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No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

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NEW YORK (AP) -- In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork....

Touch new stamp and presto, total solar eclipse becomes moon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service is going all out for this summer's total solar eclipse, with a first-of-its kind stamp....

Cornell male singing group booted from campus for hazing
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- Cornell University officials say the college's oldest all-male a capella group has been permanently dismissed from campus for hazing that included requiring new members to put Icy Hot muscle cream on their genitals....





500 people get duplicate tax refund checks, can keep only 1
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Five hundred Rhode Island residents have received duplicate tax refund checks totaling $364,000....

Principal says she regrets decision about 'smash space'
KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) -- An elementary school principal in Washington, D.C.'s suburbs is rethinking her idea to set up a "smash space" designed to let teachers hack away at a chair to relieve tension....

Police: Time-consuming haircut prompts woman to pull gun
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Police in Cleveland are trying to identify a woman they say pulled a gun on a barber because he was taking too long to cut her 7-year-old son's hair....

Llama on the lam: Trooper lassoes llama loose on roadway
RUSSELL, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts State Police are praising the cowboy skills of one their troopers after he lassoed a llama that was loose on a state highway and led it to safety....

SeaWorld San Diego gets a furry surprise: a baby sea lion
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- SeaWorld San Diego is caring for a sea lion that was unexpectedly born to a sick mother....

Australian firefighters contend with pet crocodile
DARWIN, Australia (AP) -- Firefighters who fought a blaze at a house in the tropical Australian city of Darwin on Thursday contended with the added distraction of being watched by a 4-meter (13-foot) pet crocodile....

UK man dressed as gorilla crawls through London Marathon

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LONDON (AP) -- The London Marathon started five days ago, and Tom Harrison is nearly done....