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Umbrella mistaken for weapon causes hospital lockdown

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KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — An umbrella sparked a scare at a Seattle-area hospital after it was mistaken for a rifle.

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Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?"

Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite

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BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite.

Spain, Portugal seize cocaine hidden in shipped pineapples

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spanish and Portuguese police say a joint operation resulted in the seizure of 745 kilograms (1,642 pounds) of cocaine, much of it allegedly concealed inside pineapples shipped from Latin America.

Wednesday, Jan 17

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Customer complain that gas station swapped diesel, gasoline

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Some Maine drivers say their vehicles were damaged when they purchased fuel at a gas station where the diesel and gasoline were in the wrong pumps.

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Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

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DETROIT (AP) — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.

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Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

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MOSCOW (AP) — Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.

Massachusetts police arrest man for stealing manhole covers

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WEBSTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say they have arrested a man who stole seven manhole covers and put traffic cones in their place.

German linguists: 'Alternative facts' the non-word of 2017

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BERLIN (AP) — German linguists have declared the phrase "alternative facts," popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway, the non-word of 2017.

2 men hit each other in consecutive accidents in Germany

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BERLIN (AP) — Police in the eastern German city of Dresden say two men suffered minor injuries after backing in to one another in two consecutive accidents.

Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured

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SYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit.

Shiver me timbers! New signs pirates liked booty — and books

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dead men tell no tales, but there's new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard's flagship harbored books among the booty.

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Mom-daughter duo show 2 carjackers crime and cocoa don't mix

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in the Virginia suburbs of the nation's capital say two would-be carjackers fled from their intended victims when a splash of hot cocoa and a dash of resourcefulness entered the mix.

Tuesday, Jan 16

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Arizona police arrest 80-year-old man in armed bank robbery

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Arizona have arrested an 80-year-old man they say robbed a credit union at gunpoint.

Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia's capital may be reopening its doors in time for Valentine's Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country's elite caught up in what the government has…

Saturday, Jan 13

Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out

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LONDON (AP) — A British butcher who got locked in a freezer says he was saved by a frozen sausage that he used as a battering ram.

Police: Hand grenade disarmed after being found in trash

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STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A hand grenade found in the trash by Connecticut waste management employees has been disarmed.

Guam's governor fooled by Russian comedians via phone call

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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's governor was duped by a pair of Russian comedians who pretended to be officials from Ukraine.

Friday, Jan 12

Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back

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LUBEC, Maine (AP) — A fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged in waters near a Canadian island, and conservationists fear it could disintegrate before legal tangles are resolved.

A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above

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NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.

Couple embrace before surrendering to pursuing officers

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A couple got out of an SUV and then embraced before surrendering to pursuing sheriff's deputies after a chase for miles across part of metro Phoenix.

Outdoor center warns skiers of dive-bombing owl

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NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine outdoor center are warning skiers to watch out for an "aggressive dive-bombing" owl that recently struck a man.

Beach blades! Maine teen glides over frozen sand, surf

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YORK, Maine (AP) — Beachgoers in Maine have caught an unusual sight — an ice skater's blades gliding over frozen sand and surf.

Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member

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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said they have arrested a 74-year-old fugitive Japanese gang member who was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.

Say Cheese! Young chefs spar in grilled cheese challenge

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The youngest of three Maine chefs has taken first place in the inaugural Augusta Agricultural Trades Show gourmet grilled cheese sandwich contest.

Thursday, Jan 11

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Hoo is next? Man says he's latest victim of owls in Georgia

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ATLANTA (AP) — A spate of recent owl attacks has ruffled the feathers of metropolitan Atlanta's residents.

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Baby sloth ready for visitors at Pittsburgh National Aviary

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's indoor zoo dedicated to birds has an adorable new member: a baby two-toed sloth.

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Rapper with song 'Sell Drugsz' gets prison for selling drugs

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" has been sentenced to three years in prison for doing just that.

Wednesday, Jan 10

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Holiday decor to park chalet? Capitol tree heads to Montana

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness.

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Rome's mangy Christmas tree to be carved up into souvenirs

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ROME (AP) — Rome's pathetic Christmas tree, so droopy and dried out that residents nicknamed it "The Mangy One," will be carved up and turned into souvenirs and a lactation hut for mothers and babies, city officials said Tuesday.