World Topics

Mar 7, 2015

New York airport alarm reveals stowaway dog in luggage

U.S. security agents searching a checked suitcase after an alarm went off at New York’s LaGuardia Airport expected to discover weapons but instead found a stowaway Chihuahua, authorities said on Friday. Staring back at the agents was a 7-year-old beige-and-brown dog that had sneaked ...

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Mar 5, 2015

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Americans living in the Rockies stand a better chance of dodging a zombie apocalypse than their urban counterparts. Cities would fall quickly, suggests the “large-scale exact stochastic dynamical simulation of a zombie outbreak” from Cornell University in New York state. But it would take ...

Canadian 'Trekkies' take to 'Spocking' their $5 bills

Mar 4, 2015

Canadian 'Trekkies' take to 'Spocking' their $5 bills

The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up 5-dollar Canadian bank notes that show former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy’s famous “Star Trek” character. For years, Canadians have been ...

Mar 2, 2015

Tintin set to go under the hammer at Paris auctions

Tintin’s latest adventure is taking him to Sotheby’s and Christie’s in Paris this month, as booming prices for comic books attract the attention of ultra-rich collectors. Both auction houses have organized major sales of comic and graphic novel items in the French capital this ...

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

Feb 27, 2015

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they’re done. Not surprisingly, “Sex Box” has attracted some negative attention. The Parents ...

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 ...