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16th-century manual shows 'rocket cat' weaponry

Mar 6, 2014

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — You're a 16th century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do?

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NYC artists live on 'human hamster wheel'

Mar 5, 2014

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever feel like you're on a big hamster wheel and you can't get off?

Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder know that feeling all too well. The two performance artists are spending 10 days living, eating and sleeping on a giant hamster wheel to make a larger ...

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California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

Mar 4, 2014

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.

One is that Jesse James' gang deposited it in hopes of someday ...

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NY Times prints Northup correction 161 years later

Mar 4, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a free black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie "12 Years a Slave."

In a Jan. 20, 1853, article, the Times misspelled Solomon Northup's ...

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City to strike ban on being willfully annoying

Mar 4, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — It's soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1cqxCRm ) that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."

City ...

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German court: implants no impediment to police job

Mar 4, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a prospective Berlin police recruit's breast implants cannot legally be used as grounds to keep her off the force.

The woman applied in 2012 to join the Berlin police force, but was rejected after authorities said her breast implants would prevent her ...

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Philly reporter hit with wall of snow from plow

Mar 3, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia television news reporter covering the aftermath of a snowstorm in New Jersey has gotten pelted by snow from a passing plow.

WTXF-TV's Steve Keeley was blasted with a wall of snow from the plow Monday morning while reporting live from the side of a road in ...

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Maine bridge proves tougher than expected to demo

Feb 28, 2014

NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — A century-old Maine bridge deemed in danger of collapsing proved tougher than expected when the state tried to demolish it.

The bridge across the Sandy River in New Sharon was built in 1916 but hasn't been used since the 1990s. The Maine Department of Transportation told ...

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Man wears 'Breaking Bad' shirt after meth arrest

Feb 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab appears in his booking photo wearing a T-shirt from the television show "Breaking Bad."

Daniel Kowalski's mug shot shows him wearing a T-shirt for the fictional Los Pollos Hermanos chicken restaurant depicted in the ...

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Huge Marilyn Monroe statue to leave California

Feb 26, 2014

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has turned heads for two years in Palm Springs is headed east.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1c83Ctm ) says the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue will be transported in April from California to Hamilton, N.J.,

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Accidental invite to 61,000 caused Stockholm chaos

Feb 26, 2014

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police say they were called in to restore order in downtown Stockholm after Sweden's public employment service accidentally sent an email invitation for a recruitment event to 61,000 jobseekers instead of 1,000.

Police spokesman Ulf Lindgren says staff at the job center alerted ...

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Couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare coins

Feb 26, 2014

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894,

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Nevada congressman goes 'undercover' with UPS

Feb 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rep. Steven Horsford has traded his suit and tie for a brown, short-sleeve UPS uniform — not because he's quitting Congress, but because it's a way to make closer contact with his constituents.

The Nevada Democrat went "undercover" Friday morning to help a UPS driver deliver ...

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Mo. spelling bee hits snag, runs out of words

Feb 23, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After 19 rounds in a Missouri county's annual spelling bee over the weekend, only two of the 25 contestants who started the competition remained.

Several hours and 47 rounds later, an 11-year-old and her 13-year-old adversary had used up all of the available words, forcing ...

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Car found 40 years later, but not the owner _ yet

Feb 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Police in Tennessee cannot find the man whose Volkswagen Beetle was recently discovered in Detroit, 40 years after it was stolen.

The 1965 car was found in January before it could be shipped to Canada and then to Finland.

Knoxville, Tenn., police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says a man ...

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Case dropped against SC woman jailed over video

Feb 21, 2014

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — The owner of a now-closed video store in South Carolina has decided to drop charges against a woman accused of failing to return a movie nearly a decade ago.

Pickens County sheriff's deputies said the owner decided to not pursue the charge because of the media attention that ...

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Bag of pot found in pants donated to Pa. charity

Feb 21, 2014

SUGARCREEK, Pa. (AP) — An act of charity may end badly for one donor to a Pennsylvania Salvation Army outlet.

Sugarcreek Borough police say they were called when workers found a large plastic bag of marijuana among some donated clothes.

Police Chief Matt Carlson tells the (Oil City) Derrick ...

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Finns give reindeer fluorescent antler makeovers

Feb 19, 2014

HELSINKI (AP) — Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland.

Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder's Association says the antlers of 20 reindeer have been painted ...

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Families celebrate Olympics at backyard sled track

Feb 18, 2014

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan families are celebrating the Olympics with a massive sled track they built into a backyard hill.

WILX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1fvnqSn ) the Baker and Hines families came up with the idea for a luge track in Mason, located southeast of Lansing.

The course is ...

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Utah mom says shirts are 'indecent,' buys them all

Feb 18, 2014

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one.

Judy Cox and her 18-year-old son were shopping Saturday at the University Mall in ...

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