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Cops: Woman drops cocaine baggie in police station
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a woman being cited for public drunkenness in Pennsylvania accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor....

Oregon police dog fired for poor performance
CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) -- A 2-year-old Belgian Malinois was supposed to be the ninth member of the police force in the Oregon coastal town of Cannon Beach, but "Cash" just didn't have what it takes....

City's ugly Christmas tree getting single red bulb
READING, Pa. (AP) -- A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment....





New breed of French protester: sheep
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PARIS (AP) -- Disgruntled farmers have brought their sheep to the Eiffel Tower to protest wolf attacks, and what they call the government's anti-farmer environmental policies....

California Burger King employee finds $100,000
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An assistant manager at a Northern California Burger King found a backpack loaded with about $100,000 in a booth, but so far no one has come forward to claim it....

Who's behind Christmas tree at Paris' Notre Dame?
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PARIS (AP) -- Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has a Christmas tree this year thanks to an unusual patron: the Russian government....

Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity
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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer - stout - these guys have just the thing for you....

Passengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push
MOSCOW (AP) -- In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway....

Residents asking why city smells like cat urine
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) -- Residents are hoping tests on air samples can explain why their western Pennsylvania city smells like cat urine....

Trooper: Driver is lucky dog food didn't crush him
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FIFE, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities in Washington state say a semitruck driver is lucky he wasn't crushed by 50-pound bags of dog food when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a ditch and spilled the kibble....