World Topics

Jul 10, 2014

John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke

John Wayne’s heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family’s right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star’s nickname, Duke. A federal lawsuit filed last week is the latest salvo in a long-running legal duel between the ...

Jul 9, 2014

Recreational pot goes on sale in Washington state

Washington on Tuesday became the second U.S. state to allow people to buy marijuana legally without a doctor’s note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf ...

Chestnut keeps hot dog title, wins fiancee

Jul 5, 2014

Chestnut keeps hot dog title, wins fiancee

High-ranking chowhound Joey “Jaws” Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday’s annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard-yellow winner’s belt. Chestnut has won eight times in a ...

Georgia wineries return to their roots

Jul 1, 2014

Georgia wineries return to their roots

In his wine shop hidden down a labyrinth of narrow streets in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi, Gela Danelia stares with rapture as sunlight refracts through a glass of his garnet-red produce. “I only produce some 8,000 bottles per year but what is ...

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Jun 22, 2014

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Marching imperiously with a puffed-out chest and soldier’s ramrod posture, Mohamad Hatta Yahaya’s tiny chicken strutted its rich yellow plumage for a stone-faced judge. “Yes my hero, puff out your chest!” Mohamad Hatta cried out above the din of fellow fowl owners as his ...

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

It is that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner is a 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white-and-brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth ...

Jun 18, 2014

Costumed Spider-man on trial for Times Square spat

The episode isn’t among Spider-Man’s biggest hits: the superhero vs. mom. One of the costumed characters who roam Times Square went on trial Tuesday in New York City over allegations that he hit a passer-by who didn’t tip him for posing for a photo ...

Jun 17, 2014

50 Sherlock stories 'in public domain'

Fifty Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, a U.S. appeals court said Monday, and others may refer to them freely without paying licensing fees to the Scottish writer’s estate. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

British comedian Mayall dies at 56

Jun 10, 2014

British comedian Mayall dies at 56

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult TV series “The Young Ones,” died Monday at 56, his management company said. The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC’s “The Young Ones” endeared him to a generation ...

Jun 5, 2014

Sex shop chain to target Muslims

A Dutch online shop selling sex products approved for use by Muslims announced Wednesday an alliance with Europe’s largest erotic retailer to tap into the potentially lucrative Muslim market, worth perhaps billions of dollars. The founder of Amsterdam-based El Asira, Abdelaziz Aouragh, said the ...

Soccer-playing sheep in Colombia honor World Cup

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-playing sheep in Colombia honor World Cup

It was not a baaad performance for Colombia’s wooly warriors. To celebrate the country’s return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence, artisans in the high Andean town of Nobsa put on what they billed as the first soccer match played by sheep ...