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Green thumb? Wash. state looks for pot consultant

Posted: 01/30/2013 - As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal marijuana, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it's best grown, dried, tested, labeled, packaged and cooked into brownies.

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Gnomes to stay on Calif. utility poles for now

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Small paintings of gnomes that have popped up on utility poles have become a community sensation in Oakland, prompting Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to say Tuesday that it will keep them in place for now.

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NYC pulling down 'Don't Honk' signs

Posted: 01/29/2013 - New York City's "Don't Honk" signs are coming down, but it's still against the law to blow a car horn unnecessarily. The city Department of Transportation says all the signs will be removed by the end of the year.

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Pa. man gets drive-thru send-off after funeral

Updated: 01/28/2013 - Mourners at a Pennsylvania fast-food fan's funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse — and the rest of the procession — to make one last drive-thru visit before reaching the cemetery.

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Dolphin dies amid NY canal's industrial pollution

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Marine experts say a dolphin seen shaking black gunk from its snout after wandering into a polluted canal in New York may well have been ill before it lost its way and died.

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Help! Too many crocodiles, S.Africa police say

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Thousands of crocodiles escaped a breeding farm along a river on the South Africa-Botswana border when the farms' gates were opened earlier this week to alleviate pressure caused by rising flood waters.

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Ireland won't ease drunken-driving law for farmers

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Councilmen in Kerry, southwest Ireland, passed a motion this week asking the government to create a permit that would allow isolated farmers the ability to drink a few pints and then return home

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NY dad forgets baby in car for 8 hours on cold day

Posted: 01/25/2013 - Police in the Albany suburb of Colonie say the man forgot to drop off his son at day care and left the child strapped in the back seat of the car when he parked outside his office Thursday morning.

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Blind NH sled dog thrives with brother's help

Posted: 01/25/2013 - Gonzo, one of 120 dogs at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, was happy to comply. With help from his brother, Poncho, he soon resumed his place pulling a sled all over New Hampshire's North Country

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Flower-eating goat cleared of vandalism

Posted: 01/24/2013 - A Sydney judge ruled Wednesday that neither the goat nor his owner could be found guilty of vandalism over an August incident when Gary decided to snack on a flowerbed outside a city museum.

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Norway cheese fire shuts down road tunnel

Posted: 01/23/2013 - A road tunnel in northern Norway will be shut for several weeks after a 27-ton truckload of sweet goat's milk cheese caught fire.

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Mass. thieves thwarted by restaurant cash register

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Police say three masked men who tried to rob a Chinese restaurant in Massachusetts ran away empty handed because they couldn't figure out how to open the cash register.

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Was that you? Foul odor stinks up northern France

Updated: 01/22/2013 - A foul-smelling cloud of gas from a chemical factory has spread across parts of northern France, prompting scores of overnight calls to emergency services from fearful residents.

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Artist's Twinkies obsession spans 4 decades

Posted: 01/22/2013 - The prolific Reno artist says she was first influenced to focus on Twinkies in 1975 by Andy Warhol, who demonstrated that even a Campbell's soup can could be an object of art.

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NASA's older Mars rover notches another milestone

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Some 5,000 miles away from the limelight surrounding Curiosity's every move, Opportunity this week quietly embarks on its tenth year of exploration — a sweet milestone since it was only tasked to work for three months.

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Polite British vandal guilty of damaging cars

Posted: 01/21/2013 - A British professor who specializes in cities and urban life has been convicted of damaging luxury cars with graffiti that was surprisingly polite.

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Sheriff: California burglar was using sauna

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Authorities in Northern California say a man arrested in nothing but a trench coat and socks after a break-in told investigators he had been using the homeowner's sauna.

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Explorer's rare Scotch returned to Antarctic stash

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Three bottles of rare, 19th century Scotch found beneath the floor boards of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton's abandoned expedition base were returned to the polar continent Saturday

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21 invasive pythons killed so far in Fla. contest

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Even experienced hunters with special permits to regularly stalk the exotic snake through Florida's swamplands are having trouble finding them for a state-sponsored competition.

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