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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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