(CNN) - "My dog is having nervous breakdown."
"My toe is stuck in a faucet."
"I got upset watching 'The Hunger Games.'"
"I'm having my dead grandmother dug up for a police investigation."
These are just a few of the creative excuses workers gave to explain their absence from work in a survey with HR firm CareerBuilder.
The company says 30 percent of workers over the past year called in sick even when they were not.
The survey also shows that 22 percent used the days for doctor's appointments, 16 percent used sick days for catching up on sleep and over 30 percent used the days when people just didn't want to go to work.
But if you're thinking of playing hooky you may want to think twice. Almost 30 percent of employers said they checked up on their employees by either calling them or requiring a doctor's note.
A man who was wrongly convicted of second degree murder in 2009 has been set free after spending four years in prison.
Investigators are trying to determine who dumped a dog on the side of the road inside a zipped up Coors Light thermal bag.
A man once featured on the Cattaraugus County Top 10 Most Wanted List has pleaded guilty after being extradited from Indiana.
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New research shows three popular methods of quitting smoking do not increase risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Sergio Rodriguez announced Tuesday that he intends to run for the Buffalo School Board. He plans to run for one of three seats that will be up for election in May.