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Faeroes invaded by total-eclipse seekers

Mar 20, 2015

Faeroes invaded by total-eclipse seekers

For months, even years, hotels on the remote Faeroe Islands have been fully booked by fans who don’t want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now the sky gazers just hope the clouds will blow away so they can fully experience Friday’s total ...

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. student fraternities under fire after bad behavior

Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities, as social groups of male college students are known at American universities, seem to be coming under fire as never before. Despite a major push to reduce drinking and sexual assault ...

Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Mar 18, 2015

Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick’s Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle’s patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday. Here are St. Patrick’s ...

Mar 17, 2015

Frenchman packs Russian wife in suitcase to enter EU

A Frenchman tried to smuggle his Russian wife into the European Union by hiding her in a massive suitcase, without realizing there had been no need for the would-be James Bond scheme. Poland’s border guards detained the man, who authorities said was in his ...

Falconer catches owl that terrorized Dutch town

Mar 15, 2015

Falconer catches owl that terrorized Dutch town

A falconer has captured an aggressive eagle owl that terrorized a Dutch town by swooping out of the sky and sinking its talons into residents’ heads. The bird earned the nickname “terror owl” in Purmerend, 20 km (12 miles) north of Amsterdam where it ...

Mar 7, 2015

New York airport alarm reveals stowaway dog in luggage

U.S. security agents searching a checked suitcase after an alarm went off at New York’s LaGuardia Airport expected to discover weapons but instead found a stowaway Chihuahua, authorities said on Friday. Staring back at the agents was a 7-year-old beige-and-brown dog that had sneaked ...

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Mar 5, 2015

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Americans living in the Rockies stand a better chance of dodging a zombie apocalypse than their urban counterparts. Cities would fall quickly, suggests the “large-scale exact stochastic dynamical simulation of a zombie outbreak” from Cornell University in New York state. But it would take ...

Canadian 'Trekkies' take to 'Spocking' their $5 bills

Mar 4, 2015

Canadian 'Trekkies' take to 'Spocking' their $5 bills

The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up 5-dollar Canadian bank notes that show former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy’s famous “Star Trek” character. For years, Canadians have been ...

Mar 2, 2015

Tintin set to go under the hammer at Paris auctions

Tintin’s latest adventure is taking him to Sotheby’s and Christie’s in Paris this month, as booming prices for comic books attract the attention of ultra-rich collectors. Both auction houses have organized major sales of comic and graphic novel items in the French capital this ...