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  • Hair-raising crash

    A car full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after authorities say one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter. All five young people in the Ford Bronco were hurt in the crash and had to receive medical treatment, the...

  • Banana raid

    Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place. Police posted surveillance video of the hold-up reported in the East Parkside neighbourhood. The footage shows a...

  • Jaguar XKE stolen in NY in 1968 recovered en route to Netherlands

    US authorities have recovered a Jaguar XKE stolen 46 years ago outside a New York City apartment after finding it on a ship to the Netherlands and tracking down the 82-year-old original owner of the British luxury car, officials said. A man who...

  • Monkey business

    Monkey business

    Chimpanzees are not quite the soft cuddly distant cousins of humans that we thought - because they have a key trait in common with us. We're both natural-born killers, scientists have shown. And in fact, evidence suggests our closest animal...

  • Dark heart

    A dwarf galaxy 500 times smaller than our own Milky Way has a giant dark heart, scientists have discovered. M60-UCD1 is the smallest galaxy known to contain a super-massive black hole at its centre, one with a mass equivalent to 21 million suns.

  • Shot officer's pursuit

    An officer in Washington state who had been shot in the leg by a suspect got back into his patrol car and pursued the fleeing man. The Duvall police sergeant responded to calls of a man shooting a paintball gun at people from a church car park.

  • Orange makeover

    Orange makeover

    Captain Citrus, the mascot of the Florida Department of Citrus, is getting a makeover. Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he is being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will...

  • Fireball mystery

    A fireball that blazed over the Rockies earlier this month was not a meteor or other celestial body, experts have said. People from New Mexico to Montana saw the bright object break apart as it moved slowly northwards across the night sky. More...

  • 'Sassenach' piper making a living

    'Sassenach' piper making a living

    David Leeman is an Englishman with half-an-eye on the Scottish referendum as he has just set himself up as a traditional piper. The 47-year-old painter and decorator has been learning the pipes for the last seven years and is now playing at...

  • Walk and talk

    The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone pavement lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they are going. But a spokesman said it is intended to be ironic - to remind people...

  • Dyer dead happy with embalmer title

    An undertaker with the surname Dyer has declared himself "over the moon" after being honoured as the the UK's Embalmer of the Year. Bob Dyer carried off the unusual title at the Good Funeral Awards 2014 ceremony in Birmingham earlier this...

  • Colossal squid exam is internet hit

    Colossal squid exam is internet hit

    Scientists have examined a colossal squid that was caught in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea. Captain John Bennett and his crew hauled up the creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. The...

  • Web app to identify house spiders

    Web app to identify house spiders

    An app has been launched to help people identify the house spiders that scuttle indoors in autumn. The number of spiders seen indoors increases suddenly at this time of year as the males go on the hunt for a mate, often leading them into homes...

  • Shark skin design puts bite on bugs

    Shark skin design puts bite on bugs

    A "shark attack" may be one way of banishing deadly bacteria from hospitals, research has shown. Roughing up surfaces with microscopic bumps so they resemble shark skin can prevent them harbouring bugs, according to scientists. In tests, the...

  • Angry driver crashes off tow truck

    Angry driver crashes off tow truck

    A furious driver who refused to let his car be towed away took matters in to his own hands by brazenly reversing it off the back of a tow truck. The moment the male driver slams in to reverse and crashes around three foot to the ground was...

  • Space race

    The European Space Agency says it has decided on the spot where it will attempt the first landing on a comet, a manoeuvre that is one of the key elements of a decade-long mission. The Paris-based agency plans to drop the 220lb lander, called...

  • Texas doctor poisoned lover's coffee over obsession

    A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial. Ana Maria...

  • Pet goldfish has tumour op

    Pet goldfish has tumour op

    A beloved pet goldfish that underwent emergency surgery is now "swimmingly well", according to a veterinarian at an animal hospital in Australia.  George had been suffering a life threatening tumour on its head. It was having trouble eating and...

  • New apple Surprize

    New apple Surprize

    An award-winning fruit grower has struck a deal with Tesco to trial a newly-developed yellow and orange-skinned apple with pink flesh. The unusual variety - named Surprize and described by Tesco as a "real head-turner" - has been bred by apple...

  • Food fight

    Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red gloop as they pelted each other mercilessly with over-ripe tomatoes. In theory, the event was set up as a protest against Russian sanctions blocking...

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