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at 18:14 on October 24, 2014, EDT.

Cockroach disrupts Chicago City Hall during pest control chief's budget address

CHICAGO - A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives.


at 14:10 on October 23, 2014, EDT.

'Pilfered' pumpkins put to use pleasing pigs' palates in New Hampshire after misunderstanding

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. - A pilfered pumpkin caper in New Hampshire was just a misunderstanding that put some pounds on a passel of pigs.


at 03:31 on October 23, 2014, EDT.

Not so scary now: New bones show mysterious dinosaur was really a goofy duckbill giant

WASHINGTON - Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws.


at 16:53 on October 22, 2014, EDT.

Pennsylvania bank robber who bummed cigarette during escape gets 10 years in prison

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.


at 16:51 on October 22, 2014, EDT.

Missouri funeral director sending dad's ashes out with a bang as part of fireworks display

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father's ashes, anyway.


at 22:28 on October 21, 2014, EDT.

Elusive pet bobcat again escapes from its southern New Jersey home, darts into wooded area

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A pet bobcat that has repeatedly escaped from its owner's southern New Jersey home is again on the loose.


at 13:39 on October 21, 2014, EDT.

Pennsylvania convenience store clerk gets bandit to bug off by spraying her with insecticide

BERLIN, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide.


at 14:52 on October 16, 2014, EDT.

Hot dog! Dublin cinema that fired worker for discounted snack ordered to pay more than $25,000

DUBLIN - An Irish cinema may have just bought the world's most expensive hot dog for an unfairly fired worker.


at 13:29 on October 16, 2014, EDT.

Police: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-masked man used stick to rob Louisiana convenience store

LAFAYETTE, La. - "Cowabunga!"


at 13:29 on October 16, 2014, EDT.

Ex-Pennsylvania county inmate gets state prison sentence for using name confusion to escape

UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 9 to 24 months in state prison for taking advantage of county jail guards who were confused by her similar-sounding name and released her to a bail bondsman looking for another inmate.


at 12:22 on October 15, 2014, EDT.

Connecticut man accused of taking mop from hotel employee, 'mopping aggressively' at her feet

BRISTOL, Conn. - A Connecticut man is facing charges after police said he grabbed a mop out of a hotel employee's hands and was "mopping aggressively" over the worker's shoes.


at 20:59 on October 14, 2014, EDT.

Priuses, Beemers, and emus? 6-foot-tall bird captured in Southern California traffic

TUSTIN, Calif. - It's not every day you see a 6-foot-tall bird running in traffic.


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