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Dog’s tale has happy end, as Rapunzel the runaway resurfaces

A German Shepherd dog who disappeared from her home in Germany six months ago has resurfaced — more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) away in Switzerland.

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‘LOVE’ returns: Philadelphia park gets its sculpture back

“LOVE” returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate’s parents donate to his rival

The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son’s Democratic rival, Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

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Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog’s campaign for governor.

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Watch: Valentine gifts help penguins get mates

Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco handed out valentine gifts to the academy's resident penguins who use the heart-shaped felt as nesting material to impress potential mates. (Feb. 13)

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Police: ‘Obit bandit’ targets homes of mourners at funerals

Police have arrested a man they say broke into people’s homes in Massachusetts while they attended wakes or funerals.

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New Jersey capital to use lasers, audio to get rid of crows

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s capital city is taking a high-tech approach to rid the city of an estimated 30,000 crows that are waking up residents and leaving droppings behind.

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Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix-up

An Ohio woman had given up hope of seeing her wedding dress again after a dry cleaner mix-up three decades ago until her daughter’s friend saw photos of the dress on Facebook.

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Watch: Dog show's young handlers take sport in stride

The Westminster Kennel Club annual dog show is underway in New York. The competition is best known for the dog crowned best in show, but it's also a showcase for young handlers who sometimes go up against grown-ups.

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Deputies remove alligator from grocery parking lot

Authorities say deputies have removed a four-foot alligator from the parking lot of a Florida grocery store.

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Naked airline passenger taken for psychiatric examination

An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions.

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Dozens of nude models brave cold, rain for Polar Bear Paint

Cold feet can’t stop naked models from parading around New York City.

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Vacancy sign flashes at Florida jail dubbed ‘Green Roof Inn’

A Florida sheriff says rooms are available and a new retro-neon sign purchased with drug-seized assets features a blinking “vacancy” light.

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Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn’t a country

An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn’t a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor.

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Farthest photos ever taken, from nearly 4 billion miles away

The NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken.

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Massachusetts’ high court: Do you know this justice?

A man’s portrait has hung for years outside the chambers of the chief justice on Massachusetts’ highest court. The problem? No one knows who he is.

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Man punches and kicks 150-pound bear who attacked his puppy

A Maine man says he punched and kicked a 150-pound bear, scaring it away after it attacked his puppy in the woods.

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Watch: Thousands Celebrate Bolivia's Oruro Carnival

Thousands of colorfully dressed dancers and musicians kicked off Carnival celebrations in the Bolivian city of Oruro on Saturday. (Feb. 10)

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Drivers, and Oxford comma, come up big in lawsuit settlement

A Maine dairy company has settled a lawsuit over an overtime dispute that was the subject of a ruling hinging on the use of the Oxford comma.

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Simple sketch helps police ID market theft suspect

Police say an extremely simple sketch helped investigators identify a suspect in a theft from a Pennsylvania farmers market.

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Fans return Eagles CB Sidney Jones’ lost cellphone

A group of fans have helped return Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones’ lost cellphone during the team’s Super Bowl victory parade — but not before taking a selfie.

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Japan public grade school under fire over Armani uniform

A Tokyo public school has adopted Giorgio Armani uniforms for students, triggering criticism in a country where hefty school fees are already burdening young parents.

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Valentine condom campaign urges lovers to think of animals

An environmental group wants couples to think of wild animals before acting like them this Valentine’s Day.

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Watch: Kansas City Zoo Welcomes 5-foot Baby Giraffe

The Kansas City Zoo's newest arrival is a baby giraffe. The female was born Feb. 2 and doesn't have a name yet. Zookeepers say it'll be several more weeks before she's debuted to the public. (Feb. 9)

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Give me a toy: Florida boy gets trapped in vending machine

When a young Florida boy wanted a stuffed toy, he crawled inside a claw-style vending machine in the play area of a restaurant to fetch one. And, he got stuck inside the glass-encased structure.