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Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law's lost ring
CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) -- A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot....

NY courts spokesman fired after saying he 'barely' worked
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job....

Man denies purposely spraying manure on border patrol car
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally....





Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery....

Bavarian black swan finds companion through lonely hearts ad
BERLIN (AP) -- A black swan in Bavaria is no longer alone after finding a mate thanks to a lonely hearts ad....

Are you for real? Police check out man looking for dentures
BERLIN (AP) -- A wary woman in southern Germany alerted police after a man buzzed on the door and asked for permission to search her balcony for his false teeth....

Silent song finds iTunes popularity due to special role
NEW YORK (AP) -- No, the volume is just fine. It's the song....

Lawsuit claims rodent was baked into Chick-fil-A sandwich
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A lawsuit claims a suburban Philadelphia woman got an extra topping on her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent....

Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police."...