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Lyin' den? China zoo replaces big cat with big dog

Posted: 08/16/2013 - A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive breed has a trademark bushy mane that gives it a lion-like appearance.

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'Bucket List Bandit' gets 11 years sentence in Pa.

Posted: 08/16/2013 - A bank robber nicknamed the "Bucket List Bandit" after allegedly telling a Utah teller he had just four months to live was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in federal prison for a string of heists spanning 10 states.

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British cat DNA database helps convict killer

Updated: 08/16/2013 - A British university said Wednesday that its DNA database of British felines helped convict a man of manslaughter, illustrating how the genetic material of pets can be used by crime scene investigators.

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Survivors of Ore. boat explosion include 2 cats

Updated: 08/16/2013 - When the engine of their tuna boat exploded last week, owners Mark and Cynthia Schneider had no choice but to jump into the ocean and leave behind their two cats on the doomed vessel.

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Knitters cover Pittsburgh's Warhol Bridge in yarn

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Volunteers worked all weekend to attach 580 blanket-size, hand-knitted panels to the pedestrian walkways on the downtown bridge, and riggers attached larger panels to the towers.

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Divorce-related legal feud in Ohio lasts 17 years

Posted: 08/13/2013 - A 17-year legal fight between two law professors over their divorce and continuing disputes has drawn criticism from judges who say the pair set a bad example.

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Animal welfare group damages Iowa butter cow

Updated: 08/13/2013 - An animal welfare group poured red paint over the Iowa State Fair's butter cow, but the damage was quickly scraped away and the iconic sculpture is back on display.

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Norway leader goes undercover as taxi driver

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg dressed up as a taxi driver and took passengers around Oslo in an unusual election campaign stunt.

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Mystery of Texas grave next to Oswald's solved

Posted: 08/12/2013 - For years, curiosity seekers visiting the Fort Worth, Texas, grave of Lee Harvey Oswald have wondered about the simple headstone next door, marked Nick Beef.

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Inventor Musk to share plans for high-speed travel

Posted: 08/12/2013 - Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising

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Court reporters trying to beat world record

Posted: 08/08/2013 - Court reporters will try to beat a world record 360 words per minute during a meeting of the National Court Reporters Association in Nashville.

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Clients drop $180 for bird poop facials at NYC spa

Posted: 08/02/2013 - That's what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180 a pop.

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3 Utah sisters have 3 baby boys in July

Posted: 08/02/2013 - July is full-fledged baby season for one Utah family. Three sisters from Layton gave birth to three baby boys in the month of July, including two who were born about an hour apart.

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WATCH: Hungry bear steals dumpster

Updated: 08/02/2013 - Surveillance video from the Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs recorded the hungry culprit two nights in a row.

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Grieving dad returns $150K insurance money -- in quarters

Updated: 08/02/2013 - An Illinois businessman outraged by a court order that he return more than $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 wreck that killed his teenage son wanted to pay the money back in pennies in protest

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Denver hotel offers pop-up inflatable room

Updated: 07/31/2013 - For a limited time, a Denver hotel is offering a package with a one-night stay in a pop-up, inflatable room that rises 22 feet in the air, thanks to a scissor lift on top of the van on which it sits.

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