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MUNCY, Pa. (AP) — An unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from its mooring in Maryland and floated over Pennsylvania for hours Wednesday with two fighter jets on its tail, triggering blackouts across the countryside as it dragged its tether across power lines.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A monkey that escaped its owner’s home in an Orlando, Fla., suburb chewed on its neighbors’ mail, pulled molding off a police car and rocked back and forth on a street sign.

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LINTHICUM, Md. — A tarantula that escaped in the cargo hold of a passenger flight from Maryland’s BWI airport to Atlanta grounded the plane before it could take off and sent passengers onto another flight.

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NEW YORK — A soundtrack ranging from Mozart to “Motownphilly” has been created by a Notre Dame professor for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States.

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WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — A Pittsburgh-area pastor has engaged in a space oddity: He’s spent a week in a replica of the Mercury space capsule and communicated only by Internet to raise money for a community youth program.

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BANGKOK (AP) — The good news for a Chinese visitor to Bangkok was that a doctor had successfully removed a foreign object from her large intestine that could have damaged her digestive system.

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MODESTO, Calif. - A loud crash startled a California family at home Wednesday morning when a chunk of ice the size of a basketball hurdled from the sky and smashed through the roof, likely the result of frozen moisture breaking loose from an airplane flying high overhead.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A woman suspected of stealing an Alaska State Troopers patrol car that held her handcuffed husband in the back seat was arrested on suspicion of theft and other charges.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Three people are claiming ownership of the small brown chicken that fouled up rush-hour traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this week.

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KENNEBUNK, Maine — Authorities have nabbed a man who’s accused of spray-painting images of Sasquatch on public property in Kennebunk, Maine.

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AUBURN, Mass. — Police in Auburn are crediting a quick thinking 12-year-old girl with thwarting a man she saw breaking into her home.

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — The Atlantic City bomb squad was dispatched to a southern New Jersey home over the weekend after a man dug up a live cannonball in his backyard.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.

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POULTNEY, Vt. — A college student in Vermont is living in a 96-square-foot house he built to reduce his carbon footprint — and save money.

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