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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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Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

Jul 16, 2014

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico.

The music of the Bronx, New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican ...

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SAY WHAT!? Removal by noise reaps barbs in Belgium

Jul 16, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — A plan by a Belgian mayor to remove a group of Gypsies by playing loud music backfired when the camping cars stayed put and the children danced to the music.

The group, with some 30 vehicles, arrived in the town of Landen, east of Brussels, late Sunday and Mayor Gino Debroux said ...

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Ax throw, log climb at Adirondack lumberjack class

Jul 16, 2014

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — Ax throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class.

The annual Adirondack Woodsmen's School is being held this summer amid the tall pines and placid waters of Paul Smith's College in New York. Despite the course's name, there are no bushy beards ...

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2 arrested in theft of cheese vans in California

Jul 15, 2014

MANTECA, Calif. (AP) — Two men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing three Volkswagen minibuses that were customized to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese loafs.

Brian Lancaster, 32, and Ryan Monaco, 38, both of Sacramento, were pulled over in Rocklin, California, and they were ...

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Authorities: Nebraska man spotted naked on I-80

Jul 15, 2014

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man was walking around naked on Interstate 80 before damaging a passing vehicle.

The Nebraska State Patrol says 30-year-old Samson Wilcinot of Lincoln was arrested Monday on Interstate 80 near Waverly.

Troopers say they received a report Monday of a ...

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South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

Jul 15, 2014

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Matt Guthmiller, 19, completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a leased single-engine airplane late Monday night when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon,

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Pilot mistake means pingpong balls rain on highway

Jul 15, 2014

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.

Organizers immediately called off the contest. Aaron Moon and helpers on Saturday told revelers at Blackfoot Pride Days not ...

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On-duty officer delivers his own son in California

Jul 15, 2014

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — Every now and then a police officer has to deliver a baby. The first time Officer Bryan Anderson did it, the baby was his own son.

Anderson was on duty early Sunday in Hemet, California, when he got a call from his wife saying she was about to give birth to their baby, who ...

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Pig that menaced children seen again in Maine

Jul 15, 2014

OAKLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in the Maine town of Oakland say a pig that menaced two children walking through the woods has scared another passer-by.

They've now closed the walking trail near two schools where the pig has been seen. Police said the pig confronted the children walking along the ...

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