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BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a …
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard has rejected an opposition leader's invitation for a television debate after challenging him to a duel.Gen. Viktor Zolotov, chief of Russia's National Guard and Putin's long-time bodyguard, recorded a rare video address to opposition …
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team."He is a …
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Seattle temporarily closed a street after motorists were stunned by dozens of large metal balls that spilled out of a truck and cascaded down the street, damaging several cars.A video taken by a person at the scene Wednesday afternoon shows the balls loudly …
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year.The Roanoke Times reports Roanoke County police arrested 21-year-old Manuel Carlos Ramirez-Godoy in Sunday's burglary of Clean Soles, seizing seven right-foot Nike Air Jordans …
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's no longer nice, at least in its next tourism campaign. The new sales pitch has a decidedly self-deprecating bent: "Nebraska. Honestly, it's not for everyone."The slogan, which the Nebraska Tourism Commission unveiled Wednesday at a Nebraska City conference, …
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man stumbled upon a trove of historical documents possibly worth thousands of dollars after purchasing an abandoned storage unit for $20 in a Phoenix suburb.The Arizona Republic reports Don Smith discovered a collection of about 200 letters belonging to Henry …
A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said Wednesday.The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school …
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated spot in a bicycle rack.George Smith learned this month that he'll share this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry with two other scientists.Other schools have …
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who police dubbed the "Brazen Botanist" after he was captured on a surveillance camera stealing plants from a porch has pleaded guilty.The Salem News reports 43-year-old Joseph Gardner was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail.Police say a man was …
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Police officers in New Hampshire and Maine are putting down their razors to raise money for children's advocacy groups.The Portsmouth Herald reports police officers will let their beards grow during October to support centers in York County in Maine and in Rockingham …
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The artist who created an 800-pound (363 kilograms) sculpture of a hammer that was stolen from a Northern California community center is offering a $1,000 reward to nail the thieves.The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Tuesday that Healdsburg artist Doug Unkrey …
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Complaints from visitors about being pushed onto a mattress where actors simulated raping them at an "edgy" haunted house in northeast Ohio has led to the suspension of the actors involved.The Akron Beacon Journal reports Akron Fright Fest owner Jeremy Caudill says he was …
ATLANTA (AP) — A passenger traveling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig's head in baggage at the world's busiest airport.The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Agriculture Detector dog named Hardy alerted to the baggage at Atlanta's …
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials are trying to determine how a young antelope named Taylor Swift managed to get out of its enclosure at the Sacramento Zoo.The bongo calf's escape led officials to briefly close the zoo Sunday.Zoo spokeswoman Laurel Vincent tells the Sacramento Bee the …
ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say a cow that hoofed it for two weeks on the lam after a livestock truck overturned on a busy interstate junction north of Atlanta has been caught.News outlets report 89 cows initially escaped when the tractor-trailer wrecked before dawn on Oct. 1 on a cloverleaf …
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.The pig was running around a neighborhood when the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office received the call Saturday.One of the deputies had Doritos in her lunch bag. Video …
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It was a classic case of a ham on the lam.Police in Maine's capital city are looking for the owner of a 50-pound piglet that wore itself out while dodging traffic Saturday evening after presumably escaping.The Portland Press Herald reports Augusta police went door to …
WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A survey that asked fifth-grade students in Vermont about their sexual history, preference and gender identity has drawn complaints from parents.The survey sent to Windsor Elementary School students was conducted by WISE, a nonprofit domestic violence prevention and …
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween.The nearly 4,000-square-foot (371-sqare-meter) home built in 1638 was once the home of John Proctor, who was convicted of witchcraft and hanged in 1692. …

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