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India Insists: Obama's Tree is Not Dead

Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted here three weeks ago is not dead.

It just looks dead.

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Clown from Amusement Park Found in Sex Offender's Home

A ceramic clown that went missing from a closed Wichita amusement park more than a decade ago has been found at the home of a sex offender who once worked at the park and two decades ago helped restore the clown.

The return of Louie the Clown, the mascot of the Joyland amusement park, was announced during a media briefing Thursday.

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Cold Case: U.S. Police 'Seek' Disney Snow Queen

Wanted by police in Kentucky: A fair-haired snow queen who's not bothered by the extreme cold and who cops suspect is wreaking havoc on the weather.

Light-hearted officers from the Harlan police department posted a wanted notice on their Facebook page for the fictional character Queen Elsa of Arendelle from Disney's Oscar-winning animated movie "Frozen."

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Top U.S. University Apologizes for Acceptance Email Gaffe

A major U.S. university is apologizing to 800 applicants after it erroneously sent them emails offering them places in its elite computer studies program.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania blamed "serious mistakes in our process for generating acceptance letters" for the gaffe.

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Fake Cops Rob French Pensioner of 13 Gold Bars

Two thieves posing as police officers gained access to a French pensioner's home on Wednesday and robbed him of 13 gold bars worth 450,000 euros ($510,000). 

The fake officers showed up on the 69-year-old's doorstep in a Parisian suburb and told him they were investigating a gold robbery, a police source said.

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Man Sells Watch he Found at Secondhand Store for $35,000

A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.

Zach Norris said he went to a Goodwill store in January to look for a golf cart but took some time to peruse the watch section.

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Churches Offer Drive-by Ashes on Ash Wednesday

Too busy to stop in for an Ash Wednesday service? Some churches are offering drive-by ashes.

Clergy at Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio, applied ash to the foreheads of anyone who stopped in the parking lot of the church for two hours Wednesday.

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Boston Mayor Warns Would-Be Window Snow Jumpers: Don't Do it

Boston residents overwhelmed by massive snowfalls the last month have been recording videos of themselves jumping out of windows and into snowbanks, and Mayor Marty Walsh wants them to cut it out.

Walsh chastised thrill-seekers who've been filming themselves performing the frosty feat and then posting the videos on social media websites.

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Man Created Black Ice to Mask Drunken-Driving Crash

A man poured water onto a freezing road to try to fool police officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice, authorities said.

Bryan Byers hit a guardrail after running a stop sign in a BMW early Saturday morning, police said. Shortly after the crash, they said, a friend, Alexander Zambenedetti, showed up in his own car and they then dumped 5-gallon buckets of water onto the road to create black ice, a thin film of ice that's transparent enough for the roadway to be seen through it.

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Arrested Romanian ex-Minister Wants to Wallpaper her Cell

A former Romanian tourism minister in detention on corruption charges has asked to be allowed to wallpaper and paint her cell walls.

Marius Stribulea, lawyer to Elena Udrea, said his client, one of the most influential Romanian politicians in the past decade, wanted to renovate her current accommodation.

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