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MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.
LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (AP) — A Purple Heart medal and other military decorations awarded to a World War II veteran have been returned to his daughter after the items were found in an old desk drawer in a county office building in western New York.
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — It's a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?
LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A man faces burglary and tampering charges after an X-ray machine revealed a dark mass near his stomach while he was being booked into jail.
NEW YORK (AP) — Several hundred red-suited Santas have braved the blustery snow for New York City's annual SantaCon pub crawl.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say they found 20 pounds of marijuana in boxes wrapped as Christmas presents inside a minivan after a traffic stop.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 for shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke a bedroom window at his home.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — The black-and-white-striped animal that's been spotted at different places around a Tennessee town isn't a funny-looking horse.
ATLANTA (AP) — Genetic testing has revealed that three young giant pandas born at Atlanta's zoo that were thought to be males are actually females.
MILAN (AP) — A provocatively adorned outdoor Christmas tree in central Milan was just too naughty for city officials, who have ordered it denuded of its racy red sex toys.