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Criminal charges possible in California coast oil spill

Goleta - State and county officials in California say they're considering criminal charges stemming from Tuesday's 20,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach off the Santa Barbara coast.

Alleged kidnapping in Northern California was hoax, police say

Vallejo - This week’s reported kidnapping for ransom of a Bay Area woman was a hoax, California and federal authorities said Wednesday.

Louisiana teen accused of knocking school bus driver unconscious

An unruly Louisiana teen has been charged with assault after knocking a school bus driver unconscious, leading to another teen on the bus stepping in to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Hat-stealing owl attacks joggers

Salem - An owl in the city of Salem, Oregon is reportedly swooping down on unsuspecting early-morning joggers and grabbing their hats, according to state officials.

Family gets stuck at top of Ferris wheel as park begins to close

The Riggs-Long family found themselves stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel ride when employees were closing down the park.

Mother arrested after letting her 7-year-old go to park alone

A mother says that her seven-year-old son is old enough to go to the park alone, but St. Lucie, FL, police disagree with her. She now faces a charge of child neglect.

Review: Christina Perri captivates New York in free radio concert Special

East Meadow - Singer-songwriter Christina Perri performed a free concert at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York, on July 26, as part of Fresh 102.7 FM's "Fresh in the Park" series.

Ferry crew desertion like murder, South Korea's president says

South Korea's president said Monday that the captain and some crew members who escaped a ferry that sank with hundreds of vacationers had committed acts "tantamount to murder."

Berlin dogs overdosing on drug users' excrement in parks

Berlin - Vets in Germany's capital are warning about an increase in the number of dogs becoming ill and unable to walk properly, after eating the feces of human drug users in Berlin's parks.

Video: Vauxhall Corsa driver must be contender for world’s worst

A video showing the driver of a blue Vauxhall Corsa trying to reverse out of a car parking space has gone viral with over 1.5 million views since it was uploaded on October 11.

Big Ben to be featured at theme park in North Korea

North Korea is planning on having a replica of the Eiffel Tower, as well as Big Ben in a theme park that is set to opened up later this year.

Photo Essay: Spring in Turkey Special

Izmit - Spring has finally come to Turkey, and people enjoy walking outside in the sunshine, strolling through parks, planning weddings, and admiring tulips.

Photo Essay: 'PictoParque' — Art in the park in Fuengirola, Spain Special

Fuengirola - The Councillor for Culture in Fuengirola, Rodrigo Romero, has come up with a great idea. Artists will be able to display their work and discuss art in the Parque de España every Sunday, at no charge.

Man exposes himself to woman at park, runs off when she pulls gun

A woman in Longview, Washington pulled a gun out on a man who came up to her in a park and started to masturbate in front of her.

Man reunited with his car two years after it was lost

Munich - A German man who lost his car two years ago has finally been reunited with his missing vehicle. The car was discovered a few miles from the location where he thought he had parked it.

Palestinian man tasered repeatedly in front of family (video)

Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv police were responding to a call about a fight occurring in a Tel Aviv water park. A man criticized the police for their handling of the situation, and got tasered five times.

Anti-gay moralizing reverend convicted of masturbating in park

New Orleans - A prominent Louisiana Christian pastor, well known for his anti-gay stand, has been convicted of obscenity after being caught masturbating at a public park, near a children's playground last year.

Woman's severed head and foot found in Mississauga park

Mississauga - Police have launched a massive ground and air search of a park in Mississauga, just outside Toronto, searching for more body parts after a woman's severed head and foot were found.

Bear attack in Japan, two women killed

Three women were attacked and two were killed by bears in a park in Japan. The bears were held captive in the park but broke free and attacked the women, who were park employees.

Save Ontario Place protest in Toronto Special

Toronto - During the lunch hour members of the OPSEU were at Nathan Phillip's Square in Toronto to protest last month's closing of Ontario Place.

Activists suggest public park be built atop old Tappan Zee Bridge

Tarrytown - As plans move forward to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge in N.Y., not only must plans be developed to build a new bridge, but also provisions made for what to do with the old.

A winter walk through a wildlife park Special

Shubenacadie - Winter provides an opportunity to view wildlife in a very different way, as a January walk through Nova Scotia's wildlife park shows.

Occupy L.A. rejects city's plea to depart encampment area

Los Angeles - Above is a livestream of the OccupyLA eviction, a standoff between the police and the protesters. With protesters refusing to leave, LAPD Chief Beck has admitted, "We certainly will not be the first ones to apply force." Only five have been arrested.

Toronto Island a wildlife haven Special

Toronto - A cluster of islands sit just a little ways from downtown Toronto. Residents and tourists alike board ferries to the Toronto Islands year round for a day of nature.

Radiation in Fukushima parks, schoolyards limits playtime

Fukushima schools limit outdoor recess time and city implements a one-hour time limit on playground use due to radiation threat to children. Soil removed from school grounds has no place to go.

Op-Ed: My spring break trip to Michigan's Ludington State Park Special

I set off last Sunday with seven friends of mine to Michigan's Ludington State Park to go camping for our senior year spring break. Despite some poor weather, the trip was a phenomenal success.

Grand Pre' looks for UNESCO World Heritage Designation

Wolfville - Grand Pre' has taken another step on its journey to obtain designation on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A Canadian delegation to the World Heritage Committee submitted the proposal to UNESCO on February 1.

Man filmed kicking dog sentenced to jail time

Welling - A UK man, who was seen kicking a dog and yanking it into the air in a video which was posted on YouTube, has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison. The footage was uploaded to YouTube and a Facebook campaign to track down the hooded man was organised.

Can you survive 6 days without water?

After six days being lost in a national park and not having anything to drink, Edward Rosenthal defied the odds and lives to tell his story.

Burlington park site of man touching a little girl

Burlington - A little girl playing in a Burlington, Ontario park was approached and allegedly touched by a man before her friends interrupted him.
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Big Sable Point Lighthouse
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Orchards Park at sunset. Bentonville, Ark.
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Arches National Park in Utah
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Michigan's state bird, the robin
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Elephant swimming at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo.
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After a long game of chase, this worn out pup needed to take a nap.
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File photo: Seniors at a park
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A friend stands on the frozen Rouge River
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Myself, Grace, and A.J. on a Ludington beach
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Snow falls on Lake Michigan in Ludington State Park
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A deer climbing a Lake Michigan sand dune
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A river in Ludington State Park
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Park Güell - Barcelona, Spain.
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A chipmunk in Ludington State Park