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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.

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.

560-pound man biking across US to lose weight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 4:01pm

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