends all of his food to Puerto Rico

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A New Jersey man doomsday prepper is donating all of his stored food to families affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. More>>

Police: Dog on highway didn't want to leave dead dog's side

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Police in New Jersey say they had to coax a German Shepherd abandoned on a busy interstate to leave a dead pit bull that it was found lying next to. More>>

Burglar empties register, fills belly, makes clean getaway

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A burglar made a clean getaway from a Long Island restaurant after emptying the cash register, cooking a meal and washing the dishes. More>>

Pumpkin spice air freshener prompts evacuation of school

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An unusual smell prompted an evacuation and a hazardous materials response at a Baltimore high school. Fire officials discovered the source of the smell was a pumpkin spice air freshener. More>>

'Psychic' paid $3.5M for exorcisms admits to tax evasion

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A purported psychic who was paid more than $3.5 million by an elderly Massachusetts woman to perform exorcisms and "spiritual cleansing" has pleaded guilty to evading taxes. More>>

Pumpkin spice air freshener prompts evacuation of school

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An unusual smell prompted an evacuation and a hazardous materials response at a Baltimore high school. Fire officials discovered the source of the smell was a pumpkin spice air freshener. More>>

New Jersey state trooper tells cow to mooove it

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A New Jersey state trooper on his way to work had to tell a cow to mooove it. More>>

Would-be thief in Rio chased out by jiu-jitsu students

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Jiu-jitsu students in Rio de Janeiro chase would-be thief out of a gym. More>>

Arrested drunk man claims he time traveled to warn of aliens

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Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion. More>>

Joint pain: Man charged with hiding weed in courthouse weeds

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A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with trying to hide marijuana in the bushes at a courthouse before a hearing on a possible probation violation. More>>

FDA: 'Love' is not a real ingredient in bakery's granola

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A Massachusetts bakery's granola may be made with love, but federal officials say it shouldn't be listed as an ingredient on the package. More>>

Chinese man admits sneaking snakes over border in socks

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A man who was caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty. More>>

Naked Gun: Police say nude, drunk Florida man fired weapons

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Police say a drunk Florida man wanted to know if his .45-caliber gun and shotgun worked, so he fired them into the air. More>>

Born in same hospital, on same day. Now they're married

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Two people who were born on the same day at the same Massachusetts hospital have exchanged vows more than two decades later. More>>

Police: Man facing charges after fight over stolen pork roll

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A New Jersey man who police say punched another man several times over a stolen pork roll sandwich is facing charges. More>>

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