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Cuban rolls record 90-meter cigar ahead of Castro's 90th birthday

Aug 13, 2016

Cuban rolls record 90-meter cigar ahead of Castro's 90th birthday

A Cuban cigar-maker broke his own record on Friday by rolling the world’s longest cigar, dedicating the 90-meter (295-foot) smoke to Fidel Castro ahead of the retired leader’s 90th birthday. Castro, who took power in Cuba’s 1959 revolution and ruled for nearly half a ...

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

Jul 15, 2016

Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment in 50-million-year-old amber

A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug. An Oregon State University scientist on Thursday described a remarkable piece of amber — fossilized tree sap — containing a mushroom, ...

Jul 14, 2016

Skydiver to leap from 25,000 feet without a parachute

American skydiver Luke Aikins will leap out of a plane at 25,000 feet (7,6000 meters) without a parachute and attempt to land safely in the California desert in a live television broadcast titled “Heaven Sent.” The married 42-year-old third-generation skydiver, who has made about ...

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Jun 30, 2016

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Kacey Oberlander is missing her dogs back home, and she’s more than a little stressed competing in the high-pressure environment at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. That’s where Holly comes in. The adorable, 4-year-old Havanese is available for petting and furry hugs. “It just ...

Jun 11, 2016

Rancher on horseback lassos bike thief in Oregon

A rancher jumped on his horse Friday morning and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of an Oregon Wal-Mart, police said. Robert Borba was at the Eagle Point store loading dog food and a camping tent ...

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Jun 11, 2016

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Officials at a wildlife hospital say a seagull turned bright orange after falling into a vat of chicken tikka masala in Wales. The gull was likely scavenging for food when it became stuck in the thick sauce on Monday. The bird was rescued and ...

French city creates world's longest comic strip

May 22, 2016

French city creates world's longest comic strip

A group of artists in the central French city of Lyon broke the record for the world’s longest comic strip Saturday with a nearly mile-long artwork, organizers said. The feat brings the figurative medal for the longest comic strip back to Lyon from New ...

May 22, 2016

Mysterious roar and light in the sky wake Mexicans

Residents in a Mexican city woke in fright before dawn on Saturday to bright light in the sky and then a thunderous noise, fearing a nearby volcano had suddenly erupted. But officials said Popocatepetl volcano had not stirred and no earthquake had registered. Instead, ...