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The Associated Press
AP Top Strange News At 11:30 a.m. EDT

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
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BEIJING (AP) -- The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks....

New Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding
TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding....

Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember
AP Photo
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York boy and his cat, a principal and her dog - and lasers....





Correction: Buffalo Silos-Beer Ad story
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- In a story Sept. 30 about a beer advertisement being installed on grain silos, The Associated Press erroneously reported the company that paid for the ad. The ad was paid for by Buffalo-based Labatt USA, not Toronto-based Labatt Breweries....

Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations
AP Photo
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors....

FTC to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back....

Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest
AP Photo
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest....

Police nab suspect after he's invited into home
AP Photo
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities in Northern California have arrested a fraud suspect accused of evading police for more than four hours by befriending a homeowner who invited him into his home for a meal....

Jail escape in Washington not detected for 2 days
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- An inmate's escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man's defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn't be found....

Falcon has cataract surgery, gets new lenses
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses....