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NJ stringing up dead birds to get rid of buzzards

Updated: 03/12/2013 - It will soon soar gracefully — albeit briefly — into a tree in this hilly New Jersey suburb, hoisted to a branch where it will hang, upside down, until spring.

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Ice island draws looks in northern Lower Peninsula

Posted: 03/11/2013 - The ice island is the latest winter creation of Lake Michigan to draw looks. Earlier this year, hundreds of ice balls and boulders piled up at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park.

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Pa. business auctions vandal's brick for $1150

Posted: 03/07/2013 - The brick a vandal tossed through a Pittsburgh printing shop's window Monday night fetched its new owner more than $1,000 in an impromptu auction Tuesday.

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NY man gets summonses for laughing too loudly

Posted: 03/07/2013 - Police responded to his home on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 after receiving complaints from his next-door neighbor that his loud laughs could be heard across the driveway.

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106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma

Updated: 03/06/2013 - Fred Butler was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the Army during World War II and worked for years for the local water department.

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'Batman' hands suspect over to UK police

Posted: 03/05/2013 - West Yorkshire Police said Monday that they do not know the identity of the man who appeared in "a full Batman outfit" and turned in a 27-year-old suspect to police in Bradford, England.

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Mass. police dog digging in snowbank fires gun

Updated: 03/05/2013 - Police say a dog searching for a gun in a snowbank accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw, firing the weapon. No humans —or dogs — were hurt.

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Missing Pa. church pipe organ found; all forgiven

Updated: 03/05/2013 - A Pittsburgh Roman Catholic church says the mystery of its missing pipe organ has been solved. Police said Monday the church's former organist confessed he removed it last week for safekeeping.

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'Switched at Birth' goes silent to make a point

Posted: 03/04/2013 - "Until hearing people walk a day in our shoes, they will never understand," says a guidance counselor at a high school for deaf students in "Switched at Birth."

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Ex-con accused of sneaking back into NYC jails

Posted: 03/04/2013 - Most people who've done time in jail can't wait to get away. But this week, New York City authorities accused one former inmate of sneaking back in.

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Bad 'Fresh Prince' rap triggers Pa. lockdown

Posted: 03/04/2013 - The teen's voicemail greeting triggered a lockdown at his Pennsylvania school after a receptionist misheard his rendition of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song.

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37-pound tubby tabby Biscuit in need of home

Posted: 03/04/2013 - At 37 pounds, Biscuit is about the right weight for a 4-year-old — human, that is. A St. Louis-area animal shelter is trying to find a new home for the sweet tabby with a sweet tooth.

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Meet Gladys Stones, Ohio zoo's youngest gorilla

Posted: 03/04/2013 - Cincinnati Zoo officials say the female baby gorilla has been named Gladys Stones. That comes from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, where she was born Jan. 29.

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Smugglers still cashing in on Michigan can refund

Posted: 02/26/2013 - Michigan lawmakers want to crack down on can and bottle smugglers they say are scamming Michigan for undeserved recycling refunds, corrupting a generous 10-cent per container payback policy

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