- Animal rights protest scrapped after "greased pig" dust-up
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a "Greased Pig on Ice," but withdrew it after learning there's no pig in the act — just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail.
- New York City officials decide it's too cold for ice fest
NEW YORK (AP) — It's too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival.
- Iran rules "decadent" Valentine's Day celebrations a crime
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it is cracking down on Valentine's Day celebrations and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime.
- Russian Orthodox Church allowed to return debt in prayers
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money.
- Police: Suspect in 4 heists needed money for kitty litter
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a Pittsburgh woman jailed in four recent store robberies told police she needed money for dog food and kitty litter.
- Sea lion found starving in San Diego restaurant on the mend
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Veterinarians say a starving sea lion rescued last week after finding its way into a fancy San Diego restaurant is on the mend.
- Boston program allows smokers to vote with their butts
BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question.
- Hating Valentine's Day? Goodwill says donate your ex's stuff
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine's Day?
- Thousands of thumbtacks found in California dog park
HERCULES, Calif. (AP) — Police say they have stepped up patrols and are considering putting cameras to try to catch whoever is spreading thousands of thumbtacks across a Northern California dog park.
- AP PHOTOS: Jumping donkey leaps to fame in Egyptian village
AL-ARID, Egypt (AP) — A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species' well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command.