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Man in concrete mixer truck leads Wyoming police in chase

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming police say a man twice led them in a chase — once in a pickup truck and then in a concrete mixer truck.

Paper problem has Long Island Rail Road tickets saying 2019

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MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) — It's back to the future on the Long Island Rail Road.

Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — A baby girl is guaranteed food for life — and a job — after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom.

Cow breaks Connecticut farm worker's jaw

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ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A worker at a Connecticut dairy farm was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw after being head-butted by a cow.

Friday, Jul 20

Cops responding to 911 call find 4-foot gator in building

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BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Police responding to a 911 hang-up call from an abandoned building in western New York found something they weren't expecting: a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter) alligator.

Thursday, Jul 19

Poison parsnip causes severe burns, blisters on woman's legs

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ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — A woman was left with severe burns and blisters on her legs after encountering an invasive species of plant in Vermont.

Wednesday, Jul 18

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Giant pyramid tourist attraction burns in northern Illinois

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WADSWORTH, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say fire severely damaged a giant pyramid home that doubles as a tourist attraction in northern Illinois.

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Michigan twins run for county seats as political opponents

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KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters from western Michigan are running for county commissioner seats, but they aren't endorsing one another.

Bicyclist versus lift bridge. What could possibly go wrong?

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MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — Police say a bicyclist who weaved past the gates blocking access to a bridge over a river in eastern Wisconsin escaped serious injury after falling into the gap that was created when the bridge started to rise.

Police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

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CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.

Tuesday, Jul 17

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Probe criticizes Montana justice for absences, tardiness

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into the operation of one of Missoula County's justice courts found the judge was frequently late for work or absent and had employees walk her dog and put court fees in an unlocked box on her back…

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Investigation into weeping Virgin Mary statue continues

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces continues to investigate a Virgin Mary sculpture in a Hobbs church that appears to be weeping.

Lose, your blues: Town tosses 'Footloose' anti-dancing law

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Officials in a western Arkansas city say residents can finally kick off their Sunday shoes.

Hungry headache: German city seeks to evict big catfish

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BERLIN (AP) — A German city is looking for a way to get rid of a giant catfish that is believed to have developed a taste for ducklings after eating all of its fellow fish in the municipal pond.

Firefighters rescue raccoon that got head stuck in mayo jar

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters in upstate New York helped out a presumably hungry raccoon that got its head stuck inside a mayonnaise jar.

Errant tweet inspires "National Blue Cheese Dressing Day"

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The founder of Buffalo's annual chicken wing festival is offering foodies another reason to indulge — with the creation of National Blue Cheese Dressing Day.

Monday, Jul 16

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Arizona man arrested after trying to pull over troopers

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway.

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Toys, eyeglasses, cellphones surface in Ohio sewer system

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Workers in a metropolitan sewer district in Ohio have amassed an impressive collection of toys, eyeglasses and other objects that made their way through the sewer system.

Sunday, Jul 15

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Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.

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Finnish brewery creates quirky beer for Trump-Putin summit

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HELSINKI (AP) — A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the Helsinki summit.

Rhode Island governor to hold office hours at the beach

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor says she's holding summer office hours at the beach.

German town to hold lottery for coveted graveyard plots

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BERLIN (AP) — Quiet neighbors, pristine grounds and a view to die for: No wonder graveyard plots in Berchtesgaden are in high demand.

Saturday, Jul 14

Arizona man arrested after trying to pull over troopers

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway.

Tours and tattoos mark Friday the 13th

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BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — There's nothing superstitious about Friday the 13th as two towns celebrate the day with tours or tattoos.

Man smashes through grocery store ceiling, twice

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DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Police say a man fell through the ceiling of a New Hampshire supermarket, twice.

Arizona lawmaker apologizes after video shows 140 mph brag

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PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona state lawmaker was seen telling a sheriff's deputy he sometimes drives as fast as 130 or 140 mph (210 or 225 kph) after he was pulled over for speeding, and the deputy said in a report later that the driver…

Friday, Jul 13

Video shows woman snatching, bagging birds at US park

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. park ranger confronted a woman seen snatching birds at a historic square in Philadelphia and placing them alive in plastic bags, and she claimed she released the birds after catching them.

State board to consider changing mountain's made-up name

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WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state board plans to hear a man's request to change the name of Mount Ascutney (ah-SKUT'-nee) because it's a made-up name.

Black bear noshes on lunch inside surprised woman's minivan

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ATLANTA (AP) — Bears don't usually pack a lunch, but they'll be happy to eat whatever someone else has prepared.

Thursday, Jul 12

Man gets Sea-Doo back nearly 6 years after Hurricane Sandy

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been reunited with his Sea-Doo nearly six years after it was swept away in Hurricane Sandy.