- Dog not gone: Rescue in the Columbia Gorge
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped.
- Police: Baby Jesus taken, replaced with pig's head
HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — A mayor in Massachusetts is outraged that someone stole a baby Jesus statue from a church's Nativity scene and replaced it with a pig's head.
- Paws by Claus: Santa delivers for animal shelter
MADISON, N.J. (AP) — Santa Claus went to work on Christmas Day for an animal shelter.
- Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend
NEW DELHI (AP) — Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend — resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.
- Snow-capped summits give Hawaii a white Christmas
HONOLULU (AP) — A rare blizzard that dusted two island mountaintops gave tourists and residents in Hawaii a white Christmas.
- Man in a kayak helps nab suspected mail thief
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief.
- Bear loose in suburban Phoenix is finally wrangled
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona wildlife managers say they believe the black bear that was spotted twice this week in a Phoenix suburb but eluded capture finally has been caught.
- Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn't dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees.
- Kayaker rescued on pond with Charlie Brown cutout
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts fire officials have come to the rescue of a capsized kayaker who may have been trying to install a Charlie Brown cutout on a raft that holds a Christmas tree at the center of a pond.
- Cards Against Humanity buys 6-acre Maine island
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Cards Against Humanity has purchased a 6-acre private island in Maine and is doling out 1-square-foot parcels to participants in its holiday fundraising campaign.