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Silicon Valley man unwittingly invites fugitive into home amid manhunt

September 30, 2014 - 2:30pm
(Reuters) - A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday.

Dallas man arrested after ill-fated casket prank

September 30, 2014 - 11:56am
DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas man suspected of stealing a casket to play a prank on his sister by making her think he had dug up their dead father was arrested after she called police, police said on Tuesday.

Belgian police waive traffic fines in protest over pensions

September 30, 2014 - 2:08am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgians who drive a bit over the speed limit, forget to buckle their seat belts or park illegally can breathe easier this week as police turn a blind eye in protest against plans to raise their retirement age.

McGinley even angled for advantage with fish tank

September 29, 2014 - 2:59pm
GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Such was the meticulous attention to every detail during Paul McGinley's victorious campaign as European Ryder Cup captain, the Irishman even made careful plans for the fish tank in the team room.

Caffeine-infused weight loss underwear buzzless: FTC

September 29, 2014 - 12:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bras, girdles and leggings infused with caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more decaf than espresso, and the companies that sold them have agreed to refund money to customers and pull their ads, U.S. regulators said on Monday.

Idaho trucker demands ransom for chicken load, then leaves it to rot

September 25, 2014 - 3:58pm
SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Authorities in Idaho are seeking a truck driver who held 37,000 pounds of frozen chicken for ransom demanding money for expenses before he let it rot at a truck stop in Montana where it is releasing putrid odors and liquids, police said on Thursday.

For Ohio's 'PotatoStock,' all you need is love, and mayonnaise

September 25, 2014 - 1:27pm
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man's modest request this summer for a little help making potato salad culminates this Saturday in PotatoStock 2014 - a charity event to help end hunger and homelessness.

Controversial fingerprinting machines rolled out in some Venezuelan stores

September 25, 2014 - 11:54am
CARACAS (Reuters) - The Venezuelan government has started to fingerprint shoppers at some state-run supermarkets, in a plan to combat food scarcity which has been derided by some consumers weary of shortages.

Russians hand in Western T-shirts in patriotic fashion drive

September 25, 2014 - 10:19am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Looking to put a patriotic spin on international sanctions over Ukraine, a local group is touring Moscow, urging passers-by to swap their Western-branded T-shirts for homegrown tops sporting pro-Russian slogans.

Washington state teen calls police to break up his own party

September 24, 2014 - 7:56pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state teenager who threw a party rife with underage drinking and drug use while his parents were away called police to intervene after a rowdy throng busted a neighbors fence and fights broke out, local media said on Wednesday.

Britain's Cameron overheard saying Queen 'purred' at Scottish 'No' vote

September 23, 2014 - 5:15pm
MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard on Tuesday saying Queen Elizabeth had "purred" with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence.

Connecticut man arrested after driving stolen car to meeting with cops

September 23, 2014 - 3:56pm
NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Connecticut man was in police custody on Tuesday after showing up to a phony probation meeting driving a car that police say he stole from a woman in a supermarket parking lot and later may have used to rob a bank.

Idaho woman accused of chewing up back seat of police car

September 23, 2014 - 3:56pm
SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho woman accused of chewing up the back seat of a police cruiser after being arrested in a pepper spray incident could face up to five years in prison if convicted of a felony charge linked to the damage, authorities said on Tuesday.

Arizona inmate recaptured after climbing basketball hoop to escape

September 23, 2014 - 3:55pm
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Authorities have recaptured a physically fit felon who scaled a basketball hoop to escape from an Arizona detention center and was on the run for more than two months, a top law enforcement official said on Tuesday.

Britain's Cameron overheard saying Queen 'purred' at Scottish 'No' vote

September 23, 2014 - 3:54pm
MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - Britain's monarch is famously above politics, but Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard on Tuesday saying Queen Elizabeth had "purred" with happiness when he phoned her to inform her Scotland had voted to reject independence.

Thai PM Prayuth says 'no harm' listening to fortune-tellers

September 23, 2014 - 3:58am
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted on Tuesday he had sought advice from fortune-tellers following media speculation over his spiritual beliefs.

Virginia preschool teacher accused of biting toddler is arrested

September 22, 2014 - 3:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia preschool teacher has been arrested and charged with assault and battery after she allegedly punished a 13-month-old boy by biting his shoulder, police said on Monday.

Alaska TV reporter curses, quits on air over marijuana issue

September 22, 2014 - 9:33am
Reuters) - An Alaska television reporter wrapped up a live segment on medical marijuana with a curse and an "I quit," telling viewers she will work instead to legalize pot in the state.

California lawyer faces discipline for phony celebrity photo-ops

September 19, 2014 - 5:07pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles attorney may have her law license suspended after a state bar investigation found that she had superimposed images of herself into numerous celebrity photographs posted on her website's "publicity" page.

Man who ate napkins to conceal insider trading pleads guilty

September 19, 2014 - 1:41pm
(Reuters) - A Brooklyn, New York mortgage broker, who would scribble secret stock tips on napkins and pass them to an accomplice in Grand Central station before eating them, pleaded guilty to insider trading on Friday, federal prosecutors said.