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Dog wins third mayoral term in Minnesota

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CORMORANT, Minn. (UPI) -- Duke easily won his third term as mayor of the town of Cormorant, Minn. over the weekend, locals said.

Duke, a nine-year-old Great Pyrenees, has one of the highest approval rates in the country as he ended his second term as mayor, locals said.

"I don't know who would run against him because he's done such great ...Read more

Seven people ride on same motorcycle in Chinese city

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HEZHOU, China (UPI) -- Drivers in a Chinese city were treated to a bizarre sight when a motorcycle drove down the street carrying an entire family of seven people.

Traffic cameras and other drivers captured footage Aug. 5 of the motorcycle traveling down a Hezhou, Guangxi Province, road with a full compliment of passengers.

None of the seven ...Read more

Norwegian King's Guard promotes king penguin to brigadier at Scottish zoo

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EDINBURGH, Scotland (UPI) -- A king penguin knighted by the Norwegian King's Guard in 2008 was given a new rank at his Scottish zoo home: Brigadier.

Nils Olav, the third king penguin at the Edinburgh Zoo to bear his name and serve as mascot of the Norwegian King's Guard since 1972, was promoted to brigadier Monday morning by King's Guard ...Read more

100-year-old tortoise walks 6.5 miles for romance with plastic dome

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FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) -- A 100-year-old tortoise that escaped her owner's California yard was found 6 1/2 miles away attempting to romantically court a small dome.

Nancy Knauss said the tortoise, Touche, wandered out of her Fresno yard when a gardener left the gate open and the pet went on a slow-speed excursion across town.

Knauss said it took...Read more

Police officer uses jacket to tackle injured red-tailed hawk

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (UPI) -- A West Virginia police officer used a jacket to safely tackle an injured red-tailed hawk, and the caught-on-camera incident was set to some appropriate music.

The Charleston Police Department posted a video to Facebook showing Cpl. T. Hawley carefully approaching a female hawk from the rear in the middle of the four ...Read more

Study: Ramen noodles replacing cigarettes as primary currency among U.S. prison population

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TUCSON (UPI) -- A U.S. study indicates cigarettes are being replaced as currency among state prisoners by another highly-coveted item -- instant ramen noodles.

Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona School of Sociology, said ramen noodles are on the rise as a form of currency among male inmates in U.S. state ...Read more

KFC creates chicken-scented 'Extra Crispy' sunscreen

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UPI) -- Fried chicken chain KFC is venturing into non-edible goods with its latest product -- "Extra Crispy' sunscreen designed to smell like chicken.

The chain tweeted an announcement Monday offering the KFC Col. Sanders' Extra Crispy SPF 30 sunscreen for free on a special website, and the run of 3,000 was advertised as ...Read more

Hersheypark roller coaster stops mid-ride, 27 passengers evacuated

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HERSHEY, Pa. (UPI) -- More than two dozen people were stranded on a roller coaster at Pennsylvania's Hersheypark when the ride malfunctioned in mid-run.

A photo and video captured Monday by park-goer Jen Coates shows 27 riders stranded on the Sidewinder roller coaster after it came to a halt due to a malfunction.

The park said all the ...Read more

Mystery monkey on the loose evades authorities in Georgia

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ALBANY, Ga. (UPI) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is warning residents to be on the lookout for an unusual non-native species -- a monkey on the loose.

The DNR released a statement Monday saying the monkey, possibly a Rhesus macaque, has been spotted on the loose in the Albany area numerous times in recent days.

One resident ...Read more

Maine police warn of large snake on the loose after skin discovery

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WESTBROOK, Maine (UPI) -- A Maine police department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a large snake after a large shed skin was found by a local citizen.

The Westbrook Police Department posted a photo of the snake skin to Facebook, saying it was discovered Saturday by a resident along the Presumpscot River, near Riverbank Park.

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Woman cleans out messy purse, finds $157,000 lottery ticket

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KILKENNY, Ireland (UPI) -- An Irish woman said she might have missed out on a $157,000 lottery jackpot if she hadn't decided to clean the clutter out of her purse.

The Kilkenny woman, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed her $157,418 prize Monday at the National Lottery office in Dublin after a weekend purse cleaning yielded several lottery ...Read more

VIDEO: Hundreds of 'Pokemon Go' players stampede through Taiwan street for rare monster

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (UPI) -- A Pokemon Go player in Taiwan captured video showing a flood of fellow players stampeding through a street to catch a rare Pokemon.

The video, posted to Facebook, shows hundreds of people streaming through a street in Taipei Saturday when a Snorlax, a hard-to-find variety of digital monster in the augmented reality game,...Read more

Woman removes rock-like object from her belly button

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MOORE, Okla. (UPI) -- An Oklahoma woman who found a strange object growing in her belly button posted video of the rock-like growth being pulled out with tweezers.

Jamie Davis of Moore appeared in a video posted to YouTube Sunday showing how she used tweezers to remove a rock-like object she found filling her belly-button cavity.

"It has its ...Read more

VIDEO: Bear cub plays with backyard rope swing in New Hampshire

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HANOVER, N.H. (UPI) -- A bear cub strolling through a New Hampshire yard with its mother and siblings took a few moments to play with the residents' rope swing.

The Hanover resident captured video of the bear cub attempting to climb on the swing and pulling on the rope while walking upright.

The resident said the mother bear and her three cubs...Read more

Louisiana man finds armadillo hiding from flood inside wall of home

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ST. AMANT, La. (UPI) -- A man surveying flood damage at a Louisiana home discovered an armadillo that had taken shelter inside one of the walls of the house.

A video posted to Instagram by Dustin Anderson shows a man check out the damage to Anderson's St. Amant home after recent rains brought heavy flooding to the area.

The man discovers an ...Read more

VIDEO: Lion cub plays with otter at Florida facility

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MIAMI (UPI) -- A Miami wildlife nonprofit shared video of the unlikely friendship between a pair of exotic creatures -- a lion cub and an otter.

The Zoological Wildlife Foundation posted a video to Facebook of the lion cub and otter playing together at the facility.

The video shows the lion cub struggle to get out from beneath a blanket before...Read more

Angler uses drone to catch smallmouth bass

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MONTREAL (UPI) -- A Canadian drone enthusiast demonstrated his drone fishing technique by using his quadcopter to land a large smallmouth bass.

David Freiheit of Montreal said he wanted to attempt an "Internet first" Friday when he attached some fishing line with a jitterbug lure to his drone and flew it over Lake Champlain.

The video shows ...Read more

Bridge-crossing crocodile blocks car full of tourists

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KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, Australia (UPI) -- A group of tourists driving through an Australian park were brought to a halt by a crocodile that insisted on crossing a bridge before them.

The video, filmed Thursday, shows a car of tourists approach the bridge over Kakadu National Park's Alligator River, which the filmer said was named by someone who ...Read more

VIDEO: Blood-sucking insects form 'mosquito tornadoes' in Russian city

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YEKATERINBURG, Russia (UPI) -- Massive numbers of blood-sucking insects swarmed together in a Russian city to create a series of "mosquito tornadoes" on the horizon.

The video, filmed Aug. 13 in Yekaterinburg, shows the mosquitoes gathered into huge groups around sunset.

The swarms form into spiral-like clouds that resemble tornadoes spinning ...Read more

VIDEO: Fisherman records bald eagle grabbing fish out of the water

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OROVILLE, Calif. (UPI) -- A California fisherman captured footage of a majestic bald eagle swooping down to catch a surprised fish in its talons.

Bo Newsom, star of the Wild West Bass Trail show, posted a video to YouTube showing the footage he recorded in California's Lake Oroville.

The video shows a bald eagle swoop down and skim the surface...Read more