BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sheriff's deputies have interviewed more than a dozen girls named "Destiny" trying to crack a vandalism case where someone spray-painted a prom invitation on a southwest Idaho cliffside.
Authorities in May discovered the message "Destiny, Prom?" painted in large pink and blue letters on the side of the Black Cliffs, a popular rock climbing spot, east of Boise.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into restoration work carried out on a historic tower near Istanbul after social media users derided the construction, likening it to the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle.
Police say the students were never in danger and that it was a situation of "better safe than sorry."
'Fire hazard' home burns as couple signs deed to buy it
(AP) — A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighboring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard was right:
A neighbor called 911 to report the fire at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, and fire officials have determined the origin was suspicious.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.
[...] the arbitrator found that the Roosevelt school district failed to give him adequate notice to correct his behavior and that Anderson is entitled to progressive discipline before being fired.
BEIJING (AP) — A sinkhole in a northeastern Chinese city swallowed five people in a dramatic scene that was captured on security video and shared widely on Chinese social media.
The surveillance camera video shows pedestrians walking or standing on the sidewalk when it suddenly gave in.
(AP) — The police department in Illinois' second largest city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication.
Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have "certain clientele" whom police and fire departments see regularly.
MADRID (AP) — Authorities say a woman who posted a photograph on social media of a police car parked in a disabled parking space did not break the much-criticized new Public Security Law — known as the "gag law" — and will not be fined.
The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats.
The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A zoo in southeast South Dakota has taken in two black bears that caused some trouble at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Zoo President and CEO Elizabeth Whealy says the facility is proud to be able to provide the bears "a new lease on life."
Emergency responders arrived and took mom, Vio, and daughter to the hospital.
Vail police dispatcher Kelly Klein said in a news release that situations like this one are why he got into emergency services.
(AP) — A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges.
Houston says deputy marshals, Cochise County sheriff's deputies and Border Patrol agents tracked down and arrested the man.
(AP) — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a long-time snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary.
The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked up Tuesday by experts from the Massachusetts-based Rainforest Reptile Shows with help from three Vermont game wardens was a female between 17 and 18 feet long, weighing about 220 pounds.
Vermont Game Warden Chad Barrett, who handles exotic wildlife, said the two pythons were probably the biggest exotic snakes his agency has had to deal with.
The Rainforest Reptile Shows, based in Beverly, Massachusetts, does educational and entertainment programs with snakes and other reptiles.
(AP) — Two giant snakes native to southeast Asia have been rescued by a Vermont man and turned over to state game wardens, and now they're headed to a snake sanctuary in Massachusetts.
The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked up Tuesday by experts from the Massachusetts-based Rainforest Reptile Shows was between 17 and 18 feet long and weighed an estimated 220 pounds.