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Dog not gone: Rescue in the Columbia Gorge

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped....

Police: Baby Jesus taken, replaced with pig's head
HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) -- A mayor in Massachusetts is outraged that someone stole a baby Jesus statue from a church's Nativity scene and replaced it with a pig's head....

Paws by Claus: Santa delivers for animal shelter
MADISON, N.J. (AP) -- Santa Claus went to work on Christmas Day for an animal shelter....





Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend - resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious....

Snow-capped summits give Hawaii a white Christmas
HONOLULU (AP) -- A rare blizzard that dusted two island mountaintops gave tourists and residents in Hawaii a white Christmas....

Man in a kayak helps nab suspected mail thief
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) -- A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief....

Bear loose in suburban Phoenix is finally wrangled

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona wildlife managers say they believe the black bear that was spotted twice this week in a Phoenix suburb but eluded capture finally has been caught....

Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn't dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees....

Kayaker rescued on pond with Charlie Brown cutout
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts fire officials have come to the rescue of a capsized kayaker who may have been trying to install a Charlie Brown cutout on a raft that holds a Christmas tree at the center of a pond....

Cards Against Humanity buys 6-acre Maine island
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Cards Against Humanity has purchased a 6-acre private island in Maine and is doling out 1-square-foot parcels to participants in its holiday fundraising campaign....