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Madagascar mess-ups keep tourist 'paradise' marooned

ANTANANARIVO - Perched on the muddy bank of a river meandering through rolling green hills, the Lemurs' Park near Madagascar's capital is rated one of the city's top attractions, but you would not know it from the number of visitors.

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Broadway's buzzy 'Hamilton' music to the ears of founding father's fans 31 Jul 2015

NEW YORK - Broadway hip-hop musical "Hamilton" is the hottest ticket in town this summer, and George Cox is, in a word, ecstatic.

Los Angeles police return Afghan immigrants' lost wedding album 01 Aug 2015

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles airport police used Facebook to track down an Afghan immigrant couple who accidentally left their wedding album at the international terminal last year, leading to a ceremonial presentation this week of the long-lost memento, an official said on Friday.

Zoo keeper steps in with teddy bear to hand-rear baby sloth 31 Jul 2015

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Pre-Civil War baseball card fetches $179K at auction 31 Jul 2015

- A rare pre-Civil War baseball card that was handed down as an heirloom within the family of a ballplayer for more than 150 years fetched $179,250 at an auction in Chicago on Thursday.

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Worshipers throw offerings such as livestock and other crops into the volcanic crater of Mount Bromo to give thanks to the Hindu gods.