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Police: 2 boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist Video included

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Two juvenile suspects have confessed to picking clean a pumpkin patch that was cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers, police said Friday. More>>

California nudist camp accused of stealing water

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Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. More>>

New Mexico county struggling with stinky building

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A county government building in southern New Mexico stinks. More>>

Man wanted for robbery arrested at Frisbee tourney

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A man wanted for an armed bank robbery in New York eluded authorities for four years until they caught up with him while he played at an ultimate Frisbee tournament in Oregon. More>>

Boa constrictor captured after escaping Idaho cage

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A 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity that escaped its southwest Idaho cage has been found after two days on the loose. More>>

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

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Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. More>>

Officials beg pastor, strip club owner to end feud

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Officials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other's establishments over a years-long feud. More>>

Police seek huge boa on loose in Nampa

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Police in Nampa say they're on the lookout for a 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity. More>>

Giant San Diego panda gets chipped tooth fixed Video included

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Bai Yun, the San Diego Zoo's giant female panda, has been known to chew on bamboo up to 12 hours a day, so when she chipped a lower tooth, veterinarians had to fix it. More>>

Cops: NY man hid drugs in anti-drug stuffed animal

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State police say they've arrested a 22-year-old New York man after he was found with marijuana, cocaine and LSD hidden inside a stuffed animal dressed in an anti-drug T-shirt. More>>

Cops photograph alleged sleeping Florida burglar

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Talk about a heavy sleeper. More>>

Police: Intruder caught cooking corn in home

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Massachusetts police have arrested a man they say broke into a home and cooked himself a snack. More>>

Vermont town looking for stolen electronic sign

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A Vermont town is considering a reward for help finding whoever stole a brand new electronic sign that tells drivers how fast they're going. More>>

Woman accused of aiming gun at kids over clarinet

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A western Colorado woman is accused of pointing a rifle at several children in a neighboring backyard because she was upset that an 11-year-old boy was playing his clarinet outside. More>>

Man arrested after discussing drugs on 911 call

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A man has been arrested in Middle Tennessee after dispatchers heard him discussing drugs on an accidental 911 call. More>>

Police: Man broke into bar, took nap in kitchen

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Pennsylvania State Police say a man broke into a northwestern Pennsylvania bar, where he was found napping on a table. More>>

Thieves steal pumpkins grown by preschoolers Video included

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Thieves have picked clean a pumpkin patch that had been cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers. More>>

Illinois volunteers grill 100-foot-long bratwurst

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About 50 people volunteered to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst without burning or breaking it at a bar in Illinois. More>>

Man named human loses primary in New Hampshire

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Human's race ended in defeat. More>>

Man held for allegedly stealing Ferrari twice

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Authorities have arrested a Southern California man they say stole the same Ferrari - twice. More>>

Latest NYC condo amenity: $1 million parking spot

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A condo development in New York City's pricy SoHo neighborhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle - $1 million. More>>

Police say woman used wheelchair cart for getaway

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Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart. More>>

100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen

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It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life. More>>

'Missing' trophy returns to Massachusetts school

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Proof of Haverhill High School boys' swimming team's 1978 Massachusetts state championship is finally returning home. More>>

Sleepwalking camper injured in cliff fall in Ky.

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Rescue crews say an Ohio man who was camping with friends in central Kentucky's Red River Gorge is recovering after falling from a cliff while sleepwalking. More>>

Maine lobstermen catch 2 albino lobsters in week

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It's no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. More>>

Girl finds ancient spear point on NJ beach

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A girl has found what appears to be an ancient spear point on a New Jersey beach. More>>

Newborn killer whale spotted in Washington waters

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Whale researchers are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound in Washington state. More>>

Man named human mounts bid for New Hampshire House

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New Hampshire's House of Representatives may be getting a little more human next year. More>>

Couple exchanges vows, rappel down Miami hotel

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A couple exchanged marriage vows atop a Miami hotel before rappelling down the high-rise building along with hundreds of others for a charity fundraiser. More>>

Skinny dip yearbook photo raises eyebrows

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A New Mexico high school yearbook is raising eyebrows after it published a racy photo of students under a "Most Likely to Skinny Dip" category. More>>

Deputies: Woman bit victim, calls it 'zombie game'

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Authorities in Oregon say a woman has been arrested after breaking in to a house, pushing a woman down the stairs, pulling her hair, biting her on the face and telling her victim she was playing "the zombie game." More>>

Maserati driver has impersonation charge dismissed

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A Massachusetts man charged with impersonating a police officer for driving a Maserati that resembled a police cruiser is off the hook. More>>

Ocean sunfish washes up on Washington coast

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A 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters recently washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near the mouth of the Columbia River. More>>

Bear chases bow hunter up tree, bites his leg

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A bow-hunter was attacked by a bear while looking for deer near the southwest Washington city of Longview. More>>

Woman accused of shoplifting $144 in eye shadow

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An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup. More>>

Off-duty officer scares Massachusetts pranksters

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Two Massachusetts men planning to prank a stranger by springing from a box in a scary mask were thwarted by an alert off-duty police officer and are now facing charges. More>>

Oops: College exams already had all the answers

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Students in Austria sitting down to take university entrance exams this week found themselves with a guaranteed pass - at least for a minute or two. The answers were already filled in. More>>

Captured cobra had intact venom glands Video included

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A monocled cobra that roamed a California neighborhood for days could have given a potentially deadly bite, a snake expert said Friday. More>>

Judge orders attorney to wear socks in courtroom

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An attorney who habitually appears in court without socks faces sanctions including possible fines if he shows up without them again in one Indiana courtroom. More>>

UMass starts semester with giant clambake

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The new school year at the University of Massachusetts has started with a record-setting feast. More>>

Fake Massachusetts license plate fools no one

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A Massachusetts state trooper noticed something a little odd about the license plate she spotted on a car on Interstate 391 in Chicopee. More>>

Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

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A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy." More>>

Wanted: Media directors for ancient Chinese temple

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Help wanted: Ancient Buddhist temple famed for its kung fu monks seeks media directors to build brand. English and social media skills required. Not necessary to be a monk, practice martial arts or eat vegetarian. More>>

New England's tallest lighthouse sells for $78,000

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New England's tallest lighthouse has been sold for $78,000. More>>

Cobra loose in Los Angeles suburb can be deadly Video included

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Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood. More>>

Egypt religious body: Suspend belly-dancing show

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Egypt's top religious body demanded Wednesday that a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for "corrupting morals" and serving "extremists" who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic. More>>

Police: Utah suspect swallows stolen ring

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Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it. More>>

Dog turns on stove, which then sets laptop ablaze

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Police say a New Jersey family's dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof. More>>

Motorcyclist brags to cops he hit 185 mph in chase

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New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase. More>>

3rd tourist cited for flying drone in Yellowstone

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For the third time this summer, Yellowstone National Park rangers have cited a tourist for illegally flying a drone in the park. More>>

Community service eyed for Brooklyn Bridge stunt

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A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service - like cleaning a bridge. More>>

1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

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A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record. More>>

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

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For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks - some weighing hundreds of pounds - zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. More>>

Museum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton

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The public will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum's storage room. More>>

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