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  • 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) it was a mistake of human error. Vice Provost David Phillips said a contractor who works with Johns Hopkins on…

  • 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 fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets. For some owners, it’s…

  • 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 Tuesday afternoon, the agency received a call directing bell ringers to check a kettle in Doral, a Miami suburb. There,…

  • ‘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 president of cabin service and daughter of the company’s chairman, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from…

  • Dognapped! 13 puppies snatched from pet store

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say they have collared the humans responsible for snatching 13 puppies from a New Hampshire pet store in a smash-and-grab dognapping. A passer-by noticed a broken window at Bill’s Pet and Aquarium in Manchester on Tuesday morning and called police. Sgt. Brian O’Keefe tell WMUR-TV that an…

  • American pops question at Eiffel Tower ice-rink

    PARIS (AP) — It could have been a scene from fairytale movie “Frozen.” And an AP photographer snapping tourists at the Eiffel Tower’s Christmas ice-rink Tuesday happened upon the fairytale moment. Real estate agent Jon McAchran, 32, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, provoked instant applause when he got down on one frosty knee (and ice-skate) to…

  • Mystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops. A man wearing a cowboy hat walked into Marylou’s in Hyannis on Saturday and handed the worker behind the counter 15 envelopes, each containing a crisp $100 bill. Manager Victoria Grandy tells…

  • Goodwill workers find cremated remains in donation

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased’s next of kin, police said. Goodwill employees sorting through donated items Friday found two small, white boxes filled with cremains, Lafayette police Sgt. Grant Snyder told the Journal &…

  • Rings given to Salvation Army fetch $21K for toys

    BOSTON (AP) — Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these. A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston. A note accompanying the rings asked that the jewelry be sold and…

  • Massachusetts baby born at 10:11, 12-13-14

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple is celebrating the birth of their daughter with a numerically unusual birth time and date. Clare Elizabeth Keane was born at 10:11 a.m. Saturday — making her birth time and date 10:11, 12-13-14. Parents Jennie and Matthew Keane, of Uxbridge, hadn’t even thought of the possible numerical feat…

  • Residents hope Rudolph thieves caught red-handed

    ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — Thieves have made off with a statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that’s been a holiday fixture in a Los Angeles-area neighborhood for half a century. Residents of Rolling Hills Estates say the 200-pound wooden statue was taken sometime Friday night. The culprits left Rudolph’s broken antler behind. Resident…

  • Cleveland baby born at 10:11, 12/13/14

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Baby Hazel was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14. Seven-pound, 14-ounce Hazel Grace was born Saturday morning to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman at Cleveland’s Fairview Hospital. Her family already knew she’d be born on Saturday’s special date. They didn’t know she’d get the minute right, too. “Everyone is…

  • Montana baby born at 10:11, 12/13/14

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The time and date aligned for a baby girl born in Montana, and the infant’s weight came close to making the event even more unique. Quincy Kessler was born at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14. Even more remarkable, her birth weight, at 7.84 pounds, almost aligned…

  • Buildings evacuated after marriage proposal flop

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutchman’s attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was simply smashing. The unidentified lover in the central town of Ijsselstein rented a crane, planning to descend in front of his girlfriend’s bedroom window first thing Saturday morning, play her a song and then pop the question. Instead the crane toppled over, smashing…

  • Weddings, winning as easy as 12-13-14 for some

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — It’s rare. It’s orderly. And when it comes to remembering an anniversary date, it’s as easy as 12/13/14. Saturday’s Dec. 13, 2014, represents the last sequential calendar date for at least 20 years (Jan. 2, 2034) and another 89 years if waiting for Jan. 2, 2103. If a person has a…