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  • US Navy to test futuristic, super-fast gun at sea in 2016

    The US Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research...

  • Boy, five, beats Xbox Live security

    A five-year-old San Diego boy has outwitted the sharpest minds at Microsoft - he has found a backdoor to the Xbox. Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to log in to his father's Xbox Live account. When the password log-in screen appeared, Kristoffer...

  • Czech fraudster wins new job, steals again and runs

    A Czech fraudster on the run from prison got hired as a chief economist at a museum, where he stole some 10 million Czech crowns ($500,000), media reported. Police called on Thursday to arrest Vladimir Prokop at his office at the National...

  • Toddler on attempted murder charge in Pakistan

    Musa Khan is nine months old - and charged with attempted murder. He's accused with other family members of stoning police and other officials during a raid on the area in Pakistan where he lives. Police charged the baby boy over the alleged...

  • George W. Bush's artistic pursuits on display

    Former US President George W. Bush puts brush to canvas, unveiling a new exhibit on a familiar subject --- world leaders --- undeterred by jibes, joking criticism from his family. Starting today, his Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas are...

  • A 12-year-old yoga instructor with life's flexibility

    A California pre-teen is believed to be the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the US -- balancing the ancient practice with homework and student life. Between her passion for the ukulele, homework and surfing, she's managed to complete...

  • Row over man sparks rat retaliation

    Philadelphia police are looking for several suspects in what appears to be a case of rat retaliation. Investigators said an ongoing dispute over a man escalated, and a woman in her 20s, her mother and a pack of eight or nine other women went to...

  • Woman frozen alive in morgue

    A California appeals court has revived a malpractice suit brought by the family of an 80-year-old grandmother they claim was prematurely declared dead by doctors then frozen alive inside a body bag in the hospital's morgue. A lower-court judge had...

  • Dog turns up 1,000 miles away

    The owners of a small dog that escaped in Texas have no idea how he made it to a shelter in Ohio more than 1,000 miles away. The three-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix named Corbin dug a hole under a fence in his backyard and was found four days...

  • Hunters in Colorado want licence to shoot drones

    A small town in Colorado has thrown out a proposal to issue hunting licences to shoot down drones. Town officials in Deer Trail say 73% of the 188 votes cast were against the measure. Deer Trail has 348 registered voters, but many are probably...

  • Feline fine

    A couple who bought a sofa from a charity shop got an extra surprise when they found a cat trapped inside it. Ten-year-old Crockett spent five days trapped in the three-seater settee after his owners made the donation to St Luke's Hospice in...

  • Scientists unveil first wiring diagram of mouse's brain

    A year to the day after US President Barack Obama announced a $100 million "BRAIN Initiative" to accelerate discoveries in how grey matter thinks, feels, remembers, and sometimes succumbs to devastating diseases, scientists  said they had achieved...

  • Lesbian burial area

    A new burial area for lesbians only is due to be inaugurated in a 200-year-old cemetery in the German capital. A 4,300 sq ft area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, established in 1814 in central Berlin, will be reserved as a graveyard...

  • Man survives chainsaw blade in his neck

    A US tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a hospital with a chainsaw blade embedded in his neck. James Valentine, 21, was in a tree in Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw. Another worker helped him...

  • German landlord tries to collect rent with chainsaw

    A landlord demanding rent arrears threatened tenants and German police with a whirring chainsaw, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. The frightened tenants called police to the scene, and the 45-year-old man eventually dropped the chainsaw when...

  • Palestinian soldiers graduate

    Female members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas take part in a military graduation ceremony in Gaza City.

  • Australian wins legal fight for non-specific gender status

    The Australian High Court on Wednesday ruled a Sydney resident be granted non-specific gender status 25 years after undergoing a sex change to become a female. Norrie, who goes by one name, was born male and underwent gender reassignment in 1989,...

  • British warship fires dummy torpedo into nuclear naval base

    A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an investigation...

  • Man swept to sea during beach baptism

    Rescuers have ended their search for a 43-year-old man swept to sea during a baptism ceremony on a southern California beach. The US coast guard said the search was called off and there are no plans to resume it. A wave pulled three people into...

  • New apps help people avoid unwanted encounters

    Trying to avoid an awkward encounter with an ex? Fearful of an embarrassing meeting after an argument? New apps can help people avoid bumping into others and provide escape routes if they do. By logging on to Facebook and other social networking...

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