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T.C. Bear Ranked Among Top 5 Most Popular Baseball MascotsA Play USA survey of approximately 2,000 MLB fans asked them to rank every official mascot on a scale of 1 to 5. T.C. Bear came out fourth.
The Thin Moo Line: Wisconsin Police Credit Cow Blockade With Ending Barron Co. ChasePolice say that no cattle were harmed in the incident, nor any humans.
U Of M's Mortuary Science Grads Hold Graduation Ceremony In Cemetery
Bemidji's Paul Bunyan Sports Broken Arm, Police InvestigatingPolice say that Paul's right arm is currently being held in place by rebar that runs throughout the statue, but the concrete has given way after several people are believed to have climbed onto the statue.
'The Simpsons,' 'Cheers,' 'All In The Family' Ranked Among Best Sitcoms Ever
Police In Annandale Address Concerns Over ClownPolice say that a number of residents have reported an individual dressed as a clown, and they are continuing to monitor the situation.
Boy, 10, Who Took Minivan And Led Police On Chase Says He Just Wanted To Buy CheeriosThe boy fled when the officer activated his emergency lights, leading police on a chase that reached speeds of 50 mph.
GRAPHIC IMAGE: 494 Ramp To Nicollet Avenue Closed Due To Tanker Leaking BloodAuthorities said the blood was from an animal rendering plant. The ramp will remain closed until the blood is entirely cleaned up.
Survey: 2 Of 3 Parents Say They Haven't Had Good Sleep Since They Were A TeenOn average, people say they only get around five hours of sleep a night.

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Private Island In Bahamas Goes Up For SaleLittle Ragged Island, also known as St Andrew's, is the largest private island currently for sale in the Caribbean paradise.
World's First Space Hotel Scheduled To Open In 2027Back in 2019, Californian company the Gateway Foundation released plans for a cruise ship-style hotel that could one day float above the Earth's atmosphere.
Boston Dynamics Teaches Its Robot Dog New TricksThe rather charming bot has become famous in Boston Dynamics' videos of it dancing, going on walks and runs, and even encouraging social distancing.
'Like He Was There': Late Father Buys Son First Beer On 21st BirthdayMatt Goodman of Massachussetts was surprised on his 21st birthday with a beer, from his dad, who passed away six years earlier.
VIDEO: Christmas Package Allegedly Swiped Off Family's Porch -- By Amazon Driver!One Elk Grove family says the grinch who stole Christmas drove a blue Amazon van.
😂 😭 🥺 Top The List Of Most-Used Emoji On This World Emoji DayThere are more than 1,800 different emojis to choose from, but that library is about to expand.
Poll: 79% Of College Students Say They Wouldn't Attend Parties This Fall To Prevent Coronavirus InfectionA new poll from College Reaction/Axios found that students are eager to return to campus and willing to not party in doing so.
7-Year-Old Boy Throws A Prom For His Nanny: 'One Of The Best People I've Known'A teenage girl in North Carolina who couldn't attend her high school prom because of the coronavirus outbreak still got a special bash thrown just for her -- by a seven-year-old boy that she babysits.
Teens Raise $11,000 For Supplies To Help Navajo Nation During Coronavirus PandemicA group of teenagers in Phoenix raised more than $11,000 in three weeks for supplies to aid the Navajo Nation during the coronavirus pandemic.