Chicago's hippest hot dog stand helped elevate the lowly sausage into a culinary superstar by stuffing it with exotic ingredients including escargot, foie gras and rattlesnake. When the owner announced the gourmet shop was closing, everyone expected encased-meat aficionados to line up for one last taste.
A New Hampshire police station sheltered, then released a confused homing pigeon that went the wrong way in a race. But the bird didn't go far after cloudy, rainy weather affected its ability to navigate.
In a story Sept. 30 about a beer advertisement being installed on grain silos, The Associated Press erroneously reported the company that paid for the ad. The ad was paid for by Buffalo-based Labatt USA, not Toronto-based Labatt Breweries.
The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.