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Tortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape?
NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) -- An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise....

Naked thieves take burgers from SW Fla eatery
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into an eatery "dumb, dumber and dumbest."...

Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him....





Man run over by own truck during road rage
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window....

New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs....

Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare
BERLIN (AP) -- Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food....

Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down
COTATI, Calif. (AP) -- A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks....

Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla....

State ends hunt for snake in New Jersey lake
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) -- A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry....

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones....