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Fight with spider ends with police being called

A report of a potential violent domestic disturbance turned out to instead be one desperate Australian man's attempts to kill a "rather large" spider.

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Man pleads guilty to stealing brain samples, other tissue

A man who admitted to stealing human brain samples has been sentenced.

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Darth Vader robs Florida store

An armed would-be robber dressed as Darth Vader was arrested shortly after an altercation with a convenience store clerk Sunday night.

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Weather instrument falls from sky, bomb squad called in

An instrument used by the National Weather Service fell out of the sky in Philadelphia causing the bomb squad to check things out

Legos, Lego contest


Thieves steal $20,000 worth of Legos

Somebody took the rumored Lego shortage this holiday season very seriously.

Winnie-the-Pooh's skull goes on display, reveals sweet tooth

Royal College of Surgeons via CNN

Winnie-the-Pooh's skull goes on display

Fans of the adorable golden bear with an insatiable appetite for honey are in for a dose of reality.

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Kenyan motorists stuck in 3-day, 30-mile traffic jam

Think your evening commute is bad? Try being stuck in traffic for three days.



Gator crashes Fla. students' picnic

An uninvited picnic guest from the reptile kingdom had a sandwich craving, and a group of University of Florida students wasn't about to stand in the way.

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Sheriff writes parking ticket to himself

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke spotted a car illegally parked in a handicap space, so he wrote a ticket.

Pork banh mi sandwich


Police: Man threw sandwich in pizza place

You could call it a food fight fail.


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450 'hot' tamales seized at LAX

OK, the tamales might not have been hot, as in stolen, or hot in temperature (maybe lukewarm inside a suitcase?), but they were illegal in the eyes of U.S. customs officials nonetheless.


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    Lindsey Vonn: 'I still love Tiger Woods'

    American skiing's golden girl was once part of sport's ultimate power couple, and Lindsey Vonn looks back warmly on her relationship with golf superstar Tiger Woods.

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    By Christina Macfarlane and James Masters CNN
  • Diamond of the century too big to value

    1111 carat diamond

    Lucara Diamond via CNN

    Ten days after unearthing the biggest diamond in a century, Canadian mining company Lucara is still unable to put a value on the enormous stone.

  • Miss World contestant: China's barred me

    Anastasia Lin

    Anastasia Lin by VOA. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

    Is China afraid of a beauty queen?

  • Newborn found in Nativity scene at N.Y. church

    newborn baby hand holding parent's finger

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    A baby with an umbilical cord still attached was discovered this week in a Nativity scene at a New York church, according to church staff.

    Jose Moran, a custodian at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill in Queens, found a baby boy wrapped in towe...

  • 'Friendsgiving' -- America's new Thanksgiving trend

    Pie, crisp


    America has a new Thanksgiving trend: "Friendsgiving."

    Millennials love turkey, stuffing and pie so much that they're often doing the whole meal multiple times -- once with mom and dad and a second (or even third) time with friends.

    "It's essentially l...

  • 'Captain America: Civil War' trailer debuts on 'Kimmel'

    Cap signs an autograph

    Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

    Marvel's Avengers assembled on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and brought with them a few surprises.

    Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., who play Captain America and Iron Man, sat down with Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night to debut the new trailer for the next film in...

  • Just how deadly is the kissing bug?

    Kissing bug


    Deadly kissing bugs. You may have seen them popping up recently in your Facebook feed -- similar in appearance to a cockroach -- as reports are shared about the insects possibly invading a state near you. But, just how deadly are they?

  • Why Black Friday lines could be even worse this year

    Target Black Friday shoppers

    Jennifer Liberto/CNNMoney

    As if shopping on Black Friday isn't stressful enough. This year, shoppers could face even longer check-out lines thanks to the recent credit card upgrade.

  • Viral Facebook app panned as 'privacy nightmare'

    Facebook graphic illustration

    John Sanders/CNN

    A Facebook app downloaded by 17 million people can be a serious privacy risk, according to news outlets and users.

  • Obama sings on Coldplay's next album

    Chris Martin Obama

    Joe Raedle and Theo Wargo/Getty Images

    Coldplay is set to give an amateur crooner from Washington, D.C., his big break.

  • 'Horror movie' spider invasion creeps out neighborhood

    Spiders take over neighborhood

    WMC via Newsource

    If you're scared of spiders, one's enough. Two? That's cause for a squishing party. Thousands? Millions? Time to really freak out.

  • Google plants 'Star Wars' Easter egg

    Google Star Wars Easter egg


    Google "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away" from a Chrome browser, and you'll see one of the better jokes that Google has hidden in its search code.

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  • Canned food


    Food you're tossing too early

    Americans are wasting more food than ever, thanks partly to confusion over expiration dates. Find out which food you may be tossing too early.

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  • Remember the No. 1 pop hits of 1990?

    Sinead O'Connor, 2003

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    It may be hard to believe, but it's already been 25 years since the likes of Sinéad O'Connor, Wilson Phillips and Vanilla Ice topped the charts. Take a look back at who else produced the top pop hits of 1990.

  • What to know: Laquan McDonald case

    Chicago McDonald protests


    Protesters took to the streets of Chicago after police released a graphic dashcam video showing an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Here is what you need to know about the case.

  • Top 10 fastest-selling albums

    Adele 25 via CNN

    Adele's "25" has topped the 15-year-old single-week sales record set by *NSYNC's "No Strings Attached," selling more than 2.5 million copies since its Friday release. Check out the rest of the top 10 fastest-selling albums in America.

  • 2015 Thanksgiving, Black Friday hours for major retailers

    woman shopping at toy store

    Gregg Canes/CNN

    Black Friday is nearly here, although it will once again be more like "Black Thanksgiving" this year given store hours. Check out the store hours announced for 2015 by major retailers.

  • Holiday foods to keep away from pets


    Thanksgiving is all about friends and family -- and food, of course -- but there are some goodies you need to keep away from pets.

  • Notable food recalls


    Rich Brooks/CNN

    Health investigators say a handful of cases of E. coli have been linked back to chicken salad sold at Costco. Here are some other recent food recalls.

  • Tips for braving stormy holiday travel

    Road trip vacation, car on map

    iStock / Bosca78

    AAA estimates that 3.6 million people will be flying this Thanksgiving, and close to 42 million will be on the roads. With all those people traveling, stormy weather could make for huge delays and headaches. Follow these tips from CNN for (hopefully) calm travels this holiday week.


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