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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 ...

May 4, 2014

Explosive issue: whale disposal

What do you do with a blue whale that has died and is threatening to explode its stinking innards all over your town? That is the unusual quandary the 600 residents of a Canadian fishing town have been wrestling with since the creature washed ...

At 116, Peruvian may be world's oldest person

May 3, 2014

At 116, Peruvian may be world's oldest person

A 116-year-old Peruvian living in extreme poverty in the heart of the Andes is in the running to become the oldest person in the world. Born on Dec. 20, 1897, Filomena Taipe Mendoza may be three months older than Japan’s Misao Okawa, the world’s ...

Hamster-sized 'deer-mouse' born in Spain

Apr 26, 2014

Hamster-sized 'deer-mouse' born in Spain

The latest specimen of the world’s tiniest deer — a rare species no bigger than a hamster — has been born in a nature park in southern Spain, conservationists said Friday. The baby “deer-mouse” became just the 43rd living member of this species in ...

NYPD Twitter stunt foiled by hashtag hijack

Apr 24, 2014

NYPD Twitter stunt foiled by hashtag hijack

A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on ...

Russian Army choir lauds 'polite people'

Apr 24, 2014

Russian Army choir lauds 'polite people'

The Russian Army choir has released a song glorifying the troops in unmarked uniforms who seized Crimea — swiftly dubbed “the polite people” for their silent demeanor. The deep-voiced Alexandrov Ensemble, better known as the Red Army Choir, released “Polite People” on its official ...