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AP Top Strange News at 1:31 p.m. EDT

Welcome to the fourth grade: Teacher's rap targets students
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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....

Woman jostled on NYC subway loses grip on crickets and worms
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City subway riders are likely to get bugged over a lot of things - but a recent incident was one for the books....

Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate....





Man strips, drives pickup into Southwest plane in Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities say a man wearing only boxer shorts stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, causing minor injuries to three people on board....

Crafty! Beer-testing lab helps students learn chemistry
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Maine professor is hoping to brew interest in her chemistry class by keeping the topic on beer....

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world's biggest pearl, but he didn't know it....

Alaska roadkill thieves target moose meant for charity
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of pounds of meat that normally goes to a program run by state troopers that gives it to the needy and others willing to butcher the carcasses, officials said Wednesday....

Woman drives through store after refused gift card purchases
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- Employees of an Oregon grocery store are cleaning up after a police say a woman drove her SUV into the store and down the aisles....

Boy, 5, uses allowance to buy lunch for police
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A 5-year-old boy in New Jersey has picked up the lunch tab for his police department....