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    Maine police: Bouncing roll of duct tape leads to 911 call

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Bangor, Maine, say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape. Officers responded to a call from a woman who heard noises from her basement and reported that her dog was barking aggressively at the noise. Police said it turns out a “thump-thump-thump” sound the […]
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    Retired justice ‘so disappointed’ to be kept off jury

    BOSTON (AP) — She was impartial enough to serve as a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, but apparently that wasn’t enough for Geraldine Hines to be named a juror in a murder trial. The 70-year-old Hines, who retired from the Supreme Judicial Court in August, said she was “so disappointed” when the prosecutor […]
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    Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia demand higher wages

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Employees at Slovenia’s state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. Slovenia’s Public Administration Minister Boris Koprivnikar on Thursday described the move as “surprising and unique.” He says Slovenia’s spies are required by law to ensure the basic functioning of the agency to protect national […]
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    Postal Service probes glue-like substance found on mailboxes

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Some residents in a New Jersey city have noticed a glue-like substance on mailboxes is preventing their letters from going down the chute. The U.S. Postal Service says what’s happening in Paterson is often a method used by thieves to try to snatch envelopes containing cash or checks. Postal inspector Greg […]
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    Judge to decide if raccoons deserve protection from cruelty

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge will decide whether raccoons are protected animals or vermin meant to be disposed. Allegheny County officials say 68-year-old William Killgallon has been charged with felony animal cruelty after Pittsburgh police say he admitted to drowning trapped raccoons in a barrel. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Killgallon’s attorney argued Tuesday that […]
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    Secret Santa couple pays off $10K in layaway orders in Maine

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Representatives for a Maine Toys R Us store say a husband and wife stopped in to pay off $10,000 in layaway orders for other families. WGME-TV reports the couple is local and desired to remain anonymous when making the payment at the South Portland store. Store manager Jay Roes says […]
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    Police: Woman drove with transit sign sticking out of car

    SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car. The 52-year-old was pulled over Saturday on Route 46 in South Hackensack when police noticed something odd. Police say the woman had a New […]
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    Sharks in Italy get into Christmas spirit with creche

    ROME (AP) — Christmastime Nativity scenes usually feature donkeys, cows and sheep. That could help explain the interest generated when divers mounted a creche in the shark tank of the aquarium in the Italian Adriatic city of Cattolica. The sharks who call the Cattolica Aquarium home — a 3-meter (10-foot) -long sand tiger shark named […]
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    Zippy’s back! Town’s elf on a shelf has been returned

    DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town is happy to report that its beloved elf on a shelf has been returned, more than a day after he vanished. The Deerfield Rescue Squad posted on Facebook on Wednesday morning that Zippy the elf is a little wet, but safe. It featured photos of him carried […]
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    Cops: Woman parks in police chief’s spot while smoking pot

    NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a woman arriving at a Long Island court to answer a marijuana possession summons was smoking pot when she parked her vehicle in the local police chief’s spot. Newsday reports that the 26-year-old woman had been ticketed in May for unlawful possession of marijuana. Police say she was arriving […]