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  1. Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a ...

  2. Café has no plans to remove phallic sign

    Café has no plans to remove phallic sign

    A US business has a sign with a symbol on it so phallic that people can’t help but wonder what it is actually supposed to represent, if not what it really, really looks like.

  3. Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

    BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die."
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  4. Insect changes gender to mate with partner

    Scientists have found that a Brazillian insect can change its sex organs while mating, in an act that can last up to 70 hours.

  5. Portland, Oregon flushes water reservoir after man urinates in it

    Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in...

  6. Man kicked in the face by a train conductor while taking a selfie

    Man kicked in the face by a train conductor while taking a selfie

    A young man has learned the hard way why it is a bad idea to take a selfie right next to a speeding train.

  7. Man kicked in the face by a train conductor while taking a selfie

    Man kicked in the face by a train conductor while taking a selfie

    A young man has learned the hard way why it is a bad idea to take a selfie right next to a speeding train.

  8. Philadelphia using 'robo-calls' as weapon in war on illegal signs

    By Daniel Kelley
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia is taking on businesses that blanket its neighborhoods with illegal paper and plastic signs by using automated phone calls to disr...

  9. Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

    Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

    (Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.
    A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty, court officials in New Jersey's Cumberland Coun...

  10. Georgia school evacuated after pranksters release pepper spray

    ATLANTA (Reuters) - As many as 100 students at a suburban Atlanta high school were exposed to pepper spray on Wednesday after the material was released in a school hallway in an apparent prank, police...

  11. A gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland

    A gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's postal service will honor "Tom of Finland" with stamps taken from his work - homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear an...

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