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2021 Toy Hall of Fame finalists include Cabbage Patch dolls, Risk

The National Toy Hall of Fame in New York announced that the 12 finalists for 2021 induction include American Girl Dolls and the board game Battleship. The National Toy Hall of Fame, at The Strong museum of play in Rochester, said the finalists for induction this year also include billiards, Cabbage Patch Kids, Fisher-Price Corn […]

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820-foot pedestrian bridge in Ontario earns Guinness World Record

An 820-foot bridge suspended over an Ontario highway was awarded a Guinness World Record as the world’s longest enclosed pedestrian bridge. The Pickering pedestrian bridge, which was built by Metrolinx over Highway 401, was verified by Guinness as the world’s longest enclosed pedestrian bridge after it was officially measured at 820 feet long. Metrolinx spokeswoman […]

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Florida sheriff’s deputies wrangle loose emu in resident’s yard

A Florida sheriff’s office said deputies responded to an “interesting call for service” when an escaped emu wandered into a resident’s yard. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that “dispatch received an interesting call for service” from a resident who spotted a loose emu wandering in their front yard. Patrol […]

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Missouri man’s ‘random’ lottery numbers pay off after several years

A Missouri man won a $64,000 lottery jackpot using a “random” set of numbers he ended up using for several years. The Missouri Lottery said the St. Charles County man bought a ticket for the Sept. 2 Show Me Cash drawing at On The Run in St. Charles. The ticket matched all five numbers in […]

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Scottish charity asking for public’s help with squirrel survey

A Scottish conservation charity is calling on residents to act as volunteer “squirrel spotters” for its annual Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. Charity group Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels announced it is marking National Red Squirrel Week Sept. 20-26 by attempting to take a census of the country’s squirrel population with help from members of the public. […]

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Necklace urn containing ashes found in Missouri Walmart parking lot

A Missouri woman who found an urn necklace containing a loved one’s ashes in a Walmart parking lot is trying to find the rightful owner of the precious item. Shelby Scott, of Grain Valley, said she was at the Walmart in Blue Springs on Saturday when she spotted a shiny object on the ground. “It […]

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Teenager breaks Minnesota fishing record with 46 1/4-inch pike

An Illinois teenager on a fishing trip to a Minnesota lake broke a state record when he reeled in a 46 1/4-inch pike. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Brecken Kobylecky, 15, was fishing on Basswood Lake when he reeled in the gigantic pike. Kobylecky told the department that the big fish proved difficult […]