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White House typo has Biden headed to 'Road Island'

Feb 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The vice president is hitting the road — to what the White House wrote as "Road Island," mistakenly spelled R-O-A-D instead of R-H-O-D-E.

A release outlining Joe Biden's plans for the week showed him traveling to Providence in misspelled "Road Island" on Thursday for a ...

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Pa. man busted on drug warrant after casino win

Feb 21, 2012

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of dealing drugs had his luck run out when he won $2,500 playing blackjack at a casino near Philadelphia.

Altoona police say 34-year-old Mateen Johnson was arrested Saturday because he had to produce identification to cash out his winnings at Philadelphia Park ...

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NY boy sleeps through theft of dad's running car

Feb 21, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a 6-year-old boy snoozing in his father's car never woke up while the vehicle was being stolen after it was left running outside a store.

Officers tell Rochester media outlets that a 26-year-old man from Irondequoit (uh-RAHN'-duh-kwoyt) left ...

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Gun found inside piano donated to nursing home

Feb 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say an unloaded gun has been found inside a piano that was donated to a southeast Michigan nursing home years ago.

AnnArbor.com reports (http://bit.ly/xWHdtA ) that staff at Whitehall Healthcare Center in Pittsfield Township, 5 miles south of Ann Arbor,

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Spain sending military planes to retrieve treasure

Feb 20, 2012

MADRID (AP) — Spain said Monday it will soon send hulking military transport planes to Florida to retrieve 17 tons of treasure that U.S. undersea explorers found but ultimately lost in American courts, a find experts have speculated could be the richest shipwreck treasure in history.

The Civil ...

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Polish folk art society defends its 'Oskar' award

Feb 20, 2012

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Few would confuse the glitz of the Academy Awards with a ceremony held by a folk arts society in Poland, but Hollywood doesn't want anyone else handing out Oscars.

So the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is demanding that ...

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NM woman heads to trial for stealing $2 pumpkin

Feb 19, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 23-year-old college student from New Mexico is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly stealing a small pumpkin worth two dollars.

KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/wXg7PI ) in Albuquerque, N.M., reports that Lauren Medina will go before a jury and Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve ...

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Emu escapes from Vt. farm, on the lam for 5 weeks

Feb 18, 2012

SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — An elusive emu on the lam in Vermont has been amusing residents in communities on Lake Champlain.

The 150-pound flightless bird looks like a small ostrich. It has been spotted wandering here and there in Grand Isle and South Hero since it escaped from a local farm five weeks ...

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Paraguay: Stray dog's barking foils prison break

Feb 17, 2012

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A stray dog is getting credit for thwarting a prison break in Paraguay.

Officials say three dangerous inmates dug a tunnel about 26 feet (eight meters) from their cell to the street, and were about to break free just before dawn when the dog began to bark and alerted a ...

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US man tries to evict 98-year-old mom on birthday

Feb 17, 2012

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut (AP) — A woman whose son served her with eviction papers on her 98th birthday is fighting his efforts to remove her from her home.

Mary Kantorowski's oldest son, 71-year-old Peter Kantorowski, says he's concerned about her well-being. When he last saw her eight months ago,

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Fla. meth case involves 3 generations of 1 family

Feb 17, 2012

CROSS CITY, Fla. (AP) — It's a generational thing: Deputies in Florida say a man, his daughter and his grandson, along with a fourth person said to be a family relative, are accused of working together to manufacture methamphetamine.

Dixie County Sheriff's officials say 54-year-old Allen J.

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Female inmates put pig image in Vt. police decal

Feb 16, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Female prison inmates are to blame for a prank that put the image of a pig in a decal on the doors of some Vermont state police cruisers.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito tells WCAX-TV (http://bit.ly/xtzXer ) female inmates at the prison work center in ...

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NYC OKs restaurant meal for champion dog

Feb 16, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The winning dog at New York City's Westminster Dog Show will have his day — or his steak — after all.

The city Health Department says it will grant a one-day waiver of its rule against pets in restaurants.

This year's winner, Malachy the Pekingese, enjoyed the traditional victory ...

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Missing Mickey Mouse spurs school lockdown in Ohio

Feb 16, 2012

CANFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio elementary school says a missing Mickey Mouse spurred a brief lockdown while parents were visiting the school for Valentine's Day parties.

The Vindicator in Youngstown (http://bit.ly/wj00n5 ) reports a parent wanted to surprise a class dressed as Mickey Mouse ...

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Danish cops recruit robbers to stem burglaries

Feb 16, 2012

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — What to do when burglaries get out of hand?

In Denmark, police think they might have the answer: Turn to the experts themselves, the housebreakers.

Northern Zealand police spokesman Finn Bernth Andersen says burglars caught red-handed in the district will be asked to ...

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Steer attacks instructor at Ohio vocational school

Feb 16, 2012

SHELBY, Ohio (AP) — Officials at a northern Ohio vocational school say a steer attacked a veteran instructor during a meat processing class, and students reacted quickly by closing a gate to block the animal and calling 911.

WJW-TV in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/x5dloJ ) reports that Bill Kucic ...

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NYC apartment sells for $88 million

Feb 16, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a Russian billionaire has bought a New York City penthouse apartment for $88 million.

The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/x3NGXe ) says the property on Central Park West in Manhattan is now the most expensive apartment in New York.

The seller was Sanford I.

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School-zone sign with 6 separate times irks driver

Feb 15, 2012

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An unusual school zone speed limit sign in suburban Detroit has drawn the attention of an irked driver.

Greg Smith tells The Oakland Press of Pontiac (http://bit.ly/zeVCbZ) that he noticed the sign recently in Oakland County's White Lake Township that lists six ...

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Bulldog adopts 6 wild boar piglets in Germany

Feb 15, 2012

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — Forget the three little pigs hiding from the big bad wolf. These six little pigs have found a new friend in a maternal French bulldog named Baby.

The Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin said Baby took straight to the wild boar piglets when they ...

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Pa. smokehouse fire 'best-smelling in long time'

Feb 15, 2012

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Firefighters in Pennsylvania have managed to save 200 pounds of Polish sausage from what they're calling the best-smelling fire they've doused in years.

The New Castle News reports that firefighters responded about 11:30 a.m. Monday when a 20-by-20-foot smokehouse caught ...

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