Police: Couple brings kids along for UT bank heist

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — Police in Utah say they've arrested a husband and wife bank robbery team that took their two children along for the illegal excursion.

Did Venezuela's Chavez nudge Christ to pick South American pope?

By Ana Isabel Martinez CARACAS (Reuters) - Late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez's influence may have stretched into the afterlife and had a hand in Christ's decision to opt for a Latin American Pope, acting President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday. "We know that our commander ascended to the heights and is face-to-face with Christ," Maduro said at a Caracas book fair. "Something influenced the choice of a South American pope, someone new arrived at Christ's side and said to him: 'Well, it seems to us South America's time has come. ...

Standing up for a tree gets one Florida man fired

In February, Chris Brennan posted a video to YouTube in which he decries plans to tear down a gigantic Fort Lauderdale tree to make way for a property development. And now, a month later, Brennan has been fired for speaking out about the prized tree. As it turns out, Brennan’s former employer rents space from [...]

Shark wrestler's heroics land him in hot water

LONDON (AP) — A 62-year-old British man who became an Internet sensation after wrestling with a shark on an Australian beach says he was fired after his employer discovered he'd been abroad while on sick leave.

Acquittal in Philly fight that cost man his eye

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia jury has acquitted a man of assault in a bar parking lot fight that cost another man his left eye.

Have your dog or cat clean up the room with ‘Pet Sweep’

You give your animal so much love and attention. Perhaps it’s time they started paying back the favor. Well, one company is offering you the option with “Pet Sweep,” tiny mop like cleaning swipes that fit snugly on the paws of your dog or cat. The technical term for the innovative home cleaning product is [...]

Vettel puts his faith in "Hungry Heidi"

(Reuters) - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is hoping 'Hungry Heidi' will take him to a fourth successive Formula One world championship this season. The 25-year-old German has given a female name to all his Red Bull cars over the years and announced the latest moniker on his website (www.sebastianvettel.de) with a picture and the words "Hungry Heidi so far known to you as RB9". 'Hungry Heidi' follows last year's 'Abbey'. Before that, the German drove 'Kate', 'Kate's Dirty Sister', 'Luscious Liz', 'Randy Mandy' and 'Kinky Kylie'. ...

Italian bishops thank God for wrong pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Italian bishops were so convinced that one of their own would become pope that they sent a congratulatory message to the media thanking God for the election of a prelate from Milan. The trouble was, the new pope had already been named as Argentinian cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. The secretary-general of the Italian conference, Monsignor Mariano Crociata, expressed "joy and thanks" to God for the election of Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan in a statement sent to reporters at 8:23 p.m. (7:23 p.m. British time) on Wednesday night. ...

"Hand of God" brings Argentina pope - Maradona

ROME (Reuters) - The same "hand of God" brought the papacy to Argentina as helped it to the 1986 World Cup, says Diego Maradona, the football legend whose famously illicit, handled goal against England still excites passions at home and abroad. In a letter to Rome's Il Messaggero newspaper on Wednesday from his base in Dubai, Maradona, 52, described himself as a devout Roman Catholic and said he rejoiced at the election of his compatriot Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis. "I am truly very happy and I am certain that my enthusiasm is shared by the whole Argentinian people," he wrote.

Ohio woman, 106, finally gets high school diploma

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 106-year-old central Ohio woman who completed classes but didn't graduate in a dispute over a book has received her high school diploma.

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