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  • Fare deal for taxi driver who returned $187,000

    Fare deal for taxi driver who returned $187,000

    A Boston cab driver who got a $100 reward from a man who left a backpack containing more than $187,000 in his taxi has been offered a free cruise. Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland found the money which had been left behind by a homeless man who had...

  • Gorillas preferred over gnomes

    A pensioner has spurned run-of-the-mill gnomes and decorated his garden with two giant gorillas and a towering dinosaur, The Mirror reports. Great-granddad Jake Pearson, 73, paid £600 for the 9ft-tall fibreglass raptor to stand alongside a pair of...

  • Herd of firefighters required to rescue bull stranded in ditch

    Herd of firefighters required to rescue bull stranded in ditch

    A 15-strong firefighter crew battled to rescue a bull which had been trapped in a ditch for two days. The stricken animal fell 3ft into a muddy storm drain while roaming on peatland on the Isle of Skye. The one-tonne bull was eventually spotted...

  • Bedbugs - Swiss army's latest foe

    The Swiss army is working hard to fend off its latest foe: bedbugs. The defence department said a planned parents' day event is being cancelled because bedbugs have appeared in dormitories and fabrics used by three companies at an infantry...

  • Mystery as quiet village besieged by selfie-centred tourists

    Camera-wielding tourists have been flocking to a rural village for selfies - to the bemusement of locals. Residents in Kidlington are flummoxed as to why the village, about five miles north of Oxford, England, has suddenly become such a tourist...

  • Astronomers probe remains of Crab Nebula star seen exploding in 11th century

    Astronomers probe remains of Crab Nebula star seen exploding in 11th century

    Astronomers have taken a breathtaking journey deep into the Crab Nebula, the famous remnant of an exploding star that dazzled Chinese astronomers in the 11th century. A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals the glowing heart of the...

  • Stranger than Star Wars - the planet with three suns

    Stranger than Star Wars - the planet with three suns

    A planet with three suns has trumped Hollywood by proving that astronomical fact can indeed be stranger than fiction. Luke Skywalker's home world Tatooine in the Star Wars movies was bizarre enough, with two suns in its sky. But the real planet,...

  • Serena Williams makes more in 150 seconds than a nurse in an entire year

    Serena Williams makes more in 150 seconds than a  nurse in an entire year

    Serena Williams earned more in every two and a half minutes play in her Wimbledon semi-final than a UK nurse does in an entire year. Williams beat the Russian Elena Vesnina in just 48 minutes, the fastest ladies' semi-final at the Championships...

  • Microsoft's invite to 'bae interns <3' to party prompts apology

    Microsoft's invite to 'bae interns

    Microsoft tried to speak to their young interns “in their language”... but the message only prompted embarrassment. "Kim" from Microsoft’s recruitment team sent out an e-mail invitation to an office party, assuming she was imitating the language...

  • Car stolen... or borrowed?

    A car from a South Carolina home but it was later returned, police said. Investigators told media outlets that the burglar first broke into the house in Conway on Wednesday and stole a set of keys for the car, then came back late on Thursday or...

  • Airport and ministry's tit-for-tat fight

    Airport and ministry's tit-for-tat fight

    Tirana International Airport and the Albanian interior ministry have entered a tit-for-tat fight, blaming each other for a robbery at the airport. Last week three masked gunmen robbed an armoured car that was loading €1 million belonging to a...

  • Mittens the cat becomes police mascot following viral letter

    Mittens the cat becomes police mascot following viral letter

    A cat has been adopted as the official mascot of a police force after a five-year-old girl wrote to the Chief Constable asking why they only used dogs. Mittens the cat, who belongs to Eliza Adamson-Hopper, will now be used as part of Durham...

  • McDonald's now owns every McFoodstuff in the EU

    McDonald's now owns every McFoodstuff in the EU

    McDonald’s has won a trademark dispute against an unwanted copycat. And the court victory means any food in the European Union with the prefix 'Mc' or 'Mac' that isn't owned by the fast food giant is in breach of trademark.  The case, before the...

  • We are amoosed - orphaned elk Buttons nuzzles US firefighters

    We are amoosed - orphaned elk Buttons nuzzles US firefighters

    An affectionate elk paid firefighters a visit over the US holiday weekend as they worked to tackle a blaze. The orphaned elk, dubbed Buttons by the locals, is a fixture in Kittitas County, Washington state, where she took up residence with some...

  • 700-year-old declaration of Scottish independence recognised for international significance

    700-year-old declaration of Scottish independence recognised for international significance

    A 700-year-old declaration of Scottish independence has been recognised by a world heritage body for its international significance. The Declaration of Arbroath, a letter from Scottish barons to the Pope in 1320 pledging their resistance to...

  • Unlikely brood of four chicks gives boost to Osprey conservation

    Unlikely brood of four chicks gives boost to Osprey conservation

    An "awesome foursome" of osprey chicks have been reared in a single nest, in what conservationists say is a rare event for the bird of prey. The chances of four chicks hatching in the nest at KielderWater and Forest Park, Northumberland, were put...

  • Watch: Hip hop cops stun New Zealanders

    Watch: Hip hop cops stun New Zealanders

    New Zealand Police recruitment crew proved they’ve got some moves during a surprise performance in a Hip Hop Unite Championship in Wellington, New Zealand. A video posted to Youtube starts with the show host holding what he claims to be a found...

  • Way to celebrate...Eating a huge pie in a minute

    Way to celebrate...Eating a huge pie in a minute

    Contestants bellied up to the table to participate in a Key Lime pie eating contest, just one of a number of speed eating contests to mark the U.S. Independence Day on Monday. Twenty-four people participated in the event which requires contestants...

  • Cheese heist

    Cheese heist

    Twenty thousand pounds of cheese have been stolen in south-western Wisconsin, police said. The cheese, produced by US Foods, was in a semi-trailer parked at a business in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek when it went missing on Thursday. Police...

  • Woman banned from Facebook for her name, Isis

    Woman banned from Facebook for her name, Isis

    A woman from Bristol was banned from Facebook just because she shares her name with jihadi militant group, ISIS. Isis Thomas, 27, says she was trying to log on to her Facebook account when she was instructed to change her name. “I was on Facebook...

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