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Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner
SITKA, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof - until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field....

Firefighters rescue duck stuck in Louisiana fireplace
SLIDELL, La. (AP) -- Firefighters in Louisiana have rescued a duck lodged in a fireplace....

Cops: Woman arrested at JFK hid cocaine in girdle, underwear
NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities quickly found out why an arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International was so nervous: She had four pounds of cocaine hidden in her girdle and underwear....





California woman eats 3 steak dinners in 20 minutes in Texas
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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) -- A competitive eater has conquered three 72-ounce steak dinners in about 20 minutes during a food challenge held at a restaurant in Amarillo, Texas....

Man says he put rifle-toting statue near gas station
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man says he left a rifle-toting statue at a southern New Jersey gas station....

Parking lot honker: Grumpy goose takes over high school lot
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- There's a lot of honking going on at a suburban New York high school parking lot, and it's not coming from the drivers....

AP PHOTOS: A different kind of heavy metal in the Gowanus
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Several dozen competitors from around the world took turns Sunday hurling a sacrificial banjo into a polluted urban canal to see who could throw it the farthest....

Arkansas police: 2 escaped buffaloes not seen since Thursday
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- Police say two buffaloes that escaped captivity and roamed a central Arkansas city last week remain unaccounted for....

Chemistry Ph.D. student illustrates her thesis in comic book
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Late last spring, a doctoral student worked late into the night. As she doodled, her chemistry thesis took on a life of its own, transforming into a comic book....

Man charged in fight over whether Jordan or LeBron is better
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man's arrest on aggravated assault and other charges....