After residents of Irwindale, California sued the maker of Sriracha hot sauce due to headaches, burning eyes, and irritated throats, a superior court judge sided with the community. The company was ordered to shut down the local sauce-making plant.
Hampton, Florida mayor Barry Layne Moore has been arrested for the illegal possession and selling of oxycodone. Moore was picked up by Bradford County Sheriff and childhood friend of Moore, Gordon Smith.
Smith was quoted in saying, "This isn't Toronto," referring to the city's recent controversial mayor, Rob Ford, who recently admitted to smoking crack.
The zoo at the People's Park of Luohe in China's Henan province has become a laughing stock after the officials tried to pass off common species in costumes as exotic animals. Among the furry impostors were a white fox in a leopard cage, two coypu rodents in a snake cage and perhaps the most memorable of all, a giant Tibetan mastiff dog dressed as as an African lion with fluffy brown fur wrapped around its face. As if the fur coat wasn't a dead giveaway, the creature's true identity became crystal clear when the dog reportedly started barking in front of the visitors. According to the Beijing Youth Daily, the zoo's director Liu Suya explained they decided to use the vacant cage to house an employee's pet dog when their lion-in-residence had to be sent away to a breeding facility.
Los Angeles Police Department officers found themselves in a rather awkward situation at the Robotoki video game developer studio after an employee accidentally hit their security system's "armed threat" panic button. The office just happened to have a life-sized statue of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 character Simon "Ghost" Riley on display by the entrance, armed with a menacing-looking mock assault rifle. When police arrived on the scene and noticed the gun-wielding figure, they immediately stormed the building in a tense 15-minute standoff. After realizing the effigy was not a threat, the police reportedly left the building while laughing at the absurd incident.