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  • Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Goats are known to eat just about anything. But until recently it didn’t dawn on longtime Truckee Meadows volunteer firefighter Vince Thomas that they might go for Christmas trees. Turns out,…

  • 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…

  • Chugging eggnog sends Utah man to hospital

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man says he’s fully recovered after he was hospitalized for chugging a quart of eggnog so quickly that he inhaled some of creamy holiday beverage into his lungs.…

  • Samuel Adams-era time capsule to be opened Jan. 6

    BOSTON (AP) — Officials in Massachusetts say they’ll reveal the contents of a time capsule dating to 1795 and believed placed by Samuel Adams and other Revolutionary War luminaries early next month. The state and…

  • Salvation Army: Boston jewelry gifts ‘contagious’

    BOSTON (AP) — What started with a widow quietly dropping her wedding rings into a Salvation Army donation kettle has spawned spontaneous acts of jewelry generosity this holiday season. Boston’s feel-good Christmas story took a…

  • West Virginia troopers hand out $100 bills

    PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Several people got a surprise when they were pulled over by West Virginia State Police troopers: Instead of a ticket, they got a $100 bill. First Sgt. M.R. Crowder tells the…

  • German police hunt stolen pigeon worth $184,000

    BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany are looking for a missing pigeon, and any finder could be in line for a 10,000-euro ($12,250) reward. Duesseldorf police said Tuesday that the 6-year-old male homing pigeon, named…

  • 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…