NYACK, N.Y.—Bed Bath & Beyond has removed pumpkins painted black with white mouths following complaints they were offensive because they resembled blackface.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Sometimes the circle of life stings.
A coral snake found that out the hard way and a Florida woman caught it all on camera.
Evangeline Cummings posted a video on Twitter of what appears to be a wasp stinging a coral snake that was dangling from a branch attempting to eat a dead snake.
FITZGERALD, Ga.—Why did the tourists cross the road? One south Georgia town hopes it will be to see a giant bushy chicken statue.
Fitzgerald Mayor Jim Puckett tells local news outlets that the town is building the world's largest chicken topiary, a 62-foot (19-meter) steel-framed chicken with plants growing on it.
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis' controversial meeting on the Amazon has taken a criminal twist after thieves stole indigenous fertility statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River.
Video of the pre-dawn theft from the Santa Maria in Traspontina church was shared and celebrated on conservative social media today.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The suspect in a brutal torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott” that contained video of the dying woman.
Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in his distinctive, very un-Alaska accent.
BAGLEY, Iowa—Blood may be thicker than water, but it'll still flood your basement.
Nick Lestina found this out the hard way two weeks ago when he discovered five inches (13 centimetres) of blood, fat and other animal tissue flooding his family's basement in Bagley, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometres) northwest of Des Moines.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's attorney general said 165 sets of fetal remains have been found in the Chicago area inside a car owned by a late Indiana abortion doctor today, boosting the total number of abandoned sets of fetal remains discovered at properties linked to him to more 2,400.
CHAMPS-SUR-MARNE, France — The golden angel once glimmered majestically from Notre Dame's vault.
Now, with a broken nose, chipped gold-leaf and a smashed bust, it stares up blankly at a warehouse roof in the outskirts of Paris where blackened fragments of the famed cathedral's stained glass mingle with organ pipes and jagged vault stones.
WAILUKU, Hawaii—A Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness World Records for the world's heaviest avocado.
The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported yesterday.
The average avocado weighs about 6 ounces (170 grams), according to Guinness officials.
KYIV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented Friday the inability of his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to ensure a pullback of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine as the first step toward peace settlement.