SoCal Weird News

Enjoy images of LA's most memorable weird moments.

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Riverside County Animal Services
Riverside County Animal Services released this photo of a 5-foot emu that was captured near Aguanga on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in hopes its rightful owner will claim it.
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Riverside County Animal Services
About 40 wild donkeys were seen roaming in Riverside, prompting officials to wrangle them and try to find homes. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.)
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An oarfish thought to be one of the largest seen in years on Santa Catalina Island washed ashore near the island community of Avalon Monday Aug, 17, 2015.
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A brown bear was found swimming in the backyard pool of a La Canada home on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.
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Robyn Yearout of Victorville says dozens of lawn statues have mysteriously popped up in her yard on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Jackass" star Steve-O was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 after climbing a crane at least 100 feet above a construction site in Hollywood, hanging an inflatable whale and setting off fireworks, police said.
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Santa Ana PD
John William Rodenborn, 36, was arrested Wednesday Aug. 5, 2015 after a report of a shirtless, mud-covered man claiming to be Tarzan who was running around the Santa Ana Zoo.
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Donna Souza of Covina claims she found a dead frog in a packet of spinach that she bought at a Sam's Club. She shared her story with NBC4 on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.
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A rogue tire bounced across at least two streets before slamming through a restaurant window in Santa Ana on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
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A big rig overturned on the 91 Freeway, spilling Bud Light beer cans out of its trailer on Monday, June 29, 2015.
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A raccoon scurried out of a woman's car, into her garage and down a driveway early Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
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NBC 6 South Florida
A dolphin is released back into the waters off Southern California after leaping onto a small boat and breaking a woman's ankles on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
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A Del Taco customer pepper sprayed the Ontario restaurant's manager and other customers over a complaint about a burrito, witnesses and employees said, on Monday, June 8, 2015.
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Ventura Police Department
Oliver James, a 44-year-old Glendale resident, was arrested on suspicion of impersonation of a police officer and carrying a firearm after Ventura police officer allegedly spotted him wearing an LAPD uniform next to a fake squad car.
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Los Angeles firefighters free a woman who became stuck in a school chimney on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
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The man on the right with the headphones detains a pursuit suspect during a bizarre slow-speed chase through the San Fernando Valley on Friday, May 22, 2015.
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A Marine attack helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in the bed of the Los Angeles River near South Gate after experiencing electrical problems on Monday, May 11, 2015.
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A tornado touched down near a Desert Center, a small town in Riverside County, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, between 3:45 and 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
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Yamini Karanam, 26, pictured on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, underwent brain surgery in Los Angeles to have a tumor removed. But doctors discovered that the object was not a tumor, but instead her embryonic twin.
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A man stripped naked after being caught at the end of a police pursuit in Woodland Hills on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
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San Diego Sheriff's Department
Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Imperial Beach, California -- a sea lion. The pup had wandered away from the shoreline and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School where school staff called the sheriff's office for help.
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Kevin the cat, found in a Southern California trailer, was reunited with his South Carolina family on Thursday, March 19, 2015 after he went missing in June 2013.
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Courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
A shotgun similar to this one was reported missing from the trunk of an LA County Sheriff's Department cruiser Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. It was stamped "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department" and has a piece of white tape identifying it as "LHS 03" in black ink.
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Firefighters rescued a female who was stuck in a fireplace in Woodcrest, California, on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. The rescue took about two hours.
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Sherry Kempster
Newbury Park resident Sherry Kempster captured this incredible image of a mountain lion in her backyard on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.
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NBC Bay Area
America's first cat cafe opened in Oakland, California on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. At the Cat Town Café, people can buy a latte and an hour of playtime with adoptable felines. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits, but for a $10 donation, you can make a Cat Zone reservation ahead of time.
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A costumed superhero character dressed as Mr. Incredible slammed a woman dressed as Batgirl in Hollywood on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The man, Muhammet Bilik, 35, was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days of California Department of Transportation work, 36 anger-management sessions, as well as one day in jail for the fight, prosecutors said Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.
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Alhambra Police Department
Alhambra police officers got a call on Saturday, August 2, 2014, about this tortoise on the streets. It took two officers to take the 150-pound animal into custody, where it was then given to animal control.
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AP
(L) An empty frame doorway is seen standing on the rubble of a destroyed building that was damaged in last summer's Israel-Hamas war, without a door painting, presumably painted by British street graffiti artist Banksy, east of Jebaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (R) A metal door that depicted a Greek goddess, presumably painted by British street graffiti artist Banksy. The painting of the goddess Niobe, titled "Bomb Damage," was drawn on the lone remaining part of a two-story house belonging to the Dardouna family in Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip.
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A Pennsylvania man turned his mother's day care center into a heroin den once the kids left for the day, said police. Police arrested the 28-year-old and two other men Saturday, March 28, 2015.
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AP
Lazarus, a mixed-breed dog who survived a euthanasia attempt and a car accident, sits in the sun at its new home in Helena, Ala., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Turned in to an animal shelter by its owner, a volunteer found the dog alive in the shelter the morning after it was injected with deadly chemicals. Jane Holston adopted the dog from Two by Two Animal Rescue, which named him Lazarus after the man the Bible says Jesus raised from the dead. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
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Gadi Schwartz
The UCLA campus was flooded when a 93-year-old water main ruptured, sending an estimated 20 million gallons rushing onto the campus and nearby streets on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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Ben Neufeld described his wife as "calm as a cucumber" after their car flipped onto its side outside the couple's Bel-Air home, leaving her trapped in the driver's seat and providing a photo opportunity. for the unflappable pair.
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Volusia County Sheriff
Christopher Mitchell a 450-pund Florida man was arrested after deputies say they found marijuana hidden in his stomach fat during a traffic stop. About 23 grams of marijuana was found in Mitchell's stomach fat, the report said. Some cocaine was also found, in addition to a handgun and $7,000 in cash stuffed in a tube sock.
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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Carlos Bueno Mir, 49, was arrested by Palm Beach Police on Sunday, June 1, 2014 because he repeatedly called 911 to report that his wife threw out his beer.
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Hundreds of people from across Southern California flocked to Hermosa Beach search for cash buried in the sand by the anonymous person behind popular social media scavenger hunt @HiddenCash on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The buried treasure hunters who were successful won anywhere between $40 to well more than $100.
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Courtesy Rafael Torres
This bear was caught resting on a hammock on Thursday, May 29, 2014 after it roamed a Daytona Beach neighborhood, knocking down trash cans and scaring residents.
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Officers pursued the driver of a stolen truck hauling a large container on freeways in three Southern California counties after authorities received a report of an assault on a police officer on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. The driver was taken into custody.
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Fontana Police Department
Police said a 25-year-old woman was arrested for pouring hot cooking oil on a man and woman while the two slept in a Fontana home, leaving one of the victims in critical condition on Monday, May 19, 2014. The attacker, Chrystal Dunn, faced a charge of aggravated mayhem.
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Customers at a Santa Paula Del Taco got quite a shock when they were accidentally charged thousands of dollars for their orders. The mistake was caused by a technical error affecting ATM and credit card transactions.
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Two fishermen were arrested over allegations that they stole fish caught by other fishermen and sold them as their own.
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Murrieta PD
A Southern California man who police say has a fixation for girls wearing socks was arrested for attempted kidnapping Friday, April 18, 2014. Police received complaints from at least 12 people about a man with a sock fetish who was lingering near schools in Murrieta.
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Hundreds were evacuated after a potentially explosive device was found in Solvang, Calif. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
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Sarah Glover
A blood moon, caused by a total lunar eclipse, lit up the Southland early Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
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Sarah Glover
A police pursuit ended in a car wash bay near downtown Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly making a bomb threat, Sunday, April 13, 2014.
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Hundreds lined up outside the Supreme store in Los Angeles to get their hands on the latest addition of the Supreme X Nike Air Foamposite One. The shoe was sold for $250 retail, but was expected to fetch between $850 and $1,200 on the Internet.
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A spring break party in Isla Vista turned into a riot situation on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
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A fight between a teacher and a student is caught on cellphone video at a school in Santa Monica High School.
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Angels coach Don Baylor broke his leg while catching the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. He has since had surgery.
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Sarah Glover
Police took pet pig Sophie into custody peacefully after she escaped from her owner in Santa Monica.
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AP
Amateur prospectors have flocked to the Sierra Nevada foothills that, due to the historic drought, are taking advantage of the lower water levels to search for gold in riverbeds that have been unreachable for decades.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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The former host of Animal Planet's "Wild Recon" was sentenced to two years probation after admitting to selling and shipping two endangered reptiles.
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A big rig hauling 42,000 pounds of honey overturned in the city of Industry, creating "one sweet mess" Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
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Sarah Glover
Elementary school teacher William Fredrick Buchman was arrested for animal cruelty after hundreds of pythons were found slithering through his home.
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Sebastian Police Department
Jon Erik Meyer, 22, of Georgia, was arrested after he was seen walking naked along a Florida highway. Meyer said he was walking to Miami, the Sebastian Police Department said.
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Herbert Jones, who plays Santa for a Mass. Mall is accused of groping an 18-year-old woman playing an elf Nov. 26, 2013.
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This Tuesday November 26, 2013 photo courtesy the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah shows a Uinta ground squirrel resting in it's temporary home at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden. The squirrel that was kidnapped from Utah by a truck driver, carted hundreds of miles away to Wisconsin and then rejected by her adopted family has returned home for the holidays.
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Sarah Glover
In a Friday, June 22, 2007 file photo, the Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix dog "Elwood" won the title of World's ugliest dog of 2007 at the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest, in Petaluma, Calif. Elwood died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, 2013, said his owner, Karen Quigley of Sewell,Calif.
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Populations of roving turkeys have been causing Staten Island residents headaches Nov. 21, 2013.
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Toma and Paul Alexandru traveled around Romania to recreate childhood vacation photos. The project was a birthday present to their mother.
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A Fla. couple accidentally transported 11 pounds of marijuana from their rental home in La. to their home in the Florida Keys. They turned the marijuana into the Sheriff's Office Nov. 21, 2013, and it will be destroyed.
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NYPD Police Lt. John Cocchi sent a letter to 30 New York bars asking them not to take place in the yearly SantaCon bar crawl on Dec. 14.
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Gabriel Anthony Sauceda, left, and Chad Alexander Walker were arrested after allegedly stealing beer from a Santa Ana gas station and scaling a hotel building trying to get away from police Nov. 23, 2013. Sauceda broke his leg in several places.
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Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Pasco County sheriffs seized these items from Charles T. Barry after they arrested him for allegedly impersonating a police officer to get a discount at a Fla. Dunkin' Donuts Nov. 6, 2013.
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A cabin marked "Seneca Resort" in a Craigslist ad selling a ghost town in remote northeastern Calif. Nov. 14, 2013. For $225,000, buyers get nearly 10 acres of remote wilderness with three worn, wooden cabins and a run-down bar called The Gin Mill - liquor license included.
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Olympic champion gymnast Yelena Zamolodchikova squats in front of a vending machine that sells the subway tickets for squats instead of money during the machine's presentation at the Vystavochaya metro station in western Moscow, on Nov. 8, 2013.
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Italian artist Dario Gambarin plowed this 492-foot-wide portrait of President JFK into a field in Verona, Italy Nov. 11, 2013. The words "Ich bin ein Berliner" are a quote from Kennedy's 1963 West Berlin Speech, Gambarin said.
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Midland County sheriffs responded to a call about a kangaroo hopping along a West Texas road Nov. 12, 2013.
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Two cow mascot costumes missing from a Southern California Chick-fil-A storage facility were recovered and one man was arrested after officers found the items for sale on Craigslist. Full Story
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Artist TrashyB wears a vest he created out of hundreds of discarded cigarette butts he says he collected on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Full Story
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A burglar was scared off when a skilled ax-thrower grabbed the weapon she keeps next to her bed after she felt the man trying to remove her watch from her wrist as she was sleeping. Full Story
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911 calls were placed in one Oklahoma town because of life-like Halloween decorations.
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A North Texas camel farm is benefiting from the popularity of Geico's "hump day" commercial. The owner is getting calls to bring his camels to work functions ranging from club parties to work events.
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Surveillance video shows a man stealing about $800 worth of marinated meat from a restaurant on Chicago's North Side. His first attempt doesn't work so well.
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Three kittens were rescued from a ceiling at Miami International Airport Oct. 26, 2013.
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NBC 7 San Diego
This dog, Boogie, was awarded a medal after completing a Half-Marathon in Evansville, Ind. without human assistance Oct. 5.
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Pooh Bear, a cat who cannot move his back legs, gets taken for a walk in the park every day. On Oct. 8, his owner received over $200 in fines for not keeping him on a leash.
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Dozens of U.S. dollar bills were thrown into the atrium at the Hart Senate Office Building Oct. 10 as a protest against Monsanto. Three people have been arrested.
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Some of the damage resulting from the senior prank at Riverside-Brookfield High School. Close to 70 students have been identified as taking part in the Oct. 2 prank.
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Brendan O'Toole, a former marine, was punched in the face for no apparent reason while running through Wilmington, Del. for a charity run.
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This two-headed calf, born to a Whiting, Vt. dairy farm, has a rare condition called "polycephaly." Otherwise, though, it's healthy.
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Florida fisherman Orion Wholean jumps into the ocean to revive a 300-lb. bull shark. Wholean caught the shark during a catch-and-release fishing trip.
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A die-hard Los Angeles fan sports a detailed rendition of Dodger Stadium on his head. Also sharing that prime tattoo real estate are a diamond-encrusted Lakers championship ring tattoo and a Raiders logo tattoo.
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Winner of the Full Beard Freestyle at the Just for Men Beard and Moustache National Championships, Mr. Xtopher Grey. The games were held in New Orleans on September 7.
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This 40-foot-tall rubber duckie was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in Beijing, China. It is set to appear in downtown Pittsburgh Friday.
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A 13-ft., 620-lb. alligator was caught by four men in Lake Seminole on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. The massive gator is believed to be the biggest one ever caught in Georgia, to date.
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A man arrested for drug offenses vandalizes the door at the Chula Vista Police Department on Aug. 17, 2013, upon his release. His was arrested again.
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Thieves who stole computer equipment from a San Bernardino, Calif., non-profit that helps victims of sexual assault returned the items along with a letter of apology. The burglars apparently came in through the ceiling, which prompted police to call in the fire department to help in the investigation, pictured at right. The incident took place on Aug. 8, 2013.
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The corpse flower, which emits a smell compared to that of rotting flesh, bloomed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in July 2013 for the first time in six years.
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A 1,300-pound mako shark was caught by fishermen off the coast of Huntington Beach on June 5, 2013. Full Story
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In this photo taken Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Snooty the manatee, lifts her snout out of the water at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla. Snooty will turn 65 on July 21st. He was born in captivity in Miami and is the oldest manatee in captivity. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
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This unidentified man is accused of robbing the same gas station five times in San Diego over the past nine months. The latest robbery occurred on July 19, 2013.
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A 33-year-old Sherman Oaks man attempted to steal $163,000 worth of beef from a Nebraska meat facility. The suspect faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty on July 27, 2013.
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Jim Dreyer, pictured above, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark," finished a 22-mile journey to Detroit from the Michigan-Canada border hauling over 2,000 pounds of bricks behind him through water. He departed on Aug. 5, 2013 and the feat took him 51 hours to complete.
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A Venice neighborhood was locked down for several hours Friday, April 26, 2013, as police surrounded a three-story apartment building after a suspected burglar climbed onto a roof to elude capture. He donned a cap and shorts and occasionally a shirt while he paced back and forth on the roof, occasionally talking to officers.
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Hundred flocked to a Buddhist temple in Rosemead to view a 2,500-year-old still-growing tooth believed to have belonged to Buddha himself. The tooth, which went on display on Sunday, March 31, 2013, is thought to be the only Buddha tooth currently in the U.S. and one of only a few existing sacred teeth from Buddha himself, according to the temple.
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Red Medicine, a Vietnamese fusion restaurant off Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, used Twitter on March 23, 2013, to shame at least seven customers who didn't show up for their reservations.
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A Glendale man lost control of his vehicle March 23, 2013, sending the car down an embankment and landing on a neighbor's roof.
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A man was caught on surveillance video allegedly stealing a rival campaign's election signs from outside an office building in Burbank. He was scheduled to appear in court on March 25, 2013, on suspicion of petty theft.
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A homeowner found two rusted military grenades while cleaning out the backyard fire pit of his new house in South Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2013. The pins were still in place, which kept the grenades from being triggered into exploding.
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A man wanted on suspicion of drunken driving led police on a slow-speed pursuit, pulled over and started inhaling from balloons in a bizarre standoff that ended with officers smashing his window and pulling him from the vehicle in Panorama City on Feb. 1, 2013.
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Some LA-area malls get a new type of vending machine -- one that sells caviar.
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The Idaho Potato Commission sent a 6-ton Idaho potato across 36 states to meet the 18-foot "Fork in the Road" in Pasadena to raise money for Meals on Wheels on Oct. 16, 2012.
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San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter
Oct. 1, 2012: A man driving through SoCal was taken by surprise when he discovered a dog in his pickup truck's engine bay.
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July 31, 2012: A Former gymnast returned to LA to help the Ringling Brothers recruit clowns. Link: Full Story
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June 5, 2012: A new reality series from LA-based Spike TV pits survivalists against each other with the winner getting an underground bunker. Link: Full Story
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April 27, 2012: Two Hollywood Legends – Marlon Brando and Pink’s Hot Dogs – joined forces Friday to unveil a Brando-new hot dog, if you will, in honor of what would’ve been the iconic actor’s 88th birthday this April.
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April 20, 2012: Far from your typical restaurant, this eatery served up marijuana-inspired dishes at a secret location in downtown Los Angeles. Link: Full Story
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April 20, 2012: Rapper Snoop Dogg unveiled his latest book, a collection of lyrics, that will be printed on smokable rolling papers, bound together with hemp. Link: Full Story
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April 15, 2012: Rapper Snoop Dogg performs alongside a "hologram" of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur at Coachella 2012. Link: Full Story
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March 2012: The bats will be swinging this season for Lennox Little League thanks to a large donation from an unlikely donor: a local strip club. Link: Full Story
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March 2012: The father and girlfriends of convicted murderer Anthony "Chopper" Garcia are accused of illegally taking $30,000 in unemployment insurance benefits and depositing some of that money into Garcia's jail account. Link: Full Story
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February 2012: A family turns their Buena Park home into a giant billboard to get their mortgage paid in return. Link: Full Story
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February 2012: This Santa Barbara Zoo penguin is pretty "Lucky" after receiving a custom-made shoe that allows him to swim around because of a foot that wasn't growing normally. Link: Full Story
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February 2012: A man blames a stuck gas pedal for him driving his car into the side of a Glendale Starbucks. Link: Full Story
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February 2012: Florence Mary Canonic, who has lived through two world wars, 19 U.S. presidents and most of the Olympic Games, turned 110 years old. Link: Full Story
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February 2012: A Catwoman impersonator got in a physical altercation with an Ozzy Osbourne look-a-like on the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk in front of the Kodak Theatre after she claimed he and other impersonators had interfered with her taking pictures. Link: Full Story
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Jan. 21, 2012: Parrots, similar to this one shown here, have surprised Burbank residents who hadn't yet seen such a large flock fly over the city. Link: Full Story
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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
January 2012: U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they found 63 pounds, or $180,000-worth, of tadalafil, the main ingredient in brand name erectile dysfunction drugs, in the luggage of man who traveled from Seoul, South Korea to Los Angeles. Link: Full Story
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December 2011: A Lynwood woman angry with her husband allegedly called in a bomb threat to prevent him from departing on a jetliner at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the FBI. Link: Full Story
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December 2011: Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were led to the home of Patrick Krewson from a signal given off of an iPad he was suspected of stealing in a burglary Christmas morning from a Westlake Village. Link: Full Story
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December 2011: OnlineGamblingPal.com bought a chunk of Michael Jackson's hair with plans to turn the locks into a roulette ball. Link: Full Story
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Dec. 12, 2011: Just shy of scoring a touchdown, a LAPD helicopter made an emergency landing on the Pierce College football field. Link: Full Story
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Dec. 3, 2011: A 69-year-old Palm Springs woman allegedly tried to cut off her husband's penis with scissors, according to police. Link: Full Story
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November 2011: Blandford Elementary School in Rowland Heights has 673 students, including 14 sets of twins. Link: Full Story
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Oct. 31, 2011: A teacher from South Pasadena says she found a frog in a box of store-bought greens. Link: Full Story
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Oct. 27, 2011: A group of students received a rude awakening in the middle of the night when a suspected drunken driver crashed through a wall, landing his pick-up truck in their swimming pool. Link: Full Story
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October 2011: A Riverside home mixes the Halloween spirit, programmable lights and Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. Spooky and catchy. The YouTube clip breezes past 3 million views. Link: Full Story
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JPL
Oct. 25, 2011: That's no scientist. A fuzzy visitor gave itself a tour of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Link: Full Story
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Oct. 20, 2011: After actress Lindsay Lohan showed up for morgue duty about 40 minutes late, assistant chief coroner Ed Winter sent her home, saying "she's welcome to come back, but she has to show up on time." Link: Full Story
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October 2011: Palm trees are being stolen from public land in Los Angeles. Known as "Canary Island Date Palms," they're in huge demand by developers and wealthy homeowners because of their status as a symbol of Southern California glamour. Link: Full Story
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Oct. 7, 2011: A self-proclaimed psychic scared a girl into stealing the family jewelry, according to deputies. Link: Full Story
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Oct. 5, 2011: A former model and nanny who killed, cooked and ate her husband just a month into their marriage, was denied her second bid for parole following a five-and-a-half hour hearing, according to the AP. Link: Full Story
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Sept. 29, 2011: A great white shark washed ashore on Venice Beach. Residents rallied to remove a hook from the shark's mouth and send it back to sea. Link: Full Story
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Sept. 16, 2011: Video posted online shows a violent confrontation between a man dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants and two women along Hollywood Boulevard. Link: Full Story
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Sept. 14, 2011: A glowing red "Jesus Saves" signs moves from downtown Los Angeles to Glendale. Link: Full Story
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Sept. 10, 2011: Bradley Smith woke to the sound of hail pounding on the roof in Costa Mesa. The 37-year-old Orange resident captured the precipitation on video. Link: Full Story
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Aug. 19, 2011: A zombie crashed a serene picnic in Santa Clarita, seriously punching up a couple's visual wedding announcements. Link: Full Story
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June 22, 2011: After discovering the face of Jesus on a rocking chair, a Mission Viejo man is putting the holy piece of furniture up for sale. Link: Full Story
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Feb. 13, 2011: Lady Gaga arrived at the Oscars in a giant egg, carried by men and women dressed scantily in gold. This was all after a period of incubation, of course. Link: Full Story
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Feb. 11, 2011: An oil painting of Lady Gaga with a crown of thorns appeared on top of Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. The piece, measuring 30 feet by 30 feet, was the work of artist Castro. Link: Full Story
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Jan. 27, 2011: Pasadena added a literal fork in the road as a 75th birthday surprise for an Altadena man. Link: Full Story
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Dec. 12, 2010: Hundreds stormed the streets of Los Angeles for the annual LASantacon, an event in which people worldwide dress up as Santa Claus. Link: Full Story
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Nov. 30, 2010: A car at the 2010 LA Auto Show is cut clean in half. Link: Full Story
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Oct. 28, 2010: George Lopez performs onstage during the Rocky Horror Picture Show 35th anniversary to benefit the Painted Turtle at the Wiltern.
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Oct. 12, 2010: After stopping in the middle of the 101 Freeway, musicians perform on the roof of their van. Link: Full Story
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Sept. 12, 2010: Singer Lady Gaga accepts the Video of the Year award onstage while sporting an outfit made of meat during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre. Link: Full Story
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Aug. 31, 2010: Chris Mitchell (right) wears a Darth Vader costume and protests with fellow costume characters at the Los Angeles City Hall. The impersonators were protesting LAPD arrests of costumed characters along Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
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July 14, 2010: Actor Andy Samberg and writer John Lutz perform onstage during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre.
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May 6, 2010: Agricultural specialist agents Jose Garcia and Julie Nowiki of Customs and Border Protection carefully inspect roses shipped from Ecuador, ahead of Mother's Day at a Customs warehouse in LA.
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John Alim
April 3, 2010: A Manteca company cooked up a 250-pound hamburger, smashing the California state record they originally set. Link: Full Story
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April 3, 2010: Pillow fighters gather at downtown's Pershing Square for the annual battle. Link: Full Story
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April 1, 2010: A Los Angeles Galaxy fan holds a cut-out of a goat during the first half of the MLS soccer match against Chivas USA. Link: Full Story
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March 27, 2010: Host Kevin James gets slimed onstage at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Link: Full Story
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March 7, 2010: Actor Ben Stiller presents onstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
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Feb. 13, 2010: A helicopter flies over the iconic 450-foot-long Hollywood sign after activists covered it with banners during an effort to prevent the building of nearby houses. Link: More Photos
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June 25, 2009: Actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at the premiere of Universal's "Bruno" held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Link: Watch Video
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May 5, 2009: One of Los Cavaleras luchadores, traditional Mexican wrestlers, flies over the ropes and into the audience while fighting the Crazy Chickens at the Lucha Vavoom Cinco de Mayan. Link: Full Story
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Feb. 22, 2009: Performance artist Phillipe Petit balances his Oscar in the press room after winning Best Documentary award for "Man on Wire" at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
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