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California officers reunite 250-pound tortoise with owners

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 9:39pm

A 250-pound tortoise that wandered away from its home has been rescued after California Highway Patrol officers found it on the side of a road.

The Latest: Expert captures alligator at Chicago lagoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 9:57am

The Latest on alligator captured in a lagoon in a Chicago public park (all times local):

Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:11am

The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida.

Welsh street named steepest in world; New Zealand loses out

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:44am

A street in Wales has been designated the steepest in the world after a successful campaign by residents.

75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 9:58pm

A 75-year-old Florida man says he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog.

Iguana thrown in restaurant incident reunited with owner

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 8:48pm

An iguana that a man allegedly used as a weapon has been reunited with its rightful owner.

Utah actors stage musical in crosswalk ahead of 'Mamma Mia!' play

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted Jul 13th - 5:04pm

Cast members of Taylorsville Arts Council's production of "Mamma Mia!" practiced their blocking — literally — in a crosswalk Saturday, entertaining drivers as they sang and danced in the street.

Toxic lake in Russia's Siberia becomes selfie sensation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 2:57am

Residents of a city in Siberia don't need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents — ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds — have been busy instagramming near a bright blue lake nicknamed the "Siberian Maldives."

A Capitol offense? Cannabis found in Statehouse flower beds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 7:43am

Almost three dozen cannabis plants have been found growing in the flower beds in front of the Vermont Statehouse, police said Friday.

Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 1:29pm

Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland.

9-week-old kitten well after rescue from car's subframe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 1:04pm

A 9-week-old kitten survived a 30-mile (48-kilometer) trip trapped in the frame of a car.

Photo shows black bear relaxing at New Hampshire hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 12:29pm

It seems bears enjoy a good view just like any other visitor to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Rattlesnake, uranium, whiskey found during traffic stop

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 10:23am

Police in Oklahoma say they found a rattlesnake, a canister of radioactive powdered uranium and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey during a traffic stop of a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Driver escapes injury when saguaro cactus pierces windshield

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 12:49pm

Arizona authorities say a driver escaped injury when his car's windshield was pierced by the trunk of a saguaro cactus during a wreck Wednesday on the outskirts of Tucson.

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:49pm

A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island.

St. Louis couple rolls all 7s and 11s with daughter's birth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 9:17am

A St. Louis couple has rolled all 7s and 11s with the birth of their daughter.

Doughnuts with filling syringes nixed from Minnesota fair

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 11:14am

Doughnuts with a side of syringes have been nixed from the Minnesota State Fair after the offering was roundly criticized.

Fearless dog chases bear from neighbor's yard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 4:39am

A New Jersey man is promising to give his neighbor's dog a steak for chasing a black bear from his backyard.

Maine couple buys home that inspired 'The Conjuring'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:31am

A Maine couple has bought a Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the horror movie "The Conjuring."