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, ...

Honduras beauty queen, sister found dead

Nov 20, 2014

Honduras beauty queen, sister found dead

Police found the bodies of Honduras’s Miss World contestant and her sister buried beside a river Wednesday, and are holding the sister’s boyfriend on suspicion of killing them. Maria Jose Alvarado, who was crowned Miss Honduras in April and had planned to fly to ...

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant organizers

Sep 3, 2014

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant organizers

A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won’t return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe — the country’s first winner of an international beauty contest — lashed back ...

In India, rice replaces ice in charity bucket challenge

Aug 30, 2014

In India, rice replaces ice in charity bucket challenge

The famous “ice bucket” challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist- they are replacing ice with rice in a bid to help the country’s vast population of poor, hungry people. The challenge, going viral on social media, involves ...

Jul 9, 2014

Man dies at U.S. hot dog eating contest

An Independence Day hot dog eating contest in South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death. Speed-eating competitions are popular over the Fourth of July weekend. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him ...

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Jun 22, 2014

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Marching imperiously with a puffed-out chest and soldier’s ramrod posture, Mohamad Hatta Yahaya’s tiny chicken strutted its rich yellow plumage for a stone-faced judge. “Yes my hero, puff out your chest!” Mohamad Hatta cried out above the din of fellow fowl owners as his ...

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

It is that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner is a 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white-and-brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth ...

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 13, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...