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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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The 'royal molecatcher' outlives Versailles king

Posted: 12/06/2012 - It's been over two centuries since Louis XVI was guillotined on Paris, but the job of hunting the underground rodent that so troubled French monarchs on the grounds of the Versailles palace still exists.

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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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