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  1. Facing shortage, British sperm bank tells men: 'Prove your worth'

    LONDON (Reuters) - The head of Britain's national sperm bank urged men to prove their manhood and help ease a shortage after the center signed up just nine registered donors in the year since its crea...

  2. Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it

    Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it

    A US man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday.

  3. Beijing 'deploys monkeys and falcons for war parade'

    Beijing 'deploys monkeys and falcons for war parade'

    Beijing (AFP) - China's air force has called monkeys and falcons into service to ensure safe skies for a huge military parade this week to mark Japan's defeat in World War II, reports said.

  4. Angry Sherwood kicks bottle and snaps hamstring

    Angry Sherwood kicks bottle and snaps hamstring

    LONDON (Reuters) - Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood snapped his hamstring during his side's 2-2 draw with Sunderland after kicking out at a water bottle in disgust at the referee denying a penalty.
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  5. 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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  6. 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...

  7. 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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  8. 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...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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...

  11. 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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