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Trashed Massachusetts lottery ticket a $1M winner

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple have won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket that they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.

The state lottery commission says Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while doing their grocery shopping.

They stuck the ticket into one of the grocery bags and forgot about it.

The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She said no. They dug through the trash and found it mixed in with the discarded grocery bags.

The couple claimed their prize Wednesday. They opted for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes. They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills, and to take a vacation.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Turkish officials clear bird of spying for Israel

ISTANBUL (AP) — A bird of prey found in a Turkish village has been cleared of local suspicion it was aiding Israeli spies.

The private Dogan news agency reported Friday that villagers in a rural town in central Turkey found the kestrel this week and delivered it to local authorities after discovering a leg band marked "24311 Tel Avivunia Israel." Such bands are often used to track bird migrations.

Authorities confirmed in a statement that they released the bird into the wild Thursday after x-rays performed at a veterinary hospital found that "there was no other device" attached to the bird aside from the leg band.

Dogan, which published a copy of the x-ray record, says medical staff labeled it "Israeli Spy." It was not immediately clear whether the label was tongue-in-cheek.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Oldest fridge in Wisconsin could win $1,000 in contest

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — The old refrigerator in your garage or basement could be worth $1,000.

Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program is offering $1,000 to the person who turns in the oldest refrigerator in the state. The contest is meant to encourage households to recycle old, energy-inefficient appliances.

Thus far, it has collected about 11,000 refrigerators. The goal is to recycle 16,000.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports about 20 percent of Wisconsin homes have a second refrigerator and many are energy wasters.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Frog finds way into climate report for Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — At first glance, the National Weather Service climate report for Augusta was alarming:

It had rained frogs in the east Georgia city.

The sophisticated device that measures rainfall at Augusta Regional Airport recorded .04 inch of precipitation, most of it in the form of a frog. The amount was recorded in Wednesday's climate repot for Augusta.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that National Weather Service employees in nearby West Columbia, S.C., were suspicious when they saw that. So a technician was sent to inspect the All Weather Precipitation Accumulation Gauge, and forecasters learned that a frog had hopped into it. The climate report was then corrected.

Meteorologist Leonard Vaughan said amphibians have found their way into the gauge about a dozen times since the beginning of the summer.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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