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Wife-carrying competition brings Finnish whimsy to Maine

October 11, 2014 - 3:35pm
NEWRY Maine (Reuters) - Men with their wives slung over their shoulders bounded over log hurdles and charged through a muddy pit on a mountainside in Maine on Saturday, as hundreds of spectators cheered them on at the North American Wife Carrying Championship.

Haitian man faces U.S. charges over reclining airline seat squabble

October 10, 2014 - 2:05pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Haitian man who authorities say got into a heated dispute on a flight bound from Miami to Paris over a reclining seat has been charged with assaulting a flight attendant, U.S. prosecutors in Boston said on Friday.






Mississippi frat prank turns deadly for flamingoes

October 9, 2014 - 3:30pm
JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A late-night fraternity prank at a zoo turned deadly for two pink flamingoes, authorities said, and left a Mississippi freshman in jail on Thursday, facing felony charges.

Ebola may be popular horror-theme among some U.S. party-goers this Halloween

October 9, 2014 - 12:45pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - If Halloween is supposed to be spooky, at least some costumes worn this year by party-goers in the United States promise to be terrifying.






Sausage, Greece's 'protest dog', dies of heart attack

October 9, 2014 - 7:53am
ATHENS (Reuters) - Sausage, the ginger mongrel who became famous for appearing at anti-austerity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece's debt crisis, has died of a heart attack, local officials said on Thursday.

Sausage, Greece's 'protest dog', dies of heart attack

October 9, 2014 - 7:52am
ATHENS (Reuters) - Sausage, the ginger mongrel who became famous for appearing at anti-austerity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece's debt crisis, has died of a heart attack, local officials said on Thursday.






German police find record heroin haul in truckload of gherkins and garlic

October 9, 2014 - 3:08am
DUESSELDORF Germany (Reuters) - Police have found Germany's biggest-ever stash of heroin, with an estimated street value of 50 million euros ($60 million), hidden in a truckload of pickled cucumbers and garlic.

Thai traffic cops offered cash to turn down bribes

October 9, 2014 - 2:58am
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's traffic policemen will get money in return for refusing bribes, police said on Thursday, part of the junta's efforts to combat what it has called an ingrained culture of corruption within the force.






China on the lookout for Putin's roaming tiger

October 9, 2014 - 2:51am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is on the hunt for a Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, state media said on Thursday, after the animal roamed across the border, likely in search of food.

China bans tainted stars from TV, movie screens

October 8, 2014 - 11:02pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - Stars who have used drugs, visited prostitutes or been involved in other law-breaking will not be allowed to appear on Chinese television, movie screens or other forms of broadcast, state media said on Thursday, following a series of scandals.






Chinchilla farmer sues PETA, Hollywood mogul's foundation for libel

October 8, 2014 - 6:21pm
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A 90-year-old woman whose California chinchilla farm was purchased and shut down by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with money from a Hollywood mogul has sued the group, claiming they falsely portrayed her as an abuser of animals.

Plan to name popular Hawaiian beach after Obama is a wash-out

October 7, 2014 - 4:08pm
(Reuters) - A Honolulu City Council proposal to name a popular Oahu beach after the first Hawaii-born U.S. president, Barack Obama, has been withdrawn after the plan met with little enthusiasm from the public, its sponsors said on Tuesday.






'Hairgate': iPhone hit by new social media storm

October 7, 2014 - 10:35am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - First there was bendgate... now brace yourself for hairgate.

India wields the axe on Her Majesty's "laughable" laws

October 7, 2014 - 1:23am
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - If you happen to unearth treasure worth even as little as 10 rupees (16 U.S. cents) in India, don't even think of pocketing it - that's because under a law introduced by the former British colonial rulers, it still belongs to "Her Majesty".






India wields the axe on Her Majesty's "laughable" laws

October 7, 2014 - 1:19am
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - If you happen to unearth treasure worth even as little as 10 rupees (16 U.S. cents) in India, don't even think of pocketing it - that's because under a law introduced by the former British colonial rulers, it still belongs to "Her Majesty".

Delaware mother charged after daughter brings heroin to daycare

October 7, 2014 - 12:32am
(Reuters) - A Delaware mother was arrested on Monday after her four-year-old daughter unknowingly brought roughly 250 packets of heroin to her daycare, and passed them out to classmates thinking they were candy, police said.






Bounced school-lunch check may cost Washington state parent $700

October 3, 2014 - 3:45pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state mother may be forced to pay nearly $700 after bouncing a $30 check to pay for her two children's high school lunches, school and debt collections officials said on Friday.

France's Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault

October 1, 2014 - 3:11pm
PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences - but insisted they had been committed by someone else.






Hundreds of chickens killed by intruders at California farm: police

October 1, 2014 - 3:08pm
(Reuters) - Intruders beat to death more than 900 chickens, some of them with a golf club, during a break-in at a commercial poultry farm in central California, authorities said.

Spanish speleologist rescued from Peruvian cave after 12 days

September 30, 2014 - 4:24pm
LIMA (Reuters) - A Spanish speleologist trapped 400 meters (1,312 feet) underground in a cave in the Peruvian Amazon for nearly two weeks was pulled to safety on Tuesday, a rescue worker said.