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Iowa woman locked up after locked out of home
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Police say an Iowa woman who was locked out of her apartment has been locked up after officers who helped her regain entry found pot plants and drug paraphernalia inside....

Joey Chestnut devours turkey to win eating contest
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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) -- Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird....

City's 'ugly' Christmas tree prompts public outcry
READING, Pa. (AP) -- A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly....





Oregon festival's giant nutcracker: 41 feet
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece - a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 pounds and work its jaw with enough force to crush coconuts....

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) -- A New Mexico woman's missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery....

UMaine fans fail to set world record for flannel
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ORONO, Maine (AP) -- The University of Maine has fallen short in its quest to break the world record for having the most people in one place wearing flannel apparel....

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing....

Boston man still in hospital after naked fall
BOSTON (AP) -- A Boston man remains in the hospital after police say he fell naked through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Logan Airport and then assaulted an elderly man....

Seagull with dart through neck spotted at park
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- A seagull with a dart through its neck is surviving at a park in the agricultural city of Wenatchee, in north central Washington state....

Ex-state worker charged with stealing 610 helmets
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former Pennsylvania state worker has been accused of stealing 610 combat helmets and faces federal charges....