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  • Sri Lanka cyclists bike down Scotland's M74

    Sri Lanka cyclists bike down Scotland's M74

    A group of Commonwealth Games athletes took on a road race with a difference today by going for a ride down one of Scotland's busiest stretches of motorway. The four members of the Sri Lankan team sparked a police response after they were spotted...

  • Brief thief

    Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of pants at an east Georgia shopping mall. Richmond County sheriff's officials say a thief stole the underwear from Victoria's Secret in Augusta Mall. Reports say that security video shows a...

  • Water bandits

    Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day to the outlaws in their rural hideouts. Since the threats were delivered last week, 28 villages have...

  • Elephants win smell test by a nose

    Elephants win smell test by a nose

    Elephants have been revealed to have the most sophisticated sense of smell in a league table of mammals compiled by scientists. Researchers who examined olfactory receptors, the proteins involved in detecting smell, found that African elephants...

  • Convict couture

    A Michigan sheriff says he is trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel said that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable,...

  • Old human skull left outside church

    Police are appealing for information after an old human skull was left at a church in Dorset. The warden of Lady St Mary's Church on Church Green in Wareham found the skull at midday on July 11. It had been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and...

  • Rabbit's return

    Rabbit's return

      A stolen rabbit posted through a letterbox in a "silly prank" has been returned to its owner, the RSPCA said. The white rabbit was discovered by a postman during his rounds in Maltby, South Yorkshire, on top of the usual letters and cards. After...

  • 'X-Men experience' at Comic-Con

    Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. Fox has created an X-Men-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive...

  • Flight fail... Again

    A New York pilot has experienced deja phew. The pilot, who made an emergency landing last week in the middle of a Long Island highway, did the exact same thing on Friday in almost exactly the same place. Suffolk County police say a single-engine...

  • Selfie evidence

    Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewellery from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items. Police arrested 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, earlier...

  • Drivers' odd hard shoulder stops

    Instances of illegal stopping on motorway hard shoulders include people picking flowers, renewing their insurance and even trying to sell their car. One motorist pulled over after seeing "Fire" on his dashboard display. It turned out to be the...

  • Children 'recognise cute concept'

    Children 'recognise cute concept'

    Children as young as three recognise "cute" features that encourage care-giving in adults, a study has found. Even before they start school, children rate puppies, kittens and babies as "cuter" than their adult counterparts. Cuteness is wrapped up...

  • S Africa considers rhino evacuation

    Officials at Kruger park, South Africa's flagship wildlife reserve, are considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the park in an attempt to protect them from poachers. Kruger spokesman William Mabasa said that no decision has been made on the...

  • Chicago Cubs sue fake team mascots accused of hustling fans

    The Chicago Cubs are suing two men accused of posing in bear costumes as mascots for the Major League Baseball team and lurking around Wrigley Field, hustling fans for tips and in one case getting into a bar brawl. In a lawsuit filed in a US...

  • Bus brings showers to homeless

    Homeless people in San Francisco can now hop on a bus to take a shower. A non-profit group has retro-fitted a public transit bus with two full private bathrooms and is offering hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of...

  • Pit bull alerts sleeping Indiana boy to fire

    An Indiana family's pit bull is being praised for alerting a deaf boy to a serious fire in his home by licking the sleeping boy's face until he woke up, authorities said. Nick Lamb, 13, told authorities that he was not wearing his hearing...

  • 'Mannequin' dumped at Florida landfill was 'mummified' man

    Two men hired to clean out a Florida rental house thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage so they cut down what they believed to be a Halloween-style prank and took it to a landfill. But workers at the dump in west-central Florida...

  • Authorities identify mummified remains of woman in Detroit suburb

    A woman whose mummified remains were found in her garage in a Detroit suburb up to five years after her death has been identified through DNA tests. Pia Farrenkopf had set up her bills to be paid automatically through a bank account, a neighbour...

  • Buyer snaps up Snow White billboard

    A large, colourful billboard from the 1937 release of the animated film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs has been sold at auction for $10,755 dollars . Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions would not identify the winning bidder, but said the rare...

  • Jury awards smoker's widow $23.6 billion

    Jury awards smoker's widow $23.6 billion

    A Florida jury has hammered America's second biggest cigarette maker with punitive damages of $23.6 billion in a case brought by the widow of a long-time smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company case is one of...

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