An out-of-control trash truck smashed into a row of parked cars along a residential street in Philadelphia, but no injuries have been reported.
Neighbours say they heard a series of loud booms around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday that caused them to bolt out of bed.
Outside, they found a number of vehicles destroyed on the street in south Philadelphia. One station wagon had been pushed on top of the hood and windshield of a red Saab.
KYW-TV says the private trash truck's driver told police there was some kind of mechanical malfunction.
Torono Welch, whose SUV was damaged, tells KYW-TV it "sounded like a train came off the track or something out here."
Police are still investigating.
An email seeking comment from the Gold Medal Environmental, which owns the truck, wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.
Police are investigating reports of "zombie-like" raccoons in northeast Ohio.
WKBN-TV reports that Youngstown police have received more than a dozen calls in the past three weeks about raccoons acting strangely in the daytime.
Photographer Robert Coggeshall says he was playing with his dogs outside his home last week when one such raccoon approached them. Coggeshall says the animal would stand on its hind legs, show its teeth and fall over backward.
The raccoon Coggeshall saw and 14 others police responded to were euthanized.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the animals were likely suffering from distemper, not rabies. The viral disease causes coughing, tremors and seizures and leads raccoons to lose their fear of humans.
Authorities are asking residents to report raccoons behaving unusually to their local police station.
Some visitors to the Detroit Zoo will soon be able to add animal droppings to their souvenir list.
Free buckets of five pounds (2.3 kilogrammes) of animal manure, dubbed Detroit Zoo Poo, will be handed out on April 14 as part of the zoo's GreenFest celebration. The event precedes Earth Day and will showcase how the zoo recycles waste.
Buckets will be available to the first 1,000 visitors to the zoo's anaerobic digester educational display.
The digester converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste each year into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo's animal hospital. Nutrient-rich fertiliser is a byproduct. The zoo notes the compost "is great for putting in your garden."
GreenFest is part of the Detroit Zoological Society's effort to improve green practices and facilities at the zoo in Royal Oak, north of Detroit.
Officials say cookies dropped off at a Maine day care centre that staff members complained made them feel high contained no illicit substances.
About a dozen staff members at Watch Me Shine day care in Bangor reported feeling intoxicated February 14 after they ate Valentine's Day cookies dropped off by a parent. The Bangor Daily News reports police seized the remaining cookies for testing.
Sgt. Wade Betters said Monday that none of the cookies tested positive for controlled substances.
Police don't know what caused the staff to feel funny and say no charges are pending. The day care now prohibits outside food for children and staff.