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 a six-lane bridge.

Maine "hermit" arrested, accused of hundreds of food thefts

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Maine man who walked into the woods shortly after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident and lived as a hermit for almost three decades, supporting himself by stealing from nearby camps, was arrested last week, police said on Tuesday. Christopher Knight, 47, had lived nearly without human contact in a tent near a pond outside of Rome, Maine, about 20 miles north of the state capital Augusta, state police said.

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.

Bookmakers slash odds on Alexandra for UK royal baby name

LONDON (Reuters) - Bookmakers have sharply cut the odds that Britain's royal baby due in July will be called Alexandra after a flurry of betting.

Finland apologizes for "incorrect" Putin blacklisting

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday after its police accidentally put him on a blacklist of people with connections to criminal activity.

Louvre Museum shuts for day as guards protest pickpockets

PARIS (Reuters) - Tourists caught no glimpse of the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory or Venus de Milo on Wednesday due to a one-day closure of the Louvre, as guards protested that pickpockets were rampant at the world's most visited museum.

Brazen theft from Parisian bridge baffles city

PARIS (Reuters) - The gilded Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris has lost some of its sparkle after thieves made off with the historic monument's bronze plaques in the latest theft from a Parisian landmark.

Maine "hermit" arrested, accused of hundreds of food thefts

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Maine man who walked into the woods shortly after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident and lived as a hermit for almost three decades, supporting himself by stealing from nearby camps, was arrested last week, police said on Tuesday.

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