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Oct 15, 2015

Santa Claus elected to North Pole City Council

A man with a soft white beard who prides himself on being an advocate for young children has been elected as a city councilman in North Pole, Alaska. The rosy-cheeked 68-year-old candidate, who happens to be named Santa Claus, won a three-year term in ...

Oct 3, 2015

Train evacuated in France over bag of stinky meat

A suspicious gas-like stench aboard a high-speed train led to the evacuation Friday of some 250 people in France before bio-chemical experts traced it to a package of stinky fermenting meat in a passenger’s bag. Local government officials in the Burgundy region of central ...

Oct 2, 2015

Baboons force Zimbabwe radio station off air

A radio station in Zimbabwe was temporarily forced off the air after a group of baboons raided a transmission tower and chewed through cables, a state daily reported Thursday. The Chronicle newspaper said the newly-launched YA FM went down during the breakfast show on ...

Sep 29, 2015

Dating apps fire back at billboards linking them STD spread

An AIDS health care group is defending an ad campaign in Los Angeles that links popular dating apps with the spread of sexual transmitted diseases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation targets Tinder, a location-based dating app, and Grindr, a similar site for gay men, in ...

Chance photograph launches Tajik gardener into local fame

Sep 8, 2015

Chance photograph launches Tajik gardener into local fame

A city gardens worker in the capital of Tajikistan has become a local celebrity through a chance picture taken by a visiting Romanian photographer. Internet and local TV reports about 19-year-old Munira Mirzoyeva’s inclusion in the Atlas of Beauty — an online compendium of ...

Dog lost in Yellowstone National Park found 42 days later

Sep 6, 2015

Dog lost in Yellowstone National Park found 42 days later

Yellowstone National Park is known for its wildlife, including bears and wolves. But for six weeks, one animal that roamed the park didn’t belong there. An Australian shepherd named Jade was found in the Canyon area Friday, 42 days after she went missing. “She’s ...

World's shortest man dies at age 75

Sep 5, 2015

World's shortest man dies at age 75

The world’s shortest man, as verified by the Guinness Book of Records, has died of an undisclosed illness in American Samoa, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Nepal’s Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who was 21.5 inches (54.6 cm) tall, died late Thursday at the Lyndon B. ...

Sep 5, 2015

U.S. Military Academy pillow fight leaves 30 injured

Thirty cadets who had just completed their first-year summer training at the prestigious U.S. Military Academy were injured when an annual pillow fight tradition turned bloody, The New York Times reported Friday. The brawl left 24 young cadets with concussions, the West Point military ...