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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>>

Suspicious object turns out to be Star Wars toy

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Call Luke Skywalker for backup. 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Santa Claus and Rockettes stop traffic in NYC

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The calendar says August, but that didn't stop Santa Claus from visiting midtown Manhattan and snarling a section of Sixth Avenue, much to the bafflement of tourists and the frustration of drivers forced to idle their... More>>

Wisconsin police arrest intoxicated driver, 13

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Police say an officer making a traffic stop in eastern Wisconsin found an intoxicated driver behind the wheel - and she was just 13 years old. More>>

Study drops hints that dogs could get jealous

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When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their family cuts out the compliments. More>>

No joke: Chicken crossing road blocks traffic

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Portland, Oregon, police were told there was a chicken - and it was attempting to cross the road. More>>

Maserati patrol car raises police suspicions

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Police patrol cars are usually Fords or Chryslers, not Maseratis. More>>

Utah nude sunbather to fight lewdness charges

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A 76-year-old man who police say was sunbathing nude in his backyard next to a church parking lot in Utah has pleaded not guilty to lewdness charges. More>>

W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

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Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word "zilch" and finished with the opposite - the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion. More>>

Toe dispute prompts arrest of beauty contestant

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Officials say a 22-year-old beauty pageant contestant has been arrested in California after being caught on video walking comfortably in high heels while collecting workers' compensation benefits after saying she had a... More>>

12-year-old Illinois girl sells steer for $100K

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A 12-year-old Morris girl needs a bigger piggy bank. More>>

Hoax report: Mountain lion escaped from pet store

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Officers in South Carolina spent hours searching for a mountain lion on the loose from a pet store - but police now say the threat was based on a false report. More>>

Robots guide nights at the museum at Tate Britain

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Tate Britain is inviting art fans to a night at the museum - though robots, not T. rexes, will be roaming this time. More>>

Apple eating elk captured again in Idaho

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A young bull elk with a hankering for apples has for the second time been sedated and removed from a southwest Idaho city. More>>

Caretaker's death ends old whiskey theft case

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The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding. More>>

Wanted: Repeat bank robber with fondness for hats

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Police in New York are on the hunt for a prolific bank robber who wears many hats. More>>

New Jersey's Christie takes Ice Bucket Challenge

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proving again he doesn't mind a little humiliation. More>>

German artists: We switched Brooklyn Bridge flags

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Two German artists have claimed responsibility for replacing American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with faded white versions last month in a bizarre urban mystery that exposed holes in security at one of the city's... More>>

Steer kills Austrian farmer

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Police say a steer killed a farmer while he was working in its stall, in the latest of several deaths or injuries over the past few weeks caused by Austrian cattle. More>>

Woman, 78, caught with cash in girdle at airport

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A 78-year-old Florida woman tried to fly on an international trip from Detroit Metropolitan Airport with almost $41,000 in cash hidden inside her girdle, bra and carry-on bag, federal authorities said. More>>

Soaked for charity: Ice bucket challenges get cool Video included

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The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. More>>

Virginia resident catches squirrel kick on video

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A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten. More>>

Nude political candidate campaigns in Times Square

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New York City's Naked Cowboy may have met his match. More>>

Petition: Strapping iPads to tortoises is cruel

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A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse. More>>

Insurer pays off lawsuit with thousands in coins

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An insurance company settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said Wednesday. More>>

Baboon, lynx, zebra among seized zoo of taxidermy

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Customs officers in Los Angeles have seized a vast menagerie of stuffed-and-mounted animals including a wildebeest, a zebra, a gazelle and a baboon. More>>

Lovebirds in Arizona died from parrot fever

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Nearly two dozen lovebirds found dead in a Scottsdale yard died from a disease known as parrot fever, Arizona wildlife officials said Wednesday. More>>

County Fair-goers: We were fed pot-laced chocolate

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Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was... More>>

Monkeys take 'selfies,' sparking copyright dispute

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Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright? More>>

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  • Ex-Va. governor: CEO's loans not inappropriate

    Ex-Va. governor: CEO's loans not inappropriate

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:44:37 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who says that at one time he got in the habit of working late to escape his wife's wrath, has once again taken refuge - this time at the rectory in St. Patrick's Catholic...More >>
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that there was nothing inappropriate about taking two loans totaling $70,000 from a wealthy vitamin entrepreneur who had asked nothing of him other than calling his father on...More >>
  • Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license

    Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:14:57 GMT
    An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday.More >>
    An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday.More >>
  • 1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

    1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:15:40 GMT
    By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled...More >>
    By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars,...More >>
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