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Odd World

  • Thai PM pats reporter on head, tugs his ear

    Thailand’s military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, is trying a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears.

  • This odd world: New Jersey’s land-lovin’ seal bound for Detroit

    A seal with a fondness for New Jersey beaches — and the food-sharing fishermen and beachgoers that come with them — is headed for Detroit after becoming a little too friendly with the locals.

  • California cat cafe is catnip for feline fans

    Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.

  • Mother, daughter give birth on same day

    A southwest Florida woman and her daughter both gave birth at the same hospital on the same day.

  • Australian surfer kicks shark as it bites his foot

    A 20-year-old competition surfer says he accidentally stepped on a shark's head before it bit him off the Australian east coast.

  • Man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

    He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card.

  • Drunken Santa zombie enters home

    Police have cited a 21-year-old man they say entered a St. Paul home drunk and dressed as a Santa Claus zombie, terrifying a 16-year-old girl who locked herself in a bathroom.

  • Man sends paper check years after rack thefts

    Some 54 years after stealing several newspaper racks, a US Navy veteran has sent a letter of apology and a check for $200 to The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida.

  • Patient takes wheel of ambulance

    Authorities say a patient wanting out of an Arizona hospital used an ambulance as his getaway vehicle.

  • East Java artist weds fairy

    Hundreds of locals, artists and government officials flocked to an old house in Sekaralas village in Ngawi, East Java, on Wednesday to attend a “wedding” between a 63-year-old local and peri — a pretty, fragrant, supernatural woman in Javanese mythology.

  • Woman dug up dad’s grave ‘with respect’

    A lawyer for a woman accused of ransacking the grave of her father in search of his “real will” wants a judge to suppress her written statement to police that she dug it up “with respect” and he “would be OK with it.”

  • California teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

    Deputies have arrested four young men — one adult and three juveniles — suspected of breaking into a California chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club.

  • Cow dies after being pelted with softballs

    Phoenix police say a family’s pet cow died after being pelted with softballs.

  • Man dies crossing street to funeral home

    Police in Delaware say a man has died after he was struck by a car while attempting to cross a street to get to a funeral home.

  • Slot machine saves gambler as police arrive

    A gambler in Germany has been saved from prison by a one-armed bandit. Police said Thursday that two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant.

  • Woman gives birth on freeway shoulder

    Marine Corps veteran Bolivar Vilchez was terrified as he helped his wife deliver their daughter on the side of a Southern California freeway.

  • Officials beg pastor, strip club to end feud

    Officials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other’s establishments over a years-long feud.

  • Woman flies plane on 90th birthday

    A central Florida woman celebrated her 90th birthday by flying a four-seat Cessna.

  • Two boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist

    Two juvenile suspects have confessed to picking clean a pumpkin patch that was cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers, police said Friday.

  • 100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen

    It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

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