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Great fall too much _ Humpty Dumpty to be rebuilt

Jul 10, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The nursery rhyme proved right: Humpty Dumpty couldn't be put together again.

But the owner of an Oregon tourist attraction vows to build Humpty anew.

Last weekend, two men planning a photograph jumped on the wall where the statue of rebar, cement, sand and plaster had sat for ...

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New Mexico judge elected by coin toss after tie

Jul 10, 2014

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county magistrate race that ended in a tie has finally come to a head, or rather, heads.

Kenneth Howard Jr. made the lucky call in a coin toss Tuesday in a Gallup courtroom, winning a four-year term as McKinley County magistrate judge.

The Gallup Independent ...

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14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s

Jul 10, 2014

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians.

It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the ...

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Freak accident sends chisel through gym window

Jul 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman working out at a Manhattan fitness center suffered cuts from shards of glass after a piece of construction equipment crashed through the gym's fourth-floor window.

The freak accident Wednesday prompted temporary suspension of construction of the controversial Marine ...

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Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

Jul 10, 2014

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered.

And that was before I ever stepped foot in the raft.

Two-thirds of the way up the ...

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Agave that will bloom only once begins to do so

Jul 9, 2014

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A flowering process 80 years in the making is finally underway.

An American agave plant housed at the University of Michigan since 1934 started to bloom Tuesday afternoon.

The blooms so far are "low-key" with yellow anthers sticking out, Joe ...

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Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

Jul 9, 2014

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media.

The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous ...

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Pennsylvania man's draft notice was 102 years late

Jul 9, 2014

KENNERDELL, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman says her late father has received notice to register for the nation's military draft — some 102 years too late.

Martha Weaver, now in her 80s, tells The (Oil City) Derrick (http://bit.ly/VJQzHh ) that the Selective Service System notice arrived Saturday ...

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Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

Jul 9, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated ...

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Naked Seattle intruder recites Scripture in home

Jul 9, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — It was little comfort to the residents of a Seattle home along Lake Washington when the naked man who crashed through their front door began loudly reciting Scripture.

Police say a woman in the home called 911 at about 2 a.m. Tuesday while her husband grabbed a baseball bat to ...

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Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

Jul 8, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated ...

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Farmer loses phone, returned 8 months later

Jul 8, 2014

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney thought his iPhone was lost for good when it fell into a grain elevator last year. Eight months later, his phone was returned unscathed after a trip to Japan.

Whitney, the manager of the Apache Farmers Co-Op ...

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Wisconsin logger frees bear from milk can

Jul 8, 2014

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) — The video of a western Wisconsin logger who saved a black bear who got its head stuck in an old milk can is getting hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits.

Garrett Smith used the grappling hooks on his logging machine to free the struggling bear after spotting it in a ...

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Red Bull spills onto I-95 in Fla. truck crash

Jul 8, 2014

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — Call it a different kind of energy jolt. Thousands of gallons of Red Bull spilled onto Interstate 95 in central Florida after two tractor-trailers collided.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened Monday evening near Rockledge.

Troopers say the truck hauling more ...

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Police kill cow that charged officer

Jul 8, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Police in Mount Vernon, Washington, killed an agitated Angus cow that rampaged through town, tossing a police officer into the air and tap-dancing on a patrol car.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://is.gd/dm29HB) that police spokeswoman Shannon Haigh says the cow ...

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100-year-old German turns tables on trickster

Jul 8, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — This 100-year-old German woman was too sharp for a would-be trickster.

Police in Berlin said Tuesday they have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of attempted fraud after being tipped off by the quick-witted retiree.

The woman had smelled a rat when she received a call Sunday ...

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Plane parts that fell off train checked for damage

Jul 7, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Boeing is deciding what to do with six newly manufactured commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in a derailment in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

Experts from Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems,

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In tiny NY village, 26 votes could mean victory

Jul 7, 2014

DERING HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — In a tiny New York village, getting 26 votes could make you the mayor.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/TMqvtq ) that two elections in Dering Harbor are headed to overtime Tuesday after a pair of 25-25 ties.

Resident Patrick Parcells scored one of the ties in his ...

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Family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest

Jul 5, 2014

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — When it comes to pit spitting in southwestern Michigan, it's tough to beat the Krause family.

Brian Krause has won the 41st International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship on Saturday with a distance of 80 feet, 8 inches.

His father, Rick, placed second with 77 feet,

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Performer drapes, lights firecrackers on body

Jul 5, 2014

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — John Fletcher gets a bang out of firecrackers — especially those he wraps around himself.

The 51-year-old Michigan performer's act includes setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body, The Detroit News reported (http://bit.ly/VrI3fO ) Saturday.

"I guess I'm a ...

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