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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

State court: Workers' comp OK for kickball injury

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Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. 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>>

Human skull donated to Goodwill store in Texas

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Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas. 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>>

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>>

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

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Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday. 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>>

5-pound Pomeranian is world's fastest on 2 feet

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Jiff was already cute, lovable and talented. Now he's proven he's speedy too. More>>

Crested Butte to be Bud Light's 'Whatever' town

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Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" - a secretive Bud Light plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign. More>>

Vermont bistro scolded for removing its bacon sign

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A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so. More>>

Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster

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A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster. More>>

Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

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By The Associated Press In this photo by Kin Cheung, panda triplets are examined at their 1-month medical checkup at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The official Xinhua News Agency says... More>>

Gold thief offers to pay for pilfered nugget

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A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it - after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program. More>>

Woman accused of setting fire with burned bacon

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A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges. More>>

Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

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Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather. More>>

Moose shows up at German office canteen

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Maybe he got hungry? More>>

Arizona man drives hour to save injured bear

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An injured bear cub is recovering in Arizona after a man who initially thought it was a dead dog along the side of the road scooped it up and drove it 80 miles to get help. More>>

New York meat truck driver charged in stinky spill

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State authorities have charged the driver of a truck that lost part of its load of expired meat outside an upstate New York mall, resulting in some irate motorists whose vehicles drove over the stinky spill. More>>

Bear heads stolen from remote Maine cabin

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The person who broke into an off-the-grid cabin in remote western Maine didn't get away with money, jewelry or other valuables. Police say the thief took a pair of bear heads. More>>

Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

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Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and... More>>

Colorado marshal can't adjust to high altitude

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Nederland, Colorado's town marshal says he is resigning after just six months because he can't adjust to the altitude. More>>

Coffee shop on honor system works in North Dakota

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The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness of all humanity... More>>

Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

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Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall. More>>

Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back

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Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of... More>>

Woman tackles man fleeing police, then taunts him

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A 40-year-old woman tackled a 20-year-old man fleeing from police in Washington state, then taunted him about being taken down by a grandmother. More>>

Firefighters rescue poodle with paw stuck in drain

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A poodle was freed with the help of Albuquerque firefighters after one of its paws got stuck in a bathtub drain for several hours. More>>

Suspicious object turns out to be Star Wars toy

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Call Luke Skywalker for backup. More>>

Mom of boys with Lyme disease fights for chickens

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A New Jersey woman is fighting to keep the chickens she bought to eat ticks after her sons contracted Lyme disease. More>>

Remember Netscape browser? Class of '18 doesn't

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If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Michigan. More>>

Cops called after fliers fight over seat recline

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it... More>>

Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels

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People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county. More>>

Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

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The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it. More>>

Lawyer wants seized $125K wine collection back

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A lawyer convicted of selling high-end wine from his home cellar despite strict Pennsylvania liquor laws hopes to win back the seized collection before it's destroyed. More>>

Un-bee-lievable: 50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

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A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. More>>

German man evicted for squeaky swing set sex prop

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A German court says a landlady was within her rights to evict a man for persistently using a squeaky swing set in his apartment late at night as a sex prop. More>>

County forgives $2.4M in bad speed-camera tickets

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A suburban New York county is forgiving $2.4 million in speed camera fines issued in the past month. More>>

California permits outdoor dining with dogs

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Fido can feast with you now when you go out to eat in California. More>>

Ex-judge must say she's sorry, just not in cuffs

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A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice convicted of corruption was spared on Thursday the further embarrassment of having to write her court-ordered apologies to every judge in the state on photos of herself in... More>>

Costa Rica angered by Swedish comedy show

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A Swedish TV network has apologized to Costa Rica for using the Central American country's national anthem to promote a comedy show. More>>

Va. man named Stoner arrested on pot charges

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A Virginia man with the last name Stoner is facing drug charges after police found more than $10,000 worth of marijuana plants at his home. More>>

378 people 'pay it forward' at Fla. Starbucks

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A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida. More>>

Md. ban on grain alcohol hurts violin makers

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Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected. More>>

Man in mystery selfie comes forward in LA County

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The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday. More>>

Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

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The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor - the world's biggest bath toy. More>>

An 86-year-old Utah woman writes romance novel

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An 86-year-old Utah woman became a first-time novelist by writing a steamy romance novel about a bored housewife. More>>

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge Video included

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Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. More>>

Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

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Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace. More>>

Wanted man rear-ends Washington police detective

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Authorities say a wanted man has been arrested after he rear-ended a Spokane, Washington, detective's car. More>>

Stolen shopping scooter ride leads to jail

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An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man is facing charges after police say he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with his probation officer. More>>

$21,000 falls off money truck after casino pickup

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Nearly $21,000 is missing after the cash fell from the roof of an armored truck that had picked it up from a soon-to-be-closed Atlantic City casino. More>>

His 101st birthday present? Another day at work

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Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job. More>>

Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

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Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account? More>>

Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

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A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society. More>>

Sweet job: England seeks 'choc doc' to study candy

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Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house? More>>

Police: Robber caught after shower and shave

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Police say a suspect accused of robbing a 94-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico, man was caught after he shaved and showered in the victim's home - and left behind his fingerprints. More>>

Man shows up for jail in T-shirt with mug shot

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A Maine man who served a 48-hour sentence for drunken driving wore something special for his jail booking photo: a T-shirt featuring his mug shot. More>>

Massachusetts man finds bloody stranger in home

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A Massachusetts man who fell asleep in a chair in his living room over the weekend got quite the surprise when he woke up - a bloody stranger asleep on the couch. More>>

Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

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Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want to have a word with you. More>>

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man Video included

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A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man. More>>

86-year-old Utah woman writes romance novel

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An 86-year-old Utah woman became a first-time novelist by writing a steamy romance novel about a bored housewife. More>>

Owl enters 10th story apartment, kills canary

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An owl flew into a 10th story apartment in Coeur d'Alene, apparently opened a bird cage and killed one of two canaries inside, the residents said. More>>

Hunters snag 1K-pound alligator, an Alabama record

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A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head. More>>

Woman cited for climbing into zoo's giraffe pen

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Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. More>>

Elderly man unharmed after crashing car into pool

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An 85-year-old man was unharmed Saturday after he crashed his car into a backyard pool, authorities said. More>>

Captain of the corn maze: Farm honors Derek Jeter

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As far as corny Derek Jeter tributes go, this one will be tough to beat. More>>

Fla. man asleep at intersection flees police

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A sleeping driver awakened by police at a Florida intersection led authorities on a chase before being arrested in a gated community. More>>

US: Living dead man's family must repay benefits

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The government wants to recoup benefits paid to the daughters of a man who was declared legally dead and then turned up alive years later. More>>

Woman allegedly stole wine to see jailed boyfriend

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A Texas woman allegedly stole a bottle of $3.99 wine to get arrested and see her jailed boyfriend. More>>

Woman reported dead during Michigan flood is alive

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A woman who city officials said died in massive flooding this week in the Detroit area has a message to share. More>>

Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

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He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking journey to... More>>

Person drops off about 100 tuxedo cats at shelter

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The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1Bm6coH ) reports that someone has dropped off more than 100 tuxedo cats, which are named for their distinctive black and white markings, at an animal shelter. More>>

Mr. T pities criminals as he awaits jury duty

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Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, was in true form as he waited outside a suburban Chicago courthouse to be called for jury duty. More>>

Busy mom has baby while registering son at school

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A mother in the advanced stages of labor thought she had just enough time to stop off and register her 4-year-old son at a Houston-area school en route to the hospital. But she was mistaken. More>>

UK councils field weird queries on dragons, ghosts

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Is your town safe from dragon attack? Inquiring minds want to know. More>>

Iowa farm creates corn maze of Al Roker's face

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An eastern Iowa farm has found a creative way to celebrate "Today" show weatherman Al Roker's 60th birthday. More>>

Los Angeles looks into making ballot bankable

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Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. More>>

Lucky cat survives 12-story fall in New York City

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A cat named Gizmo has only minor injuries after a 12-story fall at a Manhattan apartment building. More>>

809-pound tiger shark fed to Texas poor, homeless

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An 809-pound tiger shark caught in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month has been cooked and served to more than 90 poor and homeless Texans. More>>

Mom, son find wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart

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A man who was having little luck catching salmon decided to look for fossils over the weekend and found a wooly mammoth tusk in the same Alaska location where his mother found one 22 years ago. More>>

Last scream for California's Colossus coaster

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It's last call for Colossus. More>>

California women call police over cat's furry fury

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Two San Diego County women had to get help from police after being trapped in a bedroom by a family cat that a neighbor calls "a ball of fury." More>>

Pilot's artificial arm detaches while landing

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A British air accident report has recounted how a pilot briefly lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached from the control yoke during landing. More>>

Massachusetts to use more humor on highway signs

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet important driver safety messages for electronic highway message boards. More>>

Diving hawks go after people on New Mexico campus

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Hawks protecting their nest on New Mexico State University's campus have been dive-bombing pedestrians - with one being struck so hard that person suffered post-concussion symptoms that included dizziness and nausea. More>>

Colorado town sues all its voters over election

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The Colorado mountain town of Montezuma is suing its 61 registered voters in an effort to sort out the results of an April election that the lawsuit says was filled with errors. More>>

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