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Former 41-pound fat cat in Texas slims down to 19 pounds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 6:01pm

A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

Beached beaked whale has marine biologists scratching their heads

Lorenzo Ferrigno and Pilar Melendez CNN  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:03pm

The carcass of a deep-sea beaked whale found washed up on a Plymouth, Massachusetts, beach is so rare that it has marine experts confounded: What is its exact species, and how did it get to shore?

Idaho cyclist sparks fire by burning used toilet paper

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 7:02pm

Authorities say a cyclist started a 73-acre wildfire in southwest Idaho by lighting his toilet paper on fire after taking a comfort break.

Florida man wins Hemingway look-alike contest in Key West

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 10:40am

A white-bearded Florida man has won the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his 15th attempt.

Owl with an attitude wins face-off with deputy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 4:51pm

A Boulder County sheriff's deputy got into a face-off with an owl with an attitude, and the owl won.

Doctors in China save man's severed hand by grafting it to his leg

Carina Storrs, Special to CNN  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 12:49pm

A man in China may regain use of his hand after it was cut off in an industrial accident. Even more amazing is how the doctors saved the man's hand: They grafted it onto his leg.

Maine fisherman finds bright orange lobster; his 2nd rarity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 3:11pm

A Maine lobsterman has caught a rare bright orange lobster, the second time he's pulled an odd-colored crustacean from state waters.

Bison attacks woman who was trying to take selfie with it in Yellowstone Park

Jethro Mullen, CNN  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 10:18am

Visitors to Yellowstone Park seem to be having trouble taking in the message that it's not a good idea to get too close to the wild bison that roam the wilderness.

Student blows $90K college fund on trips, shopping; blames parents

Jessica Ivins  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 7:03pm

A college student blew through her $90,000 college fund in just three years, and she says her parents are to blame.

Rwanda park releases relocated lions to restock population

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:21am

Seven lions that were transported from South Africa to Rwanda have been released into a wildlife park after weeks of quarantine, another step in a plan to restore the country's lion population after it was wiped out following Rwanda's 1994 genocide, the park's managers said Tuesday.

Get the waffles! Maple syrup spills on New Hampshire highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:41pm

The only thing missing was the waffles.

Hiker climbs tree to escape coyotes, gets stuck for 5 hours

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:31pm

A hiker trying to escape from coyotes in a wooded area of southern New Jersey has gotten stuck in a tree for nearly five hours.

Putrid-smelling flower attracts large crowds in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 12:51pm

Officials with UC Berkeley's botanical garden say the garden had its busiest day in more than a decade as people flocked to get a whiff of the "corpse flower," a plant known for its pungent odor.

Volcano-like underground fire is put out after a month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 6:30pm

Crews have put out a fire that burned underground in southern New Jersey for a month, melting the ground around it and reaching 1,000 degrees.

Drunk man who jumped in lake to avoid rescuers sent to trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 7:20am

A district judge says a drunken-driving suspect who ran naked from a hospital and jumped into an eastern Pennsylvania lake must stand trial for disorderly conduct and other charges.

Milwaukee man shoots dog, mistaking it for reported lion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 8:50pm

A man who thought he spotted a lion that people have reported seeing wandering on Milwaukee's north side has shot and injured a large pit bull.

Nobody hurt when bull roams Texas State University campus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 6:21am

Learning about livestock took on new meaning at Texas State University when a bull wandered onto the campus.

Half-naked 'Spartans' attract attention of Beijing police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 5:22am

A salad store paraded dozens of half-naked Western men dressed as Spartans through China's capital as a publicity stunt, causing a stir and drawing a crackdown by police who were photographed restraining some of them on the ground.

Report of lion has Milwaukee residents on the lookout

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 7:31pm

A report of a lion roaming a Milwaukee neighborhood has police and others on the lookout.

Obese man biking across US to lose weight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 4:21pm

A 560-pound (254-kilogram) man biking across the United States to lose weight hit a snag in Rhode Island.