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AP Top Strange News At 12:42 p.m. EDT

Woman seeking man she kissed at marathon hears from his wife
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BOSTON (AP) -- A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back - from the mystery man's wife....

Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista....

Man's secret cake ingredient for YouTube stunt? Gasoline
MAYWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- A northern New Jersey man lit his kitchen table on fire by adding lighter fluid and gasoline to a birthday cake recipe so he could post a video of the fiery result on YouTube....





95-year-old man fights off would-be robber with cane
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police say a 95-year-old World War II veteran used his cane to fight off a would-be robber in Manchester, New Hampshire....

Joyful noise or unholy din? New church 'bells' mean discord
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church....

Thinking it's a joke, man hangs up on pope; gets papal hug
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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Hang up on Pope Francis and you might get a hug....

California officer in hot water over ice bucket video
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury....

Bag carrying $63K in moldy bills found at Pennsylvania park
HOWARD, Pa. (AP) -- A plastic bag containing $63,000 in moldy bills has been found at a Pennsylvania state park....

Giant billowing aerial sculpture installed over Boston park
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BOSTON (AP) -- A giant aerial sculpture is floating over a park in Boston's Financial District, bringing a shimmer of spring where snowplow piles towered just weeks ago....

Mother duck, brood waddle through school on trek to new home
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A mother duck and her brood got a brief tour of a Montana middle school as teachers and students herded them from their courtyard nest to a nearby creek....