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In a Surprise, Giant Sunfish Washes Ashore in California

March 1, 2019 |

A big sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species thought to live only in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of California, Santa Barbara, says the fish was spotted last week at Sands Beach in the university’s Coal…
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Snowplow Hits Buried Car, Then a Bigger Surprise

February 28, 2019 |

A snowplow driver in South Lake Tahoe, California, may have saved a woman’s life by accidentally hitting her buried car. When he heard the collision, the snowplow operator called police, and he helped authorities dig the car out so it could be towed. It was only when they saw a…
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White House Press Corps Gets Rude Surprise in Vietnam

February 26, 2019 |

President Trump has arrived in Vietnam for his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, and he’s already out with a tweet . “Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi,” he wrote. “Tremendous crowds, and so much love!” Kim preceded him , and the White House…
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Surprise Reversal in North Carolina’s Ballot Fraud Inquiry

February 21, 2019 |

North Carolina’s elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him. The State Board of Elections voted 5-0 in favor of a do-over in the mostly…
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Surprise Testimony From Candidate’s Son: I Warned Dad

February 21, 2019 |

Not the usual kind of testimony heard before a state elections board: “I love my dad and I love my mom,” John Harris told North Carolina officials Wednesday. “I certainly have no vendetta against them, no family scores to settle, OK? I think they made mistakes in this process.” More…
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Teen Wakes From Coma to Find She Gave Birth to Surprise Baby

February 18, 2019 |

Ebony Stevenson, 18, was suffering from headaches, then started having seizures on the bathroom floor in early December. The UK college student’s mother called emergency services—and within three hours, she had her granddaughter in her arms, despite both herself and her daughter having no idea the teen was pregnant….
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In Surprise, Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador Withdraws

February 17, 2019 |

Heather Nauert, picked by President Trump to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman who was previously a breaking news anchor on Fox & Friends , said in a department statement that…
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Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Grammys Appearance

February 11, 2019 |

Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys, the AP reports. The former first lady appeared onstage with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Keys to say how music has impacted their lives. Obama’s initial comments were interrupted by raucous…
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Mattel soars as cost cuts and Barbie sales deliver an earnings surprise

February 7, 2019 |

Mattel Inc. continued to shake off the liquidation of major customer Toys R Us Inc. and used aggressive cost-cutting to blow past Wall Street estimates during the fourth quarter, which included the crucial holiday shopping season.

The El Segundo toy company posted adjusted earnings of 4 cents a…


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Trump Gets Surprise Ovation From Women

February 6, 2019 |

One of the lighter moments in President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday came when he was lauding the role of women in the economy and in politics—and many of the female lawmakers, including Democrats, stood and cheered. “You weren’t supposed to do that,” Trump joked, per CNN…
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