Eager eaters weigh in ahead of July 4 hot dog contest in New York

Jul 4, 2015

Eager eaters weigh in ahead of July 4 hot dog contest in New York

Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island’s Nathan’s Famous. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition. The dogs will be served ...

Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

May 6, 2015

Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

Airports, trains and expressways in Japan continued to be packed on Wednesday as travelers returned from their spring getaways on the last day of the Golden Week holiday period. Reserved seats on shinkansen trains bound for Tokyo were nearly fully booked in the afternoon, ...

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Feb 15, 2015

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Nine couples have broken the world record for the longest dance marathon in the seaside town of Pattaya, southeast of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. The couples broke the record by dancing for 35 hours, one minute and one second, gaining a spot in the Guinness ...

2015 begins with tragedy in Shanghai, fireworks elsewhere

Jan 2, 2015

2015 begins with tragedy in Shanghai, fireworks elsewhere

Revelers crowded New York’s Times Square and converged on the beaches of Brazil and skyscrapers of Dubai to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters. But tragedy struck in Shanghai, Baghdad ...

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

Jan 2, 2015

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

After a long night of celebrating the arrival of 2015 tens of thousands of Europeans saw no better way to begin the new year than to jump into freezing water. In the Netherlands alone some 50,000 people, many wearing knitted caps in trademark Dutch ...

Dec 28, 2014

Italy names migrant baby born at sea on Christmas

A baby born at sea on Christmas Day after his Nigerian mother was plucked from a floundering migrant boat by the Italian Navy has been baptized Testimony Salvatore in honor of the medics who delivered him. The infant, who weighs 2,700 grams (just under ...