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  • Stolen dog Alfie flags down rescuer

    Stolen dog Alfie flags down rescuer

    A stolen dog dumped by callous thieves has engineered a rescue by flagging down a passing RSPCA van more than 100 miles from its home. Alfie the Yorkshire Terrier brought charity inspector Stephanie Law's van to a halt on a country road in...

  • Gypsy 'swindler' definition protest

    Spanish groups representing gypsies have launched a campaign to remove a reference to them as swindlers from the world's benchmark Spanish dictionary. The country's Gypsy Secretariat Foundation and others delivered a protest letter to Spain's...

  • Fix for 'scary' Lucille Ball statue

    The mayor of Lucille Ball's home town has said he will hire a new sculptor to "fix" the village's much-maligned statue of the 1950s sitcom star after criticism of the public artwork drew worldwide attention. Mayor Scott Schrecengost, mayor of...

  • Town ups fines for Clooney gawkers

    Linger too long near George Clooney's Italian villa in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the actor-director and his new bride and you might pay dearly. The town of Laglio, where Clooney bought an 18th-century mansion with private dock on Lake...

  • $1.2m for American Pie manuscript

    $1.2m for American Pie manuscript

    Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to American Pie have sold at auction for $1.2 million. McLean put the wistful anthem that asks "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?" on sale at Christie's in New...

  • 115 year-old in Michigan takes "world's oldest person" crown

    115 year-old in Michigan takes "world's oldest person" crown

      115 year-old Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan is now reportedly the world's oldest person, following the six day reign of Gertrude Weaver who has died in Camden, Arkansas.   Talley credits her long life to her faith.  She was born in...

  • Sea lion pulls man holding fish off boat in California

    A man was injured yesterday after he was pulled into the water by a sea lion that jumped from the water at a San Diego marina and grabbed a fish he was holding, authorities said. The sea lion jumped onto the railing of a boat at the Hyatt Mission...

  • Feathers fly as Hong Kong marks International Pillow Fight Day

    Feathers fly as Hong Kong marks International Pillow Fight Day

    Hundreds of people, some in nightwear, gathered in Hong Kong's financial centre to take part in the city's 5th annual Pillow Fight Day. Organizer Tom Grundy said thousands of people were taking part worldwide. "We're joining hundreds of cities...

  • Jailed 18 years for revenge porn site

    A man has been jailed in the US for 18 years for operating a "revenge porn" website and charging victims to remove the images. California attorney general Kamala Harris said yesterday that Kevin Bollaert's sentence shows there are severe...

  • And he walks away!

    And he walks away!

    Amateur jockey Lewis Ferguson walked away after a violent fall while leading the John Dufosee Memorial Open Hunters' Chase at Wincanton race course. Riding Merrion Square, Ferguson was approaching the final jump of the race when he was unseated,...

  • UK couple wins £1m jackpot...again

    UK couple wins £1m jackpot...again

    A UK couple who have won £1 million in the EuroMillions for the second time "just can't believe it". David and Kathleen Long from Scunthorpe, who won their first £1 million in 2013, scooped the big money prize again on Friday night, beating odds...

  • Mice 'use music' to seduce partners

    Mice 'use music' to seduce partners

    Male mice sing like birds to serenade prospective mates, research has shown. Their musical sounds are too high pitched for humans to hear, but share similarities with the tweets of songbirds and change to suit different social situations. For more...

  • Gaza man 'duped' over Banksy mural

    Gaza man 'duped' over Banksy mural

            A Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than €164. The popular street artist is believed to have visited Gaza in February, leaving behind four murals. One, depicting the...

  • World's oldest person dies at 117

    World's oldest person dies at 117

    The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, has died a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers stood by her side and praised her for achieving a...

  • Pedestrians lift car to rescue trapped cyclist

    Pedestrians lift car to rescue trapped cyclist

    Quick-acting pedestrians rescued a woman from underneath a car after a driver ran her over in southwest China's Yunnan Province. CCTV showed the woman riding a bicycle at a road intersection in the city of Yuxi when she was hit by a car which ran...

  • Rhino goes on deadly rampage in Nepal

    Rhino goes on deadly rampage in Nepal

    A rhino ran rampant down a bustling city street in Nepal, killing one woman and injuring several others, before security personnel chased it back into the forest.   The victim was a 61-year-old woman. Despite efforts by forest guards to corner the...

  • 'Sex on duty' police officer jailed

    'Sex on duty' police officer jailed

    A police officer in the UK has been jailed for three years and nine months for having sexual relationships with three women while on duty. PC Darren Heath, 45, who is suspended from all duties at Gloucestershire Police, pleaded guilty to five...

  • S.Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree

    Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a new nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The...

  • Couple run over by their own car

    A man in the UK  suffered a broken leg and a woman was also taken to hospital after the couple were apparently run over by their own car. West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the incident in Lid Lane in Cheadle, Staffordshire,...

  • Lone four-year-old gets 3am bus

    A four-year-old girl has slipped out of her house at 3am and hopped on a bus in the US in a quest to find a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said the girl, wearing her purple raincoat, swung her legs in a seat as she chanted: "All I want is a...

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