Nov 14, 2014

Ban the cowbell? Swiss farmers say 'udder nonsense'

Holy cow! A Swiss university has sparked ire by suggesting that cowbells — as emblematic of the Alpine country as chocolates, watches and Heidi — should be banned. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich said the traditionally heavy bells have ...

Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...

Oct 27, 2014

Jeb Bush 'moving forward' on 2016 White House run

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is “moving forward” on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he will enter the Republican field, according to his son, who’s running for office in Texas. George P. Bush told ABC’s “This Week” that ...

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

Oct 17, 2014

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

American fox-hunting is a sport so steeped in tradition that riders still wear ties and blazers and cry out “Tally ho!” at the sight of prey. But it is adapting to one dramatic change: Coyotes have displaced foxes in the wild and become the ...

Dutch 'Black Pete' finally gets face-lift

Oct 16, 2014

Dutch 'Black Pete' finally gets face-lift

Black Pete, the jolly sidekick of the Dutch Saint Nicholas, is finally getting a face-lift after years of bitter debate, including death threats against those calling for change. An Amsterdam court’s ruling in July that Pete — traditionally dressed in a gaudy medieval costume ...

In Myanmar parliament, colorful hats cap divisions

Oct 14, 2014

In Myanmar parliament, colorful hats cap divisions

The only question opposition lawmaker U Win Htein asked parliament last session was for permission to remove his silk turban, saying it was causing him headaches and hair loss. The 72-year-old, known for his irreverent sense of humor, admits he was just teasing. But ...

Oct 5, 2014

Muslims celebrate Eid as hajj pilgrimage nears end

Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Islam’s biggest holiday on Saturday as more than 2 million pilgrims took part in one of the final rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates what Muslims ...

Isolated tribe risks human contact

Sep 12, 2014

Isolated tribe risks human contact

Six Mashco Piro tribeswomen crouched low as they escaped back into the jungle after raiding a remote lodge in Peru’s Manu National Park in the western Amazon, clutching newly prized tools: metallic cooking pots. The brazen daytime foray into the tourist retreat in May ...