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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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RI man, wife charged with DUI on same night

Posted: 12/17/2012 - Rhode Island State Police say a husband and wife both face charges of driving under the influence after they were stopped separately on the same night.

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School stumped by mail addressed to Indiana Jones

Posted: 12/17/2012 - University of Chicago officials are puzzled by a mystery piece of mail seemingly linked to the Indiana Jones movie series. The package contained a replica of the journal from the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" film

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Chinese man building ark for Dec. 21

Posted: 12/14/2012 - Liu Qiyuan from China's northern Hebei province has spent over a year and a small fortune designing and building 'Noah's Ark' survival capsules he hopes will be the flexible lifeboats of the future.

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Vodka saves elephants from death in Siberian frost

Posted: 12/14/2012 - Emergency ministry spokesman Alexander Davydov said Friday that the elephants were in a trailer that caught fire Thursday outside the city of Novosibirsk, forcing trainers to take them out into the bitter cold.

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Americans finding dozens of ways to mark 12-12-12

Posted: 12/12/2012 - A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday. Two law-enforcement officials will exchange wedding vows at 12:12 p.m. in Pittsburgh's federal courthouse.

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Peppermint pigs a smashing tradition in NY

Posted: 12/11/2012 - A holiday tradition in this upstate New York resort town has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to smash them at Christmas.

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Coffee from an elephant's gut fills a $50 cup

Posted: 12/10/2012 - Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung.

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