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British police raid pub in search for 'Holy Grail'

August 7, 2014 - 9:29am
LONDON (Reuters) - British police raided an English country pub this week in search of a stolen wooden relic believed by some to be the Holy Grail - a cup from which, according to the Bible, Jesus is said to have drunk at his final meal before crucifixion.

Tourists in Budapest pay to be locked up in cellars

August 7, 2014 - 7:17am
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - In a ramshackle old building in Budapest, tourists pay to be locked up in a room and try to escape by solving a series of mysterious clues, opening locks and finding their way out.

California insurer pays out in buckets, literally

August 7, 2014 - 4:19am
(Reuters) - A California insurer has paid a $21,000 court settlement in more than a dozen buckets of coins to an elderly man who alleged an employee assaulted him when he tried to buy insurance, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Pennsylvania museum says finds 6,500-year-old skeleton in its cellar

August 6, 2014 - 8:26am
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia archaeology museum said on Tuesday its researchers have discovered an extremely rare 6,500-year-old human skeleton in its own basement, where it had been in storage for 85 years.

Swiss parliament employee uncovered tweeting nude workplace selfies

August 6, 2014 - 5:28am
ZURICH (Reuters) - A secretary who posted nude pictures of herself in the Swiss parliament to more than 11,000 followers on Twitter told a newspaper on Wednesday she did not believe she had broken any rules.

Boeing, South African Airways to make jet fuel from tobacco

August 6, 2014 - 3:42am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. planemaker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa's most advanced economy.

Pennsylvania museum says finds 6,500-year-old skeleton in its cellar

August 5, 2014 - 1:35pm
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia archaeology museum said on Tuesday its researchers have discovered an extremely rare 6,500-year-old human skeleton in its own basement, where it had been in storage for 85 years.

New York driver with snake around her neck crashes into firehouse

August 5, 2014 - 12:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman who crashed her Toyota Prius into a firehouse with a stolen python wrapped around her neck pleaded not guilty to charges including reckless endangerment and larceny on Tuesday, law enforcement officials said.

Five-year-old Minnesota 'mayor' loses bid for third term

August 5, 2014 - 10:49am
(Reuters) - Robert Tufts lost election for a third term as honorary mayor of an unofficial northern Minnesota town but he took the defeat in stride and is looking forward to kindergarten, his mother said on Tuesday.

Woman sneaks into Berlin Zoo seal pool for swim

August 5, 2014 - 7:13am
BERLIN (Reuters) - A woman sneaked into the seal pool of Berlin Zoo on Monday night, risking serious injury to take a swim with the animals after closing time, zoo authorities said.

Reindeer invade Arctic road tunnel in Norway to escape heat

August 5, 2014 - 6:08am
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has been forced to close a major highway in the Arctic after reindeer invaded a road tunnel seeking refuge from unusually high temperatures.

Taxi driver disguised in wig, bra, pleads guilty to fleecing customers

August 4, 2014 - 10:18pm
(Reuters) - A Maryland man who dressed up as a woman to fleece intoxicated passengers for more than $200,000 while driving a taxi in Washington, D.C. pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree felony fraud, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

California community stumped by mystery animal caught on videotape

August 4, 2014 - 5:25pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials in a Southern California city are trying to identify an animal caught in grainy black-and-white video footage moving quietly through a residential neighborhood, saying the beast does not appear to be a dog or a mountain lion.

Eggnog blast in New Jersey injures two, damages building

August 4, 2014 - 3:48am
(Reuters) - Authorities are investigating an explosion that originated in a vat of eggnog, damaged a pharmaceutical plant and caused minor injuries to two workers in New Jersey, local media said on Sunday.

New Mexico man almost loses genitals in pitbull attack

August 4, 2014 - 3:02am
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico man almost lost his genitals to a dog bite when a 90-pound (40-kg) mixed breed pitbull attacked his eight-year-old daughter and he intervened to rescue her, police said on Sunday.

Mistaken identity leaves Texas man planning new burial service for mother

August 4, 2014 - 3:01am
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A grieving Texas man is planning a second burial service for his mother after a mortuary mistakenly placed the wrong body in a grave on top of his father.

German police rescue elderly man with bicycle on motorway

August 2, 2014 - 7:47am
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police rescued an 83-year-old man pushing his bicycle in the middle of a motorway on Saturday after he gave up trying to cycle to Luxembourg to withdraw more than 100,000 euros ($134,300) from a bank there.

Illinois man charged with putting needles in store meat

August 1, 2014 - 10:44am
KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) - A 68-year-old Illinois man is in jail charged with food tampering after he allegedly inserted sewing needles into packages of meat at a grocery store multiple times in the past year, an official said on Friday.

Hundreds of pet rats removed from small Ohio apartment

August 1, 2014 - 10:37am
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Animal control officers were working on Friday to remove approximately 300 rats from an Ohio studio apartment and will put them up for adoption around the country, a humane society officer said.

French hospital to open wine bar to cheer up terminally ill

August 1, 2014 - 8:56am
PARIS (Reuters) - A hospital in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand is to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients will be able to enjoy a "medically-supervised" glass or two with their families.