Dec 24, 2015

Unemployed rescued migrant wins big in Spanish Christmas lottery

An unemployed Senegalese man who was rescued by the Spanish coast guard after making a risky journey from Morocco eight years ago on a packed wooden boat won €400,000 ($437,000) in Spain’s annual Christmas lottery, local media reported Wednesday. The man, identified only by ...

Spaniard wins Miss World title in China

Dec 20, 2015

Spaniard wins Miss World title in China

Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna Royo was named the winner of the Miss World 2015 competition in the southern Chinese island resort of Sanya, an event dogged by controversy over China’s refusal to allow Canada’s entrant to attend. Sofia Nikitchuk of Russia was the runner-up and ...

Dec 15, 2015

Merriam-Webster declares 'ism' as word of the year for 2015

Merriam-Webster has picked a small but powerful suffix as word of the year: ism. But not just any ism. The top isms to earn high traffic spikes and big bumps in lookups on the dictionary company’s website in 2015 over the year before are ...

New York park goes to the dogs for Halloween parade

Oct 25, 2015

New York park goes to the dogs for Halloween parade

A park went to the dogs in a grand way on Saturday, hosting what was billed as America’s largest Halloween dog parade, with hundreds of canines submitting to their owners’ fanciful desires to see them in costumes as superheroes, dinosaurs and the pope. Thousands ...

Eager eaters weigh in ahead of July 4 hot dog contest in New York

Jul 4, 2015

Eager eaters weigh in ahead of July 4 hot dog contest in New York

Contestants have hit the scales ahead of the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Coney Island’s Nathan’s Famous. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut joined past winners at the weigh-in Friday ahead of the 99-year-old Independence Day boardwalk tradition. The dogs will be served ...