Drunk man gets trapped in ex's chimney (AP) - AP - Firefighters had to tear though a wall to rescue an intoxicated man who became stuck while trying to climb down a chimney into the residence of his former girlfriend.

Vet extracts toy lizard from real lizard (AP) - AP - Seven-year-old Finley Collins thought her pet 12-inch bearded dragon might be giving birth when she noticed an unusual protrusion near the lizard's tail.

Man bitten after putting snake in mouth (AP) - AP - Snake collector Matt Wilkinson of Portland grabbed a 20-inch rattler from the highway near Maupin, and three weeks later, to impress his ex-girlfriend, he stuck the serpent in his mouth.

Steed with no speed loses 125th straight (AP) - AP - A Puerto Rican horse that can't win a race now has a claim to fame. Dona Chepa, a 9-year-old brown mare, finished last in a six-horse field at Camarero Racetrack in eastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday, a 125th consecutive loss that is believed to be the longest in horse racing history.

Man calls Feds about his lost cocaine (AP) - AP - Federal agents thought there was something fishy about Leroy Carr. On four occasions since last December, Carr either crossed the Canadian border or was found near it with thousands of dollars in cash, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court. He also sometimes carried night vision goggles and a GPS device programmed with coordinates for a well-known drug-smuggling trail.

Lawyer dives into prison ship protest (Reuters) - Reuters - The lawyer for a right-wing Colombian warlord donned scuba diving gear on Tuesday to confront the nation's prison authority for imprisoning his client on a ship.

Banning rice at weddings to keep pigeons away (Reuters) - Reuters - Throwing rice at newly-weds will soon be banned in Venice as the city steps up its fight against pigeons soiling its squares and chipping away at monuments.

Tomorrow you'll pay a buccaneer for corn? (Reuters) - Reuters - Put a parrot on your shoulder, strap on a peg leg, hit the rum and start bellowing "Shiver me Timbers" -- Wednesday is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Americans getting lax about clean hands? (Reuters) - Reuters - Americans' hands are getting dirtier, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Public to decide fate of 756th home run ball (Reuters) - Reuters - The man who bought Barry Bonds's 756th home run ball for more than $750,000 is letting the public decide its final resting place.

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