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  • Fox drops in to children's ward

    A fox crashed through the ceiling of a hospital's children's ward where eight youngsters were laid up. The animal had crept into North Middlesex University Hospital during building work and was roaming around in a space above the inpatient...

  • Pet show for BA plane passengers

    Pet show for BA plane passengers

      British Airways is aiming to become everyone's pet airline by introducing an in-flight entertainment channel featuring cute cats and dogs. Entitled Paws & Relax, the channel is being launched on BA's long-haul flights next month. BA's in-flight...

  • Cannabis 'factory' found on UK hospital grounds

    A cannabis factory was found in the grounds of a mental hospital, police have confirmed. Detectives unexpectedly found 30 illegal plants in a disused ward in Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff, while searching for a missing person. It is believed the...

  • Wine 'ages faster if kept at home'

    Wine 'ages faster if kept at home'

    Wine kept in a dark room at home ages faster than when stored in a professional cellar, scientists have found. Researchers placed 400 bottles of Sangiovese wine either in a professional wine cellar with a strictly regulated temperature of 15C -16C...

  • Row over 'iPads tortoise' art show

    Animal rights supporters have urged an art museum in the US to call off an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs. But the Aspen Art Museum released a statement supporting the exhibit by Chinese-born Cai...

  • Engine stowaway

    Workers preparing a plane for a flight from Siberia to an Egyptian resort city discovered a mystery man hiding in one of the engines. The Transport Prosecutor's office says the man was found in the engine of the jetliner that was to fly from the...

  • Naked campaigner

    A San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate has stripped naked in central New York City to campaign for the right to be nude in public. George Davis was in Times Square to speak out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban introduced by...

  • Raccoon gives Gary the runaround

    Raccoon gives Gary the runaround

    Gary Lineker has swapped football for a fur-ball after teaming up with a raccoon for his latest TV ad. The Match of the Day host appears with the critter in a new campaign for crisp firm Walkers launching tonight, in a nationwide hunt to find the...

  • Cemetery's phantom menace fined

    A man has been fined for pretending to be a ghost and other rowdy behaviour in a cemetery in Portsmouth, according to police. Anthony Stallard pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour...

  • Robber’s blind ruse

    Police in Los Angeles are looking for a man they say pretended to be blind to rob a check-cashing store of about $5,000. The Torrance Daily Breeze said video showed the man wearing dark glasses and walking with a white cane as he entered the store...

  • Skeletons in closet?

    Skeletons in closet?

    An archaeology museum in Philadelphia has made an extraordinary find - in its own storage rooms. The Penn Museum has rediscovered a 6,500-year-old human skeleton. The remains were originally excavated from southern Iraq around 1930. Officials said...

  • Crash snake discovery

    A New York woman who crashed her car into a Long Island fire station was found to be in possession of marijuana - and a stolen snake wrapped around her neck. Nassau County police said Sarah Espinosa, of Albany, was driving west on Jericho turnpike...

  • Man thanks RAF for landing lesson

    Man thanks RAF for landing lesson

    A passenger who was forced to land a plane after the pilot was taken ill has thanked the RAF Search and Rescue crew who guided him down, saying "It's hard to believe I actually did all this." Grandfather John Wildey, 77, landed the light aircraft...

  • Spider-killer sets house on fire

    A man accidentally set a house on fire - while trying to kill a spider. Firefighters were called to an address in Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, South Wales, and saw smoke billowing from a rear window. But they were gobsmacked to discover that the fire...

  • Fishing crew haul in plane off New Zealand

    Fishing crew haul in plane off New Zealand

    A crew aboard a New Zealand fishing boat have hauled in a surprising and gruesome catch: a small plane with a body inside. Authorities suspect the plane is an aerobatic biplane that was home-assembled from a kit and flown by missing Auckland pilot...

  • Together forever

    After nearly 62 years of marriage, little separated Don and Maxine Simpson - not even death. The California couple died just four hours apart in July, spending their last moments side by side. He was 90 and she was 87. Granddaughter Melissa Sloan...

  • Mayor overhauled

    A five-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota. Robert "Bobby" Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset. Sixteen-year-old Eric Mueller of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, won when his...

  • Cookies bust

    Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with breaking into a Pennsylvania home and baking drug-laced brownies. The boys were found with drug paraphernalia and more than two pounds of the unspecified drug used to make the brownies. The boys have...

  • Escaped bear takes dip in a pond

    A black bear who managed to climb out of a Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbour seals before staffers tranquillized him. No one was hurt in the incident at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Zoo spokeswoman Cynthia Galvan...

  • Police car arrest

    A drunken woman tried to drive away in an unmarked police car - with two officers still inside, according to police in Pittsburgh. A criminal complaint says the woman got into the car outside a nightclub. Police then said she sat in the driver's...

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