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'Face of War': Putin portrait from bullet shells

A young Ukrainian artist has captured global attention by creating a striking portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin out of 5,000 empty bullet casings collected in the separatist east. Daria Marchenko’s “The Face of War” — a remarkably realistic and politically tinged depiction of Putin in a dark suit and ...

Aug 9, 2015

Nervous Burundians fear recent quake portends another war

Already rattled by a political crisis that has claimed some 100 lives, many Burundians fear that Friday’s earthquake portends the return of the brutal civil war that rent the Central African nation. The 5.6 scale temblor that struck the region was felt in Rwanda, ...

British town appoints first jester in 700 years

Aug 5, 2015

British town appoints first jester in 700 years

A small British town has appointed its first resident jester in more than 700 years, naming him in an elaborate medieval ceremony. Russel Erwood was officially dubbed Erwyd le Fol (French for “fool”) during an event in the main square in Conwy, north Wales, ...

164 skydivers in formation smash world record above Illinois

Aug 1, 2015

164 skydivers in formation smash world record above Illinois

Traveling at speeds of up to 240 mph (almost 400 kph), 164 skydivers flying head-down built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation Friday over central Illinois, smashing the previous record. It took the international team 13 attempts to beat the 2012 mark set by ...

Jul 18, 2015

Teddy bear breaks girl's fall from third-floor window

A teddy bear from the hit animated movie “Minions” is credited with breaking the fall of a 5-year-old Colorado girl who suffered only minor injuries after tumbling from a third-story apartment window, police said on Friday. She was playing in a bedroom when she ...

Sharks, fascinating and scary, capture attention

Jul 11, 2015

Sharks, fascinating and scary, capture attention

It’s the golden hour, right before sunset, when the light is soft and pretty. The landscape looks like a postcard. Tourists stroll, kids run. No one is in the water. No one wants to be a feast for a shark. “This is a very ...

Jul 11, 2015

After days of pain, woman finds she was hit with bullet

A Florida woman was shot in the leg while sitting at a cafe on Independence Day but didn’t realize it until doctors found the bullet five days later on Thursday. Heather Charlebois told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that after days of pain from what ...

Jul 9, 2015

Pot-smoking Indiana church sues over marijuana laws

A pot-smoking church is suing the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs. The First Church of Cannabis was formed as a test of Indiana’s new religious objections law. The church ...

Eager eaters weigh in ahead of July 4 hot dog contest in New York

Jul 4, 2015

Eager eaters weigh in ahead of July 4 hot dog contest in New York

Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island’s Nathan’s Famous. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition. The dogs will be served ...