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Apr 20, 2014

Website turns homes into takeout

A Danish website is turning private homes into takeout restaurants by letting users advertise what they are cooking, when and for what price. The website, Dinnersurfer.dk, is sometimes described as a restaurant version of the popular lodging site Airbnb, on which homeowners make their ...

Apr 18, 2014

U.S. reservoir to be drained after teen's call of nature

The mix of 143 million liters of treated water and one teen’s urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to ...

Apr 18, 2014

Finlander tried over 'Toblerone sword'

A Finnish passenger accused of making a hoax bomb threat on a Cathay Pacific flight wielded a chocolate bar like a sword and demanded the plane be diverted so he could attend the Winter Olympics. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, appeared in a Hong Kong ...

Former convict granted wish to return 'home' to prison

Apr 18, 2014

Former convict granted wish to return 'home' to prison

An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he calls home — prison. Telling Walter Unbehaun he frightened ...

Pet frenzy sweeps through Mexico's thriving middle class

Apr 16, 2014

Pet frenzy sweeps through Mexico's thriving middle class

Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters. When the cake arrived she barked at the single flickering candle, provoking a similar reaction ...

Apr 15, 2014

Thieves steal lock of Napoleon's hair

A lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair and other “priceless” artifacts linked to the French emperor have been stolen from a museum in Australia, police said Tuesday. Burglars broke into the building on Victoria state’s Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, in what was believed to ...

Cod caught in Norway with sex toy in its stomach

Apr 12, 2014

Cod caught in Norway with sex toy in its stomach

An unexpected catch ended up in the net of a Norwegian fisherman, who said he had landed a cod with a sex aid in its stomach. Bjoern Frilund, 64, said Friday he found a 5- to 6-kg cod in his net while fishing for ...

Skyscraper-sized Tetris game wows U.S. city

Apr 7, 2014

Skyscraper-sized Tetris game wows U.S. city

Tetris fans had a little fun Saturday with a skyscraper-sized version of the classic video game. The Philadelphia event created a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped would inspire onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology. The 29-story Cira ...

Apr 6, 2014

Computer learns 21 facial expressions

U.S. researchers have uncovered a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct and often complex facial expressions, in what is being hailed as a breakthrough in the field of cognitive analysis. A team from Ohio State University devised a way for computers to pinpoint ...