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U.S. groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring

Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog renowned for his ability to forecast the onset of spring, did not see his shadow after emerging from his burrow on Tuesday morning, predicting an early spring. Phil’s prediction came at about 7:25 a.m. and was met with cheers from a crowd of thousands who ...

Brazilian pets parade in their own four-footed Carnival

Feb 1, 2016

Brazilian pets parade in their own four-footed Carnival

Brazilian canines allowed their people to dress them in masks and costumes Sunday for a four-legged Carnival just days before the humans will hold their own party. A white-haired lap dog was dressed as a court jester for the gathering of dozens of pets ...

Feb 1, 2016

Bidet wielded as weapon in Italian brawl

Italian police arrested a man for attempted murder Sunday after he threw a bidet out of a window to knock out his adversary during a brawl, according to media reports. A kick-around between neighborhood boys in Pozzuoli near Naples degenerated when one player accused ...

Jan 27, 2016

Man unwittingly triggers Rome security alert with toy gun

A man who unwittingly caused a major alert at Rome’s central station by wandering through the terminus holding a toy gun handed himself into police on Tuesday after his mother recognized him from security video. Police evacuated the vast station on Monday evening after ...

Jan 27, 2016

U.K. parents urged to wash, get dressed for school run

The head teacher of a British school has written to parents urging them not to drop their children off while still dressed in pyjamas, it emerged Tuesday. “I have noticed there has been an increasing tendency for parents to escort children to and from ...

In obituary, Pittsburgh man's sons ask mourners not to vote for Trump

Jan 23, 2016

In obituary, Pittsburgh man's sons ask mourners not to vote for Trump

A Pittsburgh chiropractor’s obituary is asking people not to vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in lieu of sending flowers. Jason Brown tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he and his brother decided to include the line in their father’s obituary after recalling one published ...

Jan 22, 2016

Baa'd end for New Zealanders on the lam

Sheep, it seems, are more than just common figures on the New Zealand landscape — they also have a role in law enforcement. A flock of sheep managed to stop a car-load of fugitives who had led police on a 90-minute chase through Central ...

Jan 21, 2016

Underwear-clad car owner foils theft in frigid Norway

A car thief in Norway got more than he bargained with when the owner of a vehicle he was taking, dressed only in his underwear, clung heroically to its roof in temperatures of minus 17 (about 1 F) to foil the theft. In a ...

Jan 15, 2016

Italian woman wins right to convert lire hoard

An Italian woman who discovered millions of lire in an old chest of drawers has won the right to convert the hoard into euros after a court ruled that a 2011 deadline for exchanging the former currency was unconstitutional. Observers expect further cases to ...