Andy Gill, guitarist for punk band Gang of Four, has died

NEW YORK (AP) — Guitarist Andy Gill, who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British post-punk band Gang of Four, died Saturday, according to a statement from th...

Rapper Missy Elliott, H.E.R. team up for Pepsi Super Bowl ad

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Almost three years ago, Missy Elliott sent a tweet to a then under-the-radar artist whose music she admired and told her that “she was going to blow up.” ...

Florida man convicted of smuggling lizards from Philippines

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man pleaded guilty to his part in a trafficking scheme in which live water monitor lizards were stuffed into socks and concealed inside electronics to be smuggled from t...

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An iconic Alaska tree with roots that can freeze to death if not covered by snow was rejected Friday by a federal agency for the threatened species list. The...

Choosing your first reptile: some species to look for

Reptiles are easier to keep than ever, with special equipment available in almost any pet store. This ease of entry, however, means that beginners can end up in over their head. Ther...

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...