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  • Hot dog! Eaters ready for famed NY contest

    NEW YORK (AP) — A seven-time champion and the two-time women’s winner will defend their titles at the annual hot dog-eating contest on Coney Island. Seventeen men and 13 women …


  • Pope to nuns: Why aren’t you answering the phone?

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got …


  • Americans finding dozens of ways to mark 12-12-12

    A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday. Two law-enforcement officials will exchange wedding vows at 12:12 p.m. in Pittsburgh’s federal …


  • NC judge rules against New Year’s Eve possum drop

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny town in western North Carolina each New Year’s Eve may have had its last hurrah …


  • Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash in Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption — 100 years ago. The National Weather …


  • Smugglers’ SUV gets stuck atop Calif. border fence

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck …


  • Georgia store offers gun raffle tickets to voters

    ATLANTA (AP) — Want a chance to win a rifle or handgun? Go vote. That’s the message from an Atlanta-area sporting goods store. The promotion caught the attention of the …


  • Study: Male beluga whale mimics human speech

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets’ Swedish Chef. Surprisingly, scientists said the audio …


  • Biology prof says eyeball may belong to big squid

    MIAMI (AP) — Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a South Florida has created a buzz on the Internet and in the marine biology community. An assistant biology …


  • Chicago police find about 1,500 pot plants in city

    CHICAGO (AP) — In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room …


  • Chicago police find about 1,000 pot plants in city

    CHICAGO (AP) — In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room …


  • Girls barred from Utah dance for short dresses

    TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A Utah high school principal has apologized to dozens of teens who were turned away from their homecoming dance because their dresses were deemed too short. …


  • Iranian news agency picks up Onion article as fact

    CHICAGO (AP) — A joke by the satirical newspaper The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation. An Iranian news agency picked up — as fact — a story …


  • Police chief resigns, NM force has gone to the dog

    VAUGHN, N.M. (AP) — The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force …


  • Salton Sea fingered as culprit of big Calif. stink

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — After a day of “odor surveillance” and other scent-based sleuthing, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed Tuesday what they had already expected — that a …


  • Salton Sea eyed as culprit of big stink in Calif.

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Regional air quality officials in Southern California on Tuesday were awaiting an analysis of air samples as they tried to determine the source of a …


  • Scorpion sting leaves Arizona woman with huge bill

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman is wondering what hurt more: getting stung by a scorpion or seeing her hospital bill after treatment. Marcie Edmonds says the bill from Chandler …


  • NYC fair nixes pig races and goes to the dogs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of the county fair on New York’s Staten Island are making a dogged effort to prevent the spread of swine flu. The Staten Island Advance …


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