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An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen
ATLANTA (AP) -- An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen....

A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days....

New Zealand police are investigating the unusual case of 500 cows being stolen from a South Island farm

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- How do you steal 500 cows?...




A Michigan Welcome Center doubled as an animal rescue center, as employees sought and saved a cat that escaped from its cross-country bound family
NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan Welcome Center doubled as an animal rescue center, as employees sought and saved a cat that escaped from its cross-country bound family....

More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in central Norway
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in central Norway....

Officials say guinea pigs, a calf and about 300 rabbits have been found at a northern New Jersey home
BETHLEHEM, N.J. (AP) -- Officials say guinea pigs, a calf and about 300 rabbits have been found at a New Jersey home....

New Jersey police say a driver playing "Pokemon Go" on his cellphone crashed his SUV into a parked police cruiser
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey police say a driver playing "Pokemon Go" on his cellphone crashed his SUV into a parked police cruiser....

A German man has built a behemoth bicycle that he plans to pedal into the record books as the world's heaviest rideable bike
BERLIN (AP) -- Using giant tires from an industrial fertilizer spreader and scrap steel, a German man has built a bicycle weighing 940 kilograms (2,072 pounds) that he plans to pedal into the record books as the world's heaviest rideable bike....

The owner of a potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal says the pig is in "pretty good" condition after being missing for six weeks from her Pennsylvania home
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- The owner of a potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal says the pig is in "pretty good" condition after being missing for six weeks....

A first-year teacher who made a music video to welcome his students says it turned him into a bit of a star with the fourth-graders before they even met him

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SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) -- A new teacher who made a music video to welcome his students has become a bit of a star with his fourth-graders....