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Town holds wake services for beloved duck

He quacked, ate gratuitously, was good with the hens and in general, lived life to the fullest.



72k ladybugs released in senior prank

Was it funny or is it just bugging you?



'WTF' in the dictionary?! That's 'clickbait'

It's official: WTF is in the dictionary. It's short for an informal phrase that starts with "what the ..." and is "used especially to express or describe outraged surprise, recklessness, confusion, or bemusement."

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Elephant grabs man's camera, takes 'elphie'

Plenty of tourists have snapped a selfie of themselves posing with an elephant during their travels. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has done it.

But how many have had their photo taken by the elephant?

Christian LeBlanc, a 22-year-old Canadian...

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Sword-wielding man robs Dunkin' Donuts

A man wearing black tights, a pink wig and wielding a small sword robbed a suburban Chicago Dunkin' Donuts Thursday morning, according to

Man grabs driver, turns him over to police


Pedestrian halts suspect in low-speed chase; LAPD cuffs him, too

Halt! A pedestrian stopped a motorist evading California police Friday evening by calmly stepping in front of his car. The chase ended, when police cuffed the man behind the wheel -- and the man who stopped him.

They took them both of them in, aerial ...

Birthday party, balloons, decorations


Flying feces ruins Sweet 16

A Sweet 16 birthday party quickly turned sour after flying feces rained down on the gathering.



Stuffed tiger prompts 911 call

A giant -- and very realistic looking -- stuffed animal prompted some panic in southwest Washington state.


Man rescued after 4 days in storm drain

A man stuck four days in a storm drain in Nashville, Tennesee was rescued, according to an Associated Press report.

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Russian bailiffs seize cat over owner's unpaid debt

Behind with your loan repayments? Watch out ... Russia might seize your designer cat!

State debt collectors in Russia confiscated a man's pedigree cat on Monday after he defaulted on debt of 200,000 rubles ($4,071).

"Despite repeated warnings from the ...

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Airbnb rental floats down River Thames

Need a crash pad in London this weekend?


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Joao Sousa v Joao Souza gives umpire headache

Spare a thought for the umpire who presided over Monday's first-round match at the Geneva Open -- between Joao Sousa and Joao Souza.

Portugal's sixth seed Sousa came up against Souza of Brazil in the first ever meeting between the pair, with the forme...


Racist letter tells NY family to move from neighborhood


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    Live anthrax inadvertently sent by military

    Four Defense Department workers have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples in the past several days.

    CNN learned on Wednesday a Maryland-base...

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    By Barbara Starr CNN Pentagon Correspondent
  • Holloway's dad opens up about new lead

    Natalee Holloway

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    It's been 10 years since Natalee Holloway vanished while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, and after a decade of false hopes and dead ends, her father has never stopped looking for her.

  • Reports: Bacon assaults man over piece of sausage

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    A New Jersey man was arrested and accused of assault after fighting over a piece of sausage, USA Today and the Huffington Post reported.

  • Mystery drone drops cash

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    It wasn't just Mother Nature making it rain in Grand Rapids, Michigan Tuesday.

  • The text you never want to get on your iPhone

    iPhone 6

    From Apple

    You can crash someone's iPhone with a mere text message.

  • America's 10 fastest-growing cities


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    Don't mess with Texas: it's got several of America's fastest growing cities.

  • Delta pilot orders pizza for delayed flight

    Delta pilots order pizza

    Riley Vasquez

    Diverted because of bad weather in Atlanta, a Delta Air Lines pilot and airport crew turned to the classic solution for many a grumpy passenger: pizza.

    As torrential rains swept through Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, some flights were delayed arriving ...

  • Will Amy Schumer be the next Bachelorette?

    Amy Schumer Bachlorette

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    The day after comedian Amy Schumer appeared on ABC's "The Bachelorette," the Internet was all a twitter about her becoming the show's next star.

  • Woman uses own obituary to defend Tom Brady

    Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    A Massachusetts woman used her own obituary to defend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's reputation in the wake of the "Deflategate" scandal.

  • Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe to help re-sign Russell Wilson

    Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback

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    Many fans complain about how overpaid their favorite players are, but a group of Seattle fans are actually trying to raise more money for their star quarterback.

  • Family gets letter: 'You don't belong here'

    Racist letter sent to family (cropped)

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    Ronica Copes and her family have lived in their Long Island home for almost two years. But just last week, they received the most unwelcoming letter in the mail:

    "Attn: African-American family," the letter said in all caps. "Lindenhurst is 84% white p...

  • Man stolen as baby reunited 41 years later

    Baby's hand

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    It was a hug kept on hold for more than 41 years. The hug of a mother and son whose lives were abruptly separated four decades ago.

    Nelly Reyes had been waiting for hours in the international arrivals lounge at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airp...

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