Troublesome South African baboon evicted for raiding homes
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Kataza already had a lengthy rap sheet with Cape Town authorities, so when he organized a band of others to raid a series of suburban homes, he was captured.
Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary
TOKYO (AP) — A tiny but playable Rubik’s Cube, so little it fits on your fingertip, has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900, for delivery starting in December.
Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday.
Orcas knock into sailboats, force Spain to limit yachting
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain has temporarily prohibited yachting across 100 kilometers (62 miles) of its northwestern coast after orca whales apparently got carried away while playing and damaged several sailboats.
Deputies searching for man who stole cat blood from clinic
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man caught on surveillance video is suspected of stealing cat blood from a veterinary clinic in Florida, sheriff's officials said.
Covering the bases: Fenway Park expected as voting venue
BOSTON (AP) — There's the windup, the pitch — and the vote. Election officials in Boston are expected to approve Fenway Park as an early voting venue when they meet Thursday, after Red Sox owner John Henry offered the storied ballpark for voters hesitant to cast ballots indoors.
Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety after shark attack
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — When a shark attacked her husband during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, his pregnant wife didn't think twice, jumping out of a boat to pull him to safety, a sheriff's deputy said.
Complaint flushed: No charge in toilet election display
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor in Michigan has flushed a complaint about a toilet that was promoted as a place to drop absentee ballots.
Renovated Lizzie Borden house on the market, again
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A home where Lizzie Borden lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, is on the market again, after being sold most recently in 2018.
Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured to safety with beef jerky
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A group of mountain bikers on a North Carolina trail spotted a dog trapped 30 feet (9 meters) down in a sinkhole — and it took a salty snack and some straps to lift him to safety.
Snake lands on Mississippi woman as she opens her front door
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A woman in Mississippi received a slithering surprise when she got home from work last week: a snake that had been lodged on top of her front door landed on her head.
Donkey sculpture on front lawn burned in Maine town
BOWDOINHAM, Maine (AP) — A donkey sculpture on a front lawn in a Maine town was set on fire in what one lawmaker called an act of "political terrorism.” The sculpture was burned around 2 a.m.
Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident's apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official.
Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution: an electrified fence around it.
Poop knives, arachnophobic entomologists win 2020 Ig Nobels
Maybe this year's Ig Nobels, the spoof prizes for dubious but humorous scientific achievement, should have been renamed the Ick Nobels.
Dramatic diorama raises ethical issues for Pittsburgh museum
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh museum decided a dramatic diorama that has been on display for more than a century should remain out of public view while it considers ethical issues about its accuracy and appropriateness.
Drone lands in outfield at Wrigley Field, causing delay
CHICAGO (AP) — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center.
Primate monkeys around with student's phone, takes selfies
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it.
Bones to pick, for $8M: Stan the T rex goes up for auction
NEW YORK (AP) — He weighed at least 7 tons and had eyes the size of baseballs. His bite could have crushed a car. He bore scars from fierce prehistoric battles.
Oops: VP Mike Pence missing from some Michigan ballots
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump ... and “Spike?” Local election clerks in Michigan downloading absentee ballots for residents overseas were given ballots that listed Trump's Republican running mate as Jeremy Cohen, who is the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, the Michigan secretary of state's office said.
Sheriff: Fleeing suspect abandons winning lottery ticket
CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A suspect in Georgia left his good luck behind when he abandoned a winning lottery ticket while fleeing sheriff's deputies.
Grandson of Harding and lover wants president's body exhumed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927.
Florida city repeals 13-year ban on saggy pants
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) — After 13 years, a South Florida city has overturned a ban on “saggy pants” — bottoms that reveal the wearer's underwear.
Spartacus the serval cat found safe after escape from home
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A 40-pound (18-kilogram) African serval cat named Spartacus has been found safe and sound after escaping from his home and spending days in the New Hampshire wild.
Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Just Born Quality Confections said it won’t be producing the popular marshmallow sweets for Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day as the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based company prepares for next Easter, PennLive.com reports.