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Officials order Ohio man to take down zombie Nativity

A suburban Cincinnati man’s zombie-themed Nativity scene has caused quite a stir in his neighborhood, with some considering it a holiday treat. But others see a nightmare before Christmas. Responding to two anonymous complaints, officials in Ohio’s Sycamore Township said on Tuesday they have ordered Jasen Dixon to take down ...

Feb 27, 2015

Llamas go on the lam in U.S.; Twitter explodes

A pair of sprightly llamas jigged their way to immediate social media stardom Thursday after they led dozens of U.S. police a merry dance on the bemused streets of Phoenix, Arizona. The duo, one white and the other black, had the eyes of the ...

Feb 27, 2015

New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

A linguistic storm is brewing in Luderitz, where some residents of the remote Namibian town are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami#nus. Those are not typographical errors. The name, proposed by some government officials and tribal authorities, incorporates clicklike sounds in the ...

Newly discovered wasp named after Boston Bruins goalie Rask

Feb 25, 2015

Newly discovered wasp named after Boston Bruins goalie Rask

There’s a new buzz surrounding Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. A Boston-area researcher who was part of a team that discovered a new species of wasp in Kenya has named the insect Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski in Rask’s honor. Robert Copeland, an entomologist at the International ...

Brazilians compete for kissing crown at Rio's Carnival

Feb 18, 2015

Brazilians compete for kissing crown at Rio's Carnival

Wagner de Aguiar is acting like a big baby, but the women do not seem to mind. Standing about 6 feet (1.83 m) tall, dripping with sweat and wearing nothing but a diaper, flip-flops and an afro wig, he struggles to recount the number ...

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Feb 13, 2015

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife. The world’s biggest online social network said Thursday that it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were “memorialized” after death, or locked ...

Improve everything! North Korea unveils 310 new political slogans

Feb 12, 2015

Improve everything! North Korea unveils 310 new political slogans

North Korea unveiled Thursday an exclamation-mark peppered list of 310 new political slogans covering every conceivable topic from the glories of the ruling Kim dynasty and mushroom cultivation to the importance of dependable wives and “offensive” sports. Oh, and the perennial need to wipe ...

Powerball jackpot hits $500 million for Wednesday drawing

Feb 12, 2015

Powerball jackpot hits $500 million for Wednesday drawing

The multistate Powerball lottery jackpot reached the half-billion dollar mark after rolling over for nearly three months into Wednesday night’s drawing, the Powerball website showed. The estimated $500 million jackpot was the third-largest in the game’s history and one of the largest lottery jackpots ...

Feb 10, 2015

Croatian court bans dog from barking at night

Medo is in trouble for doing what all dogs do: barking. A fed up neighbor in a northern Croatian village has won a temporary court order that says Medo must stop barking at night. If not, owner Anton Simunovic must pay some €2,800 ($3,160). ...