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Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

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Kraftwerk fans can expect to hear some otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart on Friday. More>>

Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

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A baby girl is guaranteed food for life and a job after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom in Texas. More>>

Cops responding to 911 call find 4-foot gator in building

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Police responding to a 911 hang-up call from an abandoned building in western New York found something they weren't expecting: a 4-foot-long alligator. More>>

Paper problem has Long Island Rail Road tickets saying 2019

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The nation's largest commuter train system says it's printing next month's tickets on paper marked for 2016 and 2019 due to a problem with its usual supply. More>>

Giant pyramid tourist attraction burns in northern Illinois

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Authorities say fire damaged a giant pyramid tourist attraction in northern Illinois. More>>

Cow breaks Connecticut farm worker's jaw

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A worker at a Connecticut dairy farm was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw after being head-butted by a cow. More>>

Man in concrete mixer truck leads Wyoming police in chase

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Wyoming police say a man twice led them in a chase _ once in a pickup truck and then in a concrete mixer truck. More>>

Probe criticizes Montana justice for absences, tardiness

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An investigation into the operation of one of the Missoula County justice courts found the judge was frequently absent, had employees walk her dog, put court fees in an unlocked box on her back porch and offered no training to new hires. More>>

Police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

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A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media. More>>

Michigan twins run for county seats as political opponents

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Twin sisters from western Michigan are running for county commissioner seats, but they aren't endorsing one another. More>>

Bicyclist versus lift bridge. What could possibly go wrong?

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Police say a bicyclist who weaved past the gates blocking access to a bridge over a river in eastern Wisconsin escaped serious injury after falling into the gap that was created when the bridge started to rise. More>>

Finnish brewery creates quirky beer for Trump-Putin summit

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Finnish brewery pays humorous tribute to U.S. Russian summit in Helsinki with a limited-edition beer, urges Trump, Putin to settle things "like adults". More>>

Investigation into weeping Virgin Mary statue continues

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The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces continues to investigate a Virgin Mary sculpture in a Hobbs church that appears to be weeping. More>>

Hungry headache: German city seeks to evict big catfish

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A German city is looking for a way to get rid of a giant catfish that is believed to have developed a taste for ducklings after eating all of its fellow fish in the municipal pond. More>>

Rhode Island governor to hold office hours at the beach

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Rhode Island's governor says she's holding summer office hours at the beach. More>>

Florida mayor apologizes for fight over 'Starry Night' home

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A Florida mayor has apologized to a couple fined thousands of dollars for painting the exterior of their home with murals emulating a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece. More>>

German town to hold lottery for coveted graveyard plots

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German town to hold lottery for coveted graveyard plots. More>>

Poison parsnip causes severe burns, blisters on woman's legs

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An invasive species of plant in Vermont left an Essex woman with severe burns and blisters. More>>

Tours and tattoos mark Friday the 13th

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There's nothing superstitious about Friday the 13th as two towns celebrate the day with tours or tattoos. More>>

Errant tweet inspires "National Blue Cheese Dressing Day"

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The founder of Buffalo's annual chicken wing festival is offering foodies another reason to indulge _ with the creation of National Blue Cheese Dressing Day. More>>

Firefighters rescue raccoon that got head stuck in mayo jar

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Firefighters in upstate New York helped out a presumably hungry raccoon that got its head stuck inside a mayonnaise jar. More>>

Toys, eyeglasses, cellphones surface in Ohio sewer system

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Workers in metropolitan sewer district in Ohio amass impressive collection of toys, eyeglasses and other objects that made their way through the sewer system. More>>

Lose, your blues: Town tosses 'Footloose' anti-dancing law

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Western Arkansas city has a message for residents: It's finally time to kick off the Sunday shoes. More>>

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

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A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie in Portland, Maine. More>>

Man smashes through grocery store ceiling, twice

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Police say officers investigating a bank robbery in New Hampshire found a man at a nearby grocery store who fell through the ceiling. More>>

Arizona man arrested after trying to pull over troopers

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Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers on a Phoenix freeway. More>>

Arizona lawmaker apologizes after video shows 140 mph brag

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An Arizona state lawmaker told a sheriff's deputy he sometimes drives as fast as 140 miles per hour after he was pulled over for speeding. More>>

Video shows woman snatching, bagging birds at US park

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Videos of a woman snatching birds at a U.S. park and putting them alive in plastic bags have triggered an investigation by the National Park Service. More>>

State board to consider changing mountain's made-up name

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A Vermont state board plans to hear a man's request to change the name of Mount Ascutney because it's a made-up name. More>>

Black bear noshes on lunch inside surprised woman's minivan

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Free food? Bear noshes on lunch inside minivan whose windows were left open. More>>

Man gets Sea-Doo back nearly 6 years after Hurricane Sandy

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A New Jersey man has been reunited with his Sea-Doo nearly six years after it was swept away in Hurricane Sandy. More>>

World's ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title

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A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest. More>>

Lamborghini destroyed in Missouri gas station mishap

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A Lamborghini erupted in flames at a suburban St. Louis gas station after a minivan driver pulled away from a gas pump with the nozzle still attached. More>>

Snap! Alligator tempted by frog captured in Indiana pond

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An alligator that was hanging out in a northern Indiana retention pond has been captured after being lured to shore with a frog. More>>

Idaho teacher denies feeding puppy to snapping turtle

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An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. More>>

Another Mud Day oozes into the books near Detroit

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Made in the shade? It was more like made in the mud for hundreds of people at a Michigan park. More>>

Officers find 9-year-old girl behind wheel of crashed car

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Officers who followed a car zig-zagging down a Des Moines street were surprised to find a 10-year-old boy at the wheel with his 7-year-old brother riding shotgun. More>>

Officers describe faint whimper, finding abandoned infant

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A man accused of abandoning a 5-month-old baby in the Montana woods is appearing in court on a child endangerment charge. More>>

Rescue crew drops man at hospital, then does his yard work

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When a Florida man suffered a heart attack while laying sod in his front yard, the team of first responders who took him to the hospital returned to his house and finished the job. More>>

German police ask for help in search for kangaroo mom, joey

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German police are appealing to the public for help in their search for a kangaroo and her baby that went missing from a zoo earlier this week. More>>

Man takes a naked stroll through the city

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A man has decided to take a stroll in the buff through a Vermont downtown on a simmering day. More>>

Tasty typo confuses Senate candidate with a sandwich

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A tasty typo mistakenly turned a U.S. Senate candidate's name into that of a sandwich. More>>

Budget surplus results in $68 checks for thousands in town

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A Pennsylvania township with more money than it anticipated from increased property tax collection decided to give the dividends to residents in the form of a $68 check to each of nearly 15,000 property owners. More>>

Big tree found near farm may be among Pennsylvania's largest

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A forester in Pennsylvania says he's discovered a massive red oak tree that may be one of the biggest trees in the state. More>>

Driver tells police: Just a jogger, not connected to wreck

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Police say a 19-year-old man flipped his car in Madison, Wisconsin, then fled the scene, removed some clothes and pretended to be a jogger unconnected to the wreck. More>>

Where's Anastasia? Library had a 'Fifty Shades' censor

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A suburban Detroit library has decried an unidentified censor who concealed DVDs of movies from the racy "Fifty Shade" series. More>>

Munich officials want train station to have air taxi parking

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A group of city counselors in Munich say they want the southern German city's main train station to have a landing spot for flying taxis. More>>

More than 100 phony replica Super Bowl rings found

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Federal authorities say they have intercepted a shipment of 108 phony replica Super Bowl rings representing many past champion teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles. More>>

Margarita-loving bear takes a dip in a California hot tub

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A bear with a taste for margaritas caused a stir in a California community when it took a dip in a bubbling hot tub. More>>

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