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'Costume jewelry' diamond really worth hundreds of thousands

LONDON (AP) — Some people have all the luck.


Woman arrested in bomb scare says object was an alarm clock

SHORT PUMP, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of having a fake explosive device that set off a bomb scare in a grocery store parking lot says the object was a novelty alarm clock she bought at a garage sale.


Man left trying to explain how car ended up in swimming pool

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is trying to explain how his car ended up in a swimming pool.


Startling video shows sea lion snatching girl from pier

RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) — A college student has startling video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and yanking her into the water on Canada's West Coast.


Woman calls cops worried semen in thermos might explode

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode.


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Thailand's chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food

BANGKOK (AP) — A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.


Pennsylvania woman makes dress from Starburst candy wrappers

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has made a dress from more than 10,000 Starburst candy wrappers given to her by her high school sweetheart-turned-husband.


Oregon governor forgives boy for swiping hazelnut, pen

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has pardoned a fourth-grade boy who swiped a hazelnut and a pen during a recent tour of the state Capitol.


Oregon governor forgives boy for swiping hazelnut, pen

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has pardoned a fourth-grade boy who swiped a hazelnut and a pen during a recent tour of the state Capitol.


Planet Hollywood sued for Vegas Strip hotel room mannequin

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A tourist is suing a Las Vegas Strip hotel, claiming a life-sized mannequin in his darkened room caused him to flee and suffer injuries.


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Unsuspecting Walmart customer takes down startled deer

WADENA, Minn. (AP) — A confused white-tailed deer that wandered into a Walmart store in Minnesota ran into a startled customer who tackled the animal to the ground.


'Are you kidding me?' says woman who hit alligator on I-75

A driver escaped serious injury when her SUV hit a 9-foot alligator crossing Interstate 75 in Florida...


Jury rules UK man was hiring killer, not writing thriller

LONDON (AP) — A retired television producer has been convicted of trying to hire hit men to kill his partner, after a jury rejected his claim that he was merely conducting research for a thriller.


105-year-old woman receives honorary high school diploma

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who said her only regret in life was not finishing high school has received an honorary diploma — at age 105.


Ex-judge sentenced for seeking wife's texts for beer, money

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A former judge who offered a law enforcement officer beer and money to retrieve his wife's text messages has been sentenced to probation.


Head in the clouds: Dutch king was guest pilot for 21 years

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch passengers on KLM flights might have recognized the co-pilot's voice when he introduced himself on the airline's Cityhopper services.


Brazilian judge demands to be called 'Your Honor' at bakery

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's top judicial oversight board has decided it won't sanction a judge who allegedly got angry at a bakery cafe waiter and demanded the man address him as "Your Honor."


House squatter answers door naked; wrestles with deputies

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Louisiana woman living illegally in a vacant home in Florida answered the door naked when a sheriff's deputy stopped by to investigate.


Man sues woman for $17.31 movie ticket after bad date

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas man is suing a woman he went on a date with for the price of a movie ticket after he says she texted through the film and left him at the theater.


Florida woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911

MIAMI (AP) — What did a South Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside?


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