World Topics

May 31, 2014

U.S. man returns lost $125,000 bag of cash

A California man who found a bag containing $125,000 said he returned the cash to the armored truck company that accidentally dropped it because it was the “right thing to do.” Joe Cornell, 52, told the Fresno Bee newspaper he saw the bag of ...

Is Guatemalan, 121, oldest person?

May 29, 2014

Is Guatemalan, 121, oldest person?

A Guatemalan woman who used to pick coffee and tend sheep, and who will turn 121 in November, could be the world’s oldest person by far, a newspaper reported. Juana Chox Yac, an indigenous Kaqchikel Maya, was born Nov. 29, 1893, in the farming ...

Bill Murray turns up at stag party, gives tips on love

May 28, 2014

Bill Murray turns up at stag party, gives tips on love

A young man got a surprise at his bachelor party: a sparkling speech from actor Bill Murray. The deadpan comic, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, was dining with friends in the city over the weekend when a diner from the bachelor party group ...

May 25, 2014

Tintin comic strip sets sale record

An original page of drawings featuring the intrepid boy reporter Tintin sold at auction Saturday for more than €2 million, a new world record for a comic strip. The piece, dating from 1937 and signed by the creator Herge, went to an American collector ...

May 24, 2014

Man strips naked outside White House

U.S. Secret Service personnel sprang into action Friday outside the White House when a man stripped naked in what appeared to be a form of protest. On one of the hottest days of the year so far in the capital, where temperatures hit at ...

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

May 23, 2014

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

Cash-strapped France will have to trim back about 1,300 rail platforms at a cost of $68 million because new trains on order are too wide. France’s secretary of state for transport, Frederic Cuvillier, called it a “tragically comical,” “mind-boggling” mix-up, blaming a lack of ...

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

May 19, 2014

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added 150 new words, from “selfie” to “poutine.” Many of the words and terms relate to digital life and social media — spoiler alert, hashtag and tweep — while others are food-driven, including the Vietnamese staple ...

Israeli team designs prosthetic fin to save turtle

May 18, 2014

Israeli team designs prosthetic fin to save turtle

A badly injured sea turtle’s prospects are looking up — thanks to a new prosthetic fin designed by an Israeli team and modeled after the wings of a U.S. fighter jet. The green sea turtle, named “Hofesh,” the Hebrew word for “freedom,” was caught ...

'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. ...