Home investor finds staircase booby-trapped with a knife
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise — a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife.
Nightmare: Man's car stolen while he's asleep in back seat
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A man's nap in the back of his car in Delaware turned into a nightmare after the car he was sleeping in was stolen and crashed.
Hungry bear goes for ride after getting stuck on trash truck
WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — Drivers were startled to see a hungry bear that got stuck in the back of garbage truck and took a ride across a stretch of eastern North Carolina.
Cockroaches named after exes to be fed to Texas zoo animals
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help. The El Paso Zoo is running a promotion called "Quit Bugging Me" that allows people to name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former friends or anyone else on the nope list.
Woman finds tiger in house, tells dispatch: 'I'm not lying'
HOUSTON (AP) — A woman who called Houston's non-emergency dispatch line after discovering a tiger inside a cage at an abandoned home told the shocked dispatcher: "I'm not lying."
Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.
Russia teen refits car, gets shoutout from Elon Musk
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian teenager has refitted his car to drive it backward, and got a shoutout from Tesla's CEO Elon Musk. But this didn't stop the police from stripping him of the car registration.
Camels found wandering in Arizona yard are back home
SAHUARITA, Ariz. (AP) — Two camels in southern Arizona are back home after going for an impromptu trek in the desert. Pima County sheriff's officials said authorities Tuesday found the owners of the runaway camels.
Police: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger. They called the city on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene.
Man who robbed bank slips and spills cash in front of cop
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Police say a man who had just robbed a bank in Maine ran across four lanes of traffic and a restaurant parking lot before slipping on ice and dropping his gun and the money in front of a state police special agent.
Volunteer discovers $4,000 inside donated book in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of dollars found inside a donated book has been returned to the former owner. KPNX-TV reports that volunteer Cathy McAllister was sorting books for a charity book sale in Phoenix last weekend when she found $4,000 in a chamber cut inside "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."
Haunted by jeers, town rethinks teen trick-or-treat penalty
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city's penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change.
Man who dumped tuna in woods pleads guilty, gets probation
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caught a tuna out of season and then dumped the headless, 400-pound carcass in the woods has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to related charges.
Not a rom-com: Mom scouting date for son draws campus ire
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — It's almost Valentine's Day, and at Towson University in Maryland a mother has been trying so hard to find a date for her son that police are concerned.
Troopers: Teen arrested for taking control of Alaska flight
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested after he briefly took control of a small plane during a short commercial flight over western Alaska, authorities said.
Utah students find handgun in snowbank at school bus stop
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — A Utah school district is praising two elementary school students who reported to a school bus driver that they'd found a handgun in a snow bank at their bus stop.
House call turns into horse call for police in Minnesota
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis resident reported a strange intruder in her basement. It was a horse.
NY woman resorts to baseball bat after patty not available
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who couldn't get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest. On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx — smashing a restaurant's windows after learning the eatery had run out of her favorite food.
Texas students don wigs in tribute to late painter Bob Ross
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — There were lots of happy little trees at one Texas middle school this week. Art students at Madison Middle School in Abilene donned their curliest wigs and painted little trees onto canvases to pay homage to the late painter Bob Ross.
Police: Man revived after overdose steals, crashes cruiser
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's capital city say a man stole a police cruiser just minutes after officers revived him from an overdose.
Dog defends owner from rabid raccoon during Poconos hike
BUSHKILL, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a hiker in Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains was attacked by a rabid raccoon and defended by his dog, who pulled the varmint off.
Texas grandma uses child's scooter to fight off masked men
TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas woman used her granddaughter's scooter to defend herself against a pair of machete-wielding men wearing clown masks who attempted to rob the woman and her husband.
A dying disk: Warm weather deteriorates river's wheel of ice
WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine's giant spinning ice disk may soon meet its end because of unseasonably warm weather. The Portland Press Herald reports the disk in the Presumpscot River has lost most of the shape and appearance that made it look like a blue moon.
Tip leads to cocaine stashed in jailed man's prosthetic leg
STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — The discovery of cocaine inside a Virginia inmate's prosthetic leg has led to an investigation into a suspected drug distribution operation at that jail.
Russians take to social media to celebrate the cold spell
MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of Russia's Urals and Siberia, where temperatures recently plunged to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (Celsius) have taken to social media to celebrate the cold.