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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 sharky place,” mused 56-year-old John Kane ...

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 ...

Hunchbacked dog is crowned world's ugliest mutt

Jun 28, 2015

Hunchbacked dog is crowned world's ugliest mutt

A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest. The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing ...

Jun 18, 2015

Venezuela golf course sparks diplomatic row

A dispute has been teed off between Switzerland’s ambassador to Venezuela and a neighboring elite golf club after a banner appeared at the diplomat’s residence warning that golf balls injuring or killing anyone inside would violate the Vienna Convention. The large placard, on the ...

Truck carrying 2,200 pigs overturns on Ohio highway

Jun 9, 2015

Truck carrying 2,200 pigs overturns on Ohio highway

A semitrailer carrying 2,200 piglets overturned on an Ohio highway. Numerous agencies and volunteers worked to corral the animals after the crash Monday night on U.S. Route 35 in Xenia Township, near Dayton. Crews picked up the squealing pigs by their hind legs. They ...

Jun 4, 2015

BBC apologizes after journalist tweeted queen's 'death'

The BBC on Wednesday apologized and launched an internal inquiry after a tweet sent from the account of one of its producers said Queen Elizabeth II had died, during a test of coverage for a royal death. The first of a series of tweets ...

Jun 2, 2015

Loud sex lands British woman in prison

A British woman who kept her neighbors awake by engaging in enthusiastic love-making was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Monday after a neighbor complained about her “screaming and shouting.” The court ruling stated that at around 5 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2015 ...