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California man gives $2 million aluminum penny back to U.S. Mint

A San Diego man who inherited from his father a 1974 aluminum penny valued at $2 million has surrendered it to the U.S. Mint to settle a lawsuit over ownership of the rare coin, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday. Randall Lawrence, the son of a former Mint official, and …

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Dog believed lost at sea turns up on island used by U.S. Navy

A dog believed to have drowned after disappearing from a fishing boat off the California coast five weeks ago was found on an island owned by the U.S. Navy and will be reunited with her owner on Thursday evening, the Navy said. Luna, a blue-eyed German shepherd-husky mix, apparently swam …

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For New York hospital’s patients, miniature horses are a strong Rx

Some of the most powerful medicine delivered to young patients at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Wednesday came in a package less than 32 inches tall and with a tail. Honor, a 10-month-old colt with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, trotted into the hearts of dozens of children …

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FIFA files for compensation in U.S. as victim of corruption

Global soccer body FIFA has applied to U.S. authorities for tens of millions of dollars in damages from ex-officials indicted there for graft and recognized for the first time executives had in the past “sold” votes in World Cup hosting contests. Gianni Infantino, recently elected president to clear out the …

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Denmark world’s happiest country, Burundi least: new report shows

Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment. The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan …

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