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Oklahoma City receives rare lake effect snow from storm

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Oklahoma City, meet the Great Lakes. A weather event known as lake effect snow that's common in the upper Midwest and northeastern U.S., made a rare appearance at Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner on Wednesday. More>>

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Texas woman defecates in pants to hide drugs during arrest

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Police say a Texas woman attempted to hide evidence during an arrest by defecating in her pants and using the feces to conceal drugs. More>>

APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo

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APNewsBreak: New York economic development agency issues report illustrating state's booming growth with 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa. More>>

Officials: Trolley driver paid man $2K to attack him on job

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Authorities say a Massachusetts trolley driver paid a man in a Halloween mask $2,000 to attack him on the job so the driver could fraudulently collect workers' compensation and disability insurance. More>>

Student calls 911 from school, says he was sleepwalking

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Pennsylvania middle school cancels classes after a sleepwalking student was found inside the building. More>>

Thirsty goalkeeper gifts opponents equalizer in Germany

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A thirsty goalkeeper chose the wrong time to have a drink during a second-tier soccer game in Germany on Saturday. More>>

French customs officials find stolen Degas in luggage on bus

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French customs officers have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen. More>>

Tar cakes tires, slows commute on New Jersey highway

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It was a sticky commute on a New Jersey interstate after tar coated the highway. More>>

Got skunks in your home? Don't use a smoke bomb

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Authorities: Man burns down home trying to use smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks. More>>

At Flag Day ceremony, Mexico's 'tri-color' flies upside down

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A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry after troops flew the country's red, white and green "tri-color" upside down. More>>

Washington snipped here? College says it found prez's hair

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Washington snipped here? New York college says it has discovered a lock of George Washington's hair pressed in the pages of an old book. More>>

Nothing to see here! Police clear T-Rex walking student

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Police in a Philadelphia suburb received an unusual report about a dinosaur on the loose. More>>

Massachusetts transit bosses under fire for $100K bathroom

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Massachusetts transportation officials are under fire for authorizing a no-bid contract for a tiny, $100,000 bathroom inside a state office building. More>>

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

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A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom locked themselves in cabins to escape days of violence. More>>

Church: Cardinal's 'nighty-night, baby' tweet was for sister

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A New Jersey archbishop raised a few eyebrows when he tweeted "Nighty-night, baby. I love you," but his spokesman says it was an errant message intended for his sister. More>>

Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door

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The feeding habits of a Cooper's hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of an upstate New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons at their doorstep. More>>

Runaway cow defends its freedom in Poland

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A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled. More>>

German police rescue men tangled up with mannequin, toy car

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Police in western Germany have freed two men who became entangled with a mannequin and a large, remote controlled car. More>>

Lobster emoji gets 2 more legs following design complaints

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After an outcry, the organization that controls the release of emojis has added two more legs to the forthcoming lobster emoji to make it correct. More>>

11-year-old Pennsylvania Boy Scout called for jury duty

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One Pennsylvania resident has been called to perform his civic duty a few years earlier than expected. More>>

Police: Man's target practice leaves bulletholes in walls

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Authorities say a Florida man who was taking target practice in his home was arrested after bullets went through the wall and into his neighbors' apartment. More>>

NYC still waiting to fill new 'night mayor' position

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New York City is still waiting to see who will become its first ever 'night mayor'. More>>

Hundreds of KFC outlets in UK closed amid chicken shortage

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Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets. More>>

Skier lost in New York doesn't know how he got to California

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It's still not clear how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked massive search on a snowy Adirondack mountainside showed up a week later in California, confused and in ski clothes. More>>

Love on the rocks: Penguins celebrating Valentine's Day

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Penguins at a San Francisco aquarium are celebrating Valentine's Day with big red hearts to attract potential mates. More>>

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

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Fast-food chain KFC has been forced to close most of its 900 outlets in Britain and Ireland because of a shortage of chicken The company is blaming "teething problems" with its new delivery partner, DHL. More>>

Is Maryland ready to rid 'Northern scum' from state song?

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Some Maryland lawmakers think the time is right to finally wipe "Northern scum," and other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases out of the official state song. More>>

Dozen day care workers say parent's cookies made them high

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The director of a Maine day care says about dozen staff members reported feeling high after eating cookies dropped off by a parent as a Valentine's Day treat. More>>

'Unseen' museum exhibit to depict glow-in-the-dark creatures

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Feel as though you're in the dark when it comes to the underwater world? New York's American Museum of Natural History working on floor-to-ceiling installation depicting species that glow. More>>

San Francisco firefighters rescue 2 dogs from cliff

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It's usually cats in trees that need a firefighter's help but not Friday, when two dogs were rescued by San Francisco firefighters after sliding halfway down a cliff. More>>

NYC woman stood up by mystery man described in huge mural

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It wasn't meant to be for a New York City woman seeking a mystery missed connection via a 20-foot mural asking him to meet her on Valentine's Day. More>>

100 pizzas and counting: German police probe pizza stalker

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German police are investigating a case of severe pizza stalking in the western town of Dortmund. More>>

Simple sketch helps police ID market theft suspect

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Police say an extremely simple sketch helped investigators identify a suspect in a theft from a Pennsylvania farmers market. More>>

Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix-up

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Ohio woman reunites with her wedding dress 32 years after a dry cleaner mix-up. More>>

After elk crashes copter, some question wildlife chopper use

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The case of an elk that died after it leaped in the air and brought down a low-flying research helicopter is highlighting the use of aircraft in wildlife monitoring. More>>

Police pursuit of stolen Ohio school bus hits 100 mph

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Authorities say speeds hit 100 mph during a police pursuit of a stolen school bus in southwest Ohio. More>>

Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

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Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog's campaign for governor. More>>

Pennsylvania man the 7th teen to enter Kansas governor race

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The field of teenage candidates running for Kansas governor has grown to seven, and the latest contender isn't even from the state. More>>

Huge sinkhole on Rome street swallows half-dozen cars

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Prosecutors have opened an investigation into a 10-meter (30-foot) -wide sinkhole that swallowed up a half-dozen cars on a residential street in Rome. More>>

Derailed locomotive left to run for a week in Adirondacks

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Railway workers in the Adirondacks have been trying to move a derailed locomotive that has been left running for a week. More>>

Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter in Utah

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Authorities say a leaping elk brought down a research helicopter trying to capture the animal in the mountains of eastern Utah. More>>

Deja vu: Convicted fraudster pleads in $340K 'psychic' case

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A Maryland woman who claims to be a psychic has been convicted of scamming people out $340,000. More>>

Pair lasts 5½ hours outside in cold to alert pet owners

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Two people in New Hampshire say they lasted 5 ½ hours outside in the cold overnight before their feet went numb to make a point to pet owners who leave their animals out on cold winter nights. More>>

Rampaging bull leads to high school lockdown in Idaho

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A high school in southeast Idaho was placed on lockdown after a bull escaped an auction yard and stormed by campus. More>>

Dozens of nude models brave cold, rain for Polar Bear Paint

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Dozens of body-painted models brave cold, rain to pose for photos in New York City streets as part of Polar Bear Paint, nude spin on traditional polar bear plunges that see people in swimsuits dive into frigid waters to celebrate New Year. More>>

Man punches and kicks 150-pound bear who attacked his puppy

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A Maine man says he punched and kicked a 150-pound bear who had attacked his puppy in the woods. More>>

Vacancy sign flashes at Florida jail dubbed 'Green Roof Inn'

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A neon sign at a Florida jail indicates there are vacant rooms, but this is one place you don't want to stay. More>>

New Jersey capital to use lasers, audio to get rid of crows

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New Jersey's capital city is taking a high-tech approach to rid the city of an estimated 30,000 crows that are waking up residents and leaving a pile of droppings behind. More>>

Family who buried wrong man sues California county

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Relatives who thought they had buried their loved one only to find out he was alive 11 days after his funeral are now suing the California county responsible for what they say started as a mix-up but became a cover-up. More>>

Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate's parents donate to his rival

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The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son's Democratic rival, Sen. Tammy Baldwin. More>>

Police: 'Obit bandit' targets homes of mourners at funerals

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Police arrest man who they say broke into people's homes in Massachusetts while they attended wakes or funeral services. More>>

Dog's tale has happy end, as Rapunzel the runaway resurfaces

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A German Shepherd dog called Rapunzel that went missing from Germany six months ago has resurfaced _ more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) away in Switzerland. More>>

Massachusetts' high court: Do you know this justice?

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The highest court in Massachusetts is turning to the public to solve a judicial mystery. More>>

Romanian study: Half-day old snow is safe to eat

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A Romanian university has published the results of a study on how safe it is to eat snow. More>>

Valentine condom campaign urges lovers to think of animals

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An environmental group wants couples to think of wild animals before acting like them this Valentine's Day. More>>

Japan public grade school under fire over Armani uniform

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A Tokyo public school has adopted Giorgio Armani uniforms for students, triggering criticism in a country where hefty school tuition is already burdening young parents. More>>

Fans return Eagles CB Sidney Jones' lost cellphone

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Fans help return Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones' lost cellphone during the team's Super Bowl victory parade _ but not before taking a selfie. More>>

Give me a toy: Florida boy gets trapped in vending machine

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When a Florida boy wanted a stuffed toy, he crawled inside a claw-style vending machine in the play area of a restaurant to fetch one. More>>

Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn't a country

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An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn't a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor. More>>

Drivers, and Oxford comma, come up big in lawsuit settlement

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A Maine dairy company has settled a lawsuit over an overtime dispute that was the subject of a ruling that hinged on the use of the Oxford comma. More>>

Danish volunteer finds $8,284 in charity shop coat pocket

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A Danish volunteer in a secondhand charity shop has found nearly 50,000 kroner ($8,284) in the pocket of a coat he was preparing to put on sale. More>>

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