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Woman thanks NY cop with $1K, but he can't keep it

Posted: 12/06/2012 - New York State Police are trying to find the woman who handed an on-duty trooper a holiday card with $1,000 cash inside. Under New York law, members of the state police can't accept such gifts.

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Residents put ribbon on burned-out Pa. house

Posted: 12/06/2012 - Some residents of a Pittsburgh suburb have gift-wrapped something they hope will be gone by Christmas: a charred and abandoned house that burned nine months ago.

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Huston's "Infrared" wins Bad Sex fiction prize

Updated: 12/05/2012 - Award-winning novelist Nancy Huston won Britain's Bad Sex in Fiction award Tuesday for her tale of a photographer who takes pictures of her lovers during sex proved too revealing for the judges.

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Nativity scene Jesus returned, replacement swiped

Posted: 12/05/2012 - A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church's Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.

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Skiing Santas hit the slopes in Maine

Posted: 12/03/2012 - Those who participated showed up in a Santa outfit and donated $10 or more to the toy drive. Participants got to ski free for the day and receiving another lift ticket good through Dec. 14.

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Deer get onto racetrack, announcer plays along

Posted: 12/03/2012 - Spectators who came to watch horses at a western Pennsylvania racetrack got a surprise this week when three deer got onto the course first and beat the horses to racing.

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Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

Posted: 11/19/2012 - The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature.

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Swimmer's belly button ring gets caught on drain

Posted: 11/16/2012 - Firefighters in Colorado say a woman's belly button ring became entangled with a drain cover in a shallow splash pool but that she was freed without injury.

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German police stop man with mobile office in car

Posted: 11/16/2012 - Built on a wooden frame on his passenger seat they found a laptop on a docking station tilted for easy driver access, a printer, router, wireless internet stick, WLAN antenna, and an inverter to power it all.

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Plane makes emergency landing on Calif. highway

Posted: 11/15/2012 - The California Highway Patrol says the aircraft landed safely Wednesday morning on a grassy center divide of Highway 65 near Rocklin as cars whizzed by. No injuries were reported.

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Boat needed in one Minneapolis voting precinct

Posted: 11/14/2012 - Not one voter cast a ballot in one Minneapolis precinct on Election Day. That's because the only living species in Ward 10, Precinct 3B, is of the aquatic variety.

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'Guru' swindler of French aristocrats gets 8 years

Posted: 11/14/2012 - He started with the woman who hired him at the secretarial school, befriending her and winning her confidence. She introduced him to her elderly mother, her children.

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Woman who drove on sidewalk holds 'idiot' sign

Posted: 11/13/2012 - A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children stood in the cold Tuesday at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots.

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Hollande makes 'friendly' mistake in note to Obama

Posted: 11/12/2012 - French President Francois Hollande's attempt to sign a note congratulating Barack Obama for getting re-elected wound up lost in translation — and all over Twitter.

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Man napping in field run over by combine, survives

Posted: 11/09/2012 - A man napping in a Montana cornfield was startled out of his snooze when he was run over by a large harvesting machine — and Yellowstone County deputies say he's lucky to be alive.

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