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Connecticut man cleaning out wallet finds $1M Powerball ticket

ntil Thursday, the clock was ticking loudly for the unclaimed $1,000,000 Connecticut Powerball prize winning ticket for the May 2 drawing.

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Watch: Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale

LONDON — A work by the elusive street artist, Banksy, self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million).

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Lottery ticket leads FBI to Illinois bank robbery suspect

Authorities say a dropped lottery ticket led investigators to the man who robbed a suburban Chicago bank.

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Watch: Young anthem singer 'proud' after national attention

Seven-year-old Malea Emma says 'I'm really proud of myself' after going viral with a powerful national anthem performance at a Los Angeles soccer match. (Oct. 5)

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Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

A Michigan man curious about a rock he’d used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it’s a meteorite worth $100,000.

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Busboy who helped R. Kennedy after shooting dies

When Robert F. Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles in 1968, Juan Romero was there. Only 18 at the time, he was the busboy who came to Kennedy's aid after shaking his hand seconds before the fatal shot.

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Postal worker leaves mail on side of road, quits job

The U.S. Postal Service says hundreds of pieces of mail meant for Philadelphia residents were dropped on the side of a New Jersey road when the carrier responsible for them quit his job.

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Watch: Bodycam captures Good Samaritan squirrel rescue

A motionless squirrel apparently stunned by a passing car has been revived by the driver who performed chest compressions beside a Minnesota road.

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Riding a wave: Surfer makes name with videos over contests

The 29-year-old surfer from Hawaii doesn't participate in a lot of contests. Not really his thing.

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Swedish girl Saga pulls out pre-Viking era sword from lake

Her name conjures up Old Nordic tales about heroic accomplishments and that's exactly what Saga this summer did when she stumbled on a pre-Viking-era sword in a southern Sweden lake.

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Another rare fish pulled back from extinction

Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S.

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China orders actress Fan Bingbing to pay massive tax fine

Chinese tax authorities have ordered "X-Men" star Fan Bingbing and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million, ending speculation over the fate of one of the country's highest-profile entertainers three months after she disappeared from public view.

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Study: 1 in 3 US adults eat fast food each day

A government study has found that 1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food on any given day. That's about 85 million people.

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A year after Weinstein, Hollywood is still soul-searching

After Rashida Jones exited Pixar's "Toy Story 4" in 2017 she noted that the studio, after 25 years in business, had not made a single feature film directed by a woman, calling it "a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice."

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Watch: 'Masked bandit' spurs Texas police station chase

Police officers spent a couple of hours trying to capture two elusive raccoons inside their Bedford, Texas police station. The effort was caught on a surveillance camera.

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Zero Waste households winnow their trash down to almost nil

Less may be more, but zero is the best of all — at least where contributing to landfills is concerned.

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Man arrested for chasing after plane at Dublin Airport

An Irish man who missed his flight at Dublin Airport was arrested Thursday for running after the plane on the tarmac in a bid to flag it down.

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Michigan township allows autistic boy to keep therapy ducks

New guidelines will allow a 12-year-old western Michigan boy with autism to keep his ducks, which are his emotional support animals.

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Get ready for ‘Bongzilla,’ selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum

A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.

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$18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

HOUSTON — Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes.

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Superman to The Fonz: Vintage lunchbox collection on sale

CINCINNATI — Look, up on the shelf! It's Superman. There's the king of the wild frontier himself, Davy Crockett. And over in that case is Davy Crockett again, except this time he's Daniel Boone (we'll explain later). And aaaaay! It's The Fonz and the whole "Happy Days" family!

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Beer lovers, listen up: New book has some life hacks for you

Beer snobs, turn away, Ben Robinson has some hacks involving your favorite, foamy beverage.

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Margiela touts genderless fashion in Paris with new campaign

Maison Margiela went co-ed in Wednesday's installment of Paris Fashion Week, as designer John Galliano bravely championed gender difference in a powerful new runway show.

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Drones help search for escaped kangaroo in Florida

JUPITER, Fla. — A runaway kangaroo in South Florida has wildlife officers sending up a pair of drones to help search for a second day.

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Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments

The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard.

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