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    Zoo throwing farewell party for beloved gorilla

    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston zoo is holding a farewell party for a beloved gorilla that’s heading to another zoo in New Orleans to start his own family. Officials at the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday will be celebrating Okpara, a 24-year-old male Western lowland gorilla affectionately called “Okie.” He will soon be heading to […]
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    Phoenix man tries turning locomotive into a runaway train

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man was close to turning a locomotive into his own runaway train. Police say 20-year-old Julio Rodriguez was arrested earlier this month after trying to steal a train from a rail yard just south of downtown Phoenix. Union Pacific Railroad workers say they were alarmed when they heard the train […]
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    Lawsuit: Couple detained after hibiscus mistaken for pot

    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. Edward and Audrey Cramer say in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Nationwide Insurance Co. agent investigating a fallen tree at […]
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    NYC taxi drivers camp it up in playful pinup calendar

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years … courteous, reckless, sometimes rude. But sexy? That’s the tongue-in-cheek goal of a quirky pinup calendar featuring a dozen New York City taxi drivers smirking and smoldering in provocative poses in and around their yellow cabs. The […]
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    Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky

    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. An electronic warfare plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in western Washington state created sky writings in the shape […]
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    Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks

    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. According to his grandson, Dominic Lussi, when asked what he wanted to take with […]
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    ‘Cone Weed’ gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town

    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. WBTV reports someone decorated the “Cone Weed” with tinsel and ornaments last week. The weed has been growing unencumbered across from […]
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    Billionaire Norwegian given $30,400 drunken driving fine

    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. Katharina G. Andresen is reportedly Norway’s richest woman, with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $1.23 billion. Fines for drunken driving in Norway are based on the defendant’s income. Newspaper […]
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    McDonald’s drive-thru window break-in: Suspect surrenders

    COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — A suspect has surrendered in a McDonald’s break-in in which a woman squeezed her way through a drive-thru window. Police said in a statement that 27-year-old Jessica Marie Cross of Springdale, Maryland, turned herself in to officers Thursday in Maryland’s Howard County. She is charged with burglary and theft. Widely seen […]
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    California woman leads officers on second chase in 2 days

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the same woman led officers on vehicle chases through Southern California on back-to-back days. The Orange County Register reports that a day after leading officers from Orange County into the Los Feliz area, a woman Wednesday morning led officers on a second chase. The chase went onto freeways and […]