Sister Mara Rutten made the decision to join the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic at the peak of her career in federal law enforcement.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's two-day youth pheasant hunting season is this weekend.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — A new cricket breeding program at the Detroit Zoo is part of an effort to cut the cost of feeding animals.
This photo provided by the The Strong museum shows the 2015 finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The two winners will be inducted into hall at The Strong museum on Nov. 5, 2015. (Bethany Mosher/The Strong via AP)
ANDERSON, Ind. — Serynity Ricketts was devastated when her brand-new bike was stolen the day after her eighth birthday, but an Anderson Police Department officer made up for it by buying her a new bike.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four African lions born last month made their first public appearance Wednesday in the lion yard at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in central Ohio.
FRANKENLUST TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Like your typical great-grandmother, Karen Kuch enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading books and baking.
VERMILION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. — Three endangered California condors that were born and raised in captivity are being released into the wild.
ASTORIA, Ore. — In at least one telling of the story, a local surfer is out looking for waves in the ocean off Fort Stevens State Park around this same time several years ago.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A pumpkin weighing in at 1,034 pounds has squashed the Kansas State Fair record by nearly 60 pounds.
PIERRE, S.D. — Hunters, anglers and trappers in South Dakota now have an additional option to carry their licenses.
LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — Mary Barsness holds up her cellphone in its smartly covered designer case.
DOVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police say a 64-year-old golfer from Ohio has died after being stung at least 20 times by bees as he searched for a ball in woods in northern Michigan.
TRENTON, Mich. — Deer are enjoying a wildlife refuge south of Detroit. And that's the problem: There are too many.
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo is going bananas over gorillas, with a $12 million exhibit expansion planned.
TOPEKA, Kan. — Raising money for charity has turned into an adrenal producing adventure in Topeka.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Zoo officials are investigating how a cheetah managed to escape from its enclosure, spurring an hour-long lockdown of zoo guests while staff found and tranquilized the animal.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A newly developed medicinal garden is open for self-guided tours at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Salamander Resort and Spa offers luxury accommodations, but visitors can book a trail ride without an overnight stay. Rates start at $425 a night during peak season.
Grapes ripen on the vine at Greenhill Winery in Middleburg, Virginia. Middleburg is about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., and is a popular weekend destination.