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  • German woman hunts down father's ashes

    A German woman has found her dead father's ashes behind a stack of boxes in a convenience store after courier company DHL was unable to deliver the urn to the church for his funeral, Bild newspaper reported. When the courier could not find anyone...

  • Miracle boy

    Miracle boy

    A six-year-old boy survived unhurt after being run over by a careless driver in Jining City in China. The boy was playing at the side of a driveway when a red SUV drove over him. The boy stood up and ran over to the other side of the street. The...

  • Chef bitten and killed by snake 20 minutes after its head was cut off

    Chef bitten and killed by snake 20 minutes after its head was cut off

    A chef preparing a dish from cobra flesh died when the snake's head bit him - 20 minutes after it was cut off, the Daily Mirror reported.  Victim Peng Fan had been preparing a special dish made from the Indochinese spitting cobra, a rare delicacy...

  • Rescued Koala given mouth to mouth

    Rescued Koala given mouth to mouth

    A Koala which ran up a tree after being hit by car was rescued by fire-fighters and given mouth to mouth resuscitation. It survived. The incident happened in Victoria, Australia

  • No fly zoo-ne

    No fly zoo-ne

    Pilots are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo so as not to disturb animals during their breeding season, including giant panda Tian Tian. A Notice To Airmen, or NoTam, has been published by the Civil Aviation Authority asking pilots...

  • Man hit by former partner's train

    A man has been killed by a train driven by his former partner in Scotland. Gary Wells, 36, was struck by the train near Fort William station on Tuesday morning. Emergency services were called to the incident but he died at the scene. Diane...

  • Lizard tails offer regrowth clue

    Lizard tails offer regrowth clue

    Understanding how lizards shed and regrow their tails could lead to muscle and nerve regeneration in humans, say scientists. Researchers have identified a genetic programme that triggers new tissue growth after a lizard sacrifices its tail to...

  • Google cables under shark attack

    Google cables under shark attack

    Google is coating its undersea cables with a Kevlar-like material because they are being attacked by sharks. Dan Belcher, a Google product manager, said that the company will coat its trans-Pacific fibre-optic cables in a Kevlar-like material,...

  • King Richard 'was driven to drink'

    King Richard 'was driven to drink'

    The pressures of power drove King Richard III to drink, according to new evidence uncovered in a documentary about the medieval monarch. Researchers who carried out tests on his skeleton after it was unearthed from a council car park in Leicester...

  • 'Ball of fury' cat traps California mother, daughter for hours

    A family cat turned into a "ball of fury" and trapped a California woman and her daughter in a bedroom for hours, forcing them to dial 911 so police could coax the feline from the house, local media said. Broadcaster KGTV-TV said the unnamed woman...

  • Why did the chicken cross the road? Oregon cops don't know

    Ask police in Portland, Oregon, why the chicken crossed the road, and law enforcement has no idea either. In an unusual release, the Portland Police Bureau said officers were dispatched this week to a report of a chicken crossing a rush-hour...

  • Arizona math teacher arrives drunk to class and keeps drinking

    An Arizona math teacher arrived drunk at her high school and hit the bottle again in the classroom, where she yelled at her students before one of the pupils alerted administrators, authorities said. Kathleen Jardine, 57, a teacher at Poston Butte...

  • Alabama teenager sent home from school over dyed-red hair

    An Alabama teenager with dyed-red hair was sent home from school by her principal over concerns that her mane was too bright and distracting, the girl's mother said. Hayleigh Black, a 15-year-old student at Muscle Shoals High School in...

  • Red road

    A truck spilled its load of what was described as "cranberry sludge" on a Boston-area highway, painting the road red and slowing traffic during the morning commute. The truck shed its load on Interstate 95 north in Woburn at about dawn on...

  • Santa surprise

    Santa Claus has paid an early visit to New York, much to the bafflement of residents and tourists. Father Christmas, along with 15 Rockettes dressed as rag dolls, stood on a Radio City Music Hall porch as 12 Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers...

  • Comedy signs

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet valuable safety messages for electronic highway message boards. The contest was inspired by a message posted on highways in May that...

  • Ferrari sold for record €28.5 million

    Ferrari sold for record €28.5 million

    A rare Ferrari has been sold at auction for a record price of £22.84 million (€28.5 million). One of just 39 models made and regarded as one of the greatest Ferraris, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta went under the hammer at Bonhams' auction in...

  • Cannon balls blasted

    About 180 Civil War-era cannonballs found in the grounds of the US's oldest arsenal have been detonated in a New York quarry. Army 1st Sergeant Kieran Dollard of the Fort Drum-based 725th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit said the cannonballs were...

  • Whiskey drunk

    The former live-in caretaker of a US mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding. A judge last year ordered 63-year-old John Saunders, of Irwin, Pittsburgh, to...

  • Love selfies

    Love selfies

    Paris hopes to persuade couples to end the unwelcome recent tradition of fixing padlocks to the River Seine's ageing bridges, and instead upload hashtagged selfies to a website dedicated to enduring love. With giant stickers in French, English and...

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