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Watch: Two historic Cape Canaveral launch towers demolished

Explosives were used to bring down two aging launch towers at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

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Video shows woman snatching, bagging birds at US park

A U.S. park ranger confronted a woman seen snatching birds at a historic square in Philadelphia and placing them alive in plastic bags, and she claimed she released the birds after catching them.

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Watch: Protesters to Fly Trump Baby Blimp Over London

When President Trump arrives in London Thursday as part of his European tour, he'll head straight into a storm of demonstrations as well as a giant orange inflatable balloon named Trump Baby. (July 11)

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Chinese find suggests human relatives left Africa earlier

Stone tools recovered from an excavation in China suggest that our evolutionary forerunners trekked out of Africa earlier than we thought.

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World's ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title

A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest.

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Another Mud Day oozes into the books near Detroit

Made in the shade? It was more like made in the mud for hundreds of people at a Michigan park.

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Idaho teacher denies feeding puppy to snapping turtle

An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

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Watch: Stranded Dolphins Returned to Ocean in Mass.

Nine dolphins that had become stranded near Wellfleet, Massachusetts were re-released into the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday. Aerial video from WBZ-TV shows the release of two of the dolphins. (July 10)

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Watch: Baby Porcupine Born At Brookfield Zoo

The newest arrival at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago is a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine, called a porcupette. The baby born July 2 is a male and zookeepers are caring for him by hand. (July 10)

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Couple who prayed for healing plead guilty in baby’s death

Two members of an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oils pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment in the death of their newborn daughter, who struggled to breathe for hours as family and friends prayed over her but did not seek medical care.

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Watch: Cosplayers find community at Anime Expo in LA

Cosplayers and more than 100,000 fans of anime and manga gathered over the weekend in Los Angeles for North America’s largest celebration of Japanese pop culture. (July 9)

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Man initially gave away $50,000 lottery ticket

Friend returns winning scratch-off saying, 'You’re lucky I like you'

A Maryland man who didn’t realize he won $50,000 playing a scratch-off ticket initially gave away his fortune to a friend.

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Watch: Bear climbs onto hood of Canadian police car

Police in the Canadian province of Quebec shared a video on social media of a bear climbing onto an occupied police cruiser.

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Watch: Man flees officer, crashes into home

Police say a driver fleeing police crashed into a Pennsylvania home, damaging it badly. The York Dispatch reports state police tried to stop a Mini Cooper traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on July 4th. (July 6)

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Tasty typo confuses Senate candidate with a sandwich

A tasty typo mistakenly turned a U.S. Senate candidate’s name into that of a sandwich.

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Budget surplus results in $68 checks for thousands in town

A Pennsylvania township with more money than it anticipated from increased property tax collection has decided to give the dividends to residents.

Police: Woman drove drunk to pick up man charged with DWI

Authorities say a woman drove drunk to a New Jersey police station where she was picking up a man who had been charged with drunken driving.

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Suspect fleeing Phoenix police survives jump from freeway overpass

A suspect trying to outrun police on a Phoenix freeway will recover after jumping from an overpass.

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German police ask for help in search for kangaroo mom, joey

German police are appealing to the public for help in their search for a kangaroo and her baby that went missing from a zoo earlier this week.

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Where’s Anastasia? Library had a ‘Fifty Shades’ censor

A suburban Detroit library has decried an unidentified censor who concealed DVDs of movies from the racy “Fifty Shade” series.

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Watch: Baby Gorilla Debuts at Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo’s first baby gorilla in 20 years has made its public debut. The zoo’s 22-year-old female western lowland gorilla named Hope gave birth on June 25. Zookeepers haven’t named the infant and don’t yet know whether it’s male or female. (July 5)

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Big tree found near farm may be among Pennsylvania’s largest

A forester in Pennsylvania says he’s discovered a massive red oak tree that may be one of the state’s biggest trees.

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Watch: Glamping In NYC Comes With Views of Lady Liberty

Glamping is coming to New York City. The luxury camping fad is staking claim to a decommissioned military base in New York Harbor known as Governors Island. With views of the Statue of Liberty, a night under the stars can run more than $600. (July 6)

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Dallas police: Woman shoots man trying to steal SUV with kids inside

A woman shot a man in the head and injured him after he tried to steal her sport utility vehicle with her two children inside, Dallas police said Thursday.

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Alaskan husky helps rescue injured hiker near Anchorage

A 7-year-old Alaskan husky is credited with helping rescue an injured woman hiking a trail east of Anchorage, Alaska.

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