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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....

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

Buffalo grain silos being turned into huge beer ad
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A cluster of 100-foot-tall grain silos in Buffalo is being turned into the world's largest six-pack....





Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations
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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
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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
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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....

Oregon cops: Suspect drove fast, had strong smell
LEBANON, Ore. (AP) -- Officers in western Oregon say a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he was just too fragrant....