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Sea lion found starving in San Diego restaurant on the mend
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Veterinarians say a starving sea lion rescued last week after finding its way into a fancy San Diego restaurant is on the mend....

Boston program allows smokers to vote with their butts
BOSTON (AP) -- The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question....

Thousands of thumbtacks found in California dog park
HERCULES, Calif. (AP) -- Police say they have stepped up patrols and are considering putting cameras to try to catch whoever is spreading thousands of thumbtacks across a Northern California dog park....





AP PHOTOS: Jumping donkey leaps to fame in Egyptian village

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AL-ARID, Egypt (AP) -- A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species' well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command....

Mayor shows love to skateboarders, lifts ban in Love Park

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations....

Grin and bear it: NHL players say losing teeth part of game

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When Brent Burns packs his bags for road trips, the San Jose Sharks defenseman often leaves something behind: his cosmetic teeth....

Man waves gun behind TV reporter during live broadcast
NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say they're investigating after a man appeared to wave a handgun behind a television news reporter during a live broadcast in New York City....

Charges dropped against woman who nursed baby squirrels
HOWELL, N.J. (AP) -- Charges against a New Jersey woman who nursed two abandoned baby squirrels back to health have been dropped on a technicality....

Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids - except there are no human tracks....

Cops: Arrested NY man admits role in nearly 100 theft cases
AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say a 24-year-old central New York man who admitted to being involved in about 100 thefts has been arrested again after robbing a woman....

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