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World's Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs' inner beauty
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PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man's best friend's perfect imperfections in California on Friday....

Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze
BEIJING (AP) -- Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China - and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials....

Game on ... and on: 11-day hockey marathon set for Buffalo
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- For Mike Lesakowski and 39 of his hockey-playing friends, it's game on....





Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Police in Little Rock say a mall worker wrestled away a stripper pole from a would-be thief who bit the employee during the struggle....

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave
LONDON (AP) -- Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave....

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive....

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from....

Suspect lights cigarette at end of wild police pursuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police say a woman led officers on a wild chase in a suspected stolen car that lasted a half-hour and ended when she crashed into a pole....

Woman who hid gun in her vagina gets probation in drug case
WACO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas woman who police said packed a loaded pistol in her vagina has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to drug possession....

Goodwill returns $97K to Ohio couple in mistaken donation
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A couple has gotten back nearly $100,000 they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in Ohio...