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Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg - a crocodile in the basement....

Cops: Maine man punches self in face to avoid sobriety test
BELFAST, Maine (AP) -- Police in Maine have accused a man of punching himself in the face three times to avoid a sobriety test....

Paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley up for auction
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Oklahoma is up for auction, and bids have already surpassed $1,200....

Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroom
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two decapitated chickens inside a courtroom....

Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handling

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Chris Christie is disputing reports suggesting he tried to get special treatment that he enjoyed while he was governor....

Umbrella mistaken for weapon causes hospital lockdown
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- An umbrella sparked a scare at a Seattle-area hospital after it was mistaken for a rifle....

Customer complain that gas station swapped diesel, gasoline
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) -- Some Maine drivers say their vehicles were damaged when they purchased fuel at a gas station where the diesel and gasoline were in the wrong pumps....

Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan
DETROIT (AP) -- Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor....

2 men hit each other in consecutive accidents in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- Police in the eastern German city of Dresden say two men suffered minor injuries after backing in to one another in two consecutive accidents....

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