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Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown

Jul 23, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla.

The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit.

The penalty includes a $144 fine and $10 police training surcharge.

An attorney ...

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Woman: Backyard near turnpike is not a rest stop

Jul 23, 2014

STAHLSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.

The woman, Crystal King, tells WTAE-TV (http://bit.ly/1pFDTKa ) that her backyard in Stahlstown,

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2 police cars collide when officer runs red light

Jul 23, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Syracuse city police officer was looking at the computer inside his patrol car when he ran a red light and collided with an unmarked police vehicle.

Police tell The Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1sQl5wR ) that 35-year-old Officer Robert Harrington was driving ...

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Legal marijuana milestone heads for Seattle museum

Jul 22, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday.

Deb Greene, a 65-year-old retiree, waited all night to be first in line at the Cannabis City store when ...

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Couple marries in Omaha's largest cemetery

Jul 22, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska couple chose an unusual venue for their wedding: the largest cemetery in Omaha.

Janyl Jumadinova and Oliver Bonham-Carter exchanged vows Saturday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. They were surrounded by family, friends and more than 100,000 souls buried in the 349-acre ...

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Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

Jul 22, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.

Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They ...

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Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

Jul 22, 2014

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

Traps have been set in Lake Hopatcong, while animal control ...

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Mysterious white flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge

Jul 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.

The white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.

One of the ...

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Driver stops to help ducklings, gets $100 ticket

Jul 22, 2014

NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $100 ticket.

Hallie Bibeau of Newfields tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1sJFYK0) she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her ...

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Another tiny Wyoming town for sale: Aladdin

Jul 21, 2014

ALADDIN, Wyo. (AP) — If you missed out on buying the tiny Wyoming town of Buford (BYOO'-ferd), another village is on the market.

Aladdin is available for $1.5 million. The buyer will get 30 acres and 15 buildings in northeastern Wyoming, including a 118-year-old general store that's still ...

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Black-and-white stripes are the new orange

Jul 21, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells The Saginaw News (http://bit.ljaily/1p7egTU ) that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as ...

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Deja Phew: Plane lands on NY highway for 2nd time

Jul 18, 2014

EAST MORICHES, N.Y. (AP) — A New York pilot who landed his disabled plane on a highway for the second time in eight days said Friday he's lucky to have escaped unhurt and thankful he didn't hit anyone.

Frank Fierro, 75, said he was "shaking" as he glided the single-engine Challenger ultralight ...

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Cornhole champions being decided in West Virginia

Jul 18, 2014

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Cornhole, the strange-sounding game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is taking on a serious side this week.

The American Cornhole Organization will crown its world champions as about 380 competitors from 17 states ...

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Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

Jul 18, 2014

NOME, Alaska (AP) — A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

KNOM reports (http://is.gd/NQ1wSP) Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound ...

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Contempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed

Jul 18, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.

The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1kCc0Qu ) reports that Lehigh County Common Pleas Judge William Ford on Thursday dismissed the ...

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Couple pilfers replica of baby dino from museum

Jul 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police are looking for a man and a woman caught on video stealing a baby dinosaur replica from a North Carolina museum.

The theft at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences happened Monday.

A statement from police says a young couple passed through the Prehistoric North ...

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Dog hailed as hero for alerting deaf boy to fire

Jul 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that his house was on fire.

Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith (ryt) says Nick Lamb was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids ...

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Couple bringing crazed cat home after calling 911

Jul 17, 2014

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A cat is heading back home after spending time in quarantine following an attack on its central Florida owners that prompted a 911 call.

Police says the Russian blue cat named Kush went berserk inside a DeLand home July 5, scratching owners Teresa and James Gregory on their ...

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Criminal history now told on statehouse portraits

Jul 16, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers and one former top state senator hanging in the Capitol's marble corridors each have new information to tell visitors: their criminal histories.

Plaques that add those details were hung Tuesday.

Aides to the current ...

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Man starts fire using 'blowtorch' to kill spider

Jul 16, 2014

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire officials said Wednesday.

The man and his mother got out of the house, and ...

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