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Critter count: London Zoo begins annual animal census

Jan 6, 2015

Critter count: London Zoo begins annual animal census

Clipboard-carrying zookeepers coaxed, corralled and counted scores of creatures Monday, as London Zoo began an annual census of its 17,000 residents. The zoo is home to more than 750 species, from red-kneed spiders to Sumatran tigers, and all must be accounted for. The yearly ...

Jan 5, 2015

Tomb of previously unknown pharaonic queen found in Egypt

Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago, officials in Egypt said Sunday. The tomb was discovered in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo ...

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

Jan 2, 2015

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

After a long night of celebrating the arrival of 2015 tens of thousands of Europeans saw no better way to begin the new year than to jump into freezing water. In the Netherlands alone some 50,000 people, many wearing knitted caps in trademark Dutch ...

New York gets ready for New Year's Eve celebration

Dec 31, 2014

New York gets ready for New Year's Eve celebration

The giant glittering Waterford crystal ball was tested Tuesday ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, where tens of thousands of revelers are expected to ring in 2015. Workers coiled massive cables as the 11,875-pound (5,386-kg) ball went up and down ...

Mexico bullfighter, two others injured by 'smart' bull

Dec 31, 2014

Mexico bullfighter, two others injured by 'smart' bull

Karla de los Angeles, one of Mexico’s few female bullfighters, vowed Tuesday to return to the ring by mid-January, two days after she and several others were gored by what she said was a “very smart” bull. The 26-year-old bullfighter suffered a pair of ...

Dec 30, 2014

Python devours wallaby in giant meal: Australian ranger

An Australian ranger has captured the moment a python swallowed a wallaby at a national park in a giant feast that could keep it full for three months. Ranger Paul O’Neill was patrolling Nitmiluk National Park in the Northern Territory when he heard numerous ...

Dec 30, 2014

Likely HIV porn set infection puts California on alert

California public health officials issued an alert Monday after finding “very strong evidence” that an adult film actor became infected with HIV as a result of unprotected sex on an out-of-state film shoot. The Department of Public Health said the male actor tested positive ...

Dec 29, 2014

British chef Jamie Oliver turned down hobbit role

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed that he was offered the role of a hobbit in exchange for cooking director Peter Jackson a birthday meal, but rejected the chance due to a work commitment. The British cook told U.S. actress Kate Hudson about ...

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

Dec 29, 2014

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, a spokeswoman for the polygamous vegan ...

Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

Dec 27, 2014

Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

His figure-hugging black Speedos at the ready, fast-food vendor Marco Fois is preparing to uphold a New Year’s tradition and take the plunge into the murky waters of Rome’s fabled Tiber River. Fois, 52, is one of four Italians who strip off and dive ...

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

Dec 27, 2014

Police deliver 'Christmas baby' on Philadelphia subway train

A woman in Philadelphia got an unexpected holiday surprise on the subway in central Philadelphia when she went into labor, delivering a healthy child dubbed the “Christmas baby.” The woman was on the train Thursday when her water broke. Two transit police officers were ...