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'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

May 23, 2014

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

Cash-strapped France will have to trim back about 1,300 rail platforms at a cost of $68 million because new trains on order are too wide. France’s secretary of state for transport, Frederic Cuvillier, called it a “tragically comical,” “mind-boggling” mix-up, blaming a lack of ...

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

May 19, 2014

'Selfie,' 'poutine' among new words in Merriam-Webster's dictionary

The latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary has added 150 new words, from “selfie” to “poutine.” Many of the words and terms relate to digital life and social media — spoiler alert, hashtag and tweep — while others are food-driven, including the Vietnamese staple ...

Israeli team designs prosthetic fin to save turtle

May 18, 2014

Israeli team designs prosthetic fin to save turtle

A badly injured sea turtle’s prospects are looking up — thanks to a new prosthetic fin designed by an Israeli team and modeled after the wings of a U.S. fighter jet. The green sea turtle, named “Hofesh,” the Hebrew word for “freedom,” was caught ...

'Miracle baby' survives 11-story fall

May 15, 2014

'Miracle baby' survives 11-story fall

A 15-month-old U.S. boy has survived an 11-story fall from a balcony at his parents’ apartment in Minneapolis, local media reported Wednesday. Musa Dayib has been nicknamed “the miracle baby” after escaping death despite slipping through the railing and falling. In addition to fractures ...

'Lunar Bible' auctioned for $75,000

May 15, 2014

'Lunar Bible' auctioned for $75,000

A microfilm Bible regarded as one of the rarest “books” on Earth, after flying around the moon once with Apollo 13 and later landing on the moon’s surface with Apollo 14, sold at an auction of space memorabilia in Dallas on Wednesday for $75,000. ...

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

May 13, 2014

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

Pope Francis on Monday declared that everyone has the right to be baptized, even aliens, should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose ...

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

May 12, 2014

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

Searchers in Virginia on Sunday found the body of the third victim from the crash of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area, police said. The victims’ names have not been ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

Turkish killer seeks love on TV show

May 9, 2014

Turkish killer seeks love on TV show

A man who appeared on a Turkish TV dating show in search of a new partner shocked the audience by revealing he had murdered his former wife and an ex-lover. Sefer Calinak, 62, told Flash TV’s “Luck of the Draw” he had served prison ...