Nov 23, 2014

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter by banning noisy suitcases on wheels. Residents have had it with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large ...

Nov 21, 2014

Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics, U.S. study finds

Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released on Thursday, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. While many people think that most, ...

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being an ape bully

Nov 14, 2014

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being an ape bully

For male chimpanzees, there may be a benefit to being a bully. Scientists said Thursday a study of chimpanzees in Tanzania spanning 17 years found that males that subjected females to long-term aggressive behavior, often including physical attacks, greatly improved their chances of fathering ...

Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...

Oct 31, 2014

German court sentences 'Autobahn gunman' to 10 years in jail

A German court on Thursday sentenced a truck driver to 10½ years in prison for shooting hundreds of times from his cab at other vehicles. In more than 700 such attacks from 2008 to 2013, the 58-year-old, dubbed the “Autobahn gunman” by German media, ...

Oct 31, 2014

Get your facts right: Italy, U.S. come bottom in modern life survey

Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant. Swedes and Germans do best, although even they consistently get things ...

Oct 29, 2014

Policeman who asked to smell woman's feet arrested

Houston-area authorities believe a school district police officer who pulled over a motorist and then asked to smell her feet may have made similar demands of others. Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Quinn is charged with two counts of “official oppression.” He is free on $2,000 bond. ...

Oct 24, 2014

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

The mother of the gunman who carried out the deadly attack on Canada’s seat of government said Thursday that she is crying for the victims of the shooting rampage, not her son. In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press, Susan ...