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  • To ring in New Year, town will drop a giant nail

    WEST FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year’s Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion. The Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1zLN2tm) reports West Fairview plans to…

  • Farmers say Christmas trees make great goat snacks

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Western Colorado goat farmers say Christmas trees make great snacks for their herds, and they’re offering to collect them from homes in the Grand Valley. Nevelle Hopper of the Lil…

  • Olympian swimmer attends pajama party in Speedo

    WASHINGTON — Never underestimate Michael Phelps’ ability to make a splash. The Olympian swimmer who was recently convicted of drunk driving and lost  his driver’s license for 18 months, posted an Instagram photo of himself…

  • Techie surprises parents by paying off their mortgage

    WASHINGTON — The holidays came with a rush of tears and happiness for this couple, as their son — a successful tech entrepreneur — gave mom and dad the gift of a lifetime. According to a…

  • Dog not gone: Rescue in the Columbia Gorge

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by…

  • Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn’t dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees. “They’ll eat the pine needles and leave…

  • Paws by Claus: Santa delivers for animal shelter

    MADISON, N.J. (AP) — Santa Claus went to work on Christmas Day for an animal shelter. Santa delivered dogs and cats as presents for the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/1zkOeii).…

  • Man in a kayak helps nab suspected mail thief

    SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff’s deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief. Q13 reports (http://is.gd/XNy7tv ) deputies received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that…

  • Snow-capped summits give Hawaii a white Christmas

    HONOLULU (AP) — A rare blizzard that dusted two island mountaintops gave tourists and residents in Hawaii a white Christmas. The blizzard has eased, but strong winds are blowing the snow around on two Big…

  • Kayaker rescued on pond with Charlie Brown cutout

    EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts fire officials have come to the rescue of a capsized kayaker who may have been trying to install a Charlie Brown cutout on a raft that holds a Christmas tree…

  • Jack Daniels’ son is Jim Beam

    GRAY, La. (AP) — A man named after whiskey has named his son for bourbon. Thirty-one-year-old Jack Daniels Leathers of Gray says he and his 23-year-old wife, Lydia Leathers, chose the name well before their…

  • Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend — resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and…

  • Diamonds among donations in Salvation Army kettles

    BOSTON (AP) — In Massachusetts, it’s not just the treetops that are glistening this holiday season. It’s also the jewelry that’s being dropped in Salvation Army’s red kettles. The charity says donors dropped wedding and…

  • Holiday travel bid by man accused in naked fall

    BOSTON (AP) — A man who police say fell naked through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Logan International Airport and then assaulted an elderly man will not be going home for the holidays.…

  • Ohio township orders ‘Zombie Nativity’ taken down

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati township ordered a man to kill off his large “Zombie Nativity” scene. Sycamore Township has sent Jasen Dixon two notices of zoning violations. Officials said they received complaints about…