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 ...

Hunchbacked dog is crowned world's ugliest mutt

Jun 28, 2015

Hunchbacked dog is crowned world's ugliest mutt

A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest. The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing ...

Trolls cast pall over U.S. spelling bee

May 28, 2015

Trolls cast pall over U.S. spelling bee

Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world’s foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by ...

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

Feb 9, 2015

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

British soul singer Sam Smith and R&B singer-producer Pharrell Williams led the early winners at Sunday’s Grammy awards, while Katy Perry and President Barack Obama teamed up to take a stand against domestic violence at the music industry’s top awards. Minutes before Perry’s performance ...

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up

Jan 26, 2015

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out contestants from 87 other countries. Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha were the runners-up during Sunday’s competition. Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen were also among the ...

Lebanon angry at Miss Israel's beauty contest photo-bomb

Jan 20, 2015

Lebanon angry at Miss Israel's beauty contest photo-bomb

Explosive confrontations are nothing new for Israel and Lebanon, but the latest spat between the longtime foes is perhaps the first to have been caused by an alleged photo-bomb. A seemingly innocuous selfie at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami has sparked criticism in ...

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

Jan 14, 2015

'Little Miss Thong' pageant sparks heated debate in Colombia

A children’s beauty pageant in Colombia, dubbed “Little Miss Thong,” sparked outrage online Tuesday, but local officials are defending the contest, which features a parade of eight-year-old girls wearing skimpy swimwear. In the pageant, held Sunday in the northeastern town of Barbosa, young girls ...

Dec 16, 2014

U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster picks 'culture' as word of year

Whether popular, corporate or entitled, “culture” was named word of the year by U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster on Monday as a flexible catch-all that can easily identify a subject, idea or issue. Merriam-Webster defines culture as the beliefs, customs and arts of a “society, group, ...