Dog and goat serving as mayor raise money for a playground
FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor have helped raise money to renovate a Vermont community playground.
Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring
Some beetles go to great — and disgusting — lengths for their children. They scout for a dead mouse or bird, dig a hole and bury it, pluck its fur or feathers, roll its flesh into a ball and cover it in goop — all to feed their future offspring.
Hell to pay: Arson shakes a Church of Satan community
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Church of Satan are grieving the destruction of a historic “Halloween House” north of New York City that authorities say was set ablaze this week by an unidentified arsonist.
Humane Society: 97 cats survive house fire; some injured
PERINTON, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 100 cats have survived a house fire in a town outside Rochester, New York, according to an animal protection group.
Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake.
Unexpected win has UConn fans downing hot sauce for charity
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn fan Bryan Jackson says he thought his taste buds were safe when he joked last week on Twitter that he'd drink a spoonful of hot sauce if his Huskies came from behind to beat Marquette.
Cafe, croissant, worms? EU agency says worms safe to eat
ROME (AP) — The vaunted Mediterranean diet and French gastronomy are getting some competition: The European Union's food safety agency says worms are safe to eat.
Missing cat turns up 3 years after California disaster
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A pet cat believed killed along with her owner in a huge mudslide has been found three years later. The Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara County says the calico named Patches was brought in as a stray last month and a microchip scan revealed her identity.
Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science.
Doggie desserts: Ben & Jerry's enters the pet food business
Think your dog deserves dessert? So does Ben & Jerry's. The venerable Vermont ice cream company said Monday it’s introducing a line of frozen dog treats, its first foray into the lucrative pet food market.
Mayor of Houston suburb chosen by pulling a name from hat
DICKINSON, Texas (AP) — The race to be the mayor of a Houston suburb ended this week with the winner’s name being drawn from a top hat.
Plenty of overhead in this market: Betting on drone races
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — In the “gamblers will bet on absolutely anything” category, here's a new one: A major sports book is taking bets on aerial drone races.
Identical twins aren't perfect clones, research shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re an identical twin who’s always resisted being called a clone of your sibling, scientists say you have a point.
American idle: New Hampshire House holds drive-in session
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Bumper-to-bumper parking replaced the usual shoulder-to-shoulder seating for the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday as one of the world’s largest legislative bodies convened from the socially distant confines of their cars instead of the Statehouse.
Pennsylvania lawmaker joins familiar incumbent — her son
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An incumbent Pennsylvania state representative was joined by a familiar face when lawmakers took the oath of office Tuesday — his own mother.
On the llam: 'Very chill' llama found wandering off highway
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A passerby spotted a wandering llama in a field off an interstate in Massachusetts and with the help of an animal control officer, brought it to a farm for safekeeping.
Fishermen rescue naked fugitive from Australian tree
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two fishermen have rescued a naked fugitive who they found sitting on a tree branch in Australian crocodile habitat.
Seattle musician, podcaster apologizes for 'bean dad' story
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle indie rocker and podcaster John Roderick has apologized for a story he told online about making his young daughter spend six hours learning how to use a can opener.
Utah man pleads guilty in Yellowstone dig seeking treasure
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Utah man has pleaded guilty after authorities said he was caught digging in a Yellowstone National Park cemetery in search of hidden treasure.
Massachusetts lawmaker wants to name official state dinosaur
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts state lawmaker is asking for the public's help to select an official state dinosaur. State Rep. Jack Lewis tweeted Monday that he plans on filing the legislation on Jan.
Remorseful man returns statue's stolen sword after 40 years
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A veteran returned a sword he stole from a statue of a Revolutionary War general 40 years ago, telling the head of the Massachusetts town's historical commission that he regretted taking it.