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City's 'ugly' Christmas tree prompts public outcry
READING, Pa. (AP) -- A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly....

UMaine fans fail to set world record for flannel

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ORONO, Maine (AP) -- The University of Maine has fallen short in its quest to break the world record for having the most people in one place wearing flannel apparel....

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing....




Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) -- A New Mexico woman's missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery....

Seagull with dart through neck spotted at park
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- A seagull with a dart through its neck is surviving at a park in the agricultural city of Wenatchee, in north central Washington state....

Giraffes on a plane? Most Wanted list released

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Have you seen a man who loaded live giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for delivery to Qatar? If so Interpol would like to speak with you....

Ex-state worker charged with stealing 610 helmets
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former Pennsylvania state worker has been accused of stealing 610 combat helmets and faces federal charges....

Oregon festival's giant nutcracker: 41 feet
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece - a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 pounds and work its jaw with enough force to crush coconuts....

Thai leader pats reporter on head, tugs his ear
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, is trying a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears....

Judge says crowing Oregon rooster must go
CORNELIUS, Ore. (AP) -- It was just the first of Mr. Rooster's problems that he was first believed to be a Ms....