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Among Change, Gift of Jewels for Salvation Army

In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace.

On Tuesday afternoon, the agency received a call directing bell ringers to check a kettle in Doral, a Miami suburb. There, a worker found the necklace and a note telling the group to keep up the good work.

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Johns Hopkins Mistakenly Welcomes Wrong Students

Johns Hopkins University mistakenly sent nearly 300 applicants welcome messages when they were actually rejected or deferred, and now the school has issued an apology.

University officials told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1vYGr7q) it was a mistake of human error. Vice Provost David Phillips said a contractor who works with Johns Hopkins on electronic communications pulled a wrong list of emails.

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Fasten Your Seatbelts and Prepare... to Stay at Home

Looking for that perfect gift for the aviation fan who has everything? One Japanese airline has the answer: a seat from a retired jumbo jet.

If you know someone who just can't get enough of sitting on an airplane, and you've got a spare $5,000, All Nippon Airways will sell you what it calls a "premium" seat from a decommissioned Boeing 747.

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Obama Mistaken for Waiter, Valet Driver

Barack and Michelle Obama have revealed their experiences of racism in a wide-ranging interview with celebrity weekly People Magazine published Wednesday.

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Mystery Man Hands out $100 Bills in Massachusetts

A generous mystery man has made the holiday season a little brighter for employees of two Massachusetts coffee shops.

A man wearing a cowboy hat walked into Marylou's in Hyannis on Saturday and handed the worker behind the counter 15 envelopes, each containing a crisp $100 bill.

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American Pops Question at Eiffel Tower Ice-Rink

It could have been a scene from fairytale movie "Frozen."

And an AP photographer snapping tourists at the Eiffel Tower's Christmas ice-rink Tuesday happened upon the fairytale moment.

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Dognapped! 13 Puppies Snatched from Pet Store

Police in New Hampshire say they have collared the humans responsible for snatching 13 puppies from a New Hampshire pet store in a smash-and-grab dognapping.

A passer-by noticed a broken window at Bill's Pet and Aquarium in Manchester on Tuesday morning and called police.

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Walker Says He Joked with Rabbis about 'Molotov' Error

Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take his "Molotov" gaffe in stride.

Walker, speaking after a menorah-lighting ceremony at the governor's mansion Tuesday, said he joked with rabbis about a letter drafted in his name to a Jewish leader about a decade ago that ends with him saying "Molotov" instead of "mazel tov."

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Christmas Shopping is a Puzzle for Barack Obama Too

Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one.

"She's very fashionable and she looks good. I'm worried about buying her clothes," the president said Monday on the radio show "On Air With Ryan Seacrest."

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McDonald's Japan Rations Chips Despite Emergency Airlift

McDonald's in Japan said Tuesday it is having to ration french fries, despite having airlifted in more than 1,000 tonnes of potatoes, as eateries grapple with a crippling chip shortage.

Industrial disputes on the United States West Coast are crimping exports of french fries, leaving Japanese restaurants scrambling to secure fresh supplies.

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