A leading Austrian political party issued a garden gnome alert after 400 of its figurines disappeared from lamp posts used in campaigning.
Placed by the Socialist Party ahead of elections in western Austria, the gnomes were hung about 3 yards from the ground — presumably in part to prevent mass pilfering.
A woman who authorities say helped supply nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine to a drug operation in Connecticut run by a Catholic priest dubbed "Monsignor Meth" has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The Connecticut Post reports that 49-year-old Kristen Laschober, of Laguna Niguel, California, was sentenced on Aug. 20 in federal court in Hartford.
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Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Midwestern hometown.
The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district "seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education."
British photographer David Slater wants Wikipedia to take down a series of photos that a crested black macaque took of itself in 2011. Wikipedia’s editors are refusing, saying the photo is in the public domain because Slater was clearly not the photographer, and monkeys, while clearly Instagram stars in the making, can’t own a copyright.
Authorities have arrested a man they say illegally towed cars during the 2014 Gay Days celebration in Orlando, Florida.
Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9. The annual festivities draw tens of thousands to the area. The arrest came after numerous complaints that Combs' ASAP Towing company targeted victims based on their sexual orientation.
Only a faucet company would think to put a spigot on its workers’ bladders. The five dozen factory workers at WaterSaver Faucet company in Chicago are up in arms over the disciplining of 19 workers in June for “excessive use” of restrooms — an amount their human resources department determines is 60 minutes or more over 10 work days, or just 6 minutes a day. The company implemented a toilet-tracking system earlier this year that requires employees to swipe a keycard to use the bathroom, allowing management to track time spent within.
Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore on Aug. 19.
Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn't want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.
Right-wing commentator Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.
The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on July 27, bills itself as a "direct connection" between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page.
A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire.