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A beluga whale that became a French celebrity after a wrong turn took it up the Seine River had to be euthanized Wednesday after experiencing health complications during an urgent rescue operation, authorities said.

By Associated Press August 11, 2022
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When camp counselor Allie Tarantino was flipping through a magazine years ago, he came upon a familiar name: Mark Zuckerberg. He rifled through boxes of memorabilia in his basement, running his fingers over old photos, newspapers and bus maps before finding a baseball card featuring a very young Zuckerberg grinning in a red jersey and gripping a bat.

By Associated Press August 7, 2022
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A big pink diamond of 170 carats has been discovered in Angola and is claimed to be the largest such gemstone found in 300 years.

By NQOBILE NTSHANGASE Associated Press July 29, 2022
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People in a southwestern Japanese city have come under attack from monkeys that are trying to snatch babies, biting and clawing at flesh, and sneaking into nursery schools.

By YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press July 29, 2022
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It made drivers on Route 66 and Interstate 40 in New Mexico do double takes. A newly upgraded state Department of Transportation sign erected last week that pointed drivers toward Albuquerque misspelled the city's name, losing the "R."

By Associated Press July 29, 2022
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A Northern California burglar returned to the scene of the crime this past weekend after he forgot his keys inside a doughnut company’s corporate office.

By Associated Press July 27, 2022
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A giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot ballooned to $1.02 billion after no one matched all six numbers and won the top prize.

By Associated Press July 21, 2022
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Some came in wool fisherman's sweaters, and other contestants had sportsmen's attire. But it was the cream-colored sweater of attorney Jon Auvil that caught the eye of judges who awarded him the title for most resembling author and former Key West resident Ernest Hemingway.

By Associated Press July 24, 2022
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A previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered behind another of the artist’s paintings, the National Galleries of Scotland said this week.

By Associated Press July 15, 2022
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A family's beloved pet cat that's been dodging airport personnel, airline employees, and animal experts since escaping from a pet carrier at Boston's Logan International Airport about three weeks ago was finally caught Wednesday.

By MARK PRATT Associated Press July 13, 2022
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Misty Katz, part owner of Nature’s Resort, finds comfort in shunning clothes. Growing up in South Africa, she was scolded by her parents for undressing in public when her clothes got dirty.

By JEREMY LINDENFELD, Religion News Service July 6, 2022
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Amazon’s Alexa might soon replicate the voice of family members - even if they’re dead.

By Associated Press June 23, 2022
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Thousands of druids, pagans and New Age revelers greeted the summer solstice at Stonehenge on Tuesday, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

By Associated Press June 23, 2022
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A suburban Phoenix baker is getting some sweet support after an order was canceled over her race.

By Associated Press June 19, 2022
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Call it a "hoot" done it. Quick thinking by a Casa Grande woman saved several colonies of burrowing owls from being entombed as vehicles were parked near habitats across the street from Vista Grande High School during the recent graduation ceremony.

By Associated Press June 19, 2022
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New York's top court on Tuesday, June 14, rejected an effort to free Happy the elephant from the Bronx Zoo, ruling in a closely watched case that she does not meet the definition of a “person” who is being illegally confined.

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press June 14, 2022
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Chelsea Blackwell’s dachshund, Blue, disappeared Monday, June 6, and the distraught owner went in search.

By Associated Press June 11, 2022
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An Iditarod sled dog was found safe after disappearing from a checkpoint in the race three months ago and covering nearly 150 miles, the Iditarod Trail Committee said Saturday.

By Associated Press June 8, 2022
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A quick-thinking custodian safely confined a curious cougar in an empty classroom after it entered a Northern California high school Wednesday morning, June 1, authorities said.

By Associated Press June 5, 2022
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Las Vegas chapels of love that use Elvis Presley’s likeness could find themselves becoming Heartbreak Hotels.

By Associated Press June 3, 2022

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