Hungry bear can't enjoy a little Fudge
Do not mess with Brooke Collins' dogs. The Juneau, Alaska, woman let her pups out for their evening stroll, and was startled to hear a commotion. She investigated, and a black bear had scooped up Fudge, presumably to take him to, or for, dinner. Facing this, Collins went up to the bear and punched it in the face, which was the obvious thing. "It was a stupid thing," she told the Juneau Empire, "but I didn't want my dog to be killed." The bear let go, then sauntered off down the driveway and back to the woods. Collins said the dog seems fine, and was more shaken up than injured. She said she'll be more careful with her dogs in the future and will probably never punch another bear. And maybe she should consider not giving her pets delicious-sounding names.
Citizens act fast to get pot off streets
A truck in San Jose, Calif., crashed on Wednesday, spilling its contents all over the road. But by the time officials had arrived to clean up the mess, they found no mess to clean up. That's because the good citizens of San Jose had already picked up almost everything that was littering the site. They probably would have done that even if the truck had been transporting something other than a bunch of small baggies of marijuana. Police are looking for the truck's driver, and everyone who helped clean up.
It's a panty raid all along panty route
In a presumably unrelated incident, police in Lancaster, Ohio, are trying to figure out why they've been finding women's underwear along one stretch of road. They've picked up about 1,700 pairs of panties. Some seem new, some have clearly been worn, and there is a mix of colors. But police have no leads.
Yvonne, the cow that has been on the loose in Germany for three months, has turned herself in. An animal sanctuary now owns the cow, which was the subject of a surprisingly vociferous search at various times. Officials think she was hiding in the forest.
The company on the hook for the $50,000 prize ostensibly won by Nate Smith, 11, in Faribault, Minn., when he made a crazy hockey shot has decided not to pay. Nate took the shot when his twin brother, Nick, was supposed to. The company says it will donate $20,000 to a youth hockey group in the boys' names. Officially, the company didn't "decide not to pay" but cited "contractual breaches and legal implications" in saving $30,000, plus likely tax benefits.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.