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Animal rights protest scrapped after "greased pig" dust-up
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) -- An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a "Greased Pig on Ice," but withdrew it after learning there's no pig in the act - just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail....

New York City officials decide it's too cold for ice fest
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival....

Iran rules "decadent" Valentine's Day celebrations a crime
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran says it is cracking down on Valentine's Day celebrations and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime....

Russian Orthodox Church allowed to return debt in prayers
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money....

Police: Suspect in 4 heists needed money for kitty litter
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Authorities say a Pittsburgh woman jailed in four recent store robberies told police she needed money for dog food and kitty litter....

Sea lion found starving in San Diego restaurant on the mend
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Veterinarians say a starving sea lion rescued last week after finding its way into a fancy San Diego restaurant is on the mend....

Boston program allows smokers to vote with their butts
BOSTON (AP) -- The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question....

Hating Valentine's Day? Goodwill says donate your ex's stuff
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine's Day?...

Thousands of thumbtacks found in California dog park
HERCULES, Calif. (AP) -- Police say they have stepped up patrols and are considering putting cameras to try to catch whoever is spreading thousands of thumbtacks across a Northern California dog park....

AP PHOTOS: Jumping donkey leaps to fame in Egyptian village
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AL-ARID, Egypt (AP) -- A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species' well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command....