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A Florida man with no flying experience who kept his cool while landing a small plane says “the hand of God” was with him after the pilot collapsed at the controls.

By Associated Press May 17, 2022
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Over the past three decades Ara Mirzaian has fitted braces for everyone from Paralympians to children with scoliosis. But Msituni was a patient like none other — a newborn giraffe.

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press May 13, 2022
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A Nepali Sherpa broke her own record as the most successful female climber of Mount Everest by reaching the summit of the world's highest peak Thursday.

By Associated Press May 12, 2022
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A passenger in a small plane off Florida's Atlantic coast used the cockpit radio to make an urgent plea for help after he realized that the pilot was too sick to handle the controls.

By Associated Press May 11, 2022
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Swiss police say an investigation is underway after workers at a Nespresso warehouse in western Switzerland found over 1,100 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of $50 million, as they unloaded coffee beans that had arrived by train.

By Associated Press May 8, 2022
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Zookeepers at the National Zoo made a macabre discovery this week, when they entered the outdoor enclosure that housed 74 flamingos.

By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press May 6, 2022
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A marble bust that a Texas woman bought for about $35 from a Goodwill store is temporarily on display at a San Antonio museum after experts determined it was a centuries-old sculpture missing from Germany since World War II.

By Associated Press May 6, 2022
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A man opened an emergency exit of a United Airlines jet, walked onto a wing as the plane taxied at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and jumped onto the tarmac early Thursday, May 5, police said.

By Associated Press May 6, 2022
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As Forrest Gump in the Oscar-winning 1994 film of the same name, lead actor Tom Hanks abruptly trots to a halt after more than three years of nonstop running and tells his followers: "I'm pretty tired — I think I'll go home now."

By Associated Press April 28, 2022
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Research confirms what dog lovers know — every pup is truly an individual. Many of the popular stereotypes about the behavior of golden retrievers, poodles or schnauzers, for example, aren't supported by science, according to a new study.

By Associated Press April 28, 2022
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Honey Bunch, the wallaby who went missing at the Memphis Zoo after storms passed through Tennessee this week, has been found hiding — nearly in plain sight.

By Associated Press April 15, 2022
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Volunteers picked up a record amount of trash from New Jersey’s beaches last year, with plastic items dominating the haul, and bizarre castoffs including male enhancement pills, a set of braces, a glow-in-the-dark condom and a Turkish Airlines hygiene kit found on the sand as well.

By Associated Press April 5, 2022
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The nation’s oldest active park ranger is hanging up her Smokey hat at the age of 100.

By Associated Press April 3, 2022
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Scientists have figured out why vampire bats are the only mammals that can survive on a diet of just blood.

By Associated Press March 28, 2022
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A Massachusetts man says he has the answer for those singing the blues about stratospheric gas prices.

By Associated Press March 24, 2022
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A particularly prized copy of the first-ever Marvel comic book fetched more than $2.4 million in an online auction, the auctioneer said Friday.

March 19, 2022
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The aroma of sizzling meat in melted butter wafts from a cast iron pan while Jaden Bales shows his favorite way to cook up the best steak cuts from a big game animal.

By MEAD GRUVER Associated Press March 12, 2022
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An annual rattlesnake roundup in south Georgia recently changed the format of this month's event to celebrate living snakes without skinning and butchering them, earning plaudits from animal rights activists.

By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press March 11, 2022
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A man who tried to slither past U.S. border agents in California had 52 lizards and snakes hidden in his clothing, authorities said Tuesday.

By Associated Press March 9, 2022
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An Aroostook County courthouse is poised to be the first in Maine to have a dedicated therapy dog to provide emotional support for people dealing with traumatic experiences.

By Associated Press March 2, 2022
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A gemstone, billed as one of the largest gem-quality opals in existence, was sold for $143,750 at auction in Alaska.

By Associated Press February 27, 2022
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A treehouse is causing trouble on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.

By Associated Press February 25, 2022
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A Michigan woman soon will celebrate a milestone birthday. How old? Look at her decorative upper arm.

By Associated Press February 22, 2022
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Would you willingly live like a prisoner for a day or two — or four? Hundreds of people have jumped at just such a chance in the Swiss city of Zurich, volunteering to take part in an open house of sorts for a new jail before the facility accepts its first inmates.

By Associated Press February 18, 2022
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A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a fossilized dinosaur claw valued at $25,000 from a vendor in Tucson last month and then trying to resell it.

By Associated Press February 17, 2022

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