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Don't call him Dummy: Odd Names in the Dominican Republic

Posted: 04/22/2009 - "Dummy Ruiz?" "Dear Pineapple?" A judge says such names should be a no-no in this Caribbean country where parents also have been known to model their children's identities after car brands and cartoon characters.

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Record attempt reaps 217K texts, $26K phone bill

Posted: 04/21/2009 - Their thumbs sure must be sore. Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a thumbs-flying total of 217,000.

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Monkey, missing for 6 weeks, captured

Posted: 04/21/2009 - He spent six weeks on the lam from the circus, but Reggie the spider monkey has been captured with the help of junk food.

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Guard punched as desperadoes flee with diapers

Posted: 04/21/2009 - Authorities in Washington state say a couple were so determined to make off with merchandise without paying that a security guard who tried to stop them got punched.

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Kiwi quandary: New Zealand's islands need names

Posted: 04/21/2009 - Experts searching for alternative Maori names for New Zealand's two main islands were startled to find that their commonly used English names - North Island and South Island - were never made legal, officials said Tuesday.

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Baby pythons escape during flight in Australia

Posted: 04/16/2009 - Four baby pythons escaped from a container aboard a passenger plane in Australia, leading to a search that forced the cancellation of two flights, the airline said Thursday.

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5-year-old rides NYC subway alone for 34 stops

Posted: 04/14/2009 - Authorities say a 5-year-old boy slipped onto a New York City subway alone and rode for 34 stops from one end of Manhattan to the other before anyone intercepted him.

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