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Former Groton Sailors Talk Submarines in Podcast

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On Saturdays around midnight on the East Coast, and usually over a glass of scotch or something else, Josh Toth and Walter Lyon shoot the breeze. The former Navy divers, who were last assigned to the USS Toledo, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, now live on separate coasts but have started a weekly podcast called "Diver Tough," made up of their recorded Skype conversations. They largely talk about their silent service days, but their top... more

Bowser Beer Helps Dogs Beat the Heat

Now man's best friend can be your best drinking buddy. Bowser Beer, America's first beer for dogs, is cooling collies and hydrating hounds in Minnesota. You don't even have to check IDs -- what's the legal drinking age in dog years? -- because it has no alcohol. "It's for the celebration of the dog days of summer," said Derrick Kunes, interim marketing manager for Axel's Bonfire restaurants. Kunes gave away samples of the doggie-brew last ... more

Capone: 'I Value My Life Too Much' to Rat

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Prohibition-era American gangster Al Capone once said in a signed deposition he valued his life too much to tell police if he knew who tried to kill his mentor. The Jan. 24, 1925, deposition, to be auctioned next month as part of an "American Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawman" collection, is signed by "Alphonse Capone" on each of its four pages. The deposition was about the attempted assassination of Capone mentor John "Papa Johnny" Torrio, who ... more

Military Family's Vanishing Cat Will Return to Owners by Jet

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A cat named Hemi, who vanished without a trace in 2011 and reappeared just as mysteriously last week, will soon make a jet flight halfway across the country to rejoin the family that never stopped missing him. "It's pretty crazy," said Jennifer Connell, who adopted Hemi in 2009 in North Carolina, but now lives in Bismarck, North Dakota. Hemi was a kitten when Jennifer and her Marine husband, Robert, found him curled up o... more

WWII Veterans Meet Again 70 Years Later

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After seven decades, two U.S. Navy veterans were reunited in Stover last October. Raymond "DeVere" Johnson, 92, of Illinois, believed he was the last survivor of the USS LST-218 until his daughter Cheryl Johnson Brown placed his photo on Facebook. The photo of Johnson, who was a signalman on the ship, was placed online on D-Day, June 6 of last year. It went viral within a week with more than 1 million shares and 74,494 likes and it eventually... more

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