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Dozens dressed as Tyrannosaurus rex descend on public square

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Hundreds of curious people descended on Portland's Monument Square to observe a gathering of people dressed in Tyrannosaurus rex costumes. More>>

Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

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The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor. More>>

Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroom

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Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two decapitated chickens inside a courtroom. More>>

Customer complain that gas station swapped diesel, gasoline

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Some drivers in Maine say their vehicles were damaged when they purchased fuel that was in the wrong pumps at a gas station. More>>

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

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Russian police have had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg _ a crocodile in the basement. More>>

Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handling

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Republican Chris Christie is learning life as an airline passenger is different when you're no longer governor of New Jersey. More>>

2 men hit each other in consecutive accidents in Germany

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Police in the eastern city of Dresden say two men suffered minor injuries after backing in to one another in two consecutive accidents. More>>

Umbrella mistaken for weapon causes hospital lockdown

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An umbrella sparked a scare at a Seattle-area hospital after it was mistaken for a rifle. More>>

Cops: Maine man punches self in face to avoid sobriety test

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Police in Maine have accused a man of punching himself in the face three times to avoid a sobriety test. More>>

Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured

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A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge with police in pursuit. More>>

Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

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As motion-detecting wildlife cameras get smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using them to document elusive creatures like never before. More>>

Russian police in unexpected encounter with crocodile

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Russian police have had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg _ a crocodile in the basement. More>>

Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite

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A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite. More>>

Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking

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A former Montana House majority leader has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. More>>

Mom-daughter duo show 2 carjackers crime and cocoa don't mix

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Police in Washington's Virginia suburbs say two would-be carjackers fled from their intended victims when a splash of hot cocoa entered the mix. More>>

Massachusetts police arrest man for stealing manhole covers

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Massachusetts police arrest a man who they say stole seven manhole covers and put traffic cones in their place. More>>

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

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Authorities in the Russian region of Yakutia where temperatures have dropped to record lows are not reporting any disruptions of heating or crucial supplies. More>>

Police: Woman tells of body in her home, leads them on chase

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Police in New Hampshire say a woman told them a man was fatally shot and was in her home, but then led them on a chase into Massachusetts and back before she was arrested. More>>

Arizona police arrest 80-year-old man in armed bank robbery

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Police in Tucson have arrested an 80-year-old man they say robbed a credit union at gunpoint. More>>

A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above

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An aviation student in Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork. More>>

Spain, Portugal seize cocaine hidden in shipped pineapples

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Spanish and Portuguese police say a joint operation resulted in the seizure of 745 kilograms (1,600 pounds) of cocaine, much of it allegedly concealed inside pineapples shipped from Latin America. More>>

Shiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty _ and books

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Dead men tell no tales, but there's new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard's flagship harbored books among the booty. More>>

Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out

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A British butcher who got locked in a freezer says he was saved by a frozen sausage that he used as a battering ram. More>>

Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member

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Thai police have arrested a 72-year-old Japanese fugitive who was recognized when his full-body tattoos were circulated online. More>>

German linguists: 'Alternative facts' the non-word of 2017

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German linguists have declared the phrase "alternative facts" _ popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway _ the non-word of 2017. More>>

Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings

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Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, which has served as luxury Saudi prison, now accepting Valentine's Day bookings. More>>

Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back

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A fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged on a Canadian island _ and could disintegrate before legal tangles are resolved. More>>

Baby sloth ready for visitors at Pittsburgh National Aviary

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Pittsburgh's indoor zoo dedicated to birds has an adorable new member: a baby two-toed sloth. More>>

Couple embrace before surrendering to pursuing officers

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A couple got out of an SUV and then embraced before surrendering to pursuing sheriff's deputies after a chase for miles across part of metro Phoenix. More>>

Rapper with song 'Sell Drugsz' gets prison for selling drugs

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A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" has been sentenced to three years in prison for doing just that. More>>

Holiday decor to park chalet? Capitol tree heads to Montana

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Some critics questioned the fuel being used to truck the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree back to Montana in the hope it can be used to help rebuild a famous chalet in Glacier National Park. More>>

Police: Hand grenade disarmed after being found in trash

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Hand grenade found alongside garbage in Connecticut disarmed. More>>

Beach blades! Maine teen glides over frozen sand, surf

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Beachgoers in Maine capture ice skater's blades gliding over frozen sand, surf. More>>

Say Cheese! Young chefs spar in grilled cheese challenge

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The youngest of three Maine chefs has taken first place in the inaugural Augusta Agricultural Trades Show gourmet grilled cheese sandwich contest. More>>

Outdoor center warns skiers of dive-bombing owl

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Maine outdoor center warns skiers to watch out for an "aggressive dive-bombing" owl that recently struck a man. More>>

Guam's governor fooled by Russian comedians via phone call

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Guam's governor was duped by a pair of Russian comedians who pretended to be officials from Ukraine. More>>

Maine whale biologist says whale protected her from shark

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A Maine marine biologist says footage of her swimming with a humpback whale shows the large mammal protecting her from a tiger shark. More>>

Hoo is next? Man says he's latest victim of owls in Georgia

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A spate of recent owl attacks has ruffled the feathers of metropolitan Atlanta's denizens. More>>

Florida man calls 911 to report himself drunk driving

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Authorities say a Florida methamphetamine user called 911 on New Year's Eve to report himself driving drunk. More>>

Principal parodies Mariah Carey to announce school's out

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A Kentucky principal has posted a musical message for parents to let them know classes were canceled due to icy roads. More>>

Swiss police arrest 80-year-old man for masked bank robbery

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Swiss authorities say they have apprehended an 80-year-old man on allegations he robbed a bank near the city of Lucerne. More>>

Police: Woman was topless during attempt to rob Uber driver

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A Louisiana couple is accused of attempting to rob an Uber driver that the woman distracted by being topless. More>>

Good Samaritans rescue moose calf trapped in snow

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A group of concerned citizens in Maine saved a young moose that was trapped in the snow. More>>

Rome's mangy Christmas tree to be carved up into souvenirs

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Rome's pathetic Christmas Tree, so droopy and dried out it was nicknamed "Mangy" by Romans, is set to be carved up and made into souvenirs and a lactation hut for mothers and babies. More>>

Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany

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The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. More>>

Arizona high school put on lockdown as 4 bobcats are rescued

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A high school north of Phoenix was put on lockdown for several hours as authorities rescued four bobcats from a drainage pipe. More>>

Postal carriers say aggressive turkeys stopping mail service

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Postal carriers say a rafter of aggressive wild turkeys have prevented them from delivering mail to more than two dozen homes in a Cleveland suburb. More>>

Man alleges bobcat attack; condo owner says it was housecat

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A Florida contractor says he was attacked by a bobcat inside a woman's condo, but the animal's owner says her feline is no predator, just a 10-pound domestic longhair kitty named Calli. More>>

Police: Snow thwarts shoplifter in North Dakota

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Authorities say a North Dakota man who wheeled a shopping cart with stolen merchandise out of a Hobby Lobby craft store was thwarted by snow. More>>

Just shy of her 100th birthday, Mississippi woman bags deer

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A 99-year-old hunter in Mississippi wants to know why people are making a big fuss about her recent kill _ it was a doe after all, not a prized buck. More>>

Kid wit: Dad measures baby's growth with cheesesteaks

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Here's a uniquely Philadelphia way to keep track of your kid's size: cheesesteaks. More>>

English boy is reunited with camera that drifted to Germany

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An English boy has been reunited in Germany with a video camera he lost four months ago on the other side of the North Sea. More>>

Thai leader tells reporters to quiz cardboard mock-up

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Thailand's prime minister evades journalists' questions by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead. More>>

Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade

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Thousands of Browns fans braved sub-zero wind chills to protest the team's winless season on Saturday. More>>

Merchandise featuring Fiona the hippo brings in big bucks

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Merchandise inspired by Ohio's famous baby hippo, Fiona, has returned nearly half a million dollars to the Cincinnati Zoo. More>>

Half-ton butter sculpture unveiled at Pennsylvania Farm Show

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Half-ton of butter transformed into sculpture celebrating Pennsylvania's dairy industry, heralding start of state's 102nd Farm Show. More>>

Man says warrant for not paying dog license fee unfair

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A Massachusetts man admits he was late renewing his dog license, but said issuing a warrant for his arrest over the matter was "extreme". More>>

Misery march: Browns fans facing bitter cold for 0-16 parade

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Browns fans set to brave bone-chilling weather to parade after 0-16 season. More>>

Police: Man breaks into evidence undetected, takes back bike

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Provo police say a man broke into the department's evidence room undetected and took back his bike. More>>

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