Police officers in New Mexico responded to a 911 call to find that the home intruder was a large snake. The home intruder snake was removed from the home, according to officers, and released in an open space in the city.
A Libya oil depot fire spread uncontrolled Monday, after the oil depot was caught in the middle of militias battling for control of an airfield. The Libya oil depot fire had spread to a second depot by Monday afternoon, according to the government.
Xi Jinping has launched a campaign against his political rivals that is roiling the entire Communist Party. A Reuters examination of the oil-industry component of the Chinese president's crackdown shows the extent of the Xi Jinping purge, a drama that will have repercussions well beyond China.
Virginia campground tornado tore through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, killing two and leaving more than two dozen injured. About 1,300 people were at the Virginia campground when the tornado hit.
A Fukushima study released Thursday advises the US nuclear industry to protect against highly unlikely but worst-case scenarios. Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and solar storms are among the unusual events studied by the National Academy of Sciences in its Fukushima study.
A 12-inch alligator escaped a Michigan zoo over the weekend after slipping under a fence, according to the zoo's owner. A large tortoise may have inadvertently helped the alligator escape by wearing away dirt near the fence.
Arturo the polar bear will remain in Argentina, according to the Mendoza Zoo, despite hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition asking that he be moved to Canada. The zoo says Arturo the polar bear is too old to be safely relocated.
New Jersey anaconda potentially in the state's largest lake has caused concern among local residents. Traps have been set in Lake Hopatcong, but questions remain over whether it's actually a New Jersey anaconda or some other reptile.
George Harrison memorial tree, planted following his death in 2001, has been destroyed by bark beetles, according to local officials. The George Harrison memorial tree is among a number of trees that have succumbed to beetles this year.
Beef environmental impact is larger than pork, poultry, eggs, or dairy, a new study finds. Beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, and takes 11 times more water for irrigation, according to the beef environmental impact study.
A Maine city council voted 6-1 late monday to block the shipment of so-called tar sands oil from western Canada through South Portland, Maine. Environmentalists say tar sands oil is difficult to clean up, but supporters of the pipeline say blocking it will kill jobs.
Global warming is making for a hot 2014. Last month was the hottest June ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It came after global warming made May the world's hottest on record.