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Aug 17, 2014

U.K. councils field queries on dragons, ghosts

Is your town safe from dragon attack? A list of the top 10 strangest questions posed by Freedom of Information Act petitioners was published Saturday by England’s Local Government Association. The group, which represents more than 350 councils, asked the public not to burden ...

Aug 15, 2014

George Orwell executor accuses Amazon of dystopian crime of doublespeak

The literary executor of George Orwell’s estate is accusing Amazon of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for “turning the facts inside out” by alleging that the British author ...

Aug 12, 2014

Mexico doctors remove woman's 130-pound tumor

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 130-pound (60-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 51-year-old woman who had been unable to leave her home for two years. Dr. Gilberto Inzulza says a team of surgeons needed four hours to remove the giant tumor ...

Aug 8, 2014

Richard Nixon's back! (At least on Twitter)

If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation. But the many obsessives ...

Aug 7, 2014

Reward offered for man shown kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon

An animal rights group offered a reward of nearly $17,000 on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona’s Grand Canyon in a video that went viral on the Internet. Appealing to members ...

Aug 7, 2014

Italian professor in hot water for hosting Costa Concordia captain

A professor who invited the disgraced captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to speak at a criminology seminar has been referred to the ethics committee at Rome’s La Sapienza University, the university said on Wednesday. Professor Vincenzo Mastronardi held the seminar last month reconstructing ...

Aug 7, 2014

127 kg of cocaine seized from Spanish naval ship

Spanish police say they have seized 127 kilograms of cocaine from a Spanish navy training ship, which allegedly carried the drug from Colombia and dropped off some in New York. A Civil Guard statement Wednesday said three sailors were arrested on July 12 when ...

Aug 2, 2014

Social network challenges end in tragedy

Online challenges daring people to set themselves ablaze or douse themselves in ice water are racking up casualties and fueling wonder regarding idiocy in the Internet age. US media reported that a teenager was recovering on Friday from second-degree burns caused by pouring rubbing ...

Aug 2, 2014

South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass

Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws, an official said Friday. The accident on a highway between Pretoria and ...

Aug 2, 2014

Canadian police unit launches anti-sexting app

A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting “epidemic.” The “Send This Instead” free app, to be offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, ...

Aug 1, 2014

Turkish women are told not to laugh loud

One of the most senior members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sparked an outcry Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party ...