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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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Asian toad stowaway gets new home in South Africa

Posted: 12/24/2012 - South Africans are marveling at the endurance of a toad that got trapped in a cargo shipment from China to Cape Town after jumping into a porcelain candlestick that was made there.

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Hot spots draw believers, but not doomsday

Posted: 12/24/2012 - As the sun rose from time zone to time zone across the world on Friday, there was still no sign of the world's end — but that didn't stop those convinced that a 5,125-year Mayan calendar predicts the apocalypse

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Denver sirens are just a test, not doomsday signal

Posted: 12/24/2012 - The city is testing new outdoor warning sirens on Friday, and they're well aware of all the talk about the Mayan calendar and time running out for the world's population.

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Global doomsday hot spots draw believers, revelers

Posted: 12/21/2012 - Though the Mayans never really predicted that the world would end on Friday, some New Agers are convinced that humanity's demise is indeed imminent. Or at least that it's a good excuse for a party.

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$500 million in checks left at Jerusalem holy site

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees Jerusalem's Western Wall, said a worshipper found an envelope at the site Wednesday with 507 checks in the amount of about $1 million each.

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Missouri monks' fruitcakes support solitary living

Posted: 12/19/2012 - Once the bane of pot-luck parties, the fruitcake has been turned into a sought-after treat by Trappist monks secluded in the Missouri Ozarks who some say bake cake that's nothing short of heavenly.

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Iowa lottery winners fund new football stadium

Posted: 12/19/2012 - An Iowa couple who won a $202 million Powerball jackpot in September is donating $3 million to their son's high school for a new football stadium — but the gift comes with a catch.

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'Raiders of the Lost Ark' package mystery solved

Posted: 12/18/2012 - Days after the University of Chicago announced it had received a replica of the journal from the film "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the school says it has solved an international mystery with its roots in Guam.

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