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  • Sperm row

    An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she had intended. Uniontown resident Jennifer Cramblett said she found out she was impregnated with the wrong...

  • Facebook in drag queens U-turn

    Facebook has apologised to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted for violating its policy on using real names. Christopher Cox, Facebook's chief production officer, said several hundred accounts had been flagged by a user as...

  • Singing road

    Transport officials in New Mexico are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding. Tigress Productions is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel...

  • Ryanair 'axes cabin crew calendar'

    Ryanair has called time on its calendar of cabin crew in bikinis, according to reports. The low-fare airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary told Irish radio station Today FM that the calendar, which has raised money for charity, will not be...

  • 'Racist' Banksy mural removed

    'Racist' Banksy mural removed

    One of street artist Banksy's newest works has been removed following complaints it was racist. The mural - featuring a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners - appeared this week in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, where a by-election is due to...

  • Elks have bottle

    Thirsty hikers will have to wait. The elk are first in line. The animals are helping themselves to water from bottle-filling stations set up around Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona by lifting the spring-loaded levers with their noses and...

  • Caffeine con

    If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it would make you thinner, US federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back. The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that two...

  • Pigeon prep

    The 10,000 pigeons released in a ceremony for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks. The symbols...

  • Royal Mint cashes in with tiny coin

    Royal Mint cashes in with tiny coin

    A tiny coin measuring 8mm across has been unveiled as the smallest created by the Royal Mint in nearly 1,000 years. Available in gold or silver, the delicate coin weighs a 40th of an ounce and has been minted as part of a wider collection produced...

  • Harry clutter

    A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" paraphernalia was named the world's largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author JK Rowling's...

  • Scenting trouble

    Officers in western Oregon said a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he proved just too fragrant. The Albany Democrat-Herald reported that the driver gave officers in Linn County the...

  • Warmer oceans 'bleaching coral'

    Scientists say warm ocean temperatures are causing large expanses of coral to bleach in the pristine reefs north-west of Hawaii's main islands. Courtney Couch, a researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said Tuesday she observed mass...

  • Zoo's farewell party for gorilla

    Zoo's farewell party for gorilla

    Gorillas at a zoo have thrown a goodbye party for one of their troop, who is off to start a new family. Namoki was born at Bristol Zoo Gardens nine years ago and is now mature enough to have babies of her own. The western lowland gorilla is...

  • Internet deal

    Six Londoners unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child as part of an experiment into public internet services, according to a report. Researchers said they set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in London which was accompanied by a detailed terms and...

  • Banksy art work at seaside town

    Banksy art work at seaside town

    Art lovers are descending on the seaside town of Folkestone after a mural by street artist Banksy appeared on a wall. The piece, called Art Buff, depicts an older woman staring at an empty plinth while wearing headphones with her hands clasped...

  • Mossad goes public

    It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organisations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy...

  • Not-so-quick sketch

    A rare sketchbook by US artist Grant Wood dating from 1929 is back in its home art gallery in Davenport, Iowa, after it went missing from a museum about 50 years ago. The 100-page sketchbook signed by Wood, the painter of American Gothic, is again...

  • Budding row

    The manager of Zola Budd's South African running club said the former Olympic athlete will take authorities to court after they disqualified her from an age-category prize in a marathon. Hooters Athletics Club manager Ray de Vries said 48-year-old...

  • Bronson artwork up for auction

    Bronson artwork up for auction

    More artwork by Charles Bronson, one of the the UK's most violent prisoners, is to go under the hammer. A sale next week will offer 200 lots including paintings, personal effects, clothing, signed books, a hand-made Christmas present and even part...

  • Cuban government sours on ‘Hugo’ and ‘Che’ revolutionary scent

    Cuban government sours on ‘Hugo’ and ‘Che’ revolutionary scent

    Cuba aborts plans to develop fragrances in honor of the late revolutionary "Che" Guevara and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling the project disrespectful. Gavino Garay reports.

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