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Officer rescues deer that had its head caught in light globe
CENTEREACH, N.Y. (AP) -- It was a deer caught in the ... light globe....

Tourists use Alaska homeless shelter to grab coffee, snack
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members....

Spanish town entertained by escaped hippopotamus
MADRID (AP) -- Officials say a hippopotamus that escaped from a visiting circus caused some traffic chaos and not a little diversion when he strolled easily along a street in the southwestern town of Palos de la Frontera....

Texas school fooled by 7-year-old's fake note
HOUSTON (AP) -- A 7-year-old Houston girl managed to get out of an after-school program with a fake excuse note that she wrote herself, in large print with misspellings....

Bank robber who dropped trail of money gets 15 years
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A bank robber who left a trail of cash as he ran from the scene of the crime has been sentenced to 15 years in prison....

Michigan couple avoids jail over lost Dr. Seuss library book
TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan couple who faced jail after they borrowed a novel and a Dr. Seuss book from a local library and held onto them long past their return dates will remain free....

Governor's adoption of Veto the dog violated shelter rules
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- A woman who had her heart set on taking home the same stray dog that Republican Gov. Paul LePage adopted is angry that the animal shelter broke its own rules by making the canine available to him a day before it was available to the public....

Roaming gator tries to ring doorbell of South Carolina home
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) -- Apparently this was one alligator determined to meet the neighbors....

Driver had a monkey on his back even before he got arrested
BURIEN, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists....