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'Miracle baby' survives 11-story fall

May 15, 2014

'Miracle baby' survives 11-story fall

A 15-month-old U.S. boy has survived an 11-story fall from a balcony at his parents’ apartment in Minneapolis, local media reported Wednesday. Musa Dayib has been nicknamed “the miracle baby” after escaping death despite slipping through the railing and falling. In addition to fractures ...

'Lunar Bible' auctioned for $75,000

May 15, 2014

'Lunar Bible' auctioned for $75,000

A microfilm Bible regarded as one of the rarest “books” on Earth, after flying around the moon once with Apollo 13 and later landing on the moon’s surface with Apollo 14, sold at an auction of space memorabilia in Dallas on Wednesday for $75,000. ...

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

May 13, 2014

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

Pope Francis on Monday declared that everyone has the right to be baptized, even aliens, should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose ...

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

May 12, 2014

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

Searchers in Virginia on Sunday found the body of the third victim from the crash of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area, police said. The victims’ names have not been ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

Turkish killer seeks love on TV show

May 9, 2014

Turkish killer seeks love on TV show

A man who appeared on a Turkish TV dating show in search of a new partner shocked the audience by revealing he had murdered his former wife and an ex-lover. Sefer Calinak, 62, told Flash TV’s “Luck of the Draw” he had served prison ...

Canadian town tries to sell whale carcass on eBay

May 6, 2014

Canadian town tries to sell whale carcass on eBay

A fishing village in easternmost Canada tried on Monday to auction off on eBay a sperm whale carcass that washed up onto its shores. By midday, the town of Cape St. George, Newfoundland, had received dozens of bids — the highest topping $2,000 — ...

May 5, 2014

Greek public broadcaster launches

A new logo has appeared on television screens across Greece, quietly ushering in state-run broadcaster NERIT. The muted launch of the new broadcaster on Sunday was in stark contrast to the public outcry that greeted the shutdown of its predecessor, ERT, last June as ...