U.S. helped imprisoned Cuban spy artificially inseminate wife

December 23, 2014

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – The United States helped a Cuban spy imprisoned in California artificially inseminate his wife back in Cuba, a goodwill gesture while Washington and Havana were engaged in secret talks on restoring diplomatic ties, U.S. officials said on Monday. Now Gerardo Hernandez and his wife, Adriana Perez, are expecting...
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Loose bear eludes capture in Phoenix suburb

December 22, 2014

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have given up trying to capture a bear that was running through a Phoenix suburb much of Monday morning. Mesa Police Department spokesman Steve Flores said a driver called authorities to report the bear running wild around 7 a.m. Officers from three agencies then tried to capture the animal,...
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Rudolph stamps guide tiny post office to success

December 22, 2014
Rudolph stamps guide tiny post office to success

RUDOLPH, Wis. (AP) — This seems to be Rudolph’s Christmas. The post office in this tiny central Wisconsin village that shares the name with the most famous reindeer of all has seen an uptick in business this season. Usually, the post office gets 10,000 cards for their mid-month special cancellation postmark. This year, there...
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Belgian PM shrugs off fries-and-mayo attack

December 22, 2014

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Anti-austerity protesters got close enough to Belgium’s prime minister on Monday to splatter him with a helping of the national dish – fries and mayo. Pictures from the business event in Namur showed Charles Michel, 39, smiling as a woman squirted sauce over his suit. His spokesman said he would not...
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Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs

December 22, 2014

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions. A review of...
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New Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets

December 22, 2014

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on a holiday display in New Jersey. Tweets will turn on a 9-foot Christmas tree, menorah and over 1,000 LED lights at Oxford Communications in Lambertville and also turn them off. The company says it designed the display with the...
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Leg lamp stolen from New York store’s display

December 22, 2014

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Who took the leg lamp belonging to Ralphie’s “Old Man” from a New York store’s annual tribute to “A Christmas Story”? The owner of the Yankee Spirits liquor store in North Tonawanda says his annual window display honoring the holiday classic includes memorabilia from the 1983 film, including several...
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