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Who's behind Christmas tree at Paris' Notre Dame?
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....

Dispute over 9-point buck settled with coin flip
ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) -- A dispute over a nine-point buck in Wisconsin was settled with a coin flip....

See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting....

Man arrested; deputies say he aimed banana at them
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun....

Heirloom ring flushed; sewer workers retrieve it
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. (AP) -- Pat Hanson of Central Point says she's lost about 10 pounds recently, an aftereffect of a fall, and noticed in church earlier this month that her mother's wedding ring was loose on her finger....

Houston-area family rescues dog with jug on head
HOUSTON (AP) -- A stray puppy with a plastic jug stuck on his head has been rescued - and freed from his headpiece....