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Watch: Deputy frees bear trapped inside car

A bear that managed to break into a car needed help from a sheriff’s deputy to get out.

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Bank robbery suspect gives ID, easily tracked by police

Police say a quick-thinking bank teller in Ohio convinced a suspected robber to hand over his own license.

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Woman admits to crime spree, robbing bank dressed as nun

A New Jersey woman has admitted her role in a monthlong crime spree across two states, including an attempted bank robbery in Pennsylvania where she and another woman dressed as nuns.

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Watch: Trucker with stuck tree branch leaves wake of wrecks

he New York Police Department says an oblivious driver with a large branch stuck to his truck wrecked multiple cars, leaving behind a five-block path of destruction.

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Police: Thief tried paying waitress with her own stolen card

Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress’ stolen credit card.

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Woman who took dead butterfly from exhibit gets probation

A woman who took a dead butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

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Watch: Archaeologists dig site of 1969 Woodstock concert

Archaeologists from New York’s Binghamton University this month launched the first official excavation of the site of the 1969 Woodstock concert. It’s hallowed ground that came to symbolize an era of peace, love and music. (June 21)

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Wife credited with returning husband to jail following error

Court records say a Colorado inmate, mistakenly released from jail, enjoyed less than two hours of freedom before his wife realized the error and made him turn himself in.

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In India, rats have a $19,000 meal

It was a cash machine heist with a difference: The attackers were hungry rodents.

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Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters

An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis.

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Baby born on Paris suburban train gets free rides until 25

The Paris public transport company RATP says a baby boy born in a suburban train will get free rides in the French capital until he is 25.

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Woman pays $10,000 to turnpike for over 1,600 missed tolls

Prosecutors say a Pennsylvania woman who failed to pay turnpike tolls on over 1,600 trips during a five-year period has paid $10,000 in restitution.

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Maine town works to save statue of famous harbor seal Andre

A Maine town is raising money to save the statue of a beloved harbor seal that brought the community together.

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North Dakota mayor re-elected with all 3 of town’s votes

The man believed to be North Dakota’s oldest mayor has breezed to another term, winning unanimously in a vote that saw 100 percent turnout.

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Indiana trooper wins praise for stopping too slow driver

An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he’s overwhelmed by the widespread praise he’s receiving online.

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Spraying snake with gas leads to house blaze in Finland

An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland.

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Abandoned baby moose, ‘begging for attention,’ befriends dog

A dog and a young moose have forged an unlikely friendship in Maine.

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Woman cited at North Carolina airport for breaking window

Police in North Carolina say they cited a woman who broke a window after becoming upset over a flight being cancelled.

Philadelphia mom throws epic prom with ‘Black Panther’ theme

A Philadelphia mom who threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom for her son last year is throwing a “Black Panther”-themed prom this year complete with an actual black panther.

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Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WW II death at Normandy

For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

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Watch: Ford celebrates buying Detroit train station

Ford celebrates the purchase of Detroit’s long vacant train depot that the automaker plans to redevelop for research and development of self-driving vehicles (June 19)

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Woodchucks to blame for missing veterans’ flags

Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans’ graves in Massachusetts.

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Trucks collision in Arkansas causes fire and spills Fireball

Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.

Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk

A federal agency wants its wooly mammoth tusk back.

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Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

The mystery is over: Wildlife officials have confirmed that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was a gray wolf.


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