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  • Leg lamp stolen from New York store’s display

    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Who took the leg lamp belonging to Ralphie’s “Old Man” from a New York store’s annual tribute to “A Christmas Story”? The owner of the Yankee Spirits liquor store in…

  • New Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on a holiday display in New Jersey. Tweets will turn on a 9-foot Christmas tree, menorah and over 1,000 LED lights…

  • Officials: Missing dog was dyed to deceive

    SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners —…

  • Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday…

  • Man without use of arms facing gun charge released

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who can’t use his arms because of a spinal condition and faces a gun possession charge was released from jail without having to pay bail on Friday. Marcus Hubbard…

  • Judge says pet bobcat Rocky must live at the zoo

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has escaped from its owner’s home multiple times since April will be made to live at a zoo, a judge ruled Friday, and its owner will…

  • Gold tooth dropped into Missouri donation kettle

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Salvation Army spokesman says someone has dropped a gold tooth into a holiday collection kettle. Spokesman Rick Carroll said Thursday that he’s found diamond rings, silver bars and four-leaf…

  • Dog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting

    SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek (KAHS’-eh-sec) says the bullet struck Richard L.…

  • Broken treetop hanging on wire gets holiday decor

    INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Some Washington state residents are getting in the holiday spirit by decorating a Douglas fir that toppled onto an unused utility line in a recent windstorm and looks like an…

  • Worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist

    GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — Fire officials say a fuel delivery worker in New Hampshire sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him back out. Greenland Deputy…

  • Germany: 73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment

    BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn’t expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: 33 kilos (nearly 73 pounds) of cocaine. Police in the German capital said Thursday that…

  • Johns Hopkins mistakenly welcomes wrong students

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University mistakenly sent nearly 300 applicants welcome messages when they were actually rejected or deferred, and now the school has issued an apology. University officials told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1vYGr7q)…

  • Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet…

  • Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) — In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace. On…

  • ‘Nut rage’ gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Korean Air Lines executive’s tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii’s $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Cho Hyun-ah, an airline vice…