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In this Aug. 26, 2016 photo in Salem, Ore., Billy Jean Clay, left and Roxanne Hunt, of Silverton, Ore., look at marijuana plants at the Oregon State Fair during the first day of an exhibit of living pot plants. Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in late 2014 and the state is the first in the nation to allow live marijuana plants at the state fair. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Oregon fair generates buzz with 1st legal pot display in US

Living marijuana plants went on display Friday at the Oregon State Fair, with organizers saying it's the first state fair in the nation to allow cannabis for public viewing. The state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014. Here are a few things to know about legal pot in ...

ADDS DATELINE - This 2016 photo provided by Jessica M. Subich shows Katie Manni of Aliquippa, Pa., holding her Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant in New Stanton, Pa. Katie Manni and her fiance Edward Perry are offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their missing Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte, last seen July 11, 2016, who also served as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care & Rehab Center in Aliquippa, Pa. (Jessica M. Subich via AP)

Owner: Missing potbellied therapy pig is found, now home

A missing potbellied pig that serves as a therapy animal has been returned to its Pennsylvania owners. Owner Katie Manni says Charlotte the pig has been found and was back home Friday. She hasn't provided any other details. The Vietnamese potbellied pig had last been seen July 11. Charlotte served ...

Oldest floating US post office scrapes rock, runs aground

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat — and then it ran aground in New Hampshire. The U.S. Mail Boat Sophie C. is the oldest floating post office in the United States. Officials say it ran aground Friday in Lake Winnipesaukee. ...

Man strips, drives pickup into Southwest plane in Nebraska

Authorities say a man wearing only boxer shorts stole a pickup and drove it into a Southwest Airlines plane at an airport in Omaha, Nebraska, causing minor injuries to three people on board. Eppley Airfield Police Chief Tim Conahan says an officer spotted the man outside the terminal Thursday evening, ...

Spieth has no chance against Spelling Bee co-champion

Jordan Spieth was no match for the National Spelling Bee co-champion — with spelling and, ultimately, with putting. Jairam Hathwar revealed after sharing the Spelling Bee title in May that he loved golf and that Spieth was his favorite player. Spieth invited the 13-year-old to The Barclays this week at ...

Dwayne Reed poses for a portrait at Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Ill., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Reed, who starts his first year as a student teacher this fall semester, wrote a rap welcoming his fourth graders to school. His three-minute video was posted on YouTube this week and by Thursday morning had more than 363,000 views. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

Welcome to the fourth grade: Teacher's rap targets students

A new teacher who made a music video to welcome his students has become a bit of a star with his fourth-graders. Dwayne Reed's video was posted on YouTube this week and has already been viewed more than a half-million times and earned him an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning ...

Ultra-marathon runner reunited with missing stray dog

An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing. Dion Leonard says the stray befriended him as he took part in the 250-kilometer (155-mile) Gobi March race, part of the 4 Deserts race ...

Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate. Over the past four years, the 31-year-old Florida man has survived a lightning strike, a bite by a venomous spider and — most recently — an attack by a rattlesnake in his backyard in Lakeland, southwest of Orlando. "I ...

Woman jostled on NYC subway loses grip on crickets and worms

New York City subway riders are likely to get bugged over a lot of things — but a recent incident was one for the books. The New York Post ( http://nyp.st/2c1fvpK ) says a woman trying to sell crickets and worms lost her grip on her odd cargo when she ...

Crafty! Beer-testing lab helps students learn chemistry

A Maine professor is hoping to brew interest in her chemistry class by keeping the topic on beer. University of Southern Maine professor Lucille Benedict tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2biPO5C ) it can be challenging to keep students engaged in chemistry, so she started using beer as a testing ...

London flight delayed for hour as easyJet crew members argue

An easyJet flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Belfast has faced an hourlong delay after two crew members got into an epic shouting match. Shocked passengers tweeted about the argument that grew so heated that the two crew members had to be removed from Wednesday's flight. Dan Lobb, a television ...

In this photo provided by Puerto Princesa Tourism Office, shows residents look at the giant pearl measuring 30cm wide (1ft), 67cm long (2.2ft) and weighing 34kg (75lb) on display in the lobby of the Puerto Princesa City Hall in Puerto Princesa city, Palawan province in southwestern Philippines Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Puerto Princesa Tourism Officer Aileen Amurao said the giant pearl was found by a relative fisherman ten years ago and entrusted to her for safekeeping and eventually to the mayor of the city. The still-to-be-authenticated find is said to be the largest in the world and would likely be valued in excess of US$100 million. (Herald Hugo/ PPTO, via AP)

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed

A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world's biggest pearl, but he didn't know it. For 10 years, the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl was hidden in a bag under a bed. The fisherman's family would rub it with their hands before going out to sea in the ...

Woman drives through store after refused gift card purchases

Employees of an Oregon grocery store are cleaning up after a police say a woman drove her SUV into the store and down the aisles. Springfield police say a 43-year-old Glenwood woman tried to purchase $2,200 of gift cards and became upset when her check bounced and Safeway employees would ...

Cops: Man in Batman costume, Captain America mask stole beer

Do superheroes drink beer? WIVB-TV in Buffalo reports (http://bit.ly/2bqjXfd ) that police in western New York say they're looking for a man who was wearing a Batman costume and a Captain America mask when he walked out of a convenience store Tuesday with two 18-packs of beer without paying for ...

Boy, 5, uses allowance to buy lunch for police

A 5-year-old boy in New Jersey has picked up the lunch tab for his police department. William Evertz Jr. saved up his allowance for seven months and went to a Subway restaurant on Wednesday to get sandwiches for officers in Winslow Township, a suburb of Philadelphia. His mother says he ...

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