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The commercial fishery for herring has suffered in recent years due to new restrictions, but those same rules could benefit some of Maine’s most beloved birds.

By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press January 30, 2021
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A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of a state lawmaker in Oklahoma.

By Associated Press January 30, 2021
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About those wooly mittens that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration, sparking endless quirky memes across social media?

By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press January 30, 2021
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The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science.

By Marcia Dunn. Associated Press January 17, 2021
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g> A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 8,000-mile Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.

By Rod McQuirk, Associated Press January 17, 2021
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In the “gamblers will bet on absolutely anything” category, here’s a new one: A major sports book is taking bets on aerial drone races.

By Wayne Parry, Associated Press January 15, 2021
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An incumbent Pennsylvania state representative was joined by a familiar face when lawmakers took the oath of office last Tuesday — his own mother.

January 15, 2021
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The race to be the mayor of a Houston suburb ended this week with the winner’s name being drawn from a top hat.

By Associated Press January 15, 2021
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A passerby spotted a wandering llama in a field off an interstate in Massachusetts and with the help of an animal control officer, brought it to a farm for safekeeping.

By Associated Press January 15, 2021
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If you’re an identical twin who’s always resisted being called a clone of your sibling, scientists say you have a point.

By Christina Larson, Associated Press January 11, 2021
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Residents of a New York City neighborhood are dealing with a squirrely threat.

By Associated Press January 11, 2021
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Even as vaccines are being rolled out to battle the coronavirus, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula say they want to kick any trace of it from the English language.

By Associated Press January 11, 2021
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Peace, love — and LaGrange.

By Associated Press January 11, 2021
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A Massachusetts police officer declined to charge two women accused of trying to steal groceries for the children — and instead bought them Christmas dinner.

By Associated Press January 6, 2021
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A Massachusetts state lawmaker is asking for the public’s help to select an official state dinosaur.

January 6, 2021
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veteran returned a sword he stole from a statue of a Revolutionary War general 40 years ago, telling the head of the Massachusetts town’s historical commission that he regretted taking it.

By Associated Press January 6, 2021
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Boston Dynamics released a video on Tuesday, Dec. 29, showing four of its robots dancing to the 1962 hit “Do You Love Me?” by The Contours, and it caught fire online.

By Associated Press January 4, 2021
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An official at an Anchorage soup kitchen said she received as a donation of at least 30,000 pounds (13,608 kilograms) of food on Christmas Eve from a local towing company after a truck carrying the produce crashed.

By Associated Press January 4, 2021
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An Illinois woman who ordered flags for her grandmother’s garden got a surprise when the package arrived — someone’s apparent COVID-19 test specimen.

By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press January 4, 2021
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A fast-food eatery at Pompeii has been excavated, helping to reveal dishes that were popular for the citizens of the ancient Roman city who were partial to eating out.

By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press December 31, 2020
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Police in Peabody, Massachusetts, are looking for a couple who slithered away with a snake worth $300 from a city pet store.

By as December 31, 2020
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A Dec. 22 Delta flight out of New York City was halted after a Florida couple traveling with a Great Dane puppy fled the aircraft with the pet using an emergency slide, an airline spokesperson and authorities said.

By Tom Hays, Associated Press December 31, 2020
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Long Island, N.Y. man has been arrested after a Christmas morning crime spree that gave new meaning to the term doorbuster.

By Associated Press December 31, 2020
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In true pop-up art fashion, a nearly 7-foot-tall monolith made of gingerbread mysteriously appeared on a San Francisco hilltop on Christmas Day and collapsed the next day.

By Associated Press December 27, 2020
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A couple convicted of criminal charges in the so-called balloon boy hoax that fascinated the country more than a decade ago were pardoned Dec. 23 by the governor of Colorado.

By Associated Press December 27, 2020

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