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Jun 18, 2014

Costumed Spider-man on trial for Times Square spat

The episode isn’t among Spider-Man’s biggest hits: the superhero vs. mom. One of the costumed characters who roam Times Square went on trial Tuesday in New York City over allegations that he hit a passer-by who didn’t tip him for posing for a photo ...

Jun 17, 2014

50 Sherlock stories 'in public domain'

Fifty Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, a U.S. appeals court said Monday, and others may refer to them freely without paying licensing fees to the Scottish writer’s estate. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

British comedian Mayall dies at 56

Jun 10, 2014

British comedian Mayall dies at 56

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult TV series “The Young Ones,” died Monday at 56, his management company said. The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC’s “The Young Ones” endeared him to a generation ...

Jun 5, 2014

Sex shop chain to target Muslims

A Dutch online shop selling sex products approved for use by Muslims announced Wednesday an alliance with Europe’s largest erotic retailer to tap into the potentially lucrative Muslim market, worth perhaps billions of dollars. The founder of Amsterdam-based El Asira, Abdelaziz Aouragh, said the ...

Soccer-playing sheep in Colombia honor World Cup

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-playing sheep in Colombia honor World Cup

It was not a baaad performance for Colombia’s wooly warriors. To celebrate the country’s return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence, artisans in the high Andean town of Nobsa put on what they billed as the first soccer match played by sheep ...

May 31, 2014

U.S. man returns lost $125,000 bag of cash

A California man who found a bag containing $125,000 said he returned the cash to the armored truck company that accidentally dropped it because it was the “right thing to do.” Joe Cornell, 52, told the Fresno Bee newspaper he saw the bag of ...

Is Guatemalan, 121, oldest person?

May 29, 2014

Is Guatemalan, 121, oldest person?

A Guatemalan woman who used to pick coffee and tend sheep, and who will turn 121 in November, could be the world’s oldest person by far, a newspaper reported. Juana Chox Yac, an indigenous Kaqchikel Maya, was born Nov. 29, 1893, in the farming ...

Bill Murray turns up at stag party, gives tips on love

May 28, 2014

Bill Murray turns up at stag party, gives tips on love

A young man got a surprise at his bachelor party: a sparkling speech from actor Bill Murray. The deadpan comic, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina, was dining with friends in the city over the weekend when a diner from the bachelor party group ...

May 25, 2014

Tintin comic strip sets sale record

An original page of drawings featuring the intrepid boy reporter Tintin sold at auction Saturday for more than €2 million, a new world record for a comic strip. The piece, dating from 1937 and signed by the creator Herge, went to an American collector ...

May 24, 2014

Man strips naked outside White House

U.S. Secret Service personnel sprang into action Friday outside the White House when a man stripped naked in what appeared to be a form of protest. On one of the hottest days of the year so far in the capital, where temperatures hit at ...