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The Associated Press
AP Top Strange News At 9:50 a.m. EST

Boy sends $1 allowance to help save UAB football
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- A 5-year-old Ohio boy hoping to save the scuttled football program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham thought more cash might be the solution, so he sent his entire allowance - a $1 bill - with a handwritten note of support....

Dog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) -- Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man....

Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys....





Worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist
GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) -- Fire officials say a fuel delivery worker in New Hampshire sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him back out....

Broken treetop hanging on wire gets holiday decor
INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Some Washington state residents are getting in the holiday spirit by decorating a Douglas fir that toppled onto an unused utility line in a recent windstorm and looks like an upside-down Christmas tree....

Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition is being held in jail while facing a gun possession charge his lawyer calls shocking....

Mystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) -- A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops....

Germany: 73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment
BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn't expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: 33 kilos (nearly 73 pounds) of cocaine....

Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace....

Police: Drunk man shot while entering wrong house
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) -- Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a suburban San Francisco homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own....