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New Travel Blog, GetawayMavens.com to Focus Exclusively on Offbeat Escapes …
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Travel journalists Malerie Yolen-Cohen and Sandra Foyt have just launched a turnkey getaways guide to the most offbeat, curious, lesser known spots and experiences in the Northeastern United States, with unbiased “local-knowledge” advice on the best …

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Pig using wheelchair becomes an inspiration
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In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, potbellied pig “Chris P. Bacon,” owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, stands on the grass, in Sumterville, Fla. The pig was born without the use of his back legs. Lucero, who adopted the pig when a woman brought …

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Offbeat Jobs that Pay Surprisingly Well
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Odd Jobs is a book by Abigail Gehring that features over a hundred jobs that don’t require you to sit in an office eight hours a day, five days a week. Gehring has had twenty-four of the jobs listed in her book. On a fishing boat in Alaska, you could bring in $2,500 a week Continue reading →

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Offbeat: Setting up a fake Facebook account to get back at ex-girlfriend
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A woman told Flint police her ex-boyfriend tried getting back at her by using a bit of technology. The woman told police that her former man made up a Facebook page with her name on it. He spread lies about her and was harassing her friends. She’s …

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New Yorkers treated to semi-annual ‘Manhattanhenge’ display
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NEW YORK — People in Manhattan were treated Wednesday to their twice-yearly display of an astronomical quirk where the sun is perfectly aligned with the city’s avenues. The locals have given it the moniker “Manhattanhenge.” It allows then to see the sun perfectly framed by the city’s skyscrapers. It happens every year around May 29 Continue reading →

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Cars, people sent tumbling into Skagit River as I-5 bridge collapses
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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed Thursday evening, dropping two vehicles into the water and injuring three people. Both the northbound and southbound portions of the bridge collapsed into the river sometime before 7 p.m., according to Washington State Patrol trooper Mark Francis. Xavier Grospe, 62, who lives Continue reading →

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Remodeling gone wrong: House destroyed by fire, falling tree
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FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters say things got out of hand last weekend after one of three workers arriving about 6 a.m. for a house remodeling job south of Florence built a warming fire in the carport. KCST-FM reports the fire spread, so another worker used an excavator to knock down the carport and try Continue reading →

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Rare twin giraffes born in Central Texas
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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — Officials with a Central Texas wildlife refuge say twin giraffes have been born, marking just the second time such a birth has occurred in the U.S. Female calf Wasswa was born first May 10, followed by brother Nakato. Officials with the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch waited until Tuesday to announce Continue reading →

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Off Beat: Civil War sailors, found or long-lost, had lives to remember
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Two Civil War sailors who died in 1862 finally are in a position to be honored by their nation on Memorial Day. They were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in March — more than 150 years after they died aboard the USS Monitor. A former …

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Surgeons remove tiger’s basketball-sized hairball
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This photo provided by BluePearl Veterinary Partners shows a 4-pound hairball that was surgically extracted from a 400-pound tiger named Ty on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Courtesy BluePearl Veterinary Partners, James Judge) …

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