Sep 17, 2014

Austrian traffic cop has crap day

A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding, police said on Tuesday. A bucket containing the slurry exploded 3 meters from the officer after ...

Aug 8, 2014

Austrian woman accused of making porn films in church

An Austrian woman has been charged after she allegedly sneaked into a village church and filmed herself performing sexual acts, police said Thursday. Police spokeswoman Simone Mayr said the woman, who has not been named, could face up to six months in jail for ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Apr 16, 2014

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Being blasted with jets of hot and cold water by a 70-year-old nun may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it has some devoted fans. They return year after year to Marienkron, an Austrian health resort 3 km (2 miles) from the Hungarian ...

German ready to return Nazi-looted art to Jewish owners

Mar 28, 2014

German ready to return Nazi-looted art to Jewish owners

An elderly German recluse is prepared to return precious paintings stolen by the Nazis from Jewish families, including a priceless Matisse, his spokesman said. Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, had stashed around 1,400 long-lost works by European masters in his Munich apartment and more than 200 ...

Fenninger captures super-G title

Feb 15, 2014

Fenninger captures super-G title

Anna Fenninger became the third straight Austrian woman to win the Olympic super-G, finding a smooth way through a tricky and uneven course Saturday. The 24-year-old Fenninger finished in 1 minute, 25.52 seconds, edging Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by 0.55 seconds. Nicole Hosp of ...

Finland overpowers Austria in hockey opener

Feb 13, 2014

Finland overpowers Austria in hockey opener

Finland had more than enough offensive talent to overcome its slow start against Austria, even with Teemu Selanne back in the dressing room. Jarkko Immonen and Mikael Granlund scored two goals apiece as Finland opened preliminary-round Olympic play with an 8-4 victory over Austria ...

Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

Feb 2, 2014

Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83

Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in “Judgment at Nuremberg,” has died. He was 83. Schell’s agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said on Saturday that he had ...

Nazi emblems on Austrian graves defy ban

Jan 27, 2014

Nazi emblems on Austrian graves defy ban

The marble tombstone looks like others dotting the main cemetery of Graz, Austria’s second-largest city — but only at first glance. Carved into it are a swastika and the inscription “He died in the struggle for a Greater Germany.” Just a few steps away, ...