X-rays show NH man swallowed ring, police say

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police say the X-rays don’t lie: A man who tried to flee from a New Hampshire jewelry store with a diamond ring worth $3,200 swallowed it. Employees at Bellman’s Jewelers in Manchester say Ronald…

Lithuanian woman shares home with 3 puma cubs

KLAIPEDA, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian woman says she has been raising three pumas in her three-room apartment after fearing for their lives at the local zoo. Rasa Veliute, a 23-year-old volunteer at the zoo in Klaipeda, a…

Honolulu court screeners find pet duck in bag

HONOLULU (AP) — Security screeners at a Honolulu courthouse noticed something moving inside a defendant’s bag as it passed through an X-ray machine earlier this week. After initially refusing to open it, the bag’s owner reluctantly revealed that…

Hawaii fisherman gets up close with hungry shark

WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii fisherman has an unbelievable fishing tale: a close encounter with a 9-foot shark that jumped dangerously near his kayak. But, he has the video to prove it. Isaac Brumaghim, 37, was kayak…

Mont. man learns lessons after dog dines on $500

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana man whose dog ate $500 says he’s going to find a better place to stash his cash when he travels. Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record (http://bit.ly/16TPFGC) he doesn’t carry a wallet…

Chicago woman fighting $100,000 parking fine

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman is trying to get out of paying a parking fine that has snowballed to more than $100,000. WBBM Radio reports that (http://cbsloc.al/10PoNXv ) Jennifer Fitzgerald filed a lawsuit last year against the…

Bullet hits Philadelphia shop worker’s belt buckle

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A grocery store employee said Thursday that he is thanking God and his belt buckle for saving him from a stray bullet that smashed through the market’s front door. The bullet lodged in the metal…

3 arrested after Wyoming police follow footprints

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Three men have been accused of stealing items that include a samurai sword — but according to central Wyoming police the suspects weren’t exactly ninjas. Authorities in Riverton say they tracked the men down…

Thirsty Ore. burglars left telltale juice carton

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Oregon say two burglars took silver ingots, collectible coins, electronics and jewelry in a break-in last fall. They also took a carton of orange juice from the refrigerator, shared it and…

Lost Civil War ring returned to kin of Pa. soldier

READING, Pa. (AP) — A ring lost by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War has completed a long journey home. The ring was worn by Levi Schlegel, a Reading-area native who is believed to have…

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…