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Illinois city marks birthday with mega bratwurst
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun....

Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska....

Woman gives birth on California freeway shoulder
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Marine Corps veteran Bolivar Vilchez was terrified as he helped his wife deliver their daughter on the side of a Southern California freeway....

Man breaks into Vermont police station
SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) -- Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station....

Greece: Homeless used in VIP taxi scam
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Police have busted a phony VIP taxi service in Greece that was using the bank accounts of homeless people to collect deposits from cab drivers....

The Kuro taste: Peppery tang and hint of squid ink
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TOKYO (AP) -- The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black....

Dog found in Oregon heading back to Pennsylvania
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania....

46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love....

Skunk with head stuck in beer can rescued in Ohio
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OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio....

Police: Lonely man made repeated 911 calls
HARRISON CITY, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has been charged with making three 911 calls to report bogus emergencies simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up....