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  • India's 'Spiderman' in election bid

    An independent election candidate known as India's Spiderman takes his campaign to new heights as he scales tall buildings. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Cat's not spooked by psychic role

    Cat Deeley has found a spooky place in Hollywood, playing a fake psychic. The Emmy-nominated TV presenter, who hosts the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance, now has a role in the Hulu original comedy series Deadbeat. Deadbeat stars Tyler Labine...

  • Pledge challenge

    A family is suing a US school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children. The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in New Jersey was filed in state...

  • Best bulldog

    Lucey, an 18-month old pooch, has beaten 49 drooling competitors to win this year's Beautiful Bulldog pageant held in Des Moines, Iowa. Lucey's owner Tiffany Torstenson is a surgeon and said she often takes her dog to work. She said Lucey's...

  • Medieval baby names back in fashion in UK

    Old fashioned baby names are enjoying a surge in popularity while new parents are spurning fantasy names according to the results of a new poll. Medieval-style names have rebounded despite not having been popular for hundreds of years. Among the...

  • Buddha tattoo sees Briton deported

    A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm. Sri Lankan police said Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo, after she arrived from...

  • Miss America rethink

    Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school student who asked her to a prom during the question-and-answer session during assembly. Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America...

  • Fast work

    Job candidates have as little as eight minutes to make the right impression in interviews, according to a survey. The study of 2,000 people by AXA found eye contact to be the most important factor in an interview (59%), even more important than...

  • Girls investigated over den in wood

    An MP has asked a police force for an explanation after an officer was sent to investigate a group of children making a den in a wood. Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah said she is worried an apparent over-reaction by Northumbria Police made a...

  • Tour organisers in language row

    Organisers of the Tour de France's visit to Yorkshire have insisted the last thing they want to do is tone down the county's identity after it emerged volunteers were being asked to avoid traditional northern greetings like "love". Thousands of...

  • Leopard on the run creates panic in western Indian village

    Panic loomed among the residents of Ballarpur village in India's western Maharashtra today after a leopard hid on the rooftop of a house and ran amok after being found. The leopard strayed into the village, scaring the residents and forcing them...

  • Ohio couple die 15 hours apart

    A US couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, Ohio, died aged 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. The...

  • Fish stop play

    Greek police arrested a football fan accused of dumping a crate of fish on the bench of a visiting team. The stunt by the PAOK fan in Thessaloniki delayed a tense Greek Cup semi-final against Olympiakos for more than an hour. Another six PAOK...

  • Dressing down

    A flight simulator business has fired an instructor who has figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he failed to turnj up for work on time and refused to dress professionally. uFly company owner...

  • Easter pardon

    There is at least one butter lamb in Buffalo that will not be going under the knife this Easter. Butter sculptures in the shape of a lamb are a traditional part of Easter meals among the New York town's large Polish-American population. Local...

  • Heart search

    Never mind egg hunts, this weekend is when singles step up their search for "The One", according to a dating website. Easter week typically heralds a 70% increase in single sign-ups, peaking around Easter Sunday, eHarmony.co.uk said. Spokesman...

  • Put that hoedown

    Young farmers are aiming to break into the top 40 with a charity single featuring comedian Alexander Armstrong and singer Chesney Hawkes to help raise awareness about rural isolation and mental health issues affecting young people. Put That...

  • Woman's best friend

    Man's best friend is actually more popular with women while men prefer cats, according to a survey. The poll found that 36% of female pet owners own one or more dogs, compared with 33% who have pet cats. Cats have taken the mantle of the most...

  • Homesick robber secures jail return

    An elderly ex-con who has spent most of his adult life behind bars has got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban bank - a return to the place he called home - prison. Walter Unbehaun frightened an employee at the Chicago bank by showing...

  • Undercover op

    A Pennsylvania police officer said he went undercover dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children. Pulaski Township sergeant Chad Adams spent much of December and January in Amish attire.

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