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Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A cow in Philadelphia apparently wanted to be away from the manger, as it escaped twice Thursday morning from a church's live nativity scene....

C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs....

Expecting dad stages own pregnancy photo shoot, shows belly
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) -- An expecting father in Massachusetts has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot....





Grizzly crime solved: Candy factory's stolen bear found
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) -- Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago....

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport
PARIS (AP) -- French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($354,000)....

Pilot traces virtual Christmas tree in German test flight
BERLIN (AP) -- A pilot has traced a virtual Christmas tree over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380....

Gaza eatery offers discounts to North Koreans but no takers

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza eatery is offering massive discounts to North Korean diners but there is just one problem - there are no North Koreans in Gaza....

In need of workers, Maine hires contractors to plow roads
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Worker shortages in Maine have forced the state Department of Transportation to hire private contractors to plow roads....

Family's 'A Christmas Story' house may become Lego set
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A central New York family is campaigning for their carefully crafted recreation of the house from "A Christmas Story" to become an official Lego set....

Goodyear blows up new home for airship: an inflatable hangar
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Morning commuters on a Southern California highway were greeted Wednesday by a huge structure that wasn't there the night before....