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    Valentine condom campaign urges lovers to think of animals

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An environmental group wants couples to think of wild animals before acting like them this Valentine’s Day. The Center for Biological Diversity is handing out endangered species condoms at the Carnegie Science Center’s adults-only Valentine’s event Friday in Pittsburgh. The wrappers feature colorful artwork and slogans like “Before it gets any hotter…remember […]
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    Vacancy sign flashes at Florida jail dubbed ‘Green Roof Inn’

    BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — Looking to stay at the Green Roof Inn? Probably not. A Florida sheriff says rooms are available and a new retro-neon sign purchased with drug-seized assets features a blinking “vacancy” light. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly has dubbed the county jail the Green Roof Inn. A sign lists the amenities at […]
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    Japan public grade school under fire over Armani uniform

    TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo public school has adopted Giorgio Armani uniforms for students, triggering criticism in a country where hefty school fees are already burdening young parents. Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza shopping district has announced plans to introduce the new uniform option, which costs more than 80,000 yen ($730) for a […]
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    Drivers, and Oxford comma, come up big in lawsuit settlement

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine dairy company has settled a lawsuit over an overtime dispute that was the subject of a ruling hinging on the use of the Oxford comma. Drivers with Oakhurst Dairy filed the lawsuit in 2014 seeking more than $10 million. Court documents filed Thursday show that they settled for $5 […]
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    Danish volunteer finds $8,284 in charity shop coat pocket

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish volunteer in a secondhand charity shop has found $8,284 in the pocket of a coat he was preparing to put on sale. Jens Erik Christensen told a regional daily that the woman’s coat was in a bag with other clothes left in the DanChurchSocial shop’s container near Soroe, 80 […]
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    Give me a toy: Florida boy gets trapped in vending machine

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When a young Florida boy wanted a stuffed toy, he crawled inside a claw-style vending machine in the play area of a restaurant to fetch one. And, he got stuck inside the glass-encased structure. Thankfully, off-duty firefighter Jeremy House was also having dinner at the Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Titusville, on […]
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    Massachusetts’ high court: Do you know this justice?

    BOSTON (AP) — A man’s portrait has hung for years outside the chambers of the chief justice on Massachusetts’ highest court. The problem? No one knows who he is. It’s a mystery that has stumped officials at the Supreme Judicial Court for more than a decade. Now they’re turning to the public for help in […]
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    Mexico: Someone tried to mail a tiger cub

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican inspectors have found tigers in all sorts of situations: on leashes, in neighbors’ yards and wandering the streets. But the office for environmental protection announced a new twist Wednesday: Someone tried to express-mail a tiger cub. The cub was sedated and packed into a plastic container. Nobody realized it was […]
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    Alaska robbery suspect buries coat but gets caught cold

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska’s largest city say a man robbed a restaurant and apparently attempted to avoid being identified by authorities by burying his coat in fresh snow. Anchorage police Tuesday morning received a report of a Taco Bell robbery. The suspect wore a black, hooded jacket with a black towel covering […]
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    Couple inundated with mystery packages wants it to stop

    ACTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple says it was fun when they started receiving free mystery packages from Amazon they hadn’t ordered. Now they want it to stop. Mike and Kelly Gallivan, of Acton, tell The Boston Globe the first package arrived in October. They have continued to receive one or two a week […]