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A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin, not a real person, to drive in the carpool lane
BREA, Calif. (AP) -- A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin - not the required human being - to drive in the carpool lane....

Cats will need leashes just like dogs under a proposal before a council in Alaska
KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council wins approval....

A flower that got its name from its putrid smell is in bloom at Dartmouth College for the first time since 2011
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....





An Egyptian scientist who put pants on rats to see how the pants affected their sex lives and a Swede who wrote a three-volume series about collecting hoverflies are among winners of the 26th annual Ig Nobel awards

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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....

A dilapidated New York mansion believed to have inspired the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" has sold at auction for $120,000
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....

Three 18-year-old brothers and their two 18-year-old sisters have landed their first jobs, together, at a McDonald's in Michigan
POTTERVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- Three 18-year-old brothers and their two 18-year-old sisters have landed their first jobs, together, at a McDonald's in Michigan....

She ate 7 corncobs and was sick as a dog - but this Virginia Beach pup recovered.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A dog who rooted through the trash from a family dinner and ate seven corncobs is recovering after a charity raised money for surgery....

Seven rare white wild cats _ four lions and three tigers _ have been born in the past week in a private zoo in central Poland

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BORYSEW, Poland (AP) -- Seven rare white wild cats - four lions and three tigers - have been born in the past week in a private zoo in central Poland....