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Pay to potty

The school district in Vancouver is investigating a third-grade teacher accused of using a “pay to potty” policy that required students to s…

500-pound church bell stolen

A tiny western Pennsylvania church says its 500-pound brass bell is missing, and police suspect someone has stolen it for scrap — the same t…

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Praire dog plague

Sylvatic plague that has devastated prairie dog colonies across western South Dakota since 2007 has spread north and east, and the disease i…

Inmate captured after mistaken release

A northeast Kansas inmate is back in custody, four days after he was mistakenly released during a transfer to the state Department of Correc…

Train Safety

Photos: Danger on Rails

The latest train derailment happened last month in Lynchburg, Virginia. More than a dozen tank cars carrying crude oil caught fire causing h…