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

    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. Broadcaster KGTV-TV said the unnamed woman...

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

    Ask police in Portland, Oregon, why the chicken crossed the road, and law enforcement has no idea either. In an unusual release, the Portland Police Bureau said officers were dispatched this week to a report of a chicken crossing a rush-hour...

  • Arizona math teacher arrives drunk to class and keeps drinking

    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. Kathleen Jardine, 57, a teacher at Poston Butte...

  • Alabama teenager sent home from school over dyed-red hair

    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. Hayleigh Black, a 15-year-old student at Muscle Shoals High School in...

  • Red road

    A truck spilled its load of what was described as "cranberry sludge" on a Boston-area highway, painting the road red and slowing traffic during the morning commute. The truck shed its load on Interstate 95 north in Woburn at about dawn on...

  • Santa surprise

    Santa Claus has paid an early visit to New York, much to the bafflement of residents and tourists. Father Christmas, along with 15 Rockettes dressed as rag dolls, stood on a Radio City Music Hall porch as 12 Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers...

  • Comedy signs

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet valuable safety messages for electronic highway message boards. The contest was inspired by a message posted on highways in May that...

  • Ferrari sold for record €28.5 million

    Ferrari sold for record €28.5 million

    A rare Ferrari has been sold at auction for a record price of £22.84 million (€28.5 million). One of just 39 models made and regarded as one of the greatest Ferraris, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta went under the hammer at Bonhams' auction in...

  • Cannon balls blasted

    About 180 Civil War-era cannonballs found in the grounds of the US's oldest arsenal have been detonated in a New York quarry. Army 1st Sergeant Kieran Dollard of the Fort Drum-based 725th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit said the cannonballs were...

  • Whiskey drunk

    The former live-in caretaker of a US mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding. A judge last year ordered 63-year-old John Saunders, of Irwin, Pittsburgh, to...

  • Love selfies

    Love selfies

    Paris hopes to persuade couples to end the unwelcome recent tradition of fixing padlocks to the River Seine's ageing bridges, and instead upload hashtagged selfies to a website dedicated to enduring love. With giant stickers in French, English and...

  • Home front

    Surrounded by barbed wire, sandbags and mud, the 18-metre trench is barely distinguishable from those occupied by British soldiers fighting in the First World War almost a century ago. The enormous dugout has been painstakingly recreated by an...

  • Bright cream

    Food scientists have developed an ice-cream that glows in the dark - which comes in especially handy when you're trying to eat in partial darkness. The treat, created by food designers Bompas and Parr for Wall's, was dished out at Vue in London's...

  • '€624k' for fort property on Thames

    '€624k' for fort property on Thames

    By today's standards, half a million pounds for a cavernous property with unrivalled views across the Thames might sound like a bargain. A disused fort with the memorable address of Number 1, The Thames, has gone up for sale with a guide price of...

  • Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

    Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

     An Australian hospital apologised on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when...

  • He was a lion

    Officers spent hours looking for a mountain lion on the loose from a pet shop, but later said the threat was based on a false report. Police in South Carolina said 55-year-old Bill Lunsford reported a burglar breaking into the store and letting...

  • Zoo hatches very rare tiny turtle

    Zoo hatches very rare tiny turtle

    One of the world's rarest turtles has hatched at a British zoo and is currently the size of a matchbox. The tiny six-week-old Vietnamese box turtle, a critically endangered species, weighs just half an ounce. It hatched after being kept at a...

  • Choking driver

    A US police officer saved a motorist in Kalamazoo, Michigan, who was choking after stopping her for driving through a red light. Officer Jason Gates realised the woman could not breathe when he approached her vehicle, so he hit her on the back to...

  • Spider makes headlines on bulletin

    A spider "photobombed" a live BBC news bulletin when it crawled across the screen to catch an insect. The spider, which appeared to be a giant in the shot, invaded the early morning edition of Reporting Scotland when it crept across the lens of...

  • Tiger selfies

    New York's internet romeos will have to find new ways to attract mates now that it is illegal to pose for photos with a tiger, lion or other big cat. The practice is popular on online dating sites but denounced by wildlife advocates as potentially...

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