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Sunday, Nov 19

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Scooby the camel returned to Ohio owners after getting loose

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A young camel named Scooby is back at home after going on a 90-minute jaunt that blocked traffic and provided an uncommon photo opportunity for motorists in Ohio.

100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite.

Saturday, Nov 18

Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The air crew who used their U.S. Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the U.S. Navy said Friday.

'Cone Weed' gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — At first, it was an orange traffic cone with a weed growing out of it. Now, the roadside attraction dubbed "Cone Weed" is something of a Christmas miracle to locals.

Lawsuit: Couple detained after hibiscus mistaken for pot

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SARVER, Pa. (AP) — A couple who say they were handcuffed for hours in a police patrol car after their hibiscus plants were confused for marijuana are suing the police and an insurance company.

NYC taxi drivers camp it up in playful pinup calendar

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years ... courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy?

Phoenix man tries turning locomotive into a runaway train

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PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man was close to turning a locomotive into his own runaway train.

Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks

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PLAINS, Pa. (AP) — A man who always joked that he didn't want to venture into the afterlife hungry got his wish when he was buried with two cheesesteaks from his favorite sandwich shop — Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia.

Billionaire Norwegian given $30,400 drunken driving fine

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 22-year-old Norwegian student has been handed a 250,000-kroner ($30,400) fine for drunken driving — but can still count herself lucky.

Correction: MOMA-Stolen Art story

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 12 about the theft of photographs from a museum in New York, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the theft took place. It was at MoMA PS1 in Queens, not the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

Friday, Nov 17

California woman leads officers on second chase in 2 days

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the same woman led officers on vehicle chases through Southern California on back-to-back days.

Small town Connecticut election decided by coin toss

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BOLTON, Conn. (AP) — An election for the governing board of a small Connecticut town has been decided by a coin toss.

Drive-thru-window becomes squeeze-thru for McDonald's thief

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — A McDonald's drive-thru window became a squeeze-thru window for a woman who apparently needed a fast food fix.

Trump's cheeseburger in Japan still drawing lines

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TOKYO (AP) — Haruyuki Sano traveled 1 ½ hours for a taste of the same cheeseburger U.S. President Donald Trump ate with Japan's prime minister during his visit last week.

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Suspect dances for Texas officers before police dog ends jig

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HOUSTON (AP) — A man who led police on a nearly 20-mile chase through Houston was taken into custody only after dancing for a time once he stepped out of his car.

Thursday, Nov 16

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Bank robber with poor spelling skills pleads guilty

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BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has pleaded guilty.

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Cards Against Humanity says it's fighting border wall

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HOUSTON (AP) — The party game Cards Against Humanity says it's bought U.S.-Mexico border land and hired a lawyer to try to stop President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

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Trump pauses address to nation to take 2 big swigs of water

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had his own water bottle moment.

Oh, man! Town drops 'men' from name of its governing board

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town has removed the word "men" from the name of its governing body.

Viral video star looks to reunite with mystery dance partner

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BORDENTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is looking for the woman who busted a move while he danced in a supermarket parking lot.

Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate

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HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — Police officers in a Massachusetts town jokingly recommend drivers get a little more creative if they make their own illegal license plates.

Another North Carolina woman hits lottery jackpot twice

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GRANITE FALLS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman hit the jackpot with two scratch-off lottery tickets, marking the second such instance in three weeks.

Wednesday, Nov 15

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Man smeared in deer blood struggles with police, arrested

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CUSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested after police received a report of someone smeared in blood outside a western Michigan gas station.

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6 Czechs fined for sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan

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PRAGUE (AP) — Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

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Man detained after Danish police crack public bench thefts

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Denmark says a man is suspected of stealing 12 of Copenhagen's green public benches that Danes instantly associate with the capital city.

School worksheet quizzed students on 'boy toy,' affairs

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HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as "boy toy" and "trophy wife."

Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

Sydney ferry named Ferry McFerryface after 'Boaty' overruled

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SYDNEY (AP) — A new Sydney Harbor ferry will be christened Ferry McFerryface — Sydney's second favorite choice after the now famous jokey Mc-moniker, Boaty McBoatface.

Tuesday, Nov 14

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Conman sentenced to 'Supermax' -- at his own request

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MIAMI (AP) — A notorious Florida conman will serve his 20-year sentence in solitary at the infamous federal Supermax prison -- at his request.

Monday, Nov 13

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Police search for wedding ring lost in Halloween candy bag

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont trick-or-treater may have picked up more than candy on Halloween this year.