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  1. Trump says 'no interest' in buying Pope's favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis' favorite team.
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  2. Devil to pay: Taiwan to launch softer than soft porn-star metro cards

    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan will roll out "angel" and "devil" metro cards featuring a Japanese porn star next week, despite a public outcry and a previous decision to scrap the project.
    J...

  3. Two men hospitalized after jumping into canal at Venetian in Las Vegas

    (Reuters) - Two men jumped into a canal at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and, because they could not swim, had to be rescued and hospitalized, a spokesman for the hotel said on Thursday.
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  4. Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird's Nest

    Segway knocks Bolt off his stride at the Bird's Nest

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A television cameraman and his Segway succeeded in doing what none of Usain Bolt's rivals could in the 200 meters final at world championships on Thursday -- knock the Jamaican off...

  5. Balkans out-score EU at Vienna diplomacy soccer

    Balkans out-score EU at Vienna diplomacy soccer

    VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union might have had a better start, but in the end it was the Balkan countries who brought the game home in this unlikely diplomatic soccer match on Wednesday to kick ...

  6. L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report

    L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report

    By Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors...

  7. California man bitten by rattlesnake he picked up for photo: local media

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand, a Los Angeles television station reported.
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  8. Big Ben bongs wrong

    Big Ben bongs wrong

    The bongs of London’s Big Ben have been mysteriously running fast over the past fortnight, clocksmiths have admitted.

  9. Fate of 1,404 bottles of rare wine rests with Pennsylvania judge

    By David DeKok
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The fate of 1,404 bottles of rare wine seized from a private collector under Pennsylvania's strict liquor laws hangs on a judge's ruling next ...

  10. No charges for Missouri homeowner over military headstone patio

    (Reuters) - A Missouri man who used dozens of military headstones to make a patio at his house will not face criminal charges and the headstones would be destroyed, authorities said on Tuesday.
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  11. Clumsy boy trips and punches hole into $1.5m painting

    Clumsy boy trips and punches hole into $1.5m painting

    Yikes! A 12-year-old boy’s clumsy act has cost $1.5 million after he tripped and fell into a painting.

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