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Red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus' sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer.


Firefighters rescue girl stuck in McDonald's playground

SPENCER, Mass. (AP) — Firefighters in Massachusetts responded to a fast food restaurant over the weekend to free a young girl who got stuck in the playground.


Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane

BERLIN (AP) — German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne.


Wisconsin man fleeing police crashed while checking phone

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions.


Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.


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SantaCon arrives with hundreds of Santas for a bar crawl

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus is in New York, in the form of hundreds of people wearing his lookalike-costume to bar crawl for the annual SantaCon.


Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs in Miami

MIAMI (AP) — When two security dogs reacted to a suspicious crate before an art show opening, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area to investigate the possible threat.


Police: Getaway car ran out of gas after robbery, 2 arrested

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects.


Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.


Bigfoot sculpture erected where some search for creature

WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — A nearly 12-foot-tall sculpture of Bigfoot has been erected in an upstate New York town where some say the legendary creature stalks the woods.


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Maine police: Bouncing roll of duct tape leads to 911 call

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Bangor, Maine, say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape.


Retired justice 'so disappointed' to be kept off jury

BOSTON (AP) — She was impartial enough to serve as a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, but apparently that wasn't enough for Geraldine Hines to be named a juror in a murder trial.


Spies on strike: Spooks in Slovenia demand higher wages

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency have gone on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.


Postal Service probes glue-like substance found on mailboxes

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Some residents in a New Jersey city have noticed a glue-like substance on mailboxes is preventing their letters from going down the chute.


Woman claims surgeon talked on cellphone during operation

The Journal News reports 70-year-old Mary Edwards, of Port Chester, filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and his employer, Westmed Medical Group. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.


Zippy's back! Town's elf on a shelf has been returned

DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town is happy to report that its beloved elf on a shelf has been returned, more than a day after he vanished.


Judge to decide if raccoons deserve protection from cruelty

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge will decide whether raccoons are protected animals or vermin meant to be disposed.


Secret Santa couple pays off $10K in layaway orders in Maine

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Representatives for a Maine Toys R Us store say a husband and wife stopped in to pay off $10,000 in layaway orders for other families.


Police: Woman drove with transit sign sticking out of car

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say a woman was drunk when she continued driving with a mass transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car.


Sharks in Italy get into Christmas spirit with creche

ROME (AP) — Christmastime Nativity scenes usually feature donkeys, cows and sheep. That could help explain the interest generated when divers mounted a creche in the shark tank of the aquarium in the Italian Adriatic city of Cattolica.


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