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Teen's sweet prom dress made of Starburst wrappers

May 8, 2012

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan teen put together one sweet prom dress, thanks to the help of classmates who collected thousands of Starburst wrappers for her.

Diane McNease tells WLUC-TV (http://bit.ly/IUqMEU ) that she came up with the idea of making her prom dress out of candy ...

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Trailer loaded with Corona is stolen in Pa.

May 8, 2012

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Somebody is a few thousand limes away from one big party.

Police in central Pennsylvania are searching for a missing beer trailer loaded with about 1,800 cases of Corona.

Carlisle police say the trailer was stolen from a distributor sometime between Friday and Monday. Corona ...

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Nebraska Man Changes Name to Tyrannosaurus Rex

May 8, 2012

YORK, Neb. (AP) — A 23-year-old southeast Nebraska man has legally become Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The York News-Times reports (http://bit.ly/JYWFYf ) that the man entered the York County courtroom on Monday as Tyler Gold and left it with the moniker Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold.

Gold says in his ...

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Self-driving cars set for test drive in Nevada

May 7, 2012

By MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada drivers could soon be sharing the road with vehicles that don't need them.

Department of Motor Vehicles officials said Monday they've issued Google the nation's first license to test self-driving cars on public streets, after ...

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Stradivarius cello broken in accident in Spain

May 7, 2012

By DANIEL WOOLLS, Associated Press

MADRID (AP) — A Stradivarius cello housed at the Spanish Royal Palace was broken in an accident, an official said Monday. The instrument could be worth more than $20 million.

A National Heritage official declined to specify what went wrong. She refused to ...

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Medvedev era as seen on Twitter

May 7, 2012

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — It was the end of an era, the kind of moment when a Twitter buff might unleash a barrage of 140-character spurts of sentiment, humor or self-aggrandizement.

But Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's one-time tweeter-in-chief, was characteristically modest and a ...

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Gorilla Gets Jaw Surgery After Scuffle at Neb. Zoo

May 6, 2012

By TIMBERLY ROSS, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It was a bit of a zoo at the Nebraska Medical Center over the weekend, when a special patient came in for jaw surgery.

Motuba, a 27-year-old silverback gorilla, needed a CT scan after a scuffle Thursday night with another gorilla, said Doug ...

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Chihuahua Costume Party Barks Short of Record

May 6, 2012

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of tiny tacos, ballerinas and other costumed dogs fell short of a world record Saturday morning in Kansas City, but organizers said they were encouraged by the turnout for the inaugural Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua parade.

Mark ...

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AP Photos: Supermoon glows around the globe

May 6, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

It may have been only an optical illusion, but what a sight. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived Saturday night and glowed around the world.

In Brazil it illuminated the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue and later set behind a shanty ...

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National Christmas Tree has died near White House

May 5, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say the National Christmas Tree planted near the White House a year ago has died and is being removed.

The National Park Service says the Colorado blue spruce died of "transplant shock." It came from a tree farm in New Jersey last year and was planted on the ...

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Ky. counties building ambu-buses for disasters

May 5, 2012

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Behold the ambu-bus.

Authorities in Kentucky are making use of old school buses that are being turned into ambulances. Each one can carry up to 18 patients, which officials say will be of great help in case of a major accident or disaster.

The Kentucky Hospital Association is ...

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Police: Phoenix woman faked cancer to get implants

May 4, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman has been charged with fraud and theft after authorities say she told people she had breast cancer and needed treatment so she could get money from them to buy breast implants.

Police reports filed in Maricopa County Superior Court say 27-year-old Jami Lynn Toler told ...

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Colo. boy, 6, suspended for reciting 'Sexy' lyric

May 4, 2012

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl "I'm sexy and I know it," a line from a popular song.

D'Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment ...

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Teen points out inaccurate map to NYC's Met museum

May 4, 2012

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut seventh-grader says workers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City didn't believe him when he pointed out an inaccuracy with a map that was on exhibit. The map purported to show the Byzantine Empire at its largest size in the 6th century, but he ...

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Got the Munchies? A New Pot Eatery Opens in Ore.

May 4, 2012

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — After scraping together a mound of zucchini, broccoli, beef, pineapple and noodles on a big round Mongolian grill, Kevin Wallace measured out a shot of grapeseed oil infused with hashish and poured it over the steaming food, setting off a ...

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A man and his monkey pulled over in Florida

May 4, 2012

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is charged with felony drunken driving and wildlife violations after police discovered a small monkey in his truck.

Largo Police say Eugene Carl Kotelman was speeding when they stopped him Thursday. He was driving on a suspended license and had been previously ...

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Ginseng poaching on the rise at Ky. national park

May 4, 2012

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — Rangers at a national park in Kentucky say they are seeing more visitors trying to take away more than memories.

Poachers are digging up ginseng roots at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. The root can be sold for a hefty profit, and is used in energy drinks and as an ...

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Loch Ness monster ordered to leave Wisconsin river

May 4, 2012

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The Loch Ness monster is on vacation in Wisconsin — and state officials want the legendary lady to leave.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Dan Baumann says a sculpture of Nessie is illegally obstructing the Chippewa River in Eau Claire and must be removed by the ...

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NYC con artist posed as dead mom in fraud scheme

May 4, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City con artist has been convicted in a bizarre scheme that involved dressing up as his mother and collecting her Social Security benefits for six years after she had died.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the conviction Thursday of 51-year-old Thomas ...

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Police: Man breaks into Mass. store for candy bars

May 4, 2012

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have arrested a man they say was so desperate for a sugar fix that he smashed the glass front door of a closed convenience store, left a $5 bill on the counter, and made off with a handful of candy bars.

Foxborough police responded to the burglar ...

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