World Topics

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 ...

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

Apr 3, 2014

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector’s home in Britain decades ago has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in a Sicilian autoworker’s kitchen. The worker bought the painting along with one of lesser value by another French artist, Pierre ...

Mar 30, 2014

Shark gives student two-hour ride

A hammerhead shark dragged a college student in his kayak up the Atlantic coast for a two-hour “South Florida sleigh ride” that the kayaker taped with a head-mounted camera and posted on YouTube. Adam Fisk, 22, posted a five-minute clip of his adventure, titled ...

Mar 30, 2014

Pandas found to have sweet tooth

Giant pandas eat plenty of veggies, but apparently they like dessert, too. Scientists studying the endangered bears say that while pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo, which contains only tiny amounts of sugars, they showed a strong preference for natural sweeteners in an experiment. The ...

Mar 29, 2014

Alabama candidate shoots ‘Obamacare’

A congressional candidate in Alabama is taking aim, literally, at the Affordable Care Act in a new campaign ad in which he fires rounds from several weapons into a paper copy of it. Will Brooke is one of seven Republicans seeking to replace U.S. ...

'Great Escape' memories still vivid for survivor

Mar 27, 2014

'Great Escape' memories still vivid for survivor

Australian Paul Royle, one of only two men alive from the daring World War II “Great Escape,” says he still has vivid memories of the audacious prison break on its 70th anniversary. Royle, 100, was one of 76 men who tunneled out of Nazi ...

Mar 27, 2014

Hawaiians slam STD app name

A new dating app designed to provide proof someone is free from sexually transmitted diseases is drawing criticism from Native Hawaiians, who have launched an online petition asking for the Hula app to change its name. Hula’s Facebook page includes a post apologizing for ...

Mar 23, 2014

'Poo' book scoops odd title award

A tongue-in-cheek book that purports to deal with an awkward but critical issue, “How to Poo on a Date,” has scooped an award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year. The winner of the Diagram Prize, awarded annually since 1978 and based on ...