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  • Is it drunk driving if you are stopped at a traffic light?

    Is it drunk driving if you are stopped at a traffic light?

    A Florida man told the officer who pulled him over that he was taking swigs of bourbon only when he stopped at traffic lights and stop signs - so he was not drinking and driving. Indian River County Sheriff's deputies still arrested 69-year-old...

  • Watch: 'See you in court', aunt tells nephew after they win $1.2m lottery

    Watch: 'See you in court', aunt tells nephew after they win $1.2m lottery

      A $1.2 million Canadian lottery win photo-op turned sour when one of the winners turned to the other and told him “see you in court.” The Nova Scotia lottery was won by a ticket with the names of an aunt and her nephew on the ticket. But Barbra...

  • French flag gets revamped in Bastille Day air show mix-up

    French flag gets revamped in Bastille Day air show mix-up

    An air show spectacular to celebrate France’s national day ended with giggles on social media on Saturday when a flying formation messed up the nation’s famous blue-white-red colour configuration. The nine planes were meant to streak across the...

  • Woman calls police to report burglar, officers find squirrel

    Woman calls police to report burglar, officers find squirrel

    Police in London said a terrified woman who thought a burglar had broken into in her house called officers, who arrived to find the culprit was a squirrel. The Harrow Borough Police said a woman dialed the 999 emergency number Thursday morning to...

  • Flight's sudden descent linked to co-pilot smoking

    Flight's sudden descent linked to co-pilot smoking

    An emergency descent by an Air China aircraft after cabin oxygen levels dropped has been linked to a co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette during the flight, state media said on Friday, citing China's aviation regulator. The state-backed Air China...

  • Nostalgic food is the latest trend for dinner parties

    Nostalgic food is the latest trend for dinner parties

    Blancmange, jelly and filter coffee are set to grace dinner tables once again as "retro entertaining" becomes the latest trend, according to a UK retailer. Sales of moulds for jelly and blancmange are up 293% on last year at kitchenware chain...

  • New Yorker finds unexpected sleeping companion

    New Yorker finds unexpected sleeping companion

    A man in central New York got a rude awakening when a large snake fell from his bedroom ceiling and landed on him while he slept. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said that one of its officers responded to a call on June 29 from...

  • Millenia-old baobabs dying of mysterious cause

    Millenia-old baobabs dying of mysterious cause

    Africa's ancient baobab, with its distinctive swollen trunk and known as the "tree of life", is under a new and mysterious threat, with some of the largest and oldest dying abruptly in recent years. Nine of the 13 oldest baobabs, aged between...

  • Parachutist leaps from seaplane and lands back on its wing

    Parachutist leaps from seaplane and lands back on its wing

    Paul Steiner has added to his long list of parachuting highlights by landing on the wing of the same plane that he leapt out of moments before in an eye-catching jump. The 55-year-old leapt from the seaplane 1,500 metres over Lake Wolfgang in...

  • Palmyra to rise from the ashes thanks to scientists

    Palmyra to rise from the ashes thanks to scientists

    Scientists in Damascus have begun reconstructing ancient sculptures from the city of Palmyra that were damaged by Islamic State (IS) during Syria's civil war, the Russian defence ministry said. A group of eight experts has started work on the...

  • British Parliament asked to consider Monday as hang-over day if England wins

    British Parliament asked to consider Monday as hang-over day if England wins

    A petition calling for a bank holiday if England wins the World Cup has gathered tens of thousands of signatures. The appeal on the Parliament website said a bank holiday is needed because if England are victorious then Monday will "not be...

  • Bill Roache: I want to be on Coronation Street when I'm 100

    Bill Roache: I want to be on Coronation Street when I'm 100

    Coronation Street star Bill Roache plans to be on the cobbles on his 100th birthday. The 86-year-old, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, told ITV show Lorraine that he has no intention of retiring. "My goal now is to be the first...

  • Opposite ends of sofa for English and Croatian couple during semi-final

    Opposite ends of sofa for English and Croatian couple during semi-final

    An England football fan and his Croatian wife will be "sitting at opposite ends of the sofa" as their home nations clash in the World Cup semi-final. Chris and Ana-Maria Stewart plan to sit either side of their six-year-old daughter Isabel and...

  • Better-off married people less at risk of bone fractures in old age - research

    Better-off married people less at risk of bone fractures in old age - research

    Married people with higher incomes are less likely to suffer a broken bone in old age, according to new research. The study by scientists from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU) at the University of Southampton,...

  • Hot hot hot - Chinese on fire at chili eating contest

    Hot hot hot - Chinese on fire at chili eating contest

    It was a hotly contested competition. An annual chili pepper festival kicked off Monday in central China's spice-loving Hunan province with a chili-eating contest in which the winner set a blistering pace by downing a gut-busting 50 peppers in...

  • French spiderman scales tall HK hotel

    French spiderman scales tall HK hotel

    French daredevil Alain Robert has climbed the 165-metres high Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong as part of a promotional event for a new film starring Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson.  Robert, 55, is renowned for his free solo climbing using no equipment...

  • Brits stop divorcing during World Cup

    Brits stop divorcing during World Cup

    The World Cup is bad for divorce according to divorce experts in the UK. England reaching the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup has caused divorce enquiries to drop significantly, according to online divorce experts at the online divorce firm...

  • Motorist escapes injury as cow wrecks car on country road

    Motorist escapes injury as cow wrecks car on country road

    Police have warned motorists to take care after a car was wrecked in a collision with a cow. Officers in County Durham posted pictures on social media of a battered white Peugeot near Sedgefield but confirmed that no-one in the car was hurt. A...

  • Sweet justice after naked jogger given away by till receipt

    Sweet justice after naked jogger given away by till receipt

    Police caught a naked runner who disturbed dozens of female joggers after finding a till receipt and an empty packet of Haribo sweets he had dropped near the scene. Officers were determined to catch the pervert who had been hiding out on a stretch...

  • Donald Trump 'angry baby' balloon cleared for take-off

    Donald Trump 'angry baby' balloon cleared for take-off

    A giant balloon depicting Donald Trump as an angry, orange baby will fly near Parliament during the US president's controversial visit to the UK next week. Permission for the 6m high inflatable, dubbed "Trump Baby", to rise above Parliament Square...