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Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try

Updated: 01/07/2013 - Alagoas state prisons spokeswoman Cinthya Moreno says that the cat was caught New Year's Eve at the medium-security prison in the city of Arapiraca.

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Vt. town says woman's pigs in home must go

Updated: 01/07/2013 - A Vermont woman considers her pigs to be pets, but town officials say they're farm animals and have no business living in a residential neighborhood.

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Family reunited with stolen 1938 heirloom telegram

Posted: 01/07/2013 - The Western Union telegram is described as the opening page of the love story of now-deceased Minnie and Fred Ciolino, who sent the message 74 years ago after their Reno wedding on Christmas Eve.

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Berlin elephants feast on tasty Christmas trees

Posted: 01/07/2013 - The zoo treated its elephants and some of its other animals to the trees for lunch Friday. Before gobbling the greenery, elephants young and old played with the trees, whose strong smell attracts them.

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Utah city renames street due to sexual connotation

Posted: 01/07/2013 - The Lehi City Council has renamed Morning Glory Road after a technology company planning to relocate to the street raised concerns about the name's sexual connotation.

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Zoo count begins: No creature too small to count

Posted: 01/04/2013 - he same scene was being repeated at zoos throughout Britain Thursday — the census is nationwide. No stone is left unturned, lest there be a beetle below.

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Emma and William most popular baby names in Tennessee

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Emma and William were the top names for new babies in Tennessee in 2012. That's according to the Tennessee Department of Health, which collects the data from birth certificates.

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Royal Mail to issue 'Doctor Who' stamps

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Britain's Royal Mail is marking the 50th anniversary of the popular show with a series of stamps featuring each of the 11 actors who have played the title role, known as the Doctor.

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Twin mothers in Ohio give birth the same day

Updated: 01/03/2013 - Aiden and Donavyn didn't wait until New Year's Day to come screaming into the world, but the circumstances of their births are still pretty special: The babies were born about two hours apart to Ohio mothers who are identical twins.

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Sperm donor fights request to pay child support

Posted: 01/02/2013 - A sperm donor in the U.S. is fighting an effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian couple.

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Brasstown having possum drop, without live possum

Posted: 12/31/2012 - A New Year's Eve possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town will go on this year, with one big change: It won't involve a live possum.

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Wis. couple says pet chicken alerted them to blaze

Posted: 12/28/2012 - Alma Center Fire Chief Jeff Gaede says the couple's pet chicken woke them at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday. He says the smoke alarms didn't go off when the fire started in the attic of their attached garage.

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Pony back with circus after Christmas kidnap

Posted: 12/27/2012 - A tiny pony is back at its Austrian circus home more than a week after apparently being kidnapped by a woman who wanted to give her sick daughter a Christmas surprise.

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Man gets DUI after driving on AA co-founder's lawn

Posted: 12/27/2012 - Vermont State Police say a man faces a drunken driving charge after driving onto the lawn of the historic home in Dorset once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Calif. ban draws interest in using hounds to hunt

Posted: 12/25/2012 - Gary Ramey and his adult daughter traveled 2,500 miles to hunt California bears with hounds last month, eager to take part in what he calls a time-honored tradition.

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German scientists seek to clone perfect Xmas trees

Posted: 12/24/2012 - That's what German scientists are now working on: They are searching a way to ensure that the sensitive saplings of the popular Nordmann fir species grow into impressive specimens.

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So. Calif. couple unlawfully wedded for 48 years

Posted: 12/24/2012 - The Clarks, who met in college, took their vows at a church south of San Francisco in August 1964, shortly after Bob had served in the Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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