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Officials: NM mom struck by lightning, gives birth

Posted: 07/12/2013 - Authorities say Kendra Villanueva and the baby's father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home.

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China asks if 'happy ending' services are illegal

Posted: 07/01/2013 - China's law enforcers are having an unusually public debate about a delicate topic: Do paid sexual services known as "happy endings" at massage parlors count as crimes if they don't involve actual sexual intercourse?

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911 dispatcher helps Michigan man deliver baby

Posted: 07/01/2013 - A woman who didn't expect to give birth until mid-July delivered a healthy baby girl along a Michigan roadway with help from her husband and coaching from a 911 dispatcher.

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Humerus reunion: Doc returns Vietnamese vet's arm

Posted: 07/01/2013 - Dr. Sam Axelrad brought the skeletal keepsake home to Texas as a reminder that when a badly injured North Vietnamese soldier was brought to him, he did the right thing and fixed him up.

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Two-headed turtle hatches at San Antonio zoo

Posted: 06/27/2013 - A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium.

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Couple lets coffee drinkers choose baby name

Posted: 06/26/2013 - Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer James and 24-year-old Mark Dixon of West Haven tell the New Haven Register they had been struggling between two names for the boy they are expecting in September.

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Wallenda walks tightrope high over Ariz. gorge

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Nik Wallenda studied the plunging walls of the Little Colorado River Gorge before stepping out on a quarter-mile tightrope cable. "Whoo! That's an amazing view."

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Cat nurses orphaned pit bull puppy in Ohio

Posted: 06/20/2013 - Sharon Harvey of the Cleveland Animal Protective League said Wednesday that Lurlene the cat welcomed Noland the puppy to her "unusual little family."

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Fluffy cows: Old beauty practice gains attention

Posted: 06/20/2013 - Grooming cows so they look like unusually large poodles is a well-known beautification practice in the show cattle industry. But although it may be decades old, it's just now getting attention on the Internet.

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Ed Koch's tombstone engraved with wrong birth date

Posted: 06/18/2013 - The engraver, Tommy Flynn, of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services, says it was "an inadvertent error" and that he feels "terrible." He says he'll correct it.

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Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

Posted: 06/17/2013 - Morris, a black-and-white kitten with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa in eastern Mexico with the campaign slogan "Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.

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Bear with head stuck in jar is rescued in Pa.

Posted: 06/17/2013 - Four central Pennsylvania residents said they used only a rope and a flashlight during a wild chase to rescue a young bear whose head had been stuck in a plastic jar for at least 11 days.

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Thai pet shop owner with 14 rare lions arrested

Posted: 06/11/2013 - Thai police found 14 albino lions imported from Africa and hundreds of other protected animals in a warehouse near Bangkok and have arrested a pet shop owner.

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Philippine town honors dog injured saving 2 girls

Posted: 06/10/2013 - Kabang, who lost half her face after jumping in front of a motorcycle to save the lives of two girls, received a rousing welcome Monday in Zamboanga, a city in the southern Philippines.

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Swedish male train drivers wear skirts to work

Posted: 06/10/2013 - Commuters on a train line in northern Stockholm were met with an unusual sight this week: male train drivers and conductors wearing skirts to work.

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