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Sep 5, 2014

Ailing Great Dane in Oregon packed his belly with 43.5 socks

Veterinarians who operated on an ailing 140-pound (64-kg) Great Dane in Oregon removed 43-1/2 socks from its stomach in an emergency surgery that likely saved the pooch’s life, an animal hospital said on Thursday. The 3-year-old canine, who had an affinity for chewing on ...

Sep 4, 2014

Tsingtao at lagerheads with foreign brewers

China’s most famous beer and probably its biggest global brand, Tsingtao has survived colonialism, civil war and Communist revolution. Now, it is relying on Japanese investment to help negotiate slowing growth and intensifying foreign competition. Set up by German brewmasters in 1903, Tsingtao Brewery ...

Sep 3, 2014

'Robin Hood' monkey showers Indian town with cash

A monkey sparked a dash for cash in a northern Indian town when he showered banknotes from a rooftop, witnesses told AFP on Tuesday. Passersby in the hill town of Shimla spotted the monkey with a bundle of notes on Sunday after it broke ...

Aug 29, 2014

Warren Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday. Howard ...

Aug 26, 2014

Happiness study draws frowns from critics

A high-profile 2013 study that concluded that different kinds of happiness are associated with dramatically different patterns of gene activity is fatally flawed, according to an analysis published on Monday that tore into its target with language rarely seen in science journals. The new ...

Rare copy of Superman comic book fetches $3.2 million

Aug 26, 2014

Rare copy of Superman comic book fetches $3.2 million

A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman’s comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million. New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said Monday they submitted Sunday’s record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 ...

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

Aug 24, 2014

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

A rambunctious panda bear cub celebrated a rare first birthday with a special cake and traditional Chinese gifts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington on Saturday. Bao Bao, a 44-pound female, is the second panda in the zoo’s history to live a full ...

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Victoria

Aug 22, 2014

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Victoria

A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road. HitchBot, assembled from household odds and ends by university professors Frauke Zeller ...

Alabama hunters haul in 450-kg gator

Aug 19, 2014

Alabama hunters haul in 450-kg gator

A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot (4.5-meter) alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds (450 kg). ( ) reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state’s alligator ...

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

Aug 18, 2014

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai

A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub. His look may have been a step ...

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 ...