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Wednesday, Sep 20

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Pennsylvania Turnpike warns of 80-mile detour this weekend

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are warning motorists of an 80-mile detour they'll encounter in western Pennsylvania over the weekend.

Tuesday, Sep 19

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Pierogis made for Broadway find new home in restaurant

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NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of the now-closed Broadway musical "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" are keeping enthusiasm in the show going by opening a place to serve pierogis like the ones made for show attendees.

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Michigan lottery tickets with 4 zeroes are worth $5,000

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — When are four zeroes worth $5,000? When four zeroes are the winning numbers in a Michigan lottery drawing.

Cops: Man who didn't want to drink alone breaks in with beer

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STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man who didn't want to drink alone forced his way into a woman's home and sat down with two 12-packs of beer.

Monday, Sep 18

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Koala survives 10-mile Australia trip in wheel arch

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — For a stowaway who made a 16-kilometer (10-mile) journey squeezed in a wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches.

Dog that disappeared in Florida in 2016 is found in New York

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FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A dog that disappeared in Florida in February 2016 has been found in New York.

Sunday, Sep 17

Gas station robbery suspect's getaway car runs out of fuel

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LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say an Indiana man who robbed a gas station made off with food, drinks and cigarettes. What he didn't steal was gas.

Saturday, Sep 16

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Bicyclists get free roadside assistance in Connecticut city

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Maureen Hart was riding home on the Founders Bridge into Hartford when the tire on her bicycle went flat.

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Oh, man! Town might change Board of Selectmen to Selectwomen

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town says it will consider changing the name of its governing body from the Board of Selectmen to the Board of Selectwomen.

Fish tale: Fisherman gets up close view of humpback whale

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SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — A fisherman says he had a close encounter with a humpback whale near a New Hampshire beach.

Dirty money? Wads of cut-up cash found in Geneva toilets

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GENEVA (AP) — Talk about flush with cash.

11-year-old boy gets lawn-mowing gig at White House

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An 11-year-old boy in khaki shorts and a red polo shirt got the lawn-mowing gig of a lifetime Friday when President Donald Trump put him to work in the Rose Garden.

Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

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BOSTON (AP) — Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig…

Friday, Sep 15

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Man who sent Hannibal Lecter photo to judge to go on trial

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MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

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Police: People dressed as ninjas started fires in building

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Police say two people dressed as ninjas broke into a New Jersey apartment building and set several fires.

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French city to send misspelled Montpelier jerseys to Vermont

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is saying merci to a French city it's named after for plans to send some misspelled soccer jerseys its way.

Tied down with late budget, lawmakers warned to keep on ties

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After spending months in futile efforts to complete a budget, Pennsylvania legislators have turned their attention to what they should be wearing to the fight over state finances.

SpaceX bloopers video: 'How NOT to land an orbital rocket'

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has put together a bloopers video showing "How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster."

Tall tail: Record-setting cats share home near Detroit

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Here's a very tall tail: Two record-setting cats are living together near Detroit.

No use in crying: Spilled milk turns Indiana creek white

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TIPTON, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say an accidental milk spill at a food processing business ended up turning a central Indiana creek white.

Injured hawk 'Harvey' that gained online popularity released

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PLANO, Texas (AP) — An injured hawk that sought refuge in a Houston taxicab before Harvey made landfall last month has been returned to the wild.

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Now-famous Florida nun used Google to figure out chain saw

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The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her — dressed in full habit — wielding a chain saw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool.

Thursday, Sep 14

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Help! Help! There's a kangaroo loose on Highway L

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — It was a brief taste of freedom for Joey the kangaroo who kicked his way out of a pen at a southeast Wisconsin pumpkin farm, only to be rounded up by sheriff's deputies.

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Grave humor: House next to cemetery has 'quiet neighbors'

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DEWITT, Mich. (AP) — How's this for curb appeal: A Michigan real estate agent selling a house next to a cemetery is promoting it with a sign that says "quiet neighbors."

Goodbye Cassini: Saturn spacecraft gets funny opera send-off

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft is getting a grand but hilarious opera send-off before it plunges through Saturn's atmosphere and vaporizes Friday.

Pathologist suspected of drunken driving toted human organs

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in central Indiana say a pathologist arrested on suspicion of drunken driving had human organs and tissues in his pickup truck when he was pulled over along a rural highway.

Police: Man nabbed trying to rob just-burglarized restaurant

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COVINA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man with a knife tried to rob a Southern California pizza restaurant just a few hours after burglars had already stolen from it.

Germany fights invasion of American crayfish in Berlin park

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BERLIN (AP) — Berlin animal control officials say they've caught 3,000 American crayfish that have been proliferating in a downtown park.

Museum bids to acquire huge 'fatberg' clogging London sewer

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LONDON (AP) — London's monster fatberg may be destined for a museum.

Cops: Man's GPS led him to drive into Pennsylvania river

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EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a driver's global positioning system device caused him to drive into a Pennsylvania river.