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at 10:20 on August 22, 2014, EDT.

Costa Rica not amused by Swedish comedy show's use of national anthem

STOCKHOLM - A Swedish TV network has apologized to Costa Rica for using the Central American country's national anthem to promote a comedy show.

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at 08:13 on August 22, 2014, EDT.

German court upholds eviction of man for use of squeaky swing set in apartment as sex prop

BERLIN - A German court says a landlady was within her rights to evict a man for persistently using a squeaky swing set in his apartment late at night as a sex prop.

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at 13:46 on August 20, 2014, EDT.

Police: Albuquerque man rode stolen electric shopping cart to visit with probation officer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man is facing charges after police say he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with his probation officer.

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at 13:44 on August 20, 2014, EDT.

Nicotine hit: Thief steals $12K worth of cigarettes from Saskatchewan store

MACKLIN, Sask. - Police say a thief has made off with $12,000 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store in west-central Saskatchewan.

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at 09:40 on August 20, 2014, EDT.

86-year-old Utah woman writes steamy romance novel about bored housewife

SALT LAKE CITY - An 86-year-old Utah woman became a first-time novelist by writing a steamy romance novel about a bored housewife.

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at 10:26 on August 19, 2014, EDT.

New Jersey man celebrates 101st birthday by going to same job he's worked for 73 years

EAST HANOVER, N.J. - Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job.

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at 17:55 on August 18, 2014, EDT.

US man celebrates 101st birthday by going to same job he's worked for 73 years

EAST HANOVER, N.J. - Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job.

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at 12:36 on August 18, 2014, EDT.

Owl enters 10th story apartment in Coeur d'Alene, kills pet canary in cage, residents say

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - An owl flew into a 10th story apartment in Coeur d'Alene, apparently opened a bird cage and killed one of two canaries inside, the residents said.

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at 10:06 on August 17, 2014, EDT.

Sweet job: Cambridge University seeks doctoral student to study the fundamentals of chocolate

LONDON - Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?

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at 14:55 on August 15, 2014, EDT.

Los Angeles considers cold hard cash to reverse tepid turnout in local elections

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets.

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at 18:08 on August 14, 2014, EDT.

Massachusetts officials announce winners of contest for humorous highway safety messages

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet important driver safety messages for electronic highway message boards.

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at 14:05 on August 14, 2014, EDT.

Santa Claus and Rockettes stop traffic in NYC to promote Radio City Music Hall show

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The calendar says August, but that didn't stop Santa Claus from visiting midtown Manhattan and snarling a section of Sixth Avenue, much to the bafflement of tourists and the frustration of drivers forced to idle their vehicles.

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