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New Jersey teen reels in 250-pound shark with help from dad

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EMERSON, N.J. (UPI) -- A 13-year-old boy fishing with his dad on New Jersey's Long Beach Island reeled in an estimated 250-pound shark with his rod.

Gianni Mandile, 13, of Emerson, was fishing with his dad Sunday morning when he hooked what he immediately guessed to be a shark.

"I started reeling it in and it didn't really feel that big at ...Read more

New York horse poop fire sparked by hot, dry weather

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THROOP, N.Y. (UPI) -- Environmental authorities in New York state hot and dry weather conditions caused a large pile of horse poop to spontaneously burst into flames.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said an officer responded to the town of Throop on July 5 to investigate complaints about a foul odor and smell coming from a ...Read more

Lawsuit filed in New York over handling of dachshund's $100,000 trust fund

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NEW YORK (UPI) -- The caretaker for a New York dachshund is suing the executor of the dog's late owner's estate over a $100,000 trust fund meant for the canine.

Virginia Hanlon, who inherited stewardship of dachshund Winnie Pooh when Patricia Bowers died in 2010, said her late friend designated $100,000 of her estate for the care of the dog, ...Read more

'Cupcake' the horse rescued from Colorado marsh

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AURORA, Colo. (UPI) -- Rescue crews in Colorado worked together to free a horse which had become stuck in mud after its owners rode it into a marsh.

South Metro Fire Rescue shared photos and video of the rescue to their Facebook page as they worked to pull Cupcake, the exhausted 13-year-old horse, out from the mud at Cherry Creek State Park.

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Bear goes for summer swim in California family's pool

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ARCADIA, Calif. (UPI) -- A bear in California tried to escape the summer heat by taking a leisurely swim in a family's backyard pool.

Arcadia Police Department shared video of the trespassing bear as it swam in circles in the large pool on Thursday morning.

"One of our residents spotted this visitor in their pool for a morning swim," they ...Read more

Colorado family find black bear closed inside their SUV

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EVERGREEN, Colo. (UPI) -- A Colorado couple woke up this week to a shocking discovery -- a bear that had closed itself inside their SUV.

David and Shaylee Meurer said the bear was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday, when David was getting ready for work at their Jefferson County home.

"This is the first time in my life that my husband woke me up...Read more

Boy holding food meets wrath of hungry seagulls on New Jersey beach

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SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (UPI) -- A young visitor to a New Jersey beach learned a valuable lesson about feeding seagulls when a piece of food held over his head caused the birds to descend on him.

The video, posted to Twitter by user @ohthatstricia, shows a young boy, identified by the uploader as her cousin, AJ, walking on a beach in Sea Isle City ...Read more

Gladstone the cat to defend British Treasury from mice

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LONDON (UPI) -- The British Treasury has joined Downing Street and the Foreign Office in naming a rescue cat to the office of Chief Mouser.

Gladstone the cat will join longtime government employee Larry and fellow new addition Palmerston in defending Britain's government offices from mice.

"Hello! I'm Gladstone, a charming, 18 month-old ...Read more

Job listing for assistant features unfortunate abbreviation

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LONDON (UPI) -- A charity in London posted a job listing in their window, but their choice to abbreviate the word "assistant" drew some unintended attention.

The sign posted outside of a British Heart Foundation location in Bromley read "Ass manager needed in Sidcup," Christopher Morfill highlighted in a Facebook post.

The questionable ...Read more

British man pays $80 fine in pennies at council office

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TELFORD, England (UPI) -- A British dad fined about $80 for taking his child on a vacation during the school term protested the fee by paying it entirely in pennies.

The man had a friend film as he carried the bags of pennies -- 1-pence and 2-pence pieces -- into his local council office in Telford, England, and dumped them out on a desk.

"I ...Read more

American Airlines passenger captured video of flames shooting from wing

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DALLAS (UPI) -- A passenger on an American Airlines flight that made an emergency landing just after take-off from Dallas captured video of flames on the plane's wing.

American Airlines Flight 438 took off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday and was supposed to head to Seattle, but the plane turned around and...Read more

Los Angeles customs officers find 11 pounds of meth in suitcase lining

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LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- Customs officers in Los Angeles found more than 11 pounds of crystal meth hidden in the lining of a traveler's luggage.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced officers at Los Angeles International Airport searched the suitcase of a 27-year-old California woman returning from a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, when she was...Read more

Australian beachgoers rescue stranded baby whale

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QUEENSLAND, Australia (UPI) -- A group of beachgoers helped to rescue a stranded baby whale from a beach in Australia on Thursday afternoon.

Emma O'sullivan shared video of the rescue to Facebook as the baby humpback whale was pushed out to sea after becoming stranded on some nearby rocks.

"Wow what an afternoon! We saved a little baby whale ...Read more

Bikini-clad off-duty Swedish police officer arrests pickpocket

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (UPI) -- An off-duty Swedish police officer arrested a pickpocket who approached her as she was sunbathing with a group of friends.

Mikaela Kellner, who has served as a police officer for 11 years, shared a photo of herself apprehending the man while wearing only a bikini at Ralambshovsparken in Stockholm.

She told The Local ...Read more

Truck loses boxes filled with iPhones on Chinese road

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HANGZHOU, China (UPI) -- A Chinese traffic camera captured a moment that could be a tech lover's dream -- boxes filled with iPhones falling out of a truck.

The video shows a truck traveling down a Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, road July 15 when the rear doors of its trailer swing open.

Several boxes filled with iPhones fall out onto the road ...Read more

Alligator found in Louisiana yacht club parking lot

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MANDEVILLE, La. (UPI) -- Police in Louisiana worked with wildlife officials to relocate an alligator that had been seen multiple times near a local harbor.

Mandeville Police shared photos of the gator that was discovered in the parking lot of the Pontchartrain Yacht Club.

"Police Officers assisted wildlife agents in capturing the alligator," ...Read more

International Cheese Awards features more than 5,000 cheeses

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NANTWICH, England (UPI) -- More than 5,000 different varieties of cheese were on display at the annual International Cheese Awards in Britain.

Footage from the Tuesday event in Nantwich, Cheshire, shows more than 250 judges making their way through a showroom featuring more than 5,000 cheeses competing in dozens of categories.

The judges ...Read more

Fishermen free tangled whale off the coast of Peru

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LIMA (UPI) -- A group of Peruvian fisherman were recorded on camera using their knives to free a whale tangled in a fishing net attached to buoy.

Nicolas Navarro Pazos said in a Facebook post he was out fishing in a small boat with Christhian Josue Navarro Fiestas, Cristian Vite De Alvarez, Alex Alfonso Puescas Ruiz and two other men July 21 ...Read more

Clever seal escapes from killer whale off Scottish coast

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LEVENWICK, Scotland (UPI) -- A visitor to the Scottish coast captured video of a quick-thinking seal pulling off an evasive maneuver to escape being made into a meal by a killer whale.

James Adamson posted a video to the Shetland Orca Sightings group on Facebook showing an orca in hot pursuit of a seal off the coast near Levenwick.

The killer ...Read more

Hundreds of horses swim between islands in 91st annual 'Pony Swim'

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (UPI) -- More than 200 horses traveled through the water between two islands in Virginia as part of the 91st Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim.

United States Coastguard shared photos, as crew members helped create a safe path for the horses to swim between the Assateague and Chincoteague islands off the eastern coast of Virginia. ...Read more