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Man in Scuba Gear Gets Warning after Causing Restaurant Stir

Police say a belligerent man dressed in scuba gear caused a stir at a northern Michigan fast food restaurant.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle and report the man, who had been drinking, showed up Tuesday morning at a downtown McDonald's. Workers called police, who found the 48-year-old man nearby. Police say they warned him that management didn't want him at the restaurant.

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Suit: Competitor's Smiley Face Cookies 'Confusingly Similar'

The cookies may be smiling, but the restaurants are not.

A Pennsylvania chain says in a lawsuit that the smiley face cookies made by a Chicago-based baker are "confusingly similar" to its own trademarked treats.

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Chinese Political Enemy Given Funeral 50 Years Later

A funeral has finally been held for one of the Chinese Communist Party's early high-profile political targets nearly 50 years after he disappeared, but state-run media said Friday it was not a moment to reevaluate the past.

Chu Anping, a former editor of a Communist newspaper, was the first victim of Mao Zedong's Anti-Rightist Movement in 1957, and was again persecuted at the start of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, disappearing soon afterwards.

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Sold! To the Man with $12,400: a Pair of Japanese Melons

A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen ($12,400) at an auction in Japan on Friday.

The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said.

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U.S. Condemns Worsening Violence in South Sudan

The United States condemned intense fighting in war-wracked South Sudan, where government forces recaptured a key rebel enclave after a weeks-long assault marred by accusations of rights abuses.

The government assault that began in late April is one of the heaviest offensives in South Sudan's 17-month-long civil war, which has cut off over 650,000 people from aid.

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Canadian Legislator Chosen in Coin Toss

An election tie in Canada's Prince Edward Island province has been decided by a coin toss, local media reported Wednesday.

A judicial recount on Tuesday in one of the island's electoral districts resulted in the Liberal incumbent's victory by two votes being quashed.

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Case on Rights of Orangutan Moving in Argentina Court

The fate of an orangutan named Sandra is inching through a court in Argentina, after another court ruled she was entitled to certain human rights, including the right to be freed from the Buenos Aires Zoo.

In a world first, a court in the Argentine capital ruled in December that Sandra, a 29-year-old female, was entitled to some of the same basic rights as humans, after lawyers filed a writ of habeas corpus on her behalf, alleging unlawful imprisonment.

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Indian Mother Seeks Groom for Son in First Gay Personals Ad

A newspaper has published a mother's request for a groom for her son after three leading dailies refused, the first gay matrimonial advert published in India where homosexuality is illegal, the family said Wednesday.

Padma Iyer placed the advert for her rights activist son Harish in the matrimonial pages of Mid-Day, the largest selling tabloid in India's financial and entertainment capital Mumbai.

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Large Stuffed Tiger Atop SUV Generates 911 Call

The sight of a stuffed tiger — a very large stuffed tiger — lashed to the top of an SUV cruising around a southwest Washington lake was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought it was real.

The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver reports ( ) that Connor Zuvich says he was by Lacamas Lake in Camas on Monday with some friends when a truck came by and dumped some trash and the giant tiger.

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Iowa Capitol Evacuated for Burnt Pizza Crust

Weeks after burned macaroni and cheese emptied out the Iowa Capitol, a charred pizza crust has done it again.

The crust burned Tuesday morning in the Capitol cafeteria, prompting a brief evacuation.

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