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Japanese businessman thanks Italy with restored pyramid

Jul 16, 2014

Japanese businessman thanks Italy with restored pyramid

A Japanese businessman whose donation helped restore an ancient Roman pyramid said it was a way of thanking Italy for his success, as he toured the monument with Italy’s culture minister on Tuesday. Dressed in an impeccable white suit, the wavy-haired fashion importer Yuzo ...

Jul 14, 2014

Freak lightning strikes in U.S. park kill two in two days

Lightning has been blamed for the death of a visitor to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park for the second day in a row. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says officials were notified Saturday of four people being struck by lightning near Trail Ridge Road. The ...

'Holy Grail' of watches set for November auction

Jul 11, 2014

'Holy Grail' of watches set for November auction

Timekeeping afficionados set their alarms Thursday, when auction house Sotheby’s announced the “Holy Grail” of watches will be up for sale in November. The Henry Graves Supercomplication, a timepiece that has an estimated value of €12 million ($16 million), is “the most complicated watch ...

Jul 10, 2014

New York museum sells adult sleepover under blue whale

Ever dreamt of kipping down under a blue whale? For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover. The Aug. 1 overnight adventure was so popular that it sold out within hours ...

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 ...