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That's not carry-on: Loose snake slumbers on Alaska flight

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:36pm

Anna McConnaughy was flying to Alaska's largest city when the announcement came over the intercom: a passenger on a previous flight had brought a pet snake on board.

AP PHOTOS: Gaza Barber blazes hair styles with fiery method

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:35am

Palestinian barber Ramadan Adwan has found a fiery way to trim his client's hair — if they are brave enough.

Photos: A look at some of the best costumes from FanX

Carter Williams  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:50pm

Salt Lake Comic Con kicked off FanX Friday, which brought hoards of unique and creative costumes to the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin

Cara Lombardo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 1:57pm

Wisconsin resident Jean Smith snatches up entire stocks of her beloved Kerrygold Irish butter from stores when visiting family in Nebraska, thanks to an antiquated law in her dairy-obsessed state that bans it and any other butter that hasn't been graded for quality.

New York court to determine if chimp is legally a person

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 5:17pm

Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights?

Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706-carat diamond in village

Clarence Roy-MacAulay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:57pm

A pastor in Sierra Leone has discovered the largest uncut diamond found in more than four decades in this West African country and has turned it over to the government, saying he hopes it helps to boost recent development in his impoverished nation.

Teenager finds 7.44 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:54pm

A teenager has found a 7.44 carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas.

The Latest: Lawyer argues that a chimp is legally a person

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:50pm

The Latest on arguments in court over whether a chimpanzee should be treated as a person with legal rights (all times local):

Police: Man checks out of hospital, steals ambulance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:40am

Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance.

What a croc: Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:46pm

What a croc!

Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:40pm

A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued at about $150,000 in his unit.

Michigan college student's dating resume goes viral

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:06pm

A Michigan State University student has received dozens of phone calls after creating and sharing a dating resume.

Thou shalt not smuggle: Woman hides drugs in inmate's Bible

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:36am

Today's Bible lesson: It's a bad idea to use the good book to smuggle drugs into jail.

Crocodile attacks Aussie teen who jumped into river on dare

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:12pm

An Australian teen who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare was recovering from serious wounds to his arm, officials said Monday, as authorities recovered the body of another man who also may have been attacked by a crocodile in nearby waters.

You're nabbed! French gendarmes find thief stuck in window

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:30am

Arrests can't come any easier than this.

Fugitive nabbed after using a store rewards card in Florida

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:10am

Key West police detectives nabbed a man wanted in Georgia for an assortment of violent crimes, including felony strangulation and aggravated assault with a weapon — after he used a store rewards card, which tipped authorities off to his whereabouts.

Quacks on the tracks: NYPD rescues duck from subway line

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 8:52pm

It wasn't an ordinary police call for someone trying to duck a subway fare.

Lack of comma sense ignites debate after ruling in $10M suit

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 3:04pm

It all came down to a missing comma, and not just any one. And it's reignited a longstanding debate over whether the punctuation is necessary.

Police: Robber breaks leg, calls for help, gets arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 1:57pm

A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway — first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling the authorities to help him.

Hamsters left off list of Amherst College mascot finalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 11:35am

Amherst College has whittled its list of possible new athletic mascots to five and, sorry, rodent fans, the Hamsters didn't make the cut.