Yule duel lightens up
An Arizona woman who knew she could not compete head-on with her neighbour's elaborate Christmas light display is attracting attention for her response.
Using red and green lights, Kristina Green of Maricopa spelled out the word 'DITTO' and made an arrow pointing toward her neighbour's home.
A festive feast for Fido
A five-star dog's dinner that includes Kobe beef and filet mignon steak is being served by a pet-friendly hotel chain this Christmas.
Animal-lovers can treat their pampered pooches to the £105 (€130) -a-bowl feast served by their very own doggie butlers at Best Western hotels.
Icicle grape hot stuff
A new type of grape that is shaped like an icicle and twice as long as the regular fruit has hit supermarket shelves just in time for the cold snap.
The seedless limited edition fruit, called the Sweet Sapphire, has a "crisp and sweet flavour and dark skin".
Crackdown on cholera
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has announced a $2.2bn (e1.7bn) initiative to eradicate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, vowing to work aggressively to secure donations for the ambitious but still mostly unfunded 10-year plan.
Mr Ban said donors have so far given $215m and the UN has committed another $23.5m for the initiative that will mostly focus on improving clean water and sanitation infrastructure.
Once in a lifetime offer
Chapels in Las Vegas, land of the quickie wedding, have found a new moneymaking opportunity, December 12, 2012.
Thousands of couples were descending on Sin City to get a wedding licence stamped with a once-in-a-century 12-12-12. These duplicate dates have become a bright spot in the Las Vegas wedding industry, which is in the midst of a love recession.
Cannonball drug run
US border guards say smugglers have come up with another creative way to get drugs in the country.
Thirty-three canisters of cannabis were spotted in a field near where the Colorado River crosses the US-Mexico border. They believe the cans were launched 500ft into the US using a pneumatic cannon.