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  • Dead serious

    Eight decaying bodies were discovered at an abandoned funeral home in Fort Worth, Texas. The property's owner told police he found the decomposing bodies, but no workers, after he told the Johnson Family Mortuary to vacate the building. A lawyer...

  • Loving Lopez

    A group of scientists have named a water mite in Jennifer Lopez's honour after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. They collected the newly named Litarachna lopezae mite from a coral reef in Mona Passage, a body of water that separates...

  • Boy, 4, calls 999 to save mother

    Boy, 4, calls 999 to save mother

    A four-year-old boy from Leicestershire has been praised for calling 999 when his mother had an epileptic seizure. Brealyn Adams made the call when his mother Kathryn suffered the seizure at their home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in May. During the call,...

  • Royal rumble

    A Romanian princess living in the US has admitted operating an illegal gambling business in connection with a cockfighting operation. Irina Walker - the third daughter of former Romanian King Michael I - and her husband John were arrested after...

  • Wedding drone

    A US congressman who sits on the committee that oversees the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commissioned a video of his own wedding using a drone - even though the FAA bans drone flights for commercial purposes. A spokeswoman for Sean...

  • Ageing beauty

    A beauty queen is suing pageant officials and the Miss America organisation after being stripped of her Miss Delaware title - for being too old. Amanda Longacre, who is 24, is seeking to be reinstated as Miss Delaware and to be allowed to compete...

  • Fire crew rescues duckling family

    Fire crew rescues duckling family

    A fire crew carried out an unusual rescue when they pulled a family of five ducklings to safety after they got trapped down a drain. A member of the public heard cheeping coming from the grid near Marton Road, Middlesbrough, and RSCPA Inspector...

  • BBC Carol's wee bit of trouble

    BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood was upstaged on live television today when a dog relieved itself during a broadcast. The Scottish meteorologist was broadcasting from West Wittering beach in West Sussex when a dog called Connie - belonging to...

  • On your bike

    China is telling thousands of civil servants to give up their Audis and get on the bus. State media has reported that most Chinese officials must sell their government vehicles in return for up to $210 a month in public transportation aid. The...

  • 'Extinct' poisonous flower found

    'Extinct' poisonous flower found

    A National Trust warden in Sunderland has discovered a poisonous flower which was thought to be extinct in the wild. The pretty but deadly corncockle, Agrostemma githago, was found growing near Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn earlier this month by...

  • Ring return

    A high-school class ring which vanished more than 40 years ago has been reunited with its New York owner - after it turned up on a Greek island. Stan Ostapiak gave it to his wife in 1962 after they graduated from Seward Park High School and it was...

  • School amazed as letter goes global

    School amazed as letter goes global

    A headteacher from Lancashire has said she is "amazed" that her letter to pupils telling them not to worry about exam results has gone round the world. Rachel Tomlinson wrote to children at Barrowford Primary School in Nelson: "The scores you get...

  • Whey to go

    Authorities in California have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing three mini-buses customised to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese blocks. Manteca police said Brian Lancaster and Ryan Monaco, of Sacramento, were taken into custody.

  • Honda humanoid machine gets upgrade

    Honda humanoid machine gets upgrade

    Technology giant Honda has shown that a robotic personal assistant that can help you in and out of the home is no longer solely the subject of science fiction, with the debut of its latest ASIMO robot. The humanoid machine has been upgraded so...

  • Sausage cartel

    Germany's competition watchdog has imposed fines totalling €338 million on 21 sausage manufacturers for colluding on prices. The Federal Cartel Office said the fines also included penalties against 33 individuals. The companies punished included...

  • Shaun the Sheep wins character poll

    Shaun the Sheep wins character poll

    Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of favourite children's characters over the last 70 years - beating a host of older creations such as Sooty and Sweep and The Wombles. The Aardman creation, which made its debut in the 1995 Wallace and Gromit film...

  • Moody blues

    The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton do not want to be called Elvis impersonators. The correct term is Elvis tribute artist - or ETA for short - to...

  • Rare red panda twins born at zoo

    Rare red panda twins born at zoo

    Two rare red pandas are the first of their kind to be born at a zoo. The twins, male and female, were born at Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex, and were discovered by head keeper Mark Kenward during his early morning rounds. Female red...

  • Gore blimey

    The co-founder of Rodeo Alaska is recovering after he was gored - but still managed to win a prize - at his own event. Frank Koloski, 43, was competing in the "double mugging" event, the Anchorage Daily News said. In that contest, one cowboy on a...

  • Loom band dress 'sold for £170,000'

    Loom band dress 'sold for £170,000'

    A child's dress made entirely from school contraband has apparently been sold at auction for £170,100. The multicoloured outfit, traded on eBay, has been fashioned from loom bands - tiny loops of colour elastic which can be linked together to...

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