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Man Jailed for Not Paying $749 Fare for 300-mile Cab Ride

A man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare, U.S. police said.

Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday.

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U.S. Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Wreaths from Cemetery

A Maine woman has pleaded guilty to stealing Christmas wreaths and arrangements from grave sites in a Saco cemetery to decorate her own properties during the holidays.

Saco police announced that 56-year-old Pamela Golarz, of Old Orchard Beach, was fined $950 after pleading guilty to theft in York County Superior Court.

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Truck Flips in Brazil, 1.3 Tons of Pot Rolls Out

Bad day for a pair of drug traffickers in Brazil: their truck loaded with marijuana and a car escorting it plunged off a mountain road near Rio de Janeiro, spilling a load of 1.3 tons of pot.

The driver of the truck, which crashed on Saturday apparently because due to high speed, fled before police could arrive, police said.

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Myanmar KFC Fans Queue for Hours for First Taste of U.S. Fast Food

Fried chicken aficionados queued for hours at Myanmar's first KFC restaurant Tuesday, as the U.S. restaurant chain became the latest big foreign brand to open an outlet in the long-cloistered nation.

KFC is the first major U.S. fast food chain to open in the country as reforms and the removal of most sanctions since the end of outright junta rule tempt investors to a market of millions of prospective consumers.

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Hungarian Supergranny Sets Simultaneous Chess World Record

After decades spent playing simultaneous chess, an 87-year-old Hungarian pensioner clinched a world record Sunday, by finally overtaking a total set by 1920s Cuban grandmaster Jose Raul Capablanca.

Almost 60 years since her first simultaneous games, on six boards side-by-side at a Chess Olympiad in 1957, Brigitta Sinka overtook the magic 13,545 number attributed to Capablanca (1888-1942), one of the world's best-ever players.

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Bees Swarm from Truck Crash near Washington-Idaho Border

Authorities say bees are swarming near the Washington-Idaho border after a tractor-trailer full of the buzzing insects tipped over, spilling its load on Sunday.

One eastbound lane of Interstate 90 was closed by the accident near Coeur d'Alene

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Black Bear Crashes College Party, Gets Collared

A college party in the United States got a little wild when a black bear showed up.

The black bear, weighing between 300 and 400 pounds, crashed the party early Saturday near the campus of Lehigh University.

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Cat Stationmaster Tama Mourned in Japan, Elevated as Goddess

Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.

The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster's cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. The cat quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy.

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Sao Paulo Bans Foie Gras, Angering Chefs

Sao Paulo has banned production and sales of foie gras -- and chefs in Brazil's largest city are fuming.

Mayor Fernando Haddad -- said to like the delicacy himself -- signed a decree instituting the ban, disappointing cooks who had hoped he would veto the bill passed in May by city hall.

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White House Lit in Rainbow Colors after Supreme Court Ruling

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.

Gay and lesbian couples in Washington and across the nation are celebrating Friday's ruling, which will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them.

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