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Oops: Court says man won't get mistaken $2.7M severance

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The Michigan appeals court says a man who was mistakenly told that he would receive a $2.7 million severance can't collect the windfall. More>>

Sheriff: Altercation over dead raccoon prompted shooting

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Authorities say an altercation over a dead raccoon led to a shooting in rural Washington state. More>>

Suspect took joyride on street sweeper, crashed and fled

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Police in New Jersey are looking for a suspect who stole a street sweeper and went on a brief joyride before crashing it. More>>

80-year-old woman attacked, mauled by rabid bobcat in garden

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An 80-year-old New Hampshire woman fought off a rabid bobcat with the help of her two dogs and her gardening sickle. More>>

Man sits in jail when drywall powder is mistaken for cocaine

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A Florida man spent 90 days in jail after police officers who stopped him for driving without headlights said white powder found in his car was cocaine. More>>

Alabama man accused of stealing Atlanta Braves golf cart

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Police say an Alabama man is accused of stealing a golf cart at SunTrust Park in suburban Atlanta before crashing it and attempting to flee from officers. More>>

Prison inmates remove statehouse furniture before renovation

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New Jersey prison inmates are moving desks and other items out of the statehouse ahead of a $300 million renovation. More>>

20-pound live lobster found in luggage at Boston airport

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The Transportation Security Administration says a roughly 20-pound live lobster was spotted in a person's luggage at Boston's Logan International Airport. More>>

Correction: Gangster Auction story

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A handwritten musical composition by Al Capone are among the items up for bid Saturday in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More>>

'Embarrassing' Berlin police removed from G20 security duty

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A group of Berlin police officers sent to Hamburg to help with security ahead of next week's Group of 20 summit has been sent home after some reportedly partied excessively at the barracks where they were staying. More>>

Big delivery: South Carolina mom gives birth to 14-pound son

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A South Carolina couple is looking for some bigger baby clothes after their son was born at a whopping 14.4 pounds. More>>

Greek weapons enthusiast charged over balcony shooting range

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Greek police say they have arrested an elderly man for allegedly setting up an improvised firing range on his balcony in a densely populated city area with guns he owned illegally. More>>

Not quite warp speed: Speeding man had alien doll passenger

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Police say a suburban Atlanta motorist was carrying 'out-of-this world passenger' when he was stopped for speeding. More>>

"Explicit" show at South African prison ignites scandal

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AT least 13 South African officials face possible suspension after photos showing scantily clad female entertainers with inmates at a Johannesburg prison circulated on social media. More>>

Transplanted: Large Idaho sequoia tree finds new home

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A sequoia tree seedling sent more than a century ago by naturalist John Muir to Idaho and planted in a Boise medical doctor's yard has become an obstacle to progress. More>>

Town limits councilman's broadcast of taps over loudspeaker

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A Pennsylvania town says a councilman who broadcast taps at his home through loudspeakers every night must limit the activity. More>>

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

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The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man's best friend's perfect imperfections in California Friday. More>>

California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

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A Southern California man who thought his son had died has learned he buried the wrong man. More>>

Kind act spreads to 167 drivers at Indiana McDonald's

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A customer's act of kindness at a southern Indiana McDonald's sparked a chain reaction of niceness in its drive-thru line. More>>

Albuquerque TV truck stolen while crew worked on crime story

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While a television news crew was gathering footage for a story about crime in the Albuquerque downtown area, someone stole the station's SUV. More>>

Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

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A massive sequoia in Idaho that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by naturalist John Muir has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday morning to a new location. More>>

Breast milk jeweler ordered to refund customers, return milk

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A Rhode Island company that makes jewelry from breast milk has been ordered to refund $15,000 to 114 customers and return the milk they sent. More>>

Norwegians collect money to fix penis-shaped rock formation

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Norwegian activists collect money to fix vandalized penis-shaped rock formation near Stavanger. More>>

Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole

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Police in Little Rock say a mall worker wrestled away a stripper pole from a would-be thief who bit the employee during the struggle. More>>

Big catch: Fisherman finds camera, returns it to owner

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A man who was fishing in the Tennessee River reeled in a waterlogged camera and then used social media to track down its owner in Florida. More>>

Police: Man faces charges after stealing more than 500 signs

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An Ohio man is facing charges after police say he stole more than 500 signs, claiming they were an eyesore and a distraction to drivers. More>>

Rats! DC working to fight rodent problem as complaints rise

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The nation's capital is taking a modern approach to dealing with an old problem: rats. More>>

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

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A sequoia tree seedling sent more than a century ago by naturalist John Muir to Idaho and planted in a Boise medical doctor's yard has become an obstacle to progress. More>>

Work to move giant sequoia draws curious Idaho onlookers

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A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital's expansion and plans are to move it two blocks away to city property. More>>

Family expected euthanized dog's ashes, got his frozen body

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A Pennsylvania family expecting to pick up the ashes of their beloved pet were instead handed his frozen body. More>>

Driver rescued after van gets stuck in Wisconsin drawbridge

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Firefighters had to rescue a man after his minivan became wedged in a drawbridge in downtown Green Bay. More>>

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

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A report of a major earthquake off the California coast has turned out to be a false alarm based on a quake from 1925. More>>

Toilet charity gets Indian village to take on Trump name

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A toilet charity is helping a north Indian village rename itself after US President Donald Trump. More>>

Workers help woman find necklace buried in hospital waste

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A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her special necklace thanks to a group of hardworking sanitation workers. More>>

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

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Boys at a British high school have found a novel way to skirt around strict uniform rules banning shorts as they swelter through a heatwave. More>>

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

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Under an Oregon roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed last week by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat. More>>

Suspect lights cigarette at end of wild police pursuit

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Los Angeles police say a woman led officers on a wild chase in a suspected stolen car that lasted a half-hour and ended when she crashed into a pole. More>>

Woman who hid gun in her vagina gets probation in drug case

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A Texas woman who police said packed a loaded pistol in her vagina has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to drug possession. More>>

Goodwill returns $97K to Ohio couple in mistaken donation

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A couple has gotten back nearly $100,000 in a duffel bag they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in central Ohio. More>>

Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze

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Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China _ and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. More>>

Genoa makes special airport waiver for famed pesto sauce

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The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who can't get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce. More>>

Adviser quits in vote tampering scandal at California school

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Students at a California high school got a lesson in political corruption after it was revealed that a faculty adviser rigged the election for class president and two other races. More>>

Stoked! 511 California surfers paddle out to set record

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Southern California surfers are stoked after setting a Guinness World Record for largest surf paddle-out. More>>

Cops: Woman with history of thefts steals hair highlights

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A Pennsylvania woman with a history of stealing meals and services has allegedly struck again, this time at a hair salon. More>>

Empty NYC transit bus rolls down street, hits church, cars

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A parked New York City transit bus rolled backward down a hilly Brooklyn block and crashed into a church and parked vehicles during an incident caught on video. More>>

Naked thief nabbed by Austrian police at Vienna hotel

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Austrian police nab naked thief who climbed in guest's window, clambered on hotel roof. More>>

Senior student mocks school's dress code with yearbook quote

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A graduating New Jersey high school student who opposed her school's dress code got the last laugh with her yearbook quote. More>>

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

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Under an Oregon roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed last week by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat. More>>

10-foot alligator roped, wrangled off East Texas ranch

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An East Texas lassoed a 10-foot alligator and wranglers crawled atop the massive reptile's back after it got too close to the landowner's cattle. More>>

California deputies harness wayward Llama

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A couple of Solano County sheriff's deputies are one wayward llama's heroes after they saved it from traffic. More>>

Wicked long: Restaurant hopes to land lobster roll record

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A restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is hoping it set the record for the longest lobster roll at 159 feet, 6 inches. More>>

Pet squirrel that foiled Idaho home burglary returns to wild

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A pet squirrel that gained fame by thwarting a home burglary in Idaho has returned to the wild. More>>

Sleepy burglary suspect caught taking nap

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Police say a West Virginia man found asleep in a stranger's home has been charged with burglary. More>>

Coke tweet targeting Pittsburghers uses map of Philadelphia

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Coca-Cola is apologizing for using a map of Philadelphia in an advertising tweet aimed at encouraging residents of Pittsburgh to drink Coke as temperatures climbed into the high 80s. More>>

Blooming corpse flowers draw crowds in Northern California

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Stink Alert! Plant lovers in Northern California get rare treat as 2 corpse flowers bloom for the first time in a decade. More>>

Swarm of gnats causes fire scare at landmark Hamburg church

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Emergency services called to a landmark Hamburg church to fight a fire found only gnats. More>>

EU takes fat out of fire: Belgian fries are out of danger

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The European Commission wants all Belgians, and the world at large, to know: your famous fries are safe. More>>

35-pound flabby feline at Washington shelter seeks new home

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35-pound flabby feline at Washington shelter seeks new home. More>>

Michael Phelps' latest challenge: 'Shark Week'

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Discovery Channel promotes 'Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White' as part of its 'Shark Week' programming. More>>

Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley

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Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley. More>>

No 1. courthouse problem: People urinating in the elevator

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Officials in an Arkansas county have a plea for male courthouse visitors: Please stop urinating in our elevator. More>>

Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300K California theft

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Southern California authorities say three workers at a produce company have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 of avocados. More>>

Report: Woman stole city money to get butt lift

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A Florida city says a former employee stole money to get a butt lift. More>>

Teen police volunteers steal LAPD cars, patrol Los Angeles

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Los Angeles police chief says teens who stole 3 police cars were LAPD cadets. More>>

Crooked Hill Road exit sign altered to read Crooked Hillary

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A sign marking the Crooked Hill Road exit off a suburban New York parkway has been altered to read "Crooked Hillary.". More>>

In wurst case, German sausage seller prepared to go to jail

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In wurst case, German sausage seller prepared to go to jail over right to operate by Autobahn. More>>

After 40 years, father and daughter meet for the 1st time

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A New Jersey man is looking forward to celebrating Father's Day a week after his first meeting with his daughter, who tracked him down earlier this year following decades of questions. More>>

Whopping $100 million water bill shocks North Carolina man

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A North Carolina man was shocked when he got a water bill of more than $100 million this month. More>>

Massachusetts mayor sends man $1 to settle parking dispute

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A Massachusetts mayor has paid $1 out of his own pocket to settle a dispute with a man who complained after unnecessarily paying for parking. More>>

Agents arrest man at airport after meth found in underwear

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Federal agents have arrested a man for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly four pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his underwear. More>>

Attacked while running, woman drowns rabid raccoon in puddle

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A woman who was out for a run in Maine had to kill a rabid raccoon that attacked her by drowning it in a puddle. More>>

Pennsylvania family rebuilding after skunk spray ruins home

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A Pennsylvania family is slowly rebuilding their life and their home seven months after a skunk sneaked into their home and ruined it. More>>

Fake architect busted in 'Operation Vandelay Industries'

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A fake architect named Newman has pleaded guilty to fraud after an investigation New York's attorney general dubbed "Operation Vandelay Industries.". More>>

Cops: Pastor forged documents, sold church to himself for $1

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Police say a Connecticut pastor faces charges after he forged deed documents and sold a church worth more than $1 million to himself for $1. More>>

Kansas husband who robbed bank to avoid wife given probation

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A 70-year-old man who said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife blamed his actions on depression. More>>

Soup Nazi-inspired company Soupman Inc. files for bankruptcy

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A New York company that sells soup from the recipes of the chef who was the real-life model of the Soup Nazi on "Seinfeld" has filed for bankruptcy. More>>

Rotting clams that stunk up neighborhood are being removed

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The rotting clams that were used to pave an access road in a small Rhode Island community are being removed after neighbors complained about the stench and maggots. More>>

Police: Naked man goes on rampage inside antiques store

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A Connecticut man is facing charges after police say he went on a naked rampage inside an antiques store. More>>

A cake mistake: Florida baker says new pans ruined desserts

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A Florida bakery claims faulty cake pans created a dessert disaster and has taken the pan-maker to court. More>>

French Spiderman climbs 29-story Spanish hotel without ropes

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French urban climber Alain Robert has scaled a 29-story hotel in Barcelona with his bare hands and in just 20 minutes. More>>

Texas woman calls 911 to complain about wait for nuggets

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Police in Central Texas say a woman fell into a foul mood when a fast-food restaurant took too long in delivering her chicken nuggets and she called 911 to complain. More>>

Hot dog! Eye-catching LA wiener stand finds museum home

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Los Angeles hot dog stand designed in the 1940s to look like a giant wiener on a bun has found a home. More>>

Teens rescued after 3 days lost in Paris catacombs

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Two teenage boys have been rescued after three days underground in the skeleton-lined labyrinth of the Catacombs of Paris. More>>

Woman caught shoplifting said she was studying kleptomania

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A Wyoming college student who told officers she was working on a term paper on kleptomania after she was caught shoplifting faces three felony charges. More>>

Man ordered to remove clamshells as stench draws complaints

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A Rhode Island man has been given until the end of the week to get rid of the unwashed clamshells he used to pave a road that neighbors complained gave off a sickening stench. More>>

KFC to send chicken sandwich to edge of space on balloon

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KFC plans to make a space pioneer out of a chicken sandwich next week when it sends it to the edge of the atmosphere with the help of a high-altitude balloon. More>>

Minor league team pitches pregnancy tests for Father's Day

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A minor league baseball team in Florida has planned an unusual Father's Day promotion _ free pregnancy tests. More>>

Dog-poop dispute ends with 1 man jailed, 1 with wounded hand

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Police in Florida say an argument between two men over dog poop has left one in jail and another with a knife wound to the hand. More>>

It wasn't 'itsy bitsy,' but spider causes Florida car crash

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A spider is being blamed for a car crash in the Florida suburbs. More>>

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