Wrong turn leads Germans from home town to Austria

VIENNA (AP) — Instead of a five-minute trip home, a wrong turn led to an all-night drive for a pair of Germans that ended when police stopped their car in far-away Austria for heading the wrong way on…

Putin on Finland’s criminal blacklist by ‘mistake’

HELSINKI (AP) — Vladimir Putin, banned in Finland? Finnish police say the Russian president’s name was mistakenly placed on a secret criminal register that could theoretically have gotten him arrested at the border. TV station MTV3 reported Wednesday…

Circus elephant shot in drive-by shot in Miss.

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A circus veterinarian says the Asian elephant wounded in a drive-by shooting in Mississippi should be fully recovered within a few weeks. Meanwhile, a reward for information leading to an arrest has climbed to…

Circus elephant shot in drive-by shot in Miss.

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant was hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Miss. Circus spokeswoman Melinda Hartline says the elephant was not seriously hurt…

Giant John Paul II statue readied for unveiling

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) — Workers are putting the finishing touches on a new statue of the late Pope John Paul II that its backer is calling the tallest one of the pontiff in the world. The 13.8-meter (45.3-foot)…

Iowa museum says tortoise was never stolen

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An African leopard tortoise thought to be stolen from an Iowa museum was actually trapped behind paneling in her enclosure, and a misguided employee who found her lied to keep up the story about…

Ring that may have inspired Tolkien goes on show

LONDON (AP) — Could a Roman gold ring linked to a curse have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to create The One Ring? Britain’s National Trust and the Tolkien Society are putting the artifact on display Tuesday for fans of…

Southern Calif. man stages April Fool’s plane joke

YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) — It’s the plane crash that wasn’t in Southern California. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/YQ8fyA ) a Yucaipa businessman staged an elaborate April Fool’s joke on Monday. Billy Cheesman Jr. used a forklift to arrange…

Easter egg hunt at Seattle zoo turns violent

SEATTLE (AP) — One of usually peaceful springtime rituals of childhood — the Easter egg hunt — turned nasty at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Blame the moms. A statement on the Seattle Police Department blotter Monday…

Freezing weather wipes out German flea circus

BERLIN (AP) — An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to the freezing temperatures currently gripping Germany. Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find all of his 300 fleas dead inside their…