• Bar scales back 'free shot per goal' promotion after U.S. 13-0 win
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    Bar scales back 'free shot per goal' promotion after U.S. 13-0 win

    The American Social Bar & Kitchen used its social media page for the promotion, clearly not expecting the U.S. to rack up the tournament's biggest-ever win in their opening game in Reims, France on Tuesday. The rampant U.S. team, a traditional powerhouse of women's football, face unfancied Chile

  • Fowl ref! Scotland bring out the rubber chickens at World Cup
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    Fowl ref! Scotland bring out the rubber chickens at World Cup

    Footage posted on the Scottish national team's Facebook site showed players haring around the training field in a bizarre game of tag in which they attempt to avoid being touched, or in some cases whacked, by the squeaky rubber fowl. "Do not get touched by the chicken," yells a coach in

  • Actress Jenny Slate to address island graduating class of 1
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    Actress Jenny Slate to address island graduating class of 1

    CUTTYHUNK ISLAND, Mass. (AP) — The single graduating student on a tiny Massachusetts island is nonetheless receiving the star treatment.

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    Family discovers graduation cake made of plastic foam

    PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A Texas family could have used a saw instead of a knife to slice a graduation cake from Walmart that was made of plastic foam.

  • Lift those knees: Babies crawl to the Lithuanian finish line
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    Lift those knees: Babies crawl to the Lithuanian finish line

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — In Lithuania, the rat race of life apparently starts early.

  • Principal: I accidentally plagiarized Ashton Kutcher speech
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    Principal: I accidentally plagiarized Ashton Kutcher speech

    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class says he didn't mean to use someone else's work.

  • Gator busts through kitchen window, breaks bottles of wine
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    Gator busts through kitchen window, breaks bottles of wine

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an 11-foot (3.4-meter) alligator busted through a kitchen window and broke several bottles of red wine in a Florida home before it was captured.

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    Air Force: Obscene contrails above Phoenix unintentional

    PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Air Force officials say their pilots did not intentionally draw male anatomy with aircraft contrails in the skies above the Phoenix area.

  • Seattle man builds fence around car-share vehicle at duplex
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    Seattle man builds fence around car-share vehicle at duplex

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man took exception to a car-share vehicle that was parked without permission at his duplex. So he built a fence around it.

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    Polish activists try to save cows condemned to death

    A herd of about 180 free-roaming cows in Poland must be slaughtered, authorities have ruled, to the dismay of activists fighting to save them as a cause celebre for animal rights. Left to wander fields in the western municipality of Deszczno for years, the cows are a threat to public safety and the

  • Never-ending reading: Oregon GOP tries to tie up Legislature
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    Never-ending reading: Oregon GOP tries to tie up Legislature

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republicans have forced a clerk in the Oregon Legislature to read aloud every word in nearly every piece of legislation, giving granular details about farm loans, motor vehicle taxes and other government minutiae as the minority party uses the stalling tactic to try to gain leverage

  • Associated Press

    Snake slithers out of toilet, bites Florida man on arm

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a ball python slithered out of a toilet and bit a South Florida man on the arm.

  • Reuters

    Polish activists try to save cows condemned to death

    A herd of about 180 free-roaming cows in Poland must be slaughtered, authorities have ruled, to the dismay of activists fighting to save them as a cause celebre for animal rights. Left to wander fields in the western municipality of Deszczno for years, the cows are a threat to public safety and the

  • Associated Press

    Road closes when bee boxes fall off university truck

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Traffic was disrupted in a Washington state city when boxes holding thousands of bees fell off a truck.

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    Duvets discarded, cushions thrown at Japan's Pillow Fighting Championship

    In the small fishing town of Ito, 150 kilometers south of Tokyo, teams gathered from across the region to compete in the event that has been one of Japan's quirkiest since 2013. "(My team) are all married and brought their children and families today to enjoy a day out." Team 'BlancWhite

  • Ready, aim, oops! Historic tank turns lemon-lime yellow
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    Ready, aim, oops! Historic tank turns lemon-lime yellow

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A Korean War era tank owned by the West Virginia National Guard has turned bright lemon-lime yellow. The reason was a mystery until the sponsor of a science fiction club at Bluefield State College owned up to the mistake in a letter to The Bluefield Daily Telegraph .

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    Police: Man drove drunk to pick up woman charged with DWI

    HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man drove drunk to a New Jersey police station where he was picking up a woman who had been charged with drunken driving.

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    Someone breaks into home, takes nothing, gives it good scrub

    MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Whoever broke into a Massachusetts man's home last week didn't take a thing. They did, however, leave the house spotless.

  • Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium
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    Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

    LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale.

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    Fugitive says he'll surrender if people like wanted poster

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police department has reached a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that at least one expert calls unethical.

  • Belgian monks resurrect brewery after two century break
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    Belgian monks resurrect brewery after two century break

    Belgian monks at the Grimbergen abbey are on the verge of brewing beer again after a break of more than 200 years. "For us, it's important to look to the heritage, to the tradition of the fathers for brewing beer because it was always here," Father Karel Stautemas told Reuters on Tuesday

  • Polish sextuplets surprise parents and doctors expecting five
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    Polish sextuplets surprise parents and doctors expecting five

    Poland's first sextuplets on record, two boys and four girls, were born in the southern city of Krakow on Monday to the surprise of parents and doctors who had expected five babies. "We have already made some preparation at home with five children in mind so now we'll have to rearrange

  • Eiffel Tower climber in custody after daring ascent
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    Eiffel Tower climber in custody after daring ascent

    Rescuers successfully talked down a man who scaled the upper heights of the Eiffel Tower on Monday, forcing the monument's evacuation, and handed him over to police. Television channels ran live shots as rescuers perched on the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower's wrought-iron struts, just below the

  • Rescuers try to talk down Eiffel Tower climber
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    Rescuers try to talk down Eiffel Tower climber

    Rescuers were trying to talk down a man who scaled the Eiffel Tower on Monday and forced the monument's evacuation. Live television images showed one specialist fireman and another rescuer perched on the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower's wrought-iron struts, just below the highest viewing platform

  • Van passenger impaled by tripod on California freeway
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    Van passenger impaled by tripod on California freeway

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van.