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  • 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 the following report on…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Man mistakenly sells mattress set with cat inside

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When an Oregon man sold his girlfriend’s mattress set for $100 because she was moving in with him, little did he realize her cat was hiding inside. While his girlfriend was…

  • Woman reunited with car stolen nearly 30 years ago

    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California woman was reunited with her classic Ford Mustang nearly 30 years after it was stolen, when a man tried to register the muscle car at a Department of Motor…

  • Sheriff: Thief of Rudolph statue caught red-handed

    GARDENA, Calif. (AP) — When officers found a stolen Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer statue, they certainly said its shiny nose was glowing. The 200-pound statue had been pilfered nearly two weeks ago from its perch…