Workers at a waste water plant in central California were taken aback when they saw a huge rodent swimming through the facility's ponds. The capybara is the world's largest rodent. It has a famously docile nature so fish and game officials say they'll let the animal roam.
A New York man left his two sons and his poodle in the van and ran into a store. That, according to the New York Post, is when a thief drove off with the vehicle. The man asked for the kids' address and took them home.
In the German capital Berlin, police say scores of vehicles have been burned. But the crimes don't fit the old pattern of attacks on BMWs and Mercedes. Officers dismiss any suggestion this is the start of urban unrest as seen recently in London.
In Libya, rebel forces have made advances in their battle to unseat Moamar Gadhafi from power. After several days of fierce clashes, opposition fighters have taken the last refinery under Gadhafi's control. The coastal city of Zawiyah, 30 miles from the capital tripoli, is still being contested though.
Rep. Michele Bachmann is getting plenty of attention in her run for the GOP presidential nomination. Conservative columnist Reihan Salam tells Renee Montagne the comparisons between Bachmann and Republican star Sarah Palin are inevitable.
France is the latest country to get swept up in the European debt crisis, with market rumors that the country might lose its Triple-A credit rating. NPR's Jackie Northam reports on how the French are reacting to concerns about the financial crisis and the future of the Euro.
U.S. and European stocks plunged Thursday as investors worried the global economy might be slipping back into recession. The major U.S. market indexes were down sharply. Gold surged and oil fell. And safe haven money kept flowing into U.S. Treasuries.