Pa. student’s Spider-Man robbery charge dropped

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a robbery charge against a college student who dressed as Spider-Man after a convenience store owner testified he believes the incident was just a “silly mistake.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1bqjkvl) 21-year-old…

Ohio capital city fights rat problems with fliers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Without money to bring back its rat-control program, the health department for Ohio’s capital city plans to map complaints and spread fliers educating residents about dealing with the rodents. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16Qdf6o )…

Abandoned gold bars baffle German police

BERLIN (AP) — Attention all passengers: could the person who left a stash of gold bars and a pile of banknotes in the luggage deposit at Cologne’s main railway station kindly contact German police? That was the appeal…

West Michigan farm opening alpaca-themed store

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a West Michigan alpaca farm is opening up a store to sell items including socks made out of alpaca fleece and stuffed animals. Jean McMurray, who operates the 25-acre Scenic…

Suburban Dallas cop helps deliver surprise baby

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas police officer ended up playing midwife to one mother in labor. Gene Kimpton says he entered a home in Carrollton Wednesday morning with his weapon drawn. All he knew is there…

UFO in Augusta turns out to be restaurant light

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several Augusta residents called police and the local newspaper to report a UFO hovering over the capital city this week. But there were no little green men invading. Just chimichangas and fajitas. Deputy Police…

Dogs and hunters slay wild hog in suburban Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Tracking dogs managed to chase down and attack a 400-pound wild hog that has been scaring children and adults in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that after the dogs attacked, a hunter…

Pa. haunted house puts underwear on ‘naked event’

Naked and scared has turned into semi-clothed and kind of spooked. A Halloween attraction’s heavily publicized plan to allow guests to go through one of its haunted houses in the buff was revised Thursday amid opposition from local…

Quack! Wisconsin bill would legalize duck races

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin lawmaker is introducing a bill, no pun intended, that would legalize duck races. Well, not real ducks but the plastic ones with numbers on the bottom. Nonprofit organizations commonly race the little…

Jewels on French mountain may be from plane crash

PARIS (AP) — Police say a French mountain climber stumbled upon a case of dozens of cut jewels, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — believed to be debris from one of two Air India crashes decades ago.…

Police: officer impostor confronts real detective

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado say a police impersonator picked the wrong man when he approached an undercover detective and demanded he hand over drugs as part of a police drug bust. According to the Pueblo…

Cameras capture eagle killing deer in Russia

LONDON (AP) — Remote cameras set up to track Siberian tigers in Russia have caught a golden eagle attack on a sika deer, snapping three photos as the massive bird digs its talons into the distressed animal’s back.…

Anti-war drama troupe arrested for Belfast bullets

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — An anti-war theater troupe traveling from Northern Ireland to Bosnia says four of its members were arrested at a Belfast airport after security officials found bullets inside a costume. The cast and crew…

Bull shot after dodging rush hour traffic

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — A runaway bull managed to dodge rush hour traffic in the Twin Cities, but was fatally shot by law enforcement officers concerned about public safety risk. Authorities say the 1,600-pound bull ran in and…

Cops: W. Pa. man barked at K-9 at DUI checkpoint

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with inciting Chaos. That’s the name of a police dog officers say was taunted by 26-year-old James Paul Andrews, of Cranberry Township, after the man was stopped…