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World's Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs' inner beauty
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PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- The World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California is celebrating the inner beauty and imperfections of man's best friend on Friday....

Work to move giant sequoia draws curious Idaho onlookers
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Workers in Idaho prepared to inflate rolling tubes beneath a massive sequoia that grew over more than a century from a seed sent by naturalist John Muir. Then, they'll wrestle the tree up a ramp to street level Friday....

Family expected euthanized dog's ashes, got his frozen body
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania family expecting to pick up the ashes of their beloved pet were instead handed the animal's frozen body....

Driver rescued after van gets stuck in Wisconsin drawbridge
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Firefighters had to rescue a man after his minivan became wedged in a drawbridge in downtown Green Bay....

Toilet charity gets Indian village to take on Trump name
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MARODA, India (AP) -- A charity that provides toilets to poor Indians is leading an effort to rename a tiny northern village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India....

Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Police in Little Rock say a mall worker wrestled away a stripper pole from a would-be thief who bit the employee during the struggle....

Kind act spreads to 167 drivers at Indiana McDonald's
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) -- A customer's act of kindness at a southern Indiana McDonald's sparked a chain reaction of niceness in its drive-thru line....

Big catch: Fisherman finds camera, returns it to owner
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- A man who was fishing in the Tennessee River reeled in a waterlogged camera and then used social media to track down its owner in Florida....

Police: Man faces charges after stealing more than 500 signs
AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man is facing charges after police say he stole more than 500 signs, claiming they were an eyesore and a distraction to drivers....

Rats! DC working to fight rodent problem as complaints rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's capital is taking a modern approach to dealing with an old problem: rats....