Latest stories
Obamas Welcome Trick-or-Treaters at Annual Halloween Event

The White House on Friday welcomed flocks of costumed children to its annual Halloween event where President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, gave out candy and fruit bars.

A toddler dressed as the pope who was being pushed in a "popemobile" caught Obama's attention as he and the first lady walked the South Lawn, baskets of goodies in hand for costumed trick-or-treaters.

W140 Full Story
No Tricks: Halloween all the Rage in Japan as Costume Play

For the usually reserved Japanese, Halloween has become the perfect excuse to act wild in strange outfits.

The spooky celebration is consuming the energy, fashion sense and wallets of people for the entire month of October, not just kids but also adults on the prowl with colorful parades, costume parties and pumpkin-inspired desserts, dress-up and decor everywhere.

W140 Full Story
Oh, Deer: Vermont Hotel to Serve $75 Road Kill-Inspired Menu

A fish and wild game supper is featuring some Vermont road kill on the menu.

New York's WPTZ-TV reports ( ) Hotel Vermont will offer three animals injured or killed on the road as it hosts the Wild About Vermont event on November 7. The event will feature a game supper with donations from hunters and fishermen in the state.

W140 Full Story
Egg-Humed: Russian Police Bust Caviar Smuggled in Coffin

Russian traffic police have busted a caviar smuggling operation after stopping a speeding hearse with half-a-ton of black caviar hidden in a coffin.

The driver of the funeral home vehicle told police that he was transporting a dead woman to the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk, but upon inspection it turned out that "there was no dead body in the car," regional police said in a statement.

W140 Full Story
Wastage Costs Chinese City Guinness Fried Rice Title

Guinness World Records has denied a Chinese city's attempt at a new mark for the biggest serving of fried rice ever cooked, saying Yangzhou violated rules by wasting 150 kilograms (331 pounds) of the feast.

According to a posting on the record book's Chinese microblog, organizers said 4 metric tons (8,820 pounds) of cooked fried rice was distributed to five different outlets. However, it said a portion had been handled inappropriately, violating the organization's rules requiring that the food be edible and not be wasted.

W140 Full Story
May the Police Force Be with You: Chewbacca Arrested at Ukraine Polls

A man dressed as Star Wars character Chewbacca was detained and fined for disobeying police during local polls in Ukraine on Sunday.

The Wookiee warrior -- an activist from a marginal political party -- was apprehended by police in the southwestern city of Odessa after refusing to present his ID as he posed alongside children near a polling station, a local court said.

W140 Full Story
Turkey PM Turns Matchmaker with Romance-for-Votes Offer

Lonely hearts in Turkey do not despair: Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's latest ploy to woo voters before the November 1 election is to help singletons get hitched.

Ahmet Davutoglu, a married father of four, told a campaign rally on Thursday that his Justice and Development (AKP) party could help those who were struggling to find a mate -- a proposal which sparked much mirth on Twitter.

W140 Full Story
Libya Vet Steered Noah's Ark of Pets to Safety

When evacuated foreigners left hundreds of pets behind at the outbreak of Libya's 2011 revolution, Tripoli vet Jalal Kaal braved missiles, militia checkpoints and long terrifying drives to reunite them with their owners.

"If I had to, I would do it again," says Kaal, a tall, slim 50-year-old man with smiling eyes.

W140 Full Story
Austria Authorizes Hoverboards... Even if They Don't Exist Yet

Hoverboards may have yet to make the leap from the "Back to the Future" movies to reality, but Austria's transport ministry has given them the green light anyway. 

A ministry announcement on Tuesday -- a day before the day on which the plot of 1989's "Back to the Future II" unfolds, October 21, 2015 -- said hoverboards could be treated as "small off-road vehicles" that could be used "anywhere a skateboard is."

W140 Full Story
Chilling: Company Plots Halloween Killing with Trump Masks

Considered Mexico's prime villains, Donald Trump and fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman are Halloween stars in this country, with a company seeking to make a killing with masks of the infamous duo.

The latex mask with the Sinaloa cartel boss's signature mustache and a black-and-white striped prison uniform sell for $30 on the Internet and some shops in Mexico City.

W140 Full Story