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Last Update on December 29, 2014 08:09 GMT


WEST FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) -- Not to put too fine a point on it -- but a Pennsylvania town feels it has certainly "nailed" its New Year's Eve celebration -- by combining it with its bicentennial celebration. While Times Square drops a lighted crystal ball, the town of West Fairview will drop a 7-foot-nail as it counts down to 2015. The local newspaper says the nail is made out of wood and has been crafted by local artists. It weighs 50 pounds. Why a nail? It's a tribute to the Harrisburg Nail Works -- a now defunct mill that used to employ many town residents. Organizers say when the nail goes down, the curtain will go up on the observance of the town's 200th anniversary in 2015. In case you're wondering, West Fairview isn't the only strange New Year's Eve observance in the state. In neighboring Mechanicsburg, a giant wrench is dropped and in Dillsburg, a giant pickle is lowered to usher in the new year.


HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- A couple in central Pennsylvania got a special Christmas treat: three babies. reports a woman gave birth to triplets on Dec. 25 -- identical twin girls and a boy. The newborns arrived two months early. The parents are Courtney Stash and Justin Dwyer of Myerstown. And they say twins run in both of their families. But Dwyer says he was still blown away when he learned he had three born. Federal health stats say the chance of triplets is about 124 per 100,000 births.


WELLINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- I'll have the yak, please -- and well done. It may not be what you say at your favorite restaurant -- yet. But some farmers in Kentucky are hoping that for more Americans, yak will be a go-to meal soon. Greg Dike has 44 yaks on 32 acres of land. He describes yak meat as "very tender, juicy" -- and says it doesn't have the gamy taste bison and deer have. Another bonus: yak is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Those chemicals are thought to reduce heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It took a brave climber, a lot of courage -- and some sturdy rope. But A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in Oregon has been rescued. It happened along the Columbia Gorge, where a 3-year-old dog named Sandy snapped her leash and tumbled 150 feet down a cliff. A climber rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped. He fitted a rescue harness on the frightened pooch -- and both were hoisted to safety.




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