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Phoenix man tries turning locomotive into a runaway train

A Phoenix man was close to turning a locomotive into his own runaway train.

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Museum of the Bible, built by Hobby Lobby owner, opens in DC

The $500 million Museum of the Bible is a project of the conservative Christian family that owns the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain. Hobby Lobby president Steve Green said the Washington museum is a nonsectarian effort to educate people about the Bible’s broad influence. (Nov. 16)

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Drive-thru-window becomes squeeze-thru for McDonald’s thief

A McDonald’s drive-thru window became a squeeze-thru window for a woman who apparently needed a fast food fix.

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Bank robber with poor spelling skills pleads guilty

A Massachusetts man authorities dubbed the “spelling bee bandit” because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has pleaded guilty.

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Card game company says it’s fighting 'the wall' by buying U.S.-Mexico border land

The party game Cards Against Humanity says it’s bought U.S.-Mexico border land and hired a lawyer to try to stop President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

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Video: Texas suspect breaks out dance moves before arrest

A man who led police on a nearly 20-mile chase through Houston was taken into custody only after dancing once he stepped out of his car.

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Kingman boy, 11, faces felony charges for bringing BB gun to school

A fourth-grader was taken into custody Tuesday for bringing a BB gun to Desert Willow Elementary School in the 3700 block of Prospector Street.

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Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate

Police officers in a Massachusetts town jokingly recommend drivers get a little more creative if they make their own illegal license plates.

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6 Czechs fined for sporting 'Borat mankinis' in Kazakhstan

Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana

Man smeared in deer blood struggles with police, arrested

A 62-year-old man has been arrested after police received a report of someone smeared in blood outside a western Michigan gas station.

Town drops the ‘men’ from its Board of Selectmen

A Massachusetts town has removed the word “men” from the name of its governing body.

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Another North Carolina woman hits lottery jackpot twice

A North Carolina woman hit the jackpot with two scratch-off lottery tickets, marking the second such instance in three weeks.

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Viral video star looks to reunite with mystery dance partner

A New Jersey man is looking for the woman who busted a move while he danced in a supermarket parking lot.

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Leonardo da Vinci's Christ painting sells for record $450M

A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.

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Kingman drug investigation involving strip club turns up marijuana, weapons, dead alligator

An alligator is dead and two Kingman gentlemen’s club employees are in custody this week, following a raid by nearly 10 state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.

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Left behind: Vietnam Wall collects almost 250,000 mementos to fallen

On a cool November morning, New Hampshire resident Howie Howe came to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and stopped to see the names of two foster brothers that are etched on the wall.

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Conman sentenced to ‘Supermax’ -- at his own request

A notorious Florida conman will serve his 20-year sentence in solitary at the infamous federal Supermax prison -- at his request.

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Automated bartending hits Valley, but will it replace humans?

Robots can drive our cars, pick our tomatoes and change our thermostats for us. But would you want a robot to pour your next beer or wine?

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School worksheet quizzed students on ‘boy toy,’ affairs

Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as “boy toy” and “trophy wife.”

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Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

The maker of Barbie has announced it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics while wearing a hijab.

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Watch: Ford, Domino’s test driverless pizza delivery cars

No tip for the delivery driver? No problem. Domino’s and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars.

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Ex-members say church uses power, lies to keep grip on kids

An Associated Press investigation has found that a secretive evangelical church has used lies and intimidation to bring in and keep children. Ex-members of Word of Faith Fellowship say the kids are exposed to sometimes violent church practices. (Nov. 13)

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Trained hawks scare away pest birds in LA

A hawk named Riley soars between high rises in downtown Los Angeles. Smaller birds take notice. And take flight. Husband-and-wife falconers Alyssa and Mike Bordonaro and their birds of prey are hired guns, brought in to scare away “pest birds.”

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Trump briefly baffled by group handshake in Asia, but holds up well on five-nation trip

President Donald Trump is holding up just fine as he nears the end of his grueling five-nation trip to Asia. He did struggle with a complicated, cross-body handshake among summit leaders in Manila. And he remained attentive during lengthy diplomatic rituals, including an hour-plus tour of a museum in Beijing's Forbidden City.

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Schwarzenegger on pollution: 'It's time we do better'

Former California governor calls on climate activists to change methods

Speaking at a UN climate event in Germany, former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses how to deal with rising pollution levels.