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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). ...

Feb 6, 2015

I'm a technology disaster, pope confesses

Pope Francis, who has called the Internet a “gift from God,” confessed via webcam to an inquisitive girl on Thursday that he is a disaster with technology and does not know how to use a computer. Alicia, from Spain, who took part in a ...

DSK sex scandal maid now New York restaurant owner

Feb 4, 2015

DSK sex scandal maid now New York restaurant owner

The hotel maid who four years ago accused then-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault — a sensational case that left his career in tatters —is now running a New York restaurant. The six-minute encounter in May 2011 between Nafissatou Diallo and one of ...

Mayor learns lesson after weather-predicting groundhog bites him

Feb 3, 2015

Mayor learns lesson after weather-predicting groundhog bites him

A mayor in Wisconsin has learned a valuable lesson about his city’s weather-predicting groundhog: Don’t get too close. Jimmy, the official groundhog in Sun Prairie, bit the mayor’s ear during Monday’s Groundhog Day celebrations. The groundhog’s handler was holding the animal next to Mayor ...

Modern-day knights do battle in bone-crunching combat

Feb 2, 2015

Modern-day knights do battle in bone-crunching combat

The sound of swords crashing on to steel armor resonates around the municipal sports hall as two teams of knights commence a ferocious battle. One combatant launches himself into another, hauls his opponent to the ground, then regains his footing to smash his sword ...

Jan 30, 2015

Vatican to offer haircuts, shaves and showers to Rome's homeless

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that it would provide shower facilities in St Peter’s ...