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Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:55:19 -0500
A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday.

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Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:11:05 -0500
An Arkansas city council candidate who twice showed up too late to vote for himself in a contest that ended in a tie wound up losing the race on Thursday in a dice roll to decide the winner.

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'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:44:18 -0500
A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat.

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Bug business: Cockroaches corralled by the millions in China to crunch waste
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:44:44 -0500
In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them - millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks of wooden boards as they devour food scraps by the tonne in a novel form of urban waste disposal.

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Curry signals willingness to meet with NASA over Moon landing doubts
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:11:31 -0500
Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry on Tuesday signaled that he is willing to take NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab in Houston after his pronouncement this week that he does not believe humans ever walked on the Moon.

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Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:55:59 -0500
Firefighters in the town of Werl in western Germany tackled an unusual emergency late on Monday when a tank at a local firm making liquid chocolate overflowed and poured out onto a street.

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Monkeys run amok in India's corridors of power
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:51:06 -0500
India's government faces a tough re-election battle next year but first it must deal with an opponent as wily as any political rival, troops of monkeys that have become a big threat around its offices in New Delhi.

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Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:11:03 -0500
Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him.

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Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating
Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:16:06 -0500
New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating while proposing to his fiancee, who nonetheless told him yes.

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Air New Zealand Christmas ad replicates Trump's U.N. laughter moment
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:51:41 -0500
An Air New Zealand advertisement released for the Christmas season this week takes a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump by portraying an American boy wearing a "Make Christmas Great Again" red cap being laughed at by other children on Santa's "naughty" list.

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Thais pray they're barking up the right tree looking for lottery luck
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:14:16 -0500
Superstition and looking for luck are a part of daily life in Thailand. In one temple in central Bangkok, visitors hope to find it hidden in the bark of an ancient tree.

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Who brings olive oil to Portugal? Police foil cocaine smuggler's ploy
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:31:18 -0500
Who would bring a suitcase full of olive oil to Portugal, one of the world's biggest producers of the stuff?

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Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts
Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:36:05 -0500
Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday.

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Japan cybersecurity and Olympics minister: 'I've never used a computer'
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:36:43 -0500
(Corrects minister's time in parliament in second paragraph of this Nov. 14 story.)

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Soccer: Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:52:57 -0500
Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women's Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday.

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'Frog ladders' help critters escape death-trap drains
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 06:04:37 -0500
A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death.

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Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum
Sun, 04 Nov 2018 04:52:31 -0500
The dead mouse in the Chinese wine sure looks nasty, and the maggots in the cheese tend to put people off. But nothing is more horrible to an unaccustomed palate than the Icelandic fermented shark. It's the worst. Or so says the expert.

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Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:59:17 -0400
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped a diamond merchant hand over hundreds of cars as gifts to his employees on Thursday.

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Eggs with benefits: Sydney's same-sex penguins become parents
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 02:27:02 -0400
Two male penguins entrusted with the care of a fostered egg have welcomed a tiny sub-Antarctic Gentoo chick into the world, Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium said on Friday.

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No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 05:59:29 -0400
Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money.

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