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New Yorkers taking to the skies in effort to avoid ‘Popelock’

Daunted by the prospect of apocalyptic traffic snarls accompanying Pope Francis' visit, some busy New Yorkers were preparing to pay $95 for a five-minute helicopter ride from Manhattan's East Side to its West Side on Friday.


Droves of deer driving Oregon town nuts

A town in southern Oregon will hold a public meeting to discuss how to deal with droves of fearless deer that wander the streets, acting aggressively toward residents.


This adorable otter needs an inhaler

"Mishka" the sea otter knows what it's like to have trouble breathing.

FILE- In this 1970 file photo, Jimi Hendrix performs on the Isle of Wight in England. "People, Hell & Angels," out Tuesday, will be the last album of Hendrix's unreleased studio material, according to Eddie Kramer, the engineer who recorded most of Hendrix's music during his brief but spectacular career. That ends a four-decade run of posthumous releases by an artist whose legacy remains as vital and vibrant now as it was at the time of his death.

Strange but true: Hendrix’s hair up for auction

The hair, which is still in "vintage very good condition," is expected to fetch at least $60,000.


Pizza shop robber was ‘having a bad day’

Police say a shotgun-wielding robber told a southwestern Pennsylvania pizza shop clerk he was having a "bad day."


Watching paint dry leads to world record

Mike Carmichael simply wanted to do something weird when he and his 3-year-old son slapped a coat of blue paint on a baseball in 1977.


PHOTOS: Celebrities who look like pirates

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we're putting you to the test: Famous person or swashbuckling pirate? You decide.


WATCH: The LEGO Vatican

It took the Rev. Bob Simon some 10 months to create the architectural feat.


The case of the brisket brouhaha

Heads up! Hot, flying brisket coming through!


Is that a cookie in your pants?

Police say a repeat shoplifter has been caught with his pants up — but full of raspberry cookies.


You’ll never guess where they found this diamond

A police investigation in Thailand has literally gotten to the bottom of the theft of a $278,000 diamond last week.

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