Arkansas grandmother kidnaps baby Jesus

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- A 70-year-old grandmother was caught stealing the baby Jesus from the city of Eureka Springs' nativity scene, police said. A carriage driver tipped off police, who quickly caught up with her van after she took the statue. Virginia Voiers was ticketed for misdemeanor theft, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. "It was a lark, it wasn't any serious stealing," Voiers said. "My granddaughter commented that no one had taken the baby Jesus this year and said, 'Grandma?' I said, 'Oh, what the heck."' Voiers, a Sunday school teacher, said she told her pastor what happened. "He said, 'Bless you, child. Go and sin no more,"' she said, adding that he asked, "'You didn't tell them you are a Methodist, did you?"'

Subway restaurant sign pokes fun at Kansans

TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Subway restaurant chain has apologized to any Kansans who were offended by a sign that took a playful jab at the Sunflower State. In early October, Topeka residents Joe and Karen Davis stopped at a Subway in Reedsport, Ore., where they saw a sign promoting a salmon sandwich. It read: "Another reason you're lucky not to live in Kansas." When the Davises returned home, they e-mailed Subway and asked for an explanation and apology. In a statement issued Thursday, the sandwich corporation said it apologized to anyone in Kansas who found the sign offensive.

-- From wire reports