Photo of the Day: Preggo gecko spotted in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwanese netizens were driven up the wall after images surfaced of an engorged gecko scurrying up the outside of a building. In the photos, which were posted on the Faceboo...

Iguana thrown in restaurant incident reunited with owner

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An iguana that a man allegedly used as a weapon has been reunited with its rightful owner. Painesville police say the iguana rejoined Jordan Piert and her fa...

Dior goes black in Paris show that celebrates couture roots

PARIS (AP) — Dior went back to the essential architecture of dressmaking, and the late designer's penchant for black, for a brooding display Monday of archetypally couture fall-winter gowns. ...

Exotic animals removed from home where alligator escaped

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week. Among the ...

Iguana thrown at restaurant manager in protective custody

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An iguana injured when a man pulled the lizard from under his shirt and threw it at an Ohio restaurant manager remains in protective custody as a humane society awaits court p...

Sentencing in terrorism case to focus on man's mental state

CHICAGO (AP) — An unusual and unusually long-running terrorism case in Chicago that featured talk of Edward Snowden and even lizard overlords enters a decisive stage on Monday with the start of a mult...

'Snot otter' named Pennsylvania's official amphibian

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new official amphibian is a slimy, 2-foot-long (0.6-meter) salamander that needs clean streams to thrive. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesd...

The Latest: Skier found dead after Colorado avalanche

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on avalanches in Colorado (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Authorities say a missing backcountry skier apparently died in a massive avalanche i...

Avalanche danger high in Colorado mountains after I-70 slide

DENVER (AP) — The avalanche danger in Colorado's northern and central mountains was high Monday a day after a snow slide tumbled down a mountain and spilled across an interstate. The...

Indonesia may charge tourists $500 to see rare Komodo dragons

Tourists keen for a close-up look at komodo dragons in their natural habitat could be hit with an alarming bill, if one Indonesian politician gets his way. Visitors are currently charged 150,000 rupia...

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ...

Raccoons wreak havoc with agriculture and native species in Japan

They are large and frequently aggressive. They can decimate farmers' crops and suburban gardens. They are being blamed for damage to infrastructure and the wooden homes that are still common acros...

Researchers use leaf blower to see how lizards endure storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower. Hurr...

Bregman embracing All-Star attention

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston third baseman Alex Bregman is a first time All-Star, will appear in his first Home Run Derby next week and has tried his hand at modeling to help promote a new art, fashion and ...

Vivid 'Florida' stories are edgy, potent

"Florida" (Riverhead Books), by Lauren Groff. "Florida," a collection of short fiction by Lauren Groff, brings together 11 stories that for the most part have been published in recen...