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Mar 3, 2014

Snake eats crocodile in Australia

A huge snake has won a life-and-death battle against a crocodile in Australia, swallowing the animal whole after a lengthy struggle before amazed onlookers. Travis Corlis, who watched the fight Sunday at Queensland’s Lake Moondarra, near the mining town of Mount Isa, said the ...

Mar 2, 2014

New phone for spies 'self-destructs'

Boeing is launching a self-destructing smartphone to help spies, diplomats and others keep secrets secure. “There are no serviceable parts on Boeing’s Black phone and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would . . . trigger functions that would delete the data and ...

'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

Mar 2, 2014

'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: “Which sandwich are you?” After answering a series of unscientific and seemingly unrelated questions, which included selecting her favorite doughnut from a lineup of frosted pastries, she had her ...

Mar 1, 2014

'Dead' man wakes up in body bag at U.S. funeral home

A 78-year-old U.S. man who was declared dead and taken to a funeral home dramatically woke up as he was about to be embalmed, local media reported Friday. Walter Williams was registered dead Wednesday evening after medics failed to find a pulse. He was ...

Mormons clarify talk of personal planets

Feb 28, 2014

Mormons clarify talk of personal planets

The Mormon church is pushing back against the notion that members of the faith are taught they will get their own planet in the afterlife, a misconception popularized in pop culture most recently by the Broadway show “The Book of Mormon.” A newly posted ...

Feb 27, 2014

South African offers virgins cash reward

A South African man is offering women up to age 35 a reward of $9,300 and medals if they are still virgins, in an apparent bid to combat HIV and teen pregnancy. Rabelani Ramali, a community worker from Limpopo province, said he will give ...

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

Feb 27, 2014

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran to boys and girls at ...

Bulgarian minority honors age-old wedding rites

Feb 27, 2014

Bulgarian minority honors age-old wedding rites

The communists tried hard to stamp out the culture of Bulgaria’s rural Pomak minority, and since they fell tough times in the European Union’s poorest country have made many leave, but one village is keeping traditions alive. Nestled in the southern snow-capped Rhodope Mountains, ...

U.S. couple strike gold with find of rare coins

Feb 26, 2014

U.S. couple strike gold with find of rare coins

A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, ...

Feb 23, 2014

Sierra Leone gem worth millions

Sierra Leone has discovered a diamond worth $6.2 million, declaring it one of the most precious finds of the past decade. The stone, dug up in the eastern district of Kono, was measured at 153 carats, making it significantly bigger than the largest find ...

Feb 20, 2014

Social media 'lie detector' in the works

Researchers are working on a system that could quash social media rumors by identifying whether information is accurate. Five European universities, led by Sheffield in England, are cooperating on a system that could automatically identify whether a rumor originates from a reliable source and ...