Taipei man indicted for killing hamster during spat with girlfriend

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taipei man has been charged with violating the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法) after he was found to have killed a hamster when he got into a heated argument with his girlfrien...

Will groundhog give good news for winter sufferers?

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week's dangerous Arctic blast, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog is gearing up to reveal whether an early spring is o...

Taiwanese woman caught smuggling 24 gerbils under skirt

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After visiting China, a Taiwanese woman was caught on Friday (Jan. 11) trying to smuggle 24 gerbils under her skirt at customs checkpoint on Taiwan's outer island of Kinmen...

Draining the swamp, clearing the burrows: DC's war on rats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it'...

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. Th...

Oregon rejects protection for small redwoods forest predator

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon fish and wildlife officials have rejected a request from six conservation groups to protect a small predator that inhabits old-growth redwood forests. Th...

Mole hunt at Shakhtar ahead of Champions League

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ahead of its opening Champions League game, Shakhtar Donetsk has been on the hunt for a mole. The Ukrainian club isn't worried that someone is stealing its ta...

After deputy scrubs crime scene, defense wants charges nixed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Defense attorneys asked a judge to dismiss charges against a Montana man accused of killing his disabled father, after a sheriff's deputy who was named as a beneficiary in the v...

Taipei metro stampede culprit caught on CCTV: a 10 cm long rat

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The 10 cm long rat that caused a stampede on a Taipei metro train was identified with CCTV footage, said the train operator Taipei Rapid Transit Co...

Rat on a train: Rodent causes stampede on Taipei MRT during rush hour

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- During the morning rush hour on Wednesday, a train bound for Xiangshan on the Tamsui-Xinyi line was said to have suffered a strange stampede which left at least ...

Homeland Security staff urged to lock doors, windows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security officials suggested employees lock doors and windows and remove badges when in public, warning of heightened threats amid the rancorous immigration debate. ...

Funny video shows Taiwanese man trying to shoo off rat with cold shower

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A hilarious video was posted on Breaking News Commune on Sunday (June 24) showing a Taiwanese man trying in vain to drive away a rat that suddenly appeared in his bathroom with...

Allergies, glaciers, and pikas: climate change in action

WASHINGTON (AP) — You don't just feel the heat of global warming, you can see it in action all around. Some examples of where climate change's effects have been measured: ...

Putin unlikely to let a US strike in Syria go unanswered

MOSCOW (AP) — Faced with the threat of a U.S. strike on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a dilemma: allow U.S. missiles to hit Moscow's ally without a response or risk a military clash with...

This year’s first case of hantavirus hemorrhagic fever in Taiwan confirmed 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) on April 3 announced this year’s first case of hantavirus hemorrhagic fever in a 44-year-old male who resides in northern Ta...