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Curiosity rover takes 'selfie' on Red Planet

The US space agency has released a "selfie" image of the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars.

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Connecticut restaurant owner fined over no dog pee sign

A sarcastic sign in the window of a Connecticut restaurant asking people not to let their dogs pee on the eatery’s outside flower pot has earned the owner a $250 fine.

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Nebraska prison cell doors suddenly open, sparking fracas

The doors on 16 cells at a prison that has a history of riots unexpectedly opened Friday, leading to one inmate being attacked and seriously injured and a fire set inside the prison, Nebraska prison officials said.

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Hundreds of fun-loving Philadelphia bicyclists ride nude

Hundreds of fun-loving bicyclists spent the afternoon gearing up for a ride around Philadelphia and then took off — their clothes.

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Man fined $124 for kicking seagull that ate cheeseburger

A man accused of kicking a seagull that tried to eat his cheeseburger at a New Hampshire beach has been fined $124.

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A traffic stop, and a proposal: She said yes in Miami Beach

A woman was in for a huge surprise when Miami Beach police pulled her over.

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Texas animal control seizes hundreds of snakes, rodents

Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals’ living conditions.

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Watch: Click your heels, FBI recovers ruby slippers

A pair of ruby slippers used in "The Wizard of Oz" and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes' insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday. (Sept. 4)

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Cars are cruising down the monthly subscription highway

If you already subscribe to digital services like Netflix to binge on TV shows and Spotify to groove to an endless mix of music, the auto industry might have a deal for you: Subscribe to your next car as well.

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Robot boat sails into history by finishing Atlantic crossing

All summer, the small boat drifted steadily eastward across the churning North Atlantic until it neared the Irish coast, where it made history by becoming the first unmanned sailboat to cross the Atlantic.

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St. Louis apartment with kitchen-bathroom combo creates stir

A St. Louis man is the new tenant of a tiny apartment with a unique layout — the kitchen and bathroom are in the same place.

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Thief in Mexico tries to steal hearse, with body inside

Police in central Mexico they’ve caught a man who made off with a hearse — complete with a corpse inside.

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Wisconsin pilot flees officers, later crashes plane into cornfield

Authorities say they were trying to arrest a Wisconsin man on a domestic abuse-related charge when he fled in an airplane before crashing into a cornfield.

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Watch: Video shows man driving badly wrecked car on a Florida roadway

After serving papers at a Florida home Wednesday a process server stopped to record video of a man driving a pickup truck so badly damaged it looked like it belonged in the scrapyard.

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Smallest North Dakota city to double in population _ to 4

North Dakota’s smallest incorporated city was on the verge of dissolving after the death of its longtime mayor. But now it’s rebounding, with expectations to double its population — from two residents to four.

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Video shows blast that killed Texas bomb suspect

The first publicly released video of Texas police closing in on the suspect in a series of deadly Austin package bombings shows officers approaching his SUV before the vehicle explodes.

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Watch: Oregon officer rescues fawn stuck in fence

An animal welfare officer in Eugene, Oregon, is getting attention after her rescue of a fawn was captured on her body-worn camera. The fawn runs away after being rescued.

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Watch: Telltale bits of DNA help track wildlife

Scientists say scooping a bottle of water or a sample of soil can be enough to detect genetic material. This information can provide clues about ancient life, early signs of invaders and diseases, and evidence of species that are hard to spot. (Aug 30)

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Humpback whales spotted feeding in Boston Harbor

People taking whale watch cruises out of Boston usually have to travel miles out to sea to spot whales.

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Classmates can’t find time capsule buried 30 years ago

Former classmates reunited in Michigan to uncover a time capsule buried 30 years ago. The result? They couldn’t find it.

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Bomb technicians detonate mine in Puget Sound

Coast Guard and Navy bomb technicians have detonated what they said appeared to be an unidentified mine floating in Puget Sound between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island.

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Body found in fish tank in missing man’s San Francisco home

Officers found human remains in a fish tank inside the home of a man who was reported missing weeks ago, San Francisco police said Tuesday.

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Buzz off! Bees swarm Times Square hot dog stand

A swarm of bees had caused a brief commotion in Times Square in New York City after they made their home atop a hot dog stand.

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Buzz off! Bees swarm Times Square hot dog stand

A swarm of bees had caused a brief commotion in Times Square in New York City after they made their home atop a hot dog stand.

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Watch: Girl gets heart transplant after visit by Drake

A suburban Chicago girl has received a heart transplant just days after she danced her way into a hospital visit from Drake. Surgeons performed the transplant on 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez on Monday at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital. (Aug. 28)

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