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  • Whey to go

    Authorities in California have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing three mini-buses customised to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese blocks. Manteca police said Brian Lancaster and Ryan Monaco, of Sacramento, were taken into custody.

  • Honda humanoid machine gets upgrade

    Honda humanoid machine gets upgrade

    Technology giant Honda has shown that a robotic personal assistant that can help you in and out of the home is no longer solely the subject of science fiction, with the debut of its latest ASIMO robot. The humanoid machine has been upgraded so...

  • Sausage cartel

    Germany's competition watchdog has imposed fines totalling €338 million on 21 sausage manufacturers for colluding on prices. The Federal Cartel Office said the fines also included penalties against 33 individuals. The companies punished included...

  • Shaun the Sheep wins character poll

    Shaun the Sheep wins character poll

    Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of favourite children's characters over the last 70 years - beating a host of older creations such as Sooty and Sweep and The Wombles. The Aardman creation, which made its debut in the 1995 Wallace and Gromit film...

  • Moody blues

    The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton do not want to be called Elvis impersonators. The correct term is Elvis tribute artist - or ETA for short - to...

  • Rare red panda twins born at zoo

    Rare red panda twins born at zoo

    Two rare red pandas are the first of their kind to be born at a zoo. The twins, male and female, were born at Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex, and were discovered by head keeper Mark Kenward during his early morning rounds. Female red...

  • Gore blimey

    The co-founder of Rodeo Alaska is recovering after he was gored - but still managed to win a prize - at his own event. Frank Koloski, 43, was competing in the "double mugging" event, the Anchorage Daily News said. In that contest, one cowboy on a...

  • Loom band dress 'sold for £170,000'

    Loom band dress 'sold for £170,000'

    A child's dress made entirely from school contraband has apparently been sold at auction for £170,100. The multicoloured outfit, traded on eBay, has been fashioned from loom bands - tiny loops of colour elastic which can be linked together to...

  • Road kill

    Some car owners raised a stink after driving on a road littered with meat in upstate New York. Dozens of chunks of meat were on the road in front of a shopping centre in Queensbury, about 60 miles north of Albany, the Post-Star of Glens Falls...

  • Sea songs

    Sea songs

    Nearly 500 divers and snorkellers submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for a "concert" beneath the sea broadcast by a local radio station. The 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, held at Looe Key Reef along the...

  • Gamble backfires

    Gamble backfires

    An ad campaign warning of the perils of gambling that began as a bland public service announcement by Singapore's government has turned into fodder for international mockery after Germany's World Cup victory. In the ad, a boy named Andy tells his...

  • Tiny cottages aid beetle research

    Tiny cottages aid beetle research

    Conservationists have built miniature "thatched cottages" in a bid to save a rare beetle. The scarlet malachite beetle is thought to use the thatch of real country cottages to lay eggs and hatch out its pink grub-like young, but exactly how it...

  • Ancient artefact found at boot sale

    Ancient artefact found at boot sale

    A UK car boot sale fan who discovered an ancient Egyptian tool worth thousands of pounds and haggled down the price to £3 said he was stunned and delighted with his find. Ambulance worker Martin Jackson found the 4,500-year wooden maul, used by...

  • In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

    Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers said - but that doesn't necessarily mean porn is addictive. Although there are no precise figures, experts in the field...

  • Seattle's AG apologizes for taking bags of marijuana to the office

    Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has apologized for violating workplace rules by bringing bags of marijuana he purchased from newly-opened Washington state pot shops back to his office. Holmes was one of the first people in line earlier last week...

  • Whoops! Bungled bid to tow cop car

    Police in the US have arrested the owner of a company called Whoops Towing as he tried to haul off an undercover vehicle. Oregon State Police say they had received reports that a towing business operating without the required certificate was...

  • Dukes up

    John Wayne's heirs are duelling with Duke University over the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke. A federal lawsuit filed last week is the latest salvo in a long-running feud between the...

  • World Cup Popes

    World Cup Popes

    The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday. Vatican spokesman the Reverend Federico Lombardi said the final is on...

  • Naked scripture

    It was little comfort to the residents of a home along Lake Washington in Seattle when the naked man who crashed through their front door began loudly reciting scripture. Police say a woman called 911 at about 2am on Tuesday while her husband...

  • Dozen smuggled iguanas flown home

    Dozen smuggled iguanas flown home

    Twelve critically endangered iguanas seized from Romanian smugglers at Heathrow Airport have been returned to their native Bahamas. The reptiles were discovered stuffed into suitcases and each wrapped individually in a sock by Border Force staff...

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