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The Associated Press
AP Top Strange News At 7:23 p.m. EDT

Teacher who was late 111 times says he was eating breakfast
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness....

Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out....

Benedictine monk relaxing atop wind turbine spotted by drone
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) -- A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air....





Police confront North Dakota students armed with telescope
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle....

Girls named Destiny questioned in cliffside vandalism case
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies have interviewed more than a dozen girls named "Destiny" trying to crack a vandalism case where someone spray-painted a prom invitation on a southwest Idaho cliffside....

'Fire hazard' home burns as couple signs deed to buy it
MEYERSDALE, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighboring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard was right: It caught fire while they were at the county courthouse signing the deed....

WWI cannon swiped from outside Veterans of Foreign Wars post
BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A World War I cannon was stolen from outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Michigan, and an official is concerned it could be sold for scrap metal....

Beware manspreading, enjoy wine o'clock: new Oxford words
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LONDON (AP) -- Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word....

Turkey probes restoration of tower likened to 'SpongeBob'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into restoration work carried out on a historic tower near Istanbul after social media users derided the construction, likening it to the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants....

Air guitarists duke it out at Finland world championships
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OULU, Finland (AP) -- Who can play wildest on an instrument no one can see? A record 30 air guitarists from a dozen countries are jamming on a stage in northern Finland to answer just that question....