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Missing Camera Found In Two Harbors Returned To Owners Months LaterThe camera sat on Chris Faust's shelf for months until he decided to recycle the battery. But then he discovered something else.
Wausau Considers Rescinding Ban On Throwing SnowballsRecent negative national attention over the rarely used ordinance has raised questions about whether it could be time to take snowballs off the naughty list.
Ordinance Forbids Throwing Snowballs In Wausau, WisconsinSnowballs are lumped in with missiles, rocks, arrows, none of which are you allowed to throw.
This Was The Purse Lizzo Brought To The American Music Awards Red CarpetHer tiny purse became a running joke on Twitter, with some users joking about what it could hold (their patience, hopes for 2020).
Here We Go Again: Salad & Brownies Ranked As Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes In MinnesotaRemember grape salad? Remember the egg the New York Times had all over their face when they declared that delicacy, which does not exist, Minnesota's most beloved turkey day dish?
MSP Airport's Therapy Cat, Stitches, Is The Internet's New Favorite FelineMSP Airport has had a therapy program for four years, and 96 dogs. But Stitches is the very first cat.
Hoax Alert: Costco Isn’t Giving Away A $75 Coupon“While we love our fans and our members, this offer is a SCAM, and in no way affiliated with Costco. Thanks to our fans for letting us know about this recurring hoax!”
Chesapeake, Va. Has Banned Teens From Trick-Or-Treating For DecadesThey actually eased up a bit after the age limit went viral last year; the previous age limit was 12 and offenders were threatened with jail time.
Study Finds People Enjoy Movies More In Theaters Than At HomeThe study used sensors and found that people watching in the theater thought the movie was more dramatic, intense and high quality.

Offbeat National News

Children At Higher Risk After Mismatch In This Year's Flu VaccineThis year's flu vaccine may not be very effective against a common strain of the flu that's especially tough on children, according to a new report.
'Men Should Be Just As Responsible As Ladies': Doctors Looking For Couples To Test Male Birth Control GelResearchers at the University of Kansas conducting a clinical trial for a form of male birth control are looking for couples to test it out.
Senior Living Community Forcing Teen Orphan Out Of Grandparents' HomeA senior living community in Arizona is forcing a teenager to leave his grandparent's home after both of his parents died within two weeks of each other.
Lights From Marijuana Farm Create 'Purple Haze' In The SkyLights from a medical marijuana farm filled the sky over Snowflake, Arizona, with a bright purple glow on a recent foggy morning.
Preschoolers Raise $10,000 For Classmate Battling Rare Brain CancerPreschoolers in Northern California raised more than $10,000 from a hot cocoa stand for one of their classmates who is battling a rare brain cancer.
Man Requests 'Trial By Combat' With Swords To Settle Legal Dispute With Ex-WifeA Kansas man embroiled in a contentious legal battle with his ex-wife has asked an Iowa court to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney in a "trial by combat."
'It's Just Amazing To Me': Spaghetti Dinner Raises $18,000 For 95-Year-Old Scam VictimA 95-year-old woman who lost her life savings to a con artist got it all back, and then some, when hundreds of people attended a fundraiser hosted by her state's former governor.
'Unspeakable Act': Puppy Thrown From 29-Foot Highway Overpass Rescued By Police OfficerA puppy thrown more than 29 feet to the ground from a highway overpass in Tennessee Monday morning was rescued by a fast-acting police officer who just happened to be in the area at the time, authorities said.
Study: 5 Healthy Habits In Middle Age Could Help You Live 10 Years LongerHealthy habits such as exercising for at least 30 minutes a day or drinking in moderation can help you stave off diseases for an extra decade, according to new research.