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Puppy-Dog Tales

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 25,2013 - Three pit bulls escaped from a home In Washington

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Opportunity Knocks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 18,2013 - Hours after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a Transportation Security Administration screener, Jeff Soto, the public relations director of a marketing

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Firebuggery

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 11,2013 - The Army acknowledged that it caused a wildfire outside Fairbanks, Alaska, that forced the evacuation of 1,200 people, scorched some 80,000 acres and cost $5.5 million to suppress by conducting artillery training

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He's Got a Gub

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 4,2013 - Nearly 100 patrons fled a theater at a shopping mall in Tigard, Ore., when a woman shouted “gun” after a man in his 70s urinated on a 14-year-old boy during the movie Prisoners.

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When Gerbils on Treadmills Aren't Enough

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 28,2013 - Retired ExxonMobil vice president Ben Markham has figured out how to provide electricity to remote parts of Africa by harnessing children’s youthful energy. Markham, who runs the renewable-energy nonprofit Empower Playgrounds,

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Things That Go Boom

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 21,2013 - When a heating and air conditioning contractor heading to work in Virginia Beach, Va., pressed the key remote to unlock his truck’s door, the vehicle exploded, hurling parts into neighbors’ yards.

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The Price Is Spite

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 14,2013 - New York’s Suffolk County hoped to get at least $10 at an auction for a lot that’s only a foot wide but runs 1,885 feet from a highway to an Atlantic beachfront. It wound up selling for $120,000, however,

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Shortcomings

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 7,2013 - The International Paralympic Committee declared swimmer Victoria Allen, 19, ineligible for this summer’s world championships because she isn’t disabled enough.

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Unmanned Aerial Disasters

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Sep 30,2013 - Several people were injured during a running-of-the-bulls event in Dinwiddie County, Va., but not by the bulls. Sheriff’s Major William Knott said a camera-equipped drone crashed into the grandstand overlooking

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Revenge of the Dead

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Sep 23,2013 - A 51-year-old hunter who shot an elk outside Vernal, Utah, was trying to roll the 600-to-700-pound animal over when one of its antlers punctured his neck behind the jaw.
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