- Snake wrapped around armrest halts Japanese 'bullet' train
TOKYO (AP) — A passenger spotted a snake curled around the armrest of another passenger's seat on a Japanese Shinkansen "bullet" train on Monday, forcing the train to make an unscheduled stop.
- Long dog-gone trip: Florida pooch travels to Boston and back
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Pyrenees mix named Apollo is back home in Florida after a journey that took him to the Boston area.
- Police: Woman robs Arby's restaurant, flees in taxi cab
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman faces armed robbery charges after police say she robbed an Arby's restaurant in Gainesville and then hailed a cab to get away.
- Austrian customs officials find human intestines in luggage
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian customs officials are used to finding unusual items in travelers' luggage. But human intestines were not on their list — until now.
- Bear at Polish zoo finds WWII mortar grenade
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Taking a toy from a bear can be dangerous, especially when the toy is a mortar grenade.
- Swooping, gliding over the Alps at free-flight festival
SAINT HILAIRE DU TOUVET, France (AP) — In wild costumes, wingsuits and even home-made flying machines, thousands of people are gliding through the French Alps in the world's oldest free-flight festival.
- Driver caught using mannequin to drive in carpool lane
BREA, Calif. (AP) — A California driver has been cited for using a mannequin — not the required human being — to drive in the carpool lane.
- Alaska council to vote on cat leash law
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Cats will need leashes just like dogs if a proposal before the Kenai council wins approval.
- Hold your nose: Stinky corpse flower blooms in New Hampshire
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A flower that got its nickname from its putrid smell is blooming at Dartmouth College for the first time since 2011.
- Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels
BOSTON (AP) — A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.