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Owl kills canary during high-rise apartment raid in Idaho

August 18, 2014 - 2:28pm
SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An owl killed a canary after swooping into a 10th-floor apartment in Idaho, the canary's owner said on Monday.

1,000-pound alligator snared in Alabama hunt

August 18, 2014 - 1:02pm
(Reuters) - Hunters in Alabama snared an alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds, the largest ever caught in a legal hunt in the state, conservation officials said on Monday.

Why did the chicken cross the road? Oregon cops don't know

August 15, 2014 - 3:43pm
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Ask police in Portland, Oregon, why the chicken crossed the road, and law enforcement has no idea either.

Alabama teenager sent home from school over dyed-red hair

August 15, 2014 - 3:22pm
(Reuters) - An Alabama teenager with dyed-red hair was sent home from school by her principal over concerns that her mane was too bright and distracting, the girl's mother said on Friday.

'Ball of fury' cat traps California mother, daughter for hours: report

August 14, 2014 - 5:42pm
(Reuters) - A family cat turned into a "ball of fury" and trapped a California woman and her daughter in a bedroom for hours, forcing them to dial 911 so police could coax the feline from the house, local media said Thursday.

Arizona math teacher arrives drunk to class and keeps drinking: police

August 14, 2014 - 4:22pm
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona math teacher arrived drunk at her high school and hit the bottle again in the classroom, where she yelled at her students before one of the pupils alerted administrators, authorities said on Thursday.

Saks barks legal threat at pet firm Snaks 5th Avenchew

August 14, 2014 - 10:47am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saks Fifth Avenue has a bone to pick with Snaks 5th Avenchew, an online pet treat company whose name has raised the New York department store chain's ire. But so far, the doggie snack purveyor is sticking to its puns.

Alaskan woman, mauled by bear, walks to truck and drives to hospital

August 14, 2014 - 2:48am
JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A 57-year-old Alaskan hiker survived after being mauled by a brown bear on a wilderness trail, walking more than a mile to her truck and driving to hospital after the attack, state police reported on Wednesday.

Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

August 13, 2014 - 11:30pm
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients.

Body of American found in suitcase in Indonesian island of Bali

August 13, 2014 - 1:54pm
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The body of an American tourist from Chicago has been found stuffed into a suitcase in Indonesia's resort island of Bali and the victim's daughter and her boyfriend have been arrested for what police suspect was a gruesome murder.

Times Square's costumed superheroes fight back against bad press

August 13, 2014 - 4:54am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York's Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny.

Sinkhole swallows car in western Pennsylvania

August 13, 2014 - 4:53am
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A woman was hospitalized on Tuesday after her car fell into a sinkhole that opened up in a Pittsburgh-area parking lot, officials said.

Portland bridge for sale, if you have somewhere to put it

August 12, 2014 - 2:25pm
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - If you have somewhere to put it, local officials in Portland, Oregon, are offering a decrepit 1,100-foot-long (335-meter-long)steel bridge at a knock-down price.

Officials kill otter after rare attack on humans in river near Seattle

August 12, 2014 - 10:34am
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The river otter believed to be responsible for a rare attack on humans that left a Washington state boy and his grandmother badly hurt has been killed, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

Mother charged after son sets himself on fire for Facebook video

August 12, 2014 - 6:42am
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina woman is accused of helping record her teenage son set himself on fire after he doused his body with fingernail polish as part of a social media stunt, police said.

Python caught in Florida is chief suspect in mystery of missing cats

August 12, 2014 - 3:27am
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The evidence is circumstantial but the case looks strong. Multiple cats missing without a trace, a freshly killed body, and one well-fed, 120-pound Burmese python lurking in the Florida underbrush.

Out on bail, man breaks into Boston Police car for nap: police

August 11, 2014 - 10:45am
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Connecticut man charged with stealing a taxi cab stepped out of a Boston Police Department station house and into an empty patrol car for a nap early on Monday morning, police said.

Cash-stuffed bra lands Florida woman in trouble at airport

August 8, 2014 - 4:11pm
(Reuters) - Padding in her bra and girdle got a Florida woman some unwelcome attention at a U.S. airport.

Win in police doughnut-eating contest sparks U.S. man's arrest

August 8, 2014 - 1:25pm
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The sweet victory for a North Carolina man who beat police officers in a doughnut-eating contest this week soured after a newspaper story about the win led to his arrest on breaking and entering charges.

Toddler slides through White House gate, alarming Secret Service

August 7, 2014 - 7:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A toddler squeezed through the White House gates on Thursday evening, causing a brief security lockdown on Pennsylvania Avenue and amusing White House reporters awaiting late-breaking news on Iraq.