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U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

A rambunctious panda bear cub celebrated a rare first birthday with a special cake and traditional Chinese gifts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington on Saturday. Bao Bao, a 44-pound female, is the second panda in the zoo’s history to live a full year, as the endangered species produce ...

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Victoria

Aug 22, 2014

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Victoria

A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road. HitchBot, assembled from household odds and ends by university professors Frauke Zeller ...

Alabama hunters haul in 450-kg gator

Aug 19, 2014

Alabama hunters haul in 450-kg gator

A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot (4.5-meter) alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds (450 kg). Al.com (bit.ly/1p5ycbg ) reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state’s alligator ...

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

Aug 18, 2014

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub. His look may have been a step ...

Aug 17, 2014

U.K. councils field queries on dragons, ghosts

Is your town safe from dragon attack? A list of the top 10 strangest questions posed by Freedom of Information Act petitioners was published Saturday by England’s Local Government Association. The group, which represents more than 350 councils, asked the public not to burden ...

Aug 15, 2014

George Orwell executor accuses Amazon of dystopian crime of doublespeak

The literary executor of George Orwell’s estate is accusing Amazon of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for “turning the facts inside out” by alleging that the British author ...

Aug 12, 2014

Mexico doctors remove woman's 130-pound tumor

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 130-pound (60-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 51-year-old woman who had been unable to leave her home for two years. Dr. Gilberto Inzulza says a team of surgeons needed four hours to remove the giant tumor ...

Aug 8, 2014

Richard Nixon's back! (At least on Twitter)

If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation. But the many obsessives ...

Aug 7, 2014

Reward offered for man shown kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon

An animal rights group offered a reward of nearly $17,000 on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona’s Grand Canyon in a video that went viral on the Internet. Appealing to members ...

Aug 7, 2014

Italian professor in hot water for hosting Costa Concordia captain

A professor who invited the disgraced captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to speak at a criminology seminar has been referred to the ethics committee at Rome’s La Sapienza University, the university said on Wednesday. Professor Vincenzo Mastronardi held the seminar last month reconstructing ...

Aug 7, 2014

127 kg of cocaine seized from Spanish naval ship

Spanish police say they have seized 127 kilograms of cocaine from a Spanish navy training ship, which allegedly carried the drug from Colombia and dropped off some in New York. A Civil Guard statement Wednesday said three sailors were arrested on July 12 when ...

Aug 2, 2014

Social network challenges end in tragedy

Online challenges daring people to set themselves ablaze or douse themselves in ice water are racking up casualties and fueling wonder regarding idiocy in the Internet age. US media reported that a teenager was recovering on Friday from second-degree burns caused by pouring rubbing ...