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Photo op turns into chance encounter with big gator on links

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Carrie Moores says she'd only seen alligators at the zoo before relocating last year from Connecticut to South Carolina. More>>

Library patron returns book he took in 1982, plus $200

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A patron who confessed to stealing a book from a Montana library in 1982 has returned the book after reading it at least 25 times, having it restored and having the author sign it. More>>

New Jersey man gets wish, returns to work on 100th birthday

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A New Jersey man wanted only one thing for his 100th birthday: to return to work. More>>

German police: Thieves stole huge gold coin with wheelbarrow

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Berlin police say suspects used a wheelbarrow to make off with a 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions. More>>

J is not OK _ Swiss court nixes letter as baby's name

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J is not OK _ as a first name, that is, according to a Swiss court. More>>

Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city

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PR company promoting Smurfs latest movie says it's removed Smurfette from promo posters in ultra-Orthodox Israeli city. More>>

Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway

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That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a Northern California highway _ followed by a mule. More>>

101-year-old resident attends borough's centennial party

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A 101-year-old woman was on hand to celebrate the centennial of the Pennsylvania borough where she's always lived. More>>

Teens wearing leggings barred from United flight

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Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings. More>>

Police cite Massachusetts sixth-grader for trespassing

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Police in Massachusetts serve a sixth-grader with no-trespass orders for cutting through neighbors' properties to reach her school bus stop. More>>

Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine

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Spanish police have nabbed two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas. More>>

Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94

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A California man who made history when he made 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. More>>

Idaho woman says she crashed because she saw a sasquatch

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A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror. More>>

Elderly couple on wrong flight; end up in NY, not Michigan

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A 96-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man were wheeled to the wrong gate at a South Florida airport and ended up on a flight to upstate New York instead of Michigan. More>>

Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump

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One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump _ made of cake icing. More>>

Police: Florida man cited for eating pancakes in the street

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Authorities say they've charged a Florida man recorded on video sitting in the street eating pancakes. More>>

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

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Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword. More>>

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive

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A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's personalized license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper. More>>

Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker

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A joke about the city of Newark, New Jersey, on Fox's "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling. More>>

California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack

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The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard. More>>

Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armory

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Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory. More>>

Zoo plan for baby hippo: More independence, nix lap naps

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The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling. More>>

Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught

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Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets. More>>

Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money

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The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance. More>>

'Town That Garbage Built' for sale in Pennsylvania for $1.5M

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"The Town That Garbage Built" is up for sale for $1.5 million. More>>

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2M in federal benefits

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A former U.S. Postal Service worker in western New York has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits. More>>

Suspect in Massachusetts liquor store robbery found sleeping

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Police in Massachusetts didn't have to look far for a suspect in the knifepoint robbery of a Pittsfield liquor store. More>>

Iguana causes a racket at Miami Open for several minutes

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An iguana caused quite a racket during a professional tennis match at the Miami Open. More>>

After fight, Indiana man receives 'ATHE1ST' license plate

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A man who was initially denied a personalized Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" has received the plate after filing an appeal with the state. More>>

Cat stuck in peanut butter jar gives birth to kittens, dies

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A stray cat that got its head stuck in a peanut butter jar has had to be euthanized, but not before it gave birth to a litter of kittens. More>>

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

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Islamic television station in Senegal accidentally airs pornography; saboteur blamed. More>>

Police: Man checks out of hospital, steals ambulance

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Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance. More>>

Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired over PBS budget cuts

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A viral online video imagines lovable "Sesame Street" character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS. More>>

That's not carry-on: Loose snake slumbers on Alaska flight

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A snake carried onto a commuter airplane flying between Alaska communities caused a commotion this past weekend. More>>

What a croc: Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi

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A student at a University of Maine campus is in trouble for taking his five baby pet alligators inside a taxicab. More>>

Authorities: Man errantly texted prosecutor about drug swap

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Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin. More>>

Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly

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A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued at about $150,000 in his unit. More>>

Michigan college student's dating resume goes viral

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A Michigan State University student has received dozens of phone calls after creating a dating resume and sharing it online. More>>

You're nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

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Possibly the easiest arrest they'll ever make: French gendarmes called to a robbery arrived at the scene to find the suspected thief stuck in a hole he'd made in the shop window. More>>

Quacks on the tracks: NYPD rescues duck from subway line

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It wasn't an ordinary police call for someone trying to duck a subway fare. More>>

Lack of comma sense ignites debate after ruling in $10M suit

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It all came down to a missing comma. More>>

Police: Robber breaks leg, calls for help, gets arrested

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A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway _ first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling the authorities to help him. More>>

Gaza artist fashions limbs from honeycomb to honor wounded

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A Gaza artist is crafting art out of honeycomb to draw attention to Palestinians who lost limbs in fighting with Israel. More>>

Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin

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Wisconsin consumers tired of trekking across state lines to buy a popular Irish butter are taking their fight to court. More>>

Woman 'almost crashed car' when snake slithered from vent

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A southwest Florida woman "almost crashed her car" when a red rat snake slithered out the air conditioner vent as she drove down a highway. More>>

After fox goes on the run, missing pet is back home safe

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A Virginia woman's pet fox is back home, safe, after going missing earlier this week. More>>

Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game

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Monopoly is making changes: The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game. More>>

Detroit Zoo's own Dr. Ruth encourages amorous amphibians

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The Detroit Zoo wants Dr. Ruth to help endangered amphibians make a love connection. More>>

New York court to determine if chimp is legally a person

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An attorney will try to persuade a New York court that a chimpanzee should be treated as a person with legal rights. More>>

St. Patrick's toast held after fuss over lawmakers' drinking

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Rhode Island lawmakers have raised a glass to St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day, the week after a legislator complained about heavy drinking at the State House. More>>

Teenager finds 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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A teenager has found a 7.44 carat diamond at a state park in southwest Arkansas. More>>

Ex-judge admits illegally seeking wife's texts for beer

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A former North Carolina trial judge says he illegally offered a law enforcement officer beer and money to produce text messages he believed would show his wife was having an affair. More>>

Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706-carat diamond in village

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Sierra Leone's government says that a pastor in the country's Kono district has found and turned in the largest uncut diamond discovered in more than four decades in the West African country. More>>

Watch out! Video shows train's snow wave engulfing platform

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Waiting train passengers got an extra dose of snow in New York when a train approached a station on snow-covered tracks. More>>

UK authorities seek owner of gold trove stashed inside piano

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British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a "life-changing" amount of money found stashed inside a piano. More>>

Troopers charge 2 women in fight over shoveled parking spot

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State troopers have charged two Pennsylvania women with disorderly conduct for a hair-pulling fight that erupted over a newly shoveled parking spot on a snowy street. More>>

Police search for unhappy customer who threw food at workers

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Police in Georgia are searching for an unhappy customer who threw her takeout order at restaurant workers. More>>

Sea lion leaves California farmland canal, heads home

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Officials say a young sea lion camped out in a farmland canal in California poked his head back out of a drainage pipe. More>>

German dog-walker has close call with coconut cannon

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A dog walker in the German capital can be thankful he turned out to be a fruitless target after his close call with a coconut cannon. More>>

Stolen 70-pound popcorn ball, valued at $700, returned

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It's a new twist on sticky fingers: Police say someone swiped a 70-pound popcorn ball worth hundreds of dollars from a suburban Cleveland shop where it was being auctioned. More>>

Trooper takes abandoned puppies into custody and adopts them

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A Georgia State Patrol trooper took three canine vagrants into custody _ and then he and a few of his colleagues adopted the abandoned puppies as their own. More>>

Lawsuit alleging NJ worker was fired for passing gas tossed

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A federal judge has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit that said one of New Jersey's top pork roll makers fired a worker for passing too much gas. More>>

Woman reunited with pet dog who disappeared 6 months ago

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A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her beloved pet dog that skipped out of her apartment six months ago. More>>

A pair of coin-operated binoculars stolen in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts officials investigate theft of a pair of 300-pound, coin-operated binoculars. More>>

Free steaks for 15K students if N. Kentucky tops Kentucky

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A Cincinnati-area restaurateur says he'll buy steak dinners for Northern Kentucky University's 15,000 students if the men's basketball team wins its first-ever NCAA Tournament game by beating sixth-ranked Kentucky. More>>

Alaska residents warned to give grumpy moose their space

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Confrontations between moose and Alaska residents are leading wildlife officials to warn people to give the animals some distance. More>>

Dallas woman goes out on limb to prevent tree-trimming

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A 67-year-old Dallas woman climbed a pecan tree on her property to protest a utility company's plan to trim the branches. More>>

Sea lion evades rescue from California farmland canal

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Officials are trying to rescue a young sea lion stuck in a canal that cuts through farmland and an inland California neighborhood. More>>

Alaska residents warned to give grumpy moose their space

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Confrontations between moose and Alaska residents are leading wildlife officials to warn people to give the animals some distance. More>>

2 fined nearly $31,000 for poaching elk on TV hunting show

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Two Kentucky men who appeared on a cable television hunting show have been fined nearly $31,000 and have lost their hunting privileges for 15 years after poaching two bull elk in Wyoming in 2014. More>>

Naked man rescued from California sandwich shop after fall

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Rescue workers removed part of a wall to pull a naked man out of a narrow passage inside a sandwich shop. More>>

Sax in space: French astronaut delighted with birthday gift

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Sax in space: French astronaut delighted with musical birthday present. More>>

Search is on for cobra that slithered out of Florida home

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Police and wildlife officials are searching for a tan and yellow monocle cobra that apparently escaped from a Florida home. More>>

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