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HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston-area woman's accent sounds completely different since she underwent jaw surgery in December, and doctors say she might have a neurological condition called foreign accent syndrome.
In a KTRK-TV video posted online, Lisa Alamia's (al-uh-MEE'-uh) accent swings between various British accents and a faint Australian twang.
Foreign accent syndrome is a rare medical condition that can result from trauma or an injury to the area of the brain that controls speech. The cause is often unknown, but it has been linked to strokes, head injuries and psychiatric conditions. Speech therapy can help patients restore their usual accents.
Dr. Toby Yaltho says he believes she has the rare condition.
Alamia says she knows some people are skeptical and that she hopes to have her true accent back soon.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Police in New Hampshire say a macabre mammal spotted in a town cemetery is likely a mangy fox - not a "zombie dog" or mythical beast as some have speculated.
A photo taken this week by the Merrimack Police Chief Mark Doyle and posted on Facebook attracted much speculation about the nearly hairless brown animal with a long tail and square jaw. Many guessed it was a rabid coyote, or perhaps a chupacabra, a purported gargoyle-like creature that drains the blood of goats and other victims. Others suspected a hoax.
"I believe the correct name for this critter is Photoshopicus compositus," one person joked.
Lt. Matthew Tarleton acknowledges the animal looks "like something out of a horror movie," but said a game officer believes it is a fox afflicted with mange.
"It's no mythical beast. It's no exotic pet that escaped from someone's condo and is now terrorizing the neighborhood. It's nothing like that at all," he said. "It's most likely a sick fox."
Police were called about the animal Tuesday morning. The police chief happened to be nearby and took a picture. Tarleton arrived in time to see it trotting into the woods.
"It definitely looked sick," he said Thursday.
Tarleton said anyone who sees it should call police, who will decide whether it should be killed.
"I know some people have suggested that we nurse it back to good health, but it's not realistic," he said. "For an animal this sick, it probably needs to be put down."

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A British couple who mistook Birmingham, Alabama, for Birmingham, England, when booking a trip to Las Vegas a few months ago will get to see the Alabama version for themselves Aug. 16-17.
Al.com reports Richella Heekin and Ben Marlow will spend a day and a half in the Alabama city after spending a week in Las Vegas.
Heekin had mistakenly booked a surprise trip to Las Vegas for her boyfriend's 30th birthday out of the Birmingham, Alabama, airport instead of the one in England.
After learning of the mistake, English business magnate Richard Branson said in a statement that his companies Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays would pick up the tab to fly the couple from Manchester, England, to Las Vegas plus their accommodations in Las Vegas.

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BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he'd hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable.
Police in the town of Simbach am Inn said Thursday the 81-year-old initially told them he'd hidden the money in his house, which is now in danger of collapse. When they didn't find it there, he told them he had buried the cash in the garden. They brought in heavy machinery to dig through the garden, eventually coming across the treasure in a metal box some two meters (6½ feet) below the surface.
They say the "five-digit sum" of cash is being deposited in the man's bank account.
Simbach, on the Austrian border, was badly hit by flooding in early June.

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Officials say the owner of a piglet found running alongside Interstate 5 south of Eugene has been found.
Oregon State Police troopers responded Tuesday night after someone reported that a dog was in the northbound median of the freeway.
Troopers discovered it was a female piglet estimated to be about a month old. She had no identifying tags and nobody had called to report her missing.
The animal was taken to a Eugene shelter. The shelter posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that the piglet's owner had been found and the animal had been returned to its home.

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A beef farmer has ridden his horse across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to protest against new legislation to increase vegetation clearing.
Glenn Morris rode his horse down lane 8 of the expressway about 10:00am as tourists and commuters looked on.
Wearing an akubra, Mr. Morris, from Inverell in north-west NSW, saddled up to protest new legislation to increase vegetation clearing, being considered by state and federal governments.
"We need vegetation on farms to protect healthy soils and rivers, and yet the State Government plans to allow important native vegetation to be cleared more easily," Mr Morris said in a statement.
The stunt caused traffic delays on the Cahill Expressway, the Transport Management Centre confirmed.
Traffic flow has since returned to normal.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A summertime sports tradition in the land of the midnight sun was foiled early Wednesday morning by an unlikely foe: darkness.
The 111th annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game in Fairbanks, Alaska, was called at 1:30 a.m. because players had trouble seeing after sunset. Storm clouds added to the darkness.
"Hitters were coming back to the dugout saying they were having a really difficult time. We don't want to get anybody hurt. It was pretty dark," said John Lohrke, the president and the interim general manager of the Fairbanks team, the Alaska Goldpanners.
The annual game is played on the solstice, when there is more light than any other day. In Fairbanks, that means 21 hours and 49 minutes of sunlight.
The sun sets at 12:48 a.m. and rises at 2:59 a.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Metzger said.
Storm clouds that brought rain before the game started Tuesday evening made it even darker than normal.
First pitch for the midnight sun game was 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Goldpanners were leading the Kenai Peninsula Oilers 8-0 at the top the seventh inning, about 1 a.m.
"It was starting to get quite dark," said Tal Norvell, a spokesman for the Goldpanners.
The umpires decided to delay the game for 30 minutes to let the sun come back up, Novell said, despite the crowd of just under 2,000 people chanting "Let's play ball! Let's play ball!"
Soon after, the crowd began pouring out of the exits.
"It takes a little bit longer for the sun to kind of dip down and come back up than a half hour," Lohrke said.
At about 1:30 a.m., umpires called the game.
"I would imagine perhaps the 8-0 scored played a role in that," Lohrke said. "If it had been 4-3, it might have been different."
Players were initially scheduled to finish the game Wednesday evening before another regularly scheduled game between the two teams, but Lohrke said they decided to skip completing the midnight sun game. He said neither team really wanted to finish the game, and he didn't want it to interfere with a promotion night that was already scheduled.
This isn't the first time darkness had caused a hitch in a midnight sun game. Lohrke said about 30 years ago, a team walked off the field and refused to play because it was so dark.
Despite the glitch, don't expect the Fairbanks team to ever install artificial lights for the Midnight Sun Baseball Game.
"We're never going to do that," he said. "That's the whole meaning of the game, is to play it without lights."

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia man is receiving a new artificial leg after he says someone stole his first one from a moving van that had been parked outside his home.
WCAU-TV reports Michael Stauffer suffered a bone infection and had to have his leg amputated.
He says his insurance covered a titanium leg six months ago. The prosthetic limb was provided by Lawall Prosthetic & Orthotic Services.
But Stauffer says his insurance won't pay for another $28,000 leg after Stauffer says his first one was stolen earlier this month.
Now the prosthetic limb provider says it is helping Stauffer get a new leg. Stauffer was fitted on Wednesday and is poised to receive it on Thursday.
Police are still looking for the culprit.

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A Swedish soccer player might think a referee is filled with hot air for a call made during a match -- but then again, the player was filled with hot air too. 
Adam Lindin Ljungkvist was kicked out of a game, because he farted loud enough for the ref to hear him. The ref gave him a red card for "unsportsmanlike behavior."
Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/28PJU7C

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MIAMI (WCMH)-Roll up your sleeves-Burger King is introducing a cheesy contender in the battle for fast food dominance.
The chain's newest creation is Mac n' Cheetos-creamy macaroni and cheese, deep-fried to a crisp, and covered with Cheetos-flavored dust.
"For anyone who ever wished they could eat warm mac n' cheese like they do a bag of chips, Mac n' Cheetos™ make the previously unthinkable a reality. Now with this cheesy treat, everyone can snack on-the-go whether en route to the beach or during a summer road trip," Burger King said in a press release.
A YouTube food reviewer tried this new concoction, and reports that Mac n' Cheetos come with a side of ranch dipping sauce in case your arteries need a little extra coating.
BK touts the new snack as "dangerously cheesy," and is promoting it in partnership with Frito-Lay, the owner of the Cheetos brand.
The snack food combination arrives at participating stores on June 27, and will be $2.49 for a five-piece, according to BK.
 

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