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Police confront North Dakota students armed with telescope
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle....

New Jersey teacher who was late for work 111 times keeps job
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period....

Girls named Destiny questioned in cliffside vandalism case
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies have interviewed more than a dozen girls named "Destiny" trying to crack a vandalism case where someone spray-painted a prom invitation on a southwest Idaho cliffside....

'Fire hazard' home burns as couple signs deed to buy it
MEYERSDALE, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighboring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard was right: It caught fire while they were at the county courthouse signing the deed....

WWI cannon swiped from outside Veterans of Foreign Wars post
BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A World War I cannon was stolen from outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Michigan, and an official is concerned it could be sold for scrap metal....

Beware manspreading, enjoy wine o'clock: new Oxford words
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LONDON (AP) -- Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word....

Turkey probes restoration of tower likened to 'SpongeBob'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into restoration work carried out on a historic tower near Istanbul after social media users derided the construction, likening it to the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants....

Air guitarists duke it out at Finland world championships
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OULU, Finland (AP) -- Who can play wildest on an instrument no one can see? A record 30 air guitarists from a dozen countries are jamming on a stage in northern Finland to answer just that question....

Sinkhole in China swallows 5 people
BEIJING (AP) -- A sinkhole in a northeastern Chinese city swallowed five people in a dramatic scene that was captured on security video and shared widely on Chinese social media....

List limits booze sales for Illinois city's habitual drunks
AURORA, Ill. (AP) -- The police department in Illinois' second largest city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication....

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