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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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Nearly 60,000 bees have been stolen from a grocery store company’s field in Pennsylvania, the company said.

By Associated Press February 10, 2022
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Imagine a town clock that displays not the minutes and seconds that govern our lives, but time that moves faster or slower based on how fast rivers are running.

By Associated Press February 7, 2022
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A wandering chicken was caught sneaking around a security area at the Pentagon, a local animal welfare organization said.

By Associated Press February 6, 2022
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Peacocks could be on the outs in some South Florida neighborhoods after the Miami-Dade commission agreed to loosen a law protecting the birds.

By Associated Press February 4, 2022
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Some residents think a northern Alabama city’s new logo might be sending the wrong message.

By Associated Press January 29, 2022
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A Detroit-area judge has apologized for wishing that she could send a 72-year-old immigrant with cancer to jail for a weedy property.

By Associated Press January 23, 2022
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A decaying, 122-year-old Victorian marketed as “the worst house on the best block” of San Francisco has sold for nearly $2 million — an eye-catching price that the realtor said was the outcome of overbidding in an auction.

By Associated Press January 22, 2022
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Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled a diamond that’s literally from out of this world.

By Associated Press January 21, 2022
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A 4 billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that caused a splash here on Earth decades ago contains no evidence of ancient, primitive Martian life after all, scientists reported.

By Associated Press January 18, 2022
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Gruyere cheese does not have to come from the Gruyere region of Europe to be sold under the gruyere name, a federal judge has ruled.

By Associated Press January 17, 2022
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Always remember to tip your server, if you know what’s good for you.

By Associated Press January 16, 2022
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Twin panda cubs made their first public appearance this week before devoted fans in Tokyo, but they will be on display only briefly for now — over three days — due to a spike in COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant.

By Associated Press January 15, 2022

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