Odd & Interesting


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Helmet Cam: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department in Decatur, Georgia has released footage of a dramatic rescue during a January 3 apartment fire.

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Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out

A British butcher who got locked in a freezer says he was saved by a frozen sausage that he used as a battering ram.

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Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings

The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia’s capital may be reopening its doors in time for Valentine’s Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country’s elite caught up in what the government has described as a crackdown on corruption.

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Watch: Crews free entangled humpback whale near Maui

A humpback whale spotted near Maui has been freed of braided line caught in its mouth. Federal and state agencies say the whale has an excellent chance of survival.

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Woman's Taco Bell maternity photos go viral

Expectant mom Kristin Johnston picked an unusual location to shoot her maternity photos -- a Georgia Taco Bell.

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Car crashes into the second floor of a Southern California building

The Orange County Fire Authority in Santa Ana posted photos of a vehicle that crashed into the second floor of a small office building Sunday.

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Bear attacks man who let his dog out for a walk

A man says he was letting his dog outside in Florida when a large bear attacked him.

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Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member

Thai police said they have arrested a 74-year-old fugitive Japanese gang member who was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.

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Police: Motorcyclist survives 75-foot fall off bridge

Authorities in South Carolina say a motorcyclist survived a 75-foot (23-meter) fall after being thrown from his bike after a crash.

Police looking for skier pulled by car, falling in video

Police in New Hampshire are looking for a skier shown in an online video being dangerously pulled down a street by a car and then falling.

Outdoor center warns skiers of dive-bombing owl

Officials at a Maine outdoor center are warning skiers to watch out for an “aggressive dive-bombing” owl that recently struck a man.

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Florida women celebrates her 112th birthday

Isabel Castano is celebrating her 112th birthday.

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Boston museum to protect art with pest-sniffing dog

Boston’s venerable Museum of Fine Arts has gone to the dogs.

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Williams McDonald’s beefs up with new technology

Putting an ambitious foot forward in its efforts toward digital innovation, McDonald’s in Williams has unveiled a new model that includes mobile ordering, self-serve kiosks and table-side delivery.

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Beach blades! Maine teen glides over frozen sand, surf

Beachgoers in Maine have caught an unusual sight — an ice skater’s blades gliding over frozen sand and surf.

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New church bells, constant ‘Amazing Grace’ draws fire

An Albuquerque resident says new bells and the constant playing of “Amazing Grace” by a Latino Catholic church have created a living hell for her.

Jurors order police officer to pay couple she snooped on

Jurors in Florida decided a police officer owes $15,000 in damages to a couple she illegally snooped on more than 100 times over the past two years.

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A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above

An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.

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No wedding, no Crown: What's a royal obsessive to do?

Are you a royal desperado, in that binge watching kind of way?

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Diet Coke gets new look, new flavors amid sinking sales

Diet Coke is getting a makeover to try to invigorate the sugar-free soda's slumping sales.

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Florida busboy finds, returns purse containing $1,500

When a Florida couple stopped for a quick hamburger while returning from a visit with their grandchildren, they left a purse containing $1,500 in cash hanging on the back of a chair.

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Professor gets $6.4M grant to test canine cancer vaccine

An Arizona State University professor has received a $6.4 million grant to test canine cancer vaccines.

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Dog meet dog: American Kennel Club adds 2 breeds to roster

A spirited Dutch duck-luring dog and a friendly French rabbit hound are now running with the American Kennel Club's pack.

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Couple embrace before surrendering to pursuing officers

A couple got out of an SUV and then embraced before surrendering to pursuing sheriff's deputies after a chase for miles across part of metro Phoenix.

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Florida wants to remove virus-excreting wild monkeys

Wildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published Wednesday that finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans.