Impressive Animals: #2 Purple squirrel


A purple squirrel was found in a Pennsylvania backyard, and folks were flummoxed as to how it got its unusual coloring. One theory: It fell into a portable toilet. The couple who caught the squirrel took a photograph that stirred much debate, and then released the squirrel back into the wild. Its whereabouts are unknown, and the local game commission refuses to launch a hunt for it.

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  • Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement says Obama
    Russia not abiding by Geneva agreement says Obama

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama accused Russia on Thursday of failing to respect an agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, the latest salvo in the Cold War-like duel between Washington and Moscow over the future of the ex-Soviet nation. Obama's comments came as the interior and defence ministries said Thursday Ukraine's military clashed with pro-Kremlin rebels in two eastern towns overnight. Obama said Washington was ready to slap fresh sanctions on Moscow, a day after Russia, which has massed tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, warned that it was ready to strike if its interests were attacked.

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    ‘Her crazy’: Florida woman goes on rampage after storeowner won’t exchange dollar bills for her jar of …

    This past Monday, a woman became furious with a storeowner when he declined to exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins.

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