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  1. Queen of the Desert Festival aims for outback parade record

    A colourful trip through the outback will try to make it into the record books by being the longest "street" parade in the world.

  2. US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

    US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

    By Curtis Skinner
    (Reuters) - US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, ...

  3. Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all

    Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all

    By Mitch Phillips
    LONDON (Reuters) - "You're virtually there" is a common shout of encouragement to ailing runners in the London marathon but thanks to a new "interactive 3D experience"...

  4. 'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan

    'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan

    Tokyo (AFP) - A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with very surprising flowers.

  5. Clever chimps at Kansas City Zoo make brief break to freedom

    By Kevin Murphy
    KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a ...

  6. Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1,000-year-old historic find

    Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1,000-year-old historic find

    By Kevin Murphy
    (Reuters) - For 46 years, a canoe thought to date to the 1700s sat in the back of a display case as a minor exhibit at a small museum run by a volunteer historical group...

  7. California town moves against Sriracha hot sauce plant

    California town moves against Sriracha hot sauce plant

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The small Southern California town of Irwindale has opened a new front in its battle against what it says is a pungent, tear-inducing odor from a chili processing factory owned...

  8. Ohio man sentenced to wear 'BULLY' sign is jeered, taunted

    Ohio man sentenced to wear 'BULLY' sign is jeered, taunted

    By Kim Palmer
    CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man sentenced by a judge to spend Sunday wearing a sign reading "I AM A BULLY" at a busy suburban Cleveland intersection was greeted by a boi...

  9. West Germany's Cold War ransoming of prisoners encouraged fraud: research

    By Monica Raymunt
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Former West Germany's decision to buy the freedom of political prisoners in the communist East during the early years of the Cold War may have encou...

  10. Father of Michigan sextuplets dies at 39

    By Kevin Murphy
    (Reuters) - The father of Michigan sextuplets whose birth made headlines 10 years ago died of a heart attack after setting up a backyard trampoline, a relative said on T...

  11. Mummified singer is star of new British Museum exhibition

    Mummified singer is star of new British Museum exhibition

    By Michael Roddy
    LONDON (Reuters) - A singer is the star of the show in a new exhibition of mummies at the British Museum for which modern medical scanners have been used to examine eig...

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