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Historian: NY town's blade-embedded 'Scythe Tree' needs trim
WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) -- A poplar tree in upstate New York dating back to before the Civil War has grown around three farm tool blades and is in need of a trimming....

Sharknado? Australian cyclone leaves behind shark in puddle
AYR, Australia (AP) -- An Australian journalist covering flooding from Cyclone Debbie was shocked to come across a dead bull shark that was apparently swept up in the deluge....

"Star Trek' wax figures get new mission: helping museum
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The starship Enterprise has a new five-year mission: to boldly go and raise money to help a quirky museum live long and prosper....

Nearly half of high school's students get suspension notices
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Nearly half the students at a high school in Pennsylvania's capital city have been given suspension notices for missing too much class time....

Family gets a shock when turkey crashes through windshield
ROLLING PRAIRIE, Ind. (AP) -- A New Jersey family traveling through northern Indiana got a shock when a 30-pound turkey crashed through their vehicle's windshield....

Photo op turns into chance encounter with big gator on links
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Carrie Moores says she'd only seen alligators at the zoo before relocating last year from Connecticut to South Carolina. That changed this week during a chance encounter with a very big gator on the golf links....

Driver runs out of gas again after stealing squad car
TULARE, S.D. (AP) -- A driver who called for help after running out of gas is accused of stealing a deputy's squad car in South Dakota and leading authorities in a pursuit before once again running out of fuel....

Attorney: Home owners got another letter from 'The Watcher'
WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey couple who claim they were scared away from their home by creepy letters they received from "The Watcher" say another letter was delivered....

Judge fines Pennsylvania golf course $1K for errant shots
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- A judge has fined a Pennsylvania golf course $1,000 in its ongoing dispute with a couple who says errant balls are still hitting their property despite a previous court order....

Birds blamed for fire at Massachusetts water treatment plant
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) -- A fire that knocked a Massachusetts city's water treatment plant out of commission has been blamed on birds....