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79-year-old player joins Dubuque elementary band

Apr 14, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — One member of the Kennedy Elementary School band in Dubuque brings a certain maturity to his playing.

That's because Tony Boland is a 79-year-old flute player.

Boland asked about joining the fifth graders in the band after volunteering at the school, which his grandchildren ...

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Crocodile caught wandering around California mall

Apr 10, 2014

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.

California Fish and Wildlife officials have taken custody of the croc, are feeding it rainbow trout and will likely donate it to a zoo.

Police say ...

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In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860

Apr 10, 2014

By DIDI TANG, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

He put it up for auction before a group of ...

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Abandoned croc captured at California strip mall

Apr 9, 2014

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — This is one crocodile that didn't want to become a handbag.

Police in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville captured a 4-foot-long crocodile Wednesday near a T.J. Maxx store in a strip mall.

Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther says the animal apparently escaped from a box ...

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Commuter's video shows rat terrifying NYC subway

Apr 9, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A commuter's cellphone video of a rat scaring New York City subway riders has gone viral.

Jinais Ponnampadikkal Kader (jih-NYE'-ees poh-nahm-PAH'-dihk-kahl KAH'-dur) shot the iPhone video Monday.

Kader told The Associated Press the A train was leaving the Fulton Street station in ...

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Lawsuit: Male stripper did show at NY nursing home

Apr 8, 2014

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — An 85-year-old nursing home patient was the victim of "disgraceful sexual perversion" when a male stripper gyrated in front of her against her will at the suburban New York facility, an attorney for the woman's family said Tuesday.

John ...

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Students line LA street with desks in protest

Apr 8, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and they brought their desks with them.

Some 375 empty desks blocked a downtown street, stopping traffic for several hours Tuesday outside the Los Angeles Unified School District's offices.

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WWI artillery shells found in luggage at O'Hare

Apr 8, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Baggage screeners at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London.

The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were ...

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Giant Marilyn Monroe arrives at temporary new home

Apr 8, 2014

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — A larger-than-life sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has arrived safely in New Jersey after a cross-country trip by flatbed.

The 26-foot-tall "Forever Marilyn" by sculptor Seward Johnson was shipped in pieces from Palm Springs, Calif., to the Grounds for Sculpture, where it will go ...

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Pets vie for mayor in Colorado fundraiser

Apr 8, 2014

DIVIDE, Colo. (AP) — The chief operating officer at the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter in Colorado knows she's not supposed to have favorites, but she wants soulful-eyed bloodhound Pa Kettle to be mayor.

This unincorporated mountain town of Divide doesn't have a human mayor. In all, 11 ...

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Police probe Smart car vandalism in San Francisco

Apr 7, 2014

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four Smart cars were flipped over in an apparent vandalism spree Monday in two San Francisco neighborhoods.

Police said they didn't know whether the attacks were a prank or another episode in escalating tensions among some residents who blame ...

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Massachusetts home intruder turns out to be a duck

Apr 7, 2014

NORTH READING, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman's home quickly quacked the case.

A North Reading (REH'-ding) woman called police Saturday from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had ...

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Philly skyscraper-sized Tetris game wows hundreds

Apr 5, 2014

By KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of Tetris fans had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game.

The Philadelphia skyscraper-sized version created a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think ...

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Man wants $140, broken Maine ATM spits out $37,000

Apr 4, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A malfunctioning ATM at a bank in Maine has dispensed $37,000 in cash to a man who requested $140.

South Portland police say they responded to the TD Bank branch Thursday morning after getting a call from a woman who said a man was spending an unusual amount of time at ...

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No tacos for you: NY restaurant chain 'bans' Putin

Apr 4, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hey Putin, don't even think about ordering a Super Mighty in Buffalo.

Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company's 23 locations in western New York.

The company known for its quirky ...

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Philly police: Row over man sparks rat retaliation

Apr 3, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are looking for several suspects in what appears to be a case of rat retaliation.

Investigators said an ongoing dispute over a man escalated late Wednesday, when a woman in her 20s, her mother and a pack of eight or nine other women went to the victim's ...

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Russian envoy urges US officials to 'do yoga'

Apr 3, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat says U.S. officials should do yoga and watch TV comedy series to ease what he calls their irrational fixation on punishing Russia over Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov's comments to the Interfax news agency Thursday reflected simmering ...

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Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio

Apr 2, 2014

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

The 3-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Corbin dug a hole under a fence in his ...

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Woman pays $200 bill with coins, town says no more

Apr 2, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania township is asking residents to keep the change.

Officials in Millcreek Township, along with its water and sewer authorities, have adopted a policy limiting how much change they'll accept from residents paying sewer bills and other fees.

David Sterrett, executive ...

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Firefighter rescues 6-foot python from blaze

Mar 31, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 6-foot-long python from a burning home in western Michigan.

Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1jQ2Vbf ) that he reluctantly agreed to enter the ...

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