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Norway cheese fire shuts down road tunnel

Posted: 01/23/2013 - A road tunnel in northern Norway will be shut for several weeks after a 27-ton truckload of sweet goat's milk cheese caught fire.

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Mass. thieves thwarted by restaurant cash register

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Police say three masked men who tried to rob a Chinese restaurant in Massachusetts ran away empty handed because they couldn't figure out how to open the cash register.

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Was that you? Foul odor stinks up northern France

Updated: 01/22/2013 - A foul-smelling cloud of gas from a chemical factory has spread across parts of northern France, prompting scores of overnight calls to emergency services from fearful residents.

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Artist's Twinkies obsession spans 4 decades

Posted: 01/22/2013 - The prolific Reno artist says she was first influenced to focus on Twinkies in 1975 by Andy Warhol, who demonstrated that even a Campbell's soup can could be an object of art.

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NASA's older Mars rover notches another milestone

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Some 5,000 miles away from the limelight surrounding Curiosity's every move, Opportunity this week quietly embarks on its tenth year of exploration — a sweet milestone since it was only tasked to work for three months.

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Polite British vandal guilty of damaging cars

Posted: 01/21/2013 - A British professor who specializes in cities and urban life has been convicted of damaging luxury cars with graffiti that was surprisingly polite.

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Sheriff: California burglar was using sauna

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Authorities in Northern California say a man arrested in nothing but a trench coat and socks after a break-in told investigators he had been using the homeowner's sauna.

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Explorer's rare Scotch returned to Antarctic stash

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Three bottles of rare, 19th century Scotch found beneath the floor boards of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton's abandoned expedition base were returned to the polar continent Saturday

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21 invasive pythons killed so far in Fla. contest

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Even experienced hunters with special permits to regularly stalk the exotic snake through Florida's swamplands are having trouble finding them for a state-sponsored competition.

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SUV plunges into California apartment pool

Posted: 01/18/2013 - Merced police say 69-year-old Pamela Gwyn was in her Chevy Blazer on a city street Wednesday when for an unknown reason she failed to make a right turn and lost control of the vehicle.

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Ohio ex-teacher sues, says she fears young kids

Posted: 01/16/2013 - A former high school teacher is accusing school district administrators of discriminating against her because of a rare phobia she says she has: a fear of young children.

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Russian soldiers ordered to start wearing socks

Posted: 01/15/2013 - Since the late 17th century, Russian soldiers have been using wraps, rectangular strips of cloth that are carefully wrapped around their bare feet to prevent blisters from tall heavy boots with no laces.

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Hog-nosed skunk causes stir at Grand Canyon

Posted: 01/15/2013 - The striped creatures are usually found in southeastern Arizona, Texas and Mexico. But one of them somehow made its way north of the Colorado River last year.

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Germany: Robbers dig 100-foot tunnel to raid bank

Posted: 01/15/2013 - German police say robbers dug a 30-meter (100-foot) tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they left to cover their tracks.

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Passenger has baby aboard flight to Armenia

Posted: 01/14/2013 - A passenger has given birth aboard a plane flying to Armenia and named her daughter after one of the flight attendants who helped with the delivery.

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Fla. 'python challenge' draws about 800 hunters

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Nearly 800 people signed up for the month-long "Python Challenge" that started Saturday afternoon. The vast majority — 749 — are members of the general public who lack the permits usually required

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Obama won't support building 'Death Star'

Posted: 01/14/2013 - More than 34,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to build the "Star Wars" inspired super-weapon to spur job growth and bolster national defense.

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Snake clings to plane wing on Australian flight

Posted: 01/11/2013 - Stunned Qantas Airways passengers watched out their windows as a large python clung to a plane's wing during a two-hour flight from Australia's northeastern city of Cairns to Papua New Guinea.

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Large pet reptile found guarding Calif. pot stash

Posted: 01/11/2013 - Authorities in Northern California made a snappy discovery during a routine probation check: An alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth," who was apparently protecting a stash of marijuana.

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