Woman uses shovel to kill cobra slithering on her patio
FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman used a shovel to kill a cobra she saw slithering on the patio of her apartment. Kathy Kehoe said the squawking of some blue jays outside her unit caught her attention Monday.
Puppy who disappeared after crash found 13 days later
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A recently adopted puppy that disappeared after her owner crashed in Arizona survived 13 days in the mountains and has been reunited with her owner.
Historical marker commemorates reported alien abduction
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A historical marker has been placed near the river where two men in southern Mississippi said they were abducted by aliens in 1973.
Flying Wallendas safely cross Times Square on high wire
NEW YORK (AP) — Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement.
Scamp the Tramp wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest
Scamp the Tramp will never win a beauty contest. But he's won an ugly one. The bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch took top honors Friday night at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.
The Latest: Scamp the Tramp wins California Ugly Dog Contest
The Latest on the Ugly Dog Contest in California (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Scamp the Tramp's looks have made him a winner — but it wasn't a beauty contest.
Firefighter uses YouTube duck calls to rescue ducklings
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A flock of ducklings is safe in suburban Denver after a firefighter used a recording of duck calls to coax some of them from a storm drain.
Bear enters Montana home, settles in for nap in closet
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a black bear somehow locked itself inside a Montana home and then nestled onto a closet shelf that wasn't too hard, wasn't too soft, but just right for a nap.
Rocky the escaped African cat spotted again in Virginia
FRANKLIN, Va. (AP) — The exotic African cat that escaped from its owner's house has been spotted again in Virginia, this time more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) from its North Carolina home.
Some Miami Beach residents fed up with smelly seaweed
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida's most famous beaches has had an unwelcome guest for the past several years — smelly, brown seaweed — and now residents want something done about it.
Naked man causes brief disruption at Detroit Metro airport
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man took off more than his belt and shoes at a Detroit Metropolitan Airport security checkpoint, and that he got completely naked before trying to pass through a metal detector.
UK study shows seal singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'
LONDON (AP) — Researchers in Scotland say gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
Prosecutor: Theft ring took $4 million in used cooking oil
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal agents say they've mopped up a theft ring involving 21 co-conspirators, responsible for stealing a precious commodity: $3.9 million worth of used cooking oil known as "yellow grease."
German firefighters rescue squirrel stuck in manhole cover
BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters, police and a veterinary clinic combined forces to rescue a red squirrel that had gotten its tiny head stuck in a manhole cover in the western German city of Dortmund.
Court rules against Colorado man seeking full lottery prize
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado court has rejected a man's claim he should be the sole recipient of a $4.8 million lottery prize. The Denver Post reports the Colorado Court of Appeals says Amir Massihzadeh is only eligible for a third of the November 2005 jackpot.
Veterinarian: Bulldog swallows 19 baby pacifiers
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston veterinary hospital got quite a surprise recently when a family brought in their bulldog after he stopped eating.
Florida police find prosthetic ear owner after Facebook post
HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida trying to find the rightful owner of a prosthetic ear that washed up on their beach got a happy phone call from South Carolina on Thursday.
Norway islanders want to go 'time-free' when sun doesn't set
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn't set for 69 days of the year want to go "time-free" and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days.
The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.
Woman trapped in St. Louis jail stairwell for 2.5 days
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman was trapped in a St. Louis jail stairwell for more than two days after not understanding how to get out of the building.
Urn with man's ashes stolen after funeral
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Family members say someone stole an urn with a man's ashes after his funeral in Pennsylvania. A service for 42-year-old Sam Abreght was held over the weekend at the Salvation Army in York.
Man caught at JFK smuggling 34 finches in hair curlers
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a 39-year-old Connecticut man has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F.
'Baby' found dead near park turns out to be realistic doll
NEW YORK (AP) — Horror and alarm over the discovery of what appeared to be the body of a dead baby at a New York City park turned to relief, and probably some embarrassment, Tuesday when the blue-skinned corpse was later revealed to be a realistic-looking doll.
Thou shalt not steal thy neighbor's surveillance camera
HAUGHTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a burglar effectively caught himself red-handed, unwittingly livestreaming his theft of a neighbor's new surveillance camera.
Police: Man faked heart attack while accomplice robbed store
MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Police say a man faked a heart attack in a Massachusetts convenience store while his accomplice hopped over the counter to steal money from the register.