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Snake wrapped around armrest halts Japanese 'bullet' train
TOKYO (AP) -- A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen "bullet" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop....

Long dog-gone trip: Florida pooch travels to Boston and back
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Pyrenees mix named Apollo is back home in Florida after a journey that took him to the Boston area....

Austrian customs officials find human intestines in luggage
VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian customs officials are used to finding unusual items in travelers' luggage. But human intestines were not on their list - until now....





Drone to the face doesn't stop Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face....

Swooping, gliding over the Alps at free-flight festival

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SAINT HILAIRE DU TOUVET, France (AP) -- In wild costumes, wingsuits and even home-made flying machines, thousands of people are gliding through the French Alps in the world's oldest free-flight festival....

Alaska council to vote on cat leash law
KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council wins approval....

Hold your nose: Stinky corpse flower blooms in New Hampshire
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- A flower that got its nickname from its putrid smell is blooming at Dartmouth College for the first time since 2011....

Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels

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BOSTON (AP) -- A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement....

Sold: New York mansion of 'Keeping up with the Joneses' fame
RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) -- A dilapidated New York mansion believed to have inspired the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" has sold at auction for $120,000....