Denmark's Emmelie de Forest has won this year's Eurovision Song Contest with her ethno-inspired flute and drum tune "Only Teardrops," despite tough competition from spectacular stage shows by performers from Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
An Oregon funeral home in Eugene offers natural burials where the ride to the person's final resting place is on the back of a three-wheeled bicycle.
An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.
Anchorage police say a young man who didn't want to return to jail ran out onto the uncertain ice of an Alaska lake to escape officers armed with an arrest warrant.
An Australian politician says he has learned a valuable lesson in social networking after he "liked" a Facebook photo without realizing that it showed a teenage prankster exposing himself.
A Houston-area high school senior has bagged a 14-foot, 800 pound alligator _ the heaviest ever certified in Texas _ on his first alligator hunt.
A Washington woman whose car was stolen from her apartment complex saw the stolen SUV hours later _ in the drive-thru of the McDonald's restaurant where she works.
What do you do when two candidates running for mayor in the Philippines get exactly the same number of votes? You get them to toss a coin.
A deer has taken a ride on a western Pennsylvania bus.
A tiny new camera developed at an Illinois university is giving researchers a bug's eye view.
The city of Keene, N.H., has sued a group that feeds change into parking meters that are about to expire, saying members are harassing enforcement officers.
A large rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its awful smell has bloomed again at an Ohio State University greenhouse, and there's more excitement because another corpse flower there is expected to open soon, a spokeswoman said.
Two bald eagles locked together by their talons in a midair battle survived a crash landing onto a runway at a northeastern Minnesota airport.
Authorities in Kentucky have charged a man who officers say had an overnight feast in a closed supermarket outside Louisville.
It might not be unusual for schoolchildren to write to the president or vice president. But one Wisconsin boy got an unexpectedly personal response.
A Tennessee man who stole a big-rig truck in California, caused several accidents and told investigators he was fleeing zombies when he did it has pleaded guilty to several felonies.
Authorities say a New York police officer who went after a cat stuck in a tree got caught himself and needed a little help getting back down to the ground.
The latest weapon in the U.N.'s fight against hunger, global warming and pollution might be flying by you right now.
Strong winds have pushed huge ice sheets ashore at a northern Minnesota lake and right up to people's doorsteps.
British business magnate Richard Branson has lost his latest job because of orange juice.
Think you've heard of every way possible to quit smoking? Etta Mae Lopez came up with a new one: slap a cop and go to jail, where smoking isn't allowed.
A Durango area couple is giving up their fight to keep a 13-foot escape route for their cats outside their Colorado apartment.
Thailand's celebrity baby panda Lin Ping is almost 4 years old now. It's time to move to China, find a mate and have cubs.
A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.
Commissioners at a Massachusetts cemetery have said no to profanity on headstones.
A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.
The colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and warthogs made in a Nairobi workshop were once only dirty pieces of rubber cruising the Indian Ocean's currents.
Those scratch-and-sniff cards the energy company sends to customers to teach them to recognize the artificial smell added to natural gas? Turns out they work pretty well.
Biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are getting a peek into what city bears do all day.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn't in a pardoning mood when an itsy, bitsy spider crawled on his desk while he spoke to a group of schoolchildren.
With friends and family already gathered for her graduation from Washington State University, Cassie Dotts thought it would be a good time for another ceremony _ her wedding.
It was the biggest beehive that that Ogden beekeeper Vic Bachman has ever removed _ a dozen feet long, packed inside the eaves of a cabin in Ogden Valley.
A Utah snake collector who says his rare boa constrictors are getting a bad rap has won at least a temporary reprieve from an order to remove more than two dozen of the exotic pets from his home.
The American Gerbil Society's annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to New England this weekend for a chance to win "top gerbil."
An unwanted modern addition has flown into the arms of a Lady Justice statue that sits atop a county courthouse in north-central Ohio.
In a sun-deprived part of Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine.
Lawmakers in South Carolina are trying to keep junk food out of the governor's mansion.
A six-story-high rubber duck is making a big splash in Hong Kong.
Arrrrgh! That must've been embarrassing.
A Northern California couple might be able to blame this one on the dog.
Obie the formerly obese dachshund is recovering after surgery at an Oregon veterinary clinic that removed 2 1/2 pounds of loose skin.
Will Friday really be the end of the world as we know it? From movies and music to documentaries and television series, the notion that the world may end on Dec. 21, 2012, has dominated popular culture in recent years.
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