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High water moves Alaska regatta into parking lot

FAIRBANK, Alaska — High water forced the cancellation of the Red Green Regatta in Fairbanks over the weekend, with the fun moved off the water and into a…

200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Authorities are investigating after a thief at an east Georgia shopping mall made off with a bagful of women’s unmentionables. Richmond County sheriff’s officials say…

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Black-and-white stripes are the new orange

SAGINAW, Mich. — A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading his inmates’ orange jumpsuits for black-and-white…

Couple bringing crazed cat home after calling 911

DELAND, Fla. — A cat is heading back home after spending time in quarantine following…

Police: Woman posted selfies in stolen dress

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewelry from a southern…

Bats in the State House? No problem for Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Bats swoop through the halls of Vermont’s grand State House, and nobody…

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Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after some scientists gave her name to a water mite species they discovered…

Man starts fire using ‘blowtorch’ to kill spider

SEATTLE — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a…

Uruguay teachers protest attacks by parents

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Teachers in this South American country are going on a 24-hour strike to protest a wave of physical attacks on educators by students’ mothers and…

Boulder, Colorado, celebrates Tube To Work Day

BOULDER, Colo. — A few commuters in Boulder, Colorado, may have arrived at work dripping wet because they observed Tube To Work Day. The lighthearted holiday hit seven…

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Rain + mud = messy good time for hundreds of kids

WESTLAND, Mich. — Mud Day was even muddier than usual this year. A steady rain drenched hundreds of kids and parents Tuesday as they ran, jumped and…

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Police: Inmate hid in laundry basket to escape

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say a New Mexico inmate has been captured after he escaped from jail by hiding in a laundry basket. Officials say 28-year-old Kevin…

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Loch Ness monster it ain’t: 6-foot croc in Greece

ATHENS, Greece — Greece has its own lake monster — and it’s no Nessie. The Fire Brigade and authorities on the resort island of Crete say a…

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Report: Buddhist monks set off illegal fireworks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — They’ll likely be mindful of any future fireworks ban. Albuquerque authorities say, among the more than a dozen citations for illegal fireworks handed out…

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In tiny NY village, 26 votes could mean victory

DERING HARBOR, N.Y. — In a tiny New York village, getting 26 votes could make you the mayor. Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/TMqvtq ) that two elections in Dering…

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Plane returns to Seattle with chanting passenger

SEATTLE — Officials say a man who was loudly chanting on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Hawaii made the other passengers uncomfortable and prompted the…

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Middleton man wins popular wife-carrying contest

MONONA, Wis. — The eighth annual Wisconsin Wife Carry Championship Race was a big hit again this year, especially for Jon Fenrick of Middleton. The 29-year-old Monona…

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Family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. — When it comes to pit-spitting in southwestern Michigan, it’s tough to beat the Krause family, who on Saturday maintained their dominance in the…