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  • Pet rescue

    A Los Angeles woman made a promise when her dog fell ill and its vision started to dim - if her toy poodle lived, she would help it overcome any disabilities and give a paw up to other pooches in the process. Silvie Bordeaux kept that vow after...

  • Football fever

    A US man who went missing during a game of American football later told police he walked out because he had had "his fill of football". Paul Kitterman left his seat at half time during Denver Broncos' NFL match with San Diego Chargers at Sports...

  • Worm hole

    Worm hole

    A consignment of worms was among the cargo lost when a supply rocket exploded over Virginia after taking off for the International Space Station. Eighteen groups of students had science projects onboard the rocket, including a team from the Urban...

  • Fish have 'mental sophistication'

    Finding Nemo character Dory is not representative of her kind, according to a new study that proves fish are more intelligent than previously thought. The popular Disney film depicts Dory as a typical fish, forgetting her surroundings and...

  • Lost and found

    Lost and found

    A painting that was missing for almost a century is expected to fetch a six-figure sum at auction when it is offered for sale alongside work by some of the biggest names in 20th century British art. John Duncan Fergusson's painting, Poise, had not...

  • Sliding ratings

    Norway, which has previously provided TV viewers with five hours of live knitting, a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing, has found a new attraction - a rockslide on a mountain - but no-one knows when it will happen. For...

  • Kitty caught

    A US woman was arrested on a drink-driving charge after she was pulled over wearing a Hello Kitty costume. Police stopped Carrie Gipson, of Westbrook, Maine, when she was spotted driving in the wrong lane. Officers said she refused to take a...

  • Phone data used to map populations

    Phone data used to map populations

    Mobile phone records could provide more accurate and up-to-date information than traditional census methods for keeping track of populations around the world, according to new research. They could even be used to help tackle crisis situations such...

  • Halloween event sparks police alert

    Halloween event sparks police alert

    Armed police swooped on a Halloween event after a passer-by saw people being bundled into the back of a van by men holding guns and wearing balaclavas. But the group of 20 men and women were actually participants in a "physical horror" survival...

  • Sick tortoise ate turtle pendant

    The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida vet took an X-ray - it had swallowed a turtle pendant. Dr Don Harris said the 15lb male African spurred tortoise named Lola had begun acting sick over the...

  • Woolly mammoth goes on display

    Woolly mammoth goes on display

    Nearly 40,000 years old and in surprisingly good shape, the carcass of a woolly mammoth has gone on display in Moscow. Scientists, who found the teenage mammoth in 2010 in Russia's far north region of Yakutia, named it Yuka. Yuka had been on...

  • Big comeback for giant tortoise

    Big comeback for giant tortoise

    A giant tortoise subspecies that once teetered on the brink of extinction has made a big comeback on its Galapagos island home. In the 1960s only 15 of the tortoises, which can weigh over 500lb, remained on the island of Espanola. They came close...

  • Lotharios 'lower cancer risk'

    Sleeping with numerous women protects a man from prostate cancer, a study has found. Research showed that Lotharios with a lot of notches on their belts are significantly less likely to develop the disease. Compared with men who have had only one...

  • Drag queens race in high heels

    Drag queens race in high heels

    Thousands turn out to cheer competitors in Washington DC's annual "High Heel Drag Queen Race". Katie Sargent reports.

  • Naked rambler loses rights appeal in the European Court

    A man known as the Naked Rambler has lost his case at the European Court of Human Rights where he claimed he had a right to be naked in public. Former marine Stephen Gough, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, had alleged that his repeated arrest,...

  • Pigging out

    A pilfered pumpkin caper in New Hampshire was just a misunderstanding which put some pounds on a herd of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat reported that hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen following a festival in Somersworth, in south-east New...

  • Sorry affair

    A man robbed a petrol station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologise, police in northern California said. Cyle Warren Abbott Jr told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realised his mistake,...

  • Horsing around

    A horse in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink. The horse was wandering outside its pen when it somehow fell into the back garden swimming pool and became stuck, Mesa firefighters...

  • Lemurs tuck in to Halloween treats

    Lemurs tuck in to Halloween treats

    Primates at a zoo have been getting into the spirit of Halloween with some spooky themed treats. Keepers at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent have provided a group of black and white ruffed lemurs and capuchin monkeys with pumpkins carved with creepy...

  • No vote for Ukraine's "Darth Vader"

    No vote for Ukraine's "Darth Vader"

    He may be the one of the most recognizable movie villains, but Darth Vader was no match for law-abiding election workers in Kiev, Ukraine. The unnamed candidate, dressed as the legendary Star Wars character represents the Internet Party of...

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