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Maine woman tapes free coats to light poles for the needy
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A woman in Portland, Maine, is starting a campaign to encourage people to tape free coats to light poles to help the needy this winter....

Santa obliges dad of sleeping boy with snoozing photo
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- When Donnie Walters took son Zeke to have his picture taken with Santa Claus, the 6-month-old boy couldn't stay awake while they waited in line....

Corgi ends up in Honolulu instead of Mississippi
HONOLULU (AP) -- An American Airlines passenger's pet took something of an unplanned Hawaiian vacation when the corgi was placed on the wrong flight and ended up in Honolulu....

Former lottery worker sentenced for stealing instant tickets
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- A former Ohio Lottery Commission employee has been sentenced to probation for stealing $115,000 in instant lottery tickets and cashing in winners....

Cops: Man took ambulance for joy ride, strands patient, EMTs
YORK, Pa. (AP) -- Emergency workers in Pennsylvania got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn't there....

'12 Days of Christmas' items top $34K, up 0.6 percent
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover!...

South Dakota ghost town up for sale, at reduced price
SWETT, S.D. (AP) -- The southwestern South Dakota ghost town of Swett is once again for sale, and this time the asking price is a lot cheaper....

Stolen bust of Lincoln found at Gettysburg cemetery
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A bust of Abraham Lincoln that was stolen from outside a museum near where he delivered the Gettysburg Address has been found....

Political corruption museum could become Albany tourism draw
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A resident of New York's capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany's most abundant renewable resources: political corruption....

Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights....