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January 11, 2018 - 5:10 am
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The youngest of three Maine chefs has taken first place in the inaugural Augusta Agricultural Trades Show gourmet grilled cheese sandwich contest. The "get Real. get Maine." cooking contest took place Wednesday, with 10-year-old Jade Eastman taking the top prize with her...
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FILE- In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, the Capitol Christmas Tree, which came from a northwestern Montana forest, is lit on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Some Montana companies hope to keep the fame of the spruce tree that served as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree alive by trucking the tree back home to Montana. Organizers hope it can be used to help rebuild a century-old chalet in Glacier National Park that was destroyed in a wildfire last summer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
January 10, 2018 - 6:09 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness. The 79-foot-tall (24-meter-tall) tree, which was lit up last month during a ceremony...
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This photo taken on Dec. 19, 2017 shows, Rome's official Christmas tree standing in front of the Unknown Soldier monument in downtown Rome. Rome's city cabinet decided on the tree’s "new life" Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, hoping to close an embarrassing chapter that saw the tree, so droopy and dried out it was nicknamed "Mangy" by Romans, come to symbolize the city's degradation and dysfunction under its 5-Star mayor, Virginia Raggi, and years of neglect and corruption before her. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
January 09, 2018 - 12:30 pm
ROME (AP) — Rome's pathetic Christmas Tree, so droopy and dried out it was nicknamed the "Mangy One," is set to be carved up and made into souvenirs and a lactation hut for mothers and babies. Rome's city cabinet decided on the tree's "new life" Tuesday, hoping to close an embarrassing chapter that...
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January 09, 2018 - 8:01 am
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A marine biologist believes a humpback whale shielded her from a 15-foot tiger shark in the South Pacific. Nan Hauser said she didn't understand the actions of the 25-ton whale that she met face-to-face in the Cook Islands. Then she saw the shark. She's heard on a video...
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In this image from video, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, waves and walks off as a life-sized cardboard cut-out figure of himself is placed next to the microphone during a media conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday Jan. 8, 2018. Prayuth evaded questions by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cut-out of himself, and telling reporters to "ask this guy" if they had "any questions on politics or conflict" then turned on his heel and walked off, leaving the mock-up behind, to bemused looks and awkward laughter from the assembled media. (TPBS via AP)
January 08, 2018 - 6:20 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister evaded journalists' questions on Monday by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead of him. Prayuth Chan-ocha then turned on his heel and walked off, leaving the mock-up behind, to bemused looks and...
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January 08, 2018 - 1:48 pm
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Sometimes a snow day calls for a song. That's what a Kentucky principal did, posting a musical message for parents to let them know classes were canceled due to icy roads. Union Pointe Academy Principal Chad Caddell posted the video Monday on the school's Facebook page ,...
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This undated photo provided by the Polk County Sheriff's office on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 shows Michael Lester. Authorities in Florida received a 911 call on New Year's Eve from Lester who said he was driving drunk and needed police. (Polk County Sheriff's office via AP)
January 06, 2018 - 1:37 pm
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year's Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving. Polk County Sheriff's officials say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene. When the...
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This undated photo provided by the Polk County Sheriff's office on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 shows Michael Lester. Authorities in Florida received a 911 call on New Year's Eve from Lester who said he was driving drunk and needed police. (Polk County Sheriff's office via AP)
January 06, 2018 - 1:37 pm
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year's Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving. Polk County Sheriff's officials say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene. When the...
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January 06, 2018 - 12:54 pm
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a North Dakota man who wheeled a shopping cart with stolen merchandise out of a Hobby Lobby craft store was stopped by snow. Police say 22-year-old Dustin Johnson filled up a cart with about $4,000 in products at a Hobby Lobby store in Minot on Wednesday. After...
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Britain's William Etherton holds a camera on the North Sea island of Suederoog, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. The English boy has been reunited in Germany with a video camera he lost four months ago on the other side of the North Sea. News agency dpa reported that the camera was handed back to the 10-year-old Saturday on Suederoog, a small island off Germany’s western coast a little south of the Danish border. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)
January 06, 2018 - 11:41 am
BERLIN (AP) — An English boy has been reunited in Germany with a video camera he lost four months ago on the other side of the North Sea. The German news agency dpa reported that the camera was handed back Saturday to the 10-year-old from Hull on Suederoog, a small island off Germany's western...
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