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  • Wall prisoner

    Authorities say a man who was freed from a space between two walls of a Colorado department store may have been there for several days yelling for help. Paul Felyk was rescued by firefighters using a circular saw to cut into the side of the...

  • Sneaky Greek

    Greek police say a man who posed for years as a novice monk has been identified as a fugitive civil servant sentenced to three life terms in prison for fraud. A police statement said the 48-year-old was arrested in Karyes, at the 1,000-year-old...

  • Bargain Barbie

    Bargain Barbie

    Venezuelan socialism has embraced Barbie, just in time for Christmas Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government's order that large chains sell...

  • Divorce drama

    It started as a rescue story, but authorities said it turned out to be a marriage apparently beyond saving. When a red Corvette plunged into a Philadelphia river, marine units were sent down to search for a possible victim inside. However, they...

  • Miracle mother

    A Florida mother has said she is savouring every day of her busy life after doctors believed she had died. The Boca Raton mother-of-two said she was without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine Caesarean section after she...

  • 'Fairytale' slimmer loses 130 kilos

    'Fairytale' slimmer loses 130 kilos

    An overweight woman who was told she might not see her 30th birthday has lost 130 kilograms, and says: "I feel like I'm finally starring in my own fairytale." At just 27, Brianan McEnteggart from Dundalk, County Louth, weighed 204 kilograms, wore...

  • Crippen poison bottles up for sale

    Crippen poison bottles up for sale

    Pill-making machines and a pair of glasses thought to have belonged to notorious poisoner Dr Crippen are to go under the hammer in Northamptonshire next week. Northamptonshire-based auction house JP Humbert is also offering poison bottles...

  • Swiss pocket watch nets world record $24 million - Sotheby's

    Swiss pocket watch nets world record $24 million - Sotheby's

    A gold pocket watch made by Patek Philippe for a New York banker in the 1930s fetched 23.2 million Swiss francs ($24m) at auction today, smashing the record for a timepiece it previously set 15 years ago, Sotheby's said. Henry Graves commissioned...

  • Mormon church founder had 40 wives

    The Mormon church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous. The Church of Jesus...

  • Makeup revolution

    Women are to be allowed to work as makeup artists in India's movie industry after the Supreme Court lifted a de facto ban that has lasted nearly six decades. The Cine Costume Makeup Artists and Hair Dressers Association had an unofficial ban on...

  • Statue comeback

    A 15th-century statue that broke into pieces when it fell from its pedestal at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is going back on display after a 12-year repair job. The life-size marble figure of Adam by Tullio Lombardo is the first...

  • Eleanor, 100, proves a diving force

    A 100-year-old woman with a head for heights has bested former US president George Bush senior in the daredevil stakes. Mr Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving, but Eleanor Cunningham of Howes Cave, New York, made her big leap to mark...

  • Cloud of pot smoke puts Colorado high school on partial lock down

    A high school in Colorado, one of the first two US states to legalise recreational marijuana use, was put on partial lock down after a student's weed pipe filled a classroom with pot smoke, the school said. The smoke from the device, known as a...

  • Could you be on my passenger Liz?

    Jordan Axani is looking for the right woman to take on a round-the-world air trip. But there's a catch - she must be named Elizabeth Gallagher and have a Canadian passport. Mr Axani, 28, from Toronto, Canada, and his then girlfriend, Elizabeth...

  • Water feature

    Water feature

    Excavations at a 2,000-year-old Mexican ruin site suggest it might have had a surprising history - with a series of water features. The water connection would be an odd twist for the Teotihuacan complex, which is in an arid valley north of Mexico...

  • Date disaster

    US police revealed the details of a bad first date after a 23-year-old man met a woman for the first time in person after they had chatted online. The woman got into his car at a drive-through restaurant in Wilsonville, south of Portland, Oregon,...

  • Beijing bonus

    The arrival of an international summit in Beijing - the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) forum - has led to some unusual restrictions on the city's 21 million inhabitants - and one decent bonus. Apec is deemed the capital's biggest event...

  • Canal volunteers find WW2 grenade

    Volunteers cleaning up a canal in east London were shocked to find an unexploded grenade from the Second World War. The event was the first of five planned over the next month to clear a huge amount of rubbish from the bed of the Regent's Canal in...

  • Feathers fly in mall raptor rumble

    A store's grand opening ruffled some feathers after an owl attacked a hawk in a shopping mall display. The European eagle owl attacked a Harris's hawk in Burlington's Town Centre Mall in Vermont. Witnesses said the owl squeezed the hawk in its...

  • Scales of justice

    The US Supreme Court appears sympathetic to a Florida fisherman who says the government went overboard in prosecuting him for throwing undersized grouper off his boat. But the justices seemed to struggle over how to limit the reach of a law meant...

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