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Sand sculpture festival brings super-heroes to Belgian beach - 22 Jun 2017 at 11:34am - OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - A beach in Belgium has been transformed into a giant sandy gallery, featuring larger-than-life super heroes, cartoon characters and Cinderella's castle, for one of the world's biggest sand-sculpture festivals.

German teen suspected of shooting toy gun at Thai king - 22 Jun 2017 at 12:41am - BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating a 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets from a toy gun at the King of Thailand who was cycling near Munich this month. The king was not hurt.

By Jiminy: Belgian start-up puts crickets on the menu - 20 Jun 2017 at 1:31pm - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Brussels start-up is hoping to stir a culinary revolution in Belgium by pushing crunchy crickets as a protein alternative to meat.

Italian court says lobsters must not catch cold before cooking - 16 Jun 2017 at 2:22pm - ROME (Reuters) - Italy's highest court ruled on Friday that lobsters must not be kept on ice in restaurant kitchens because it causes them unjustifiable suffering before they head for death by fine dining.

New Mexican-U.S. beer mocks Trump as frowning mariachi - 15 Jun 2017 at 1:58pm - MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican and U.S. brewers have reinvented U.S. President Donald Trump as a gun-slinging mariachi folk musician to promote a new beer celebrating cross-border cooperation.

Pakistan arrests man for driving pet lion through Karachi streets - 15 Jun 2017 at 7:46am - ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Police in Pakistan have arrested a man who took his pet lion for a night-time drive through the streets of the bustling southern port city of Karachi after video of the incident went viral on social media, police said on Thursday.

For some Californians, it's bring your dog to work day every day - 12 Jun 2017 at 4:24pm - (In this June 7 story, corrects to "spent" instead of "spend" in paragraph 10.)

Living dolls: Spanish firm makes eerily realistic human, alien babies - 12 Jun 2017 at 12:49pm - BILBAO, Spain (Reuters) - Want a doll that looks, moves and feels almost exactly like a newborn? Or how about a baby Avatar, or a half human-half piglet?

U.S. bars throwing 'covfefe' parties for televised Comey testimony - 7 Jun 2017 at 8:13pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. bars are offering $5 Russian vodka drinks, ?impeachmint? cocktails and free drinks with every presidential tweet to draw crowds on Thursday to watch fired FBI Director James Comey's televised testimony to Congress.

With a sloppy 'kiss,' intrepid fish enjoys perilous feast - 5 Jun 2017 at 7:10pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A kiss from a colorful reef fish called a tubelip wrasse is no one's idea of romance, being so full of slime and suction, but it is perfectly suited for eating a hazardous diet using one of the animal kingdom's most unique feeding strategies.

Rats! DC working to fight rodent problem as complaints rise - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - News media outlets report that the number of requests for rodent abatement increased from 2,300 in 2015 to more than 3,500 last year. In an effort to manage the rat population, the District will be offering grants of up to $13,500 to some businesses for rodent-proof trash compactors.

Organización india quiere dar a una aldea el nombre de Trump - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - En una ceremonia de inauguración el viernes para la prensa, los organizadores instruyeron a los aldeanos que corearan ?¡Viva!? Cada vez que ellos gritaban el nombre de Trump. La ceremonia fue realizada poco antes de que el primer ministro Narandra Modi salga para Washington para reunirse con el presidente estadounidense.

Bridge-name gridlock: NY inches toward spelling-error fix - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - The state Senate has passed a bill that would change the spelling, which has been wrong for over 50 years. A Brooklyn College student started a petition drive to make things right in deference to Italian-Americans.

World's Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs' inner beauty - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other homely hounds in last year's competition and walked away with $1,500, a trophy and a flight to New York for media appearances with her owner, Jason Wurtz. Besides the main crown, the Spirit Award is presented to a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provide service to their community, organizers said.

Workers help woman find necklace buried in hospital waste - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - OXFORD, N.J. (AP) ? A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her special necklace that was thrown in the trash after she went to a hospital, thanks to a group of hardworking sanitation workers. By Wednesday, LaRochelle's search led her Covanta Energy Plant in Oxford where workers dug through 15 tons of hospital waste to find her necklace. LaRochelle treated the sanitation workers to lunch and cake Thursday.

Mudanza colosal: trasplantan secuoya en Idaho - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? No es muy común que una estructura de más de 30 metros de altura y un peso de casi 363 toneladas se mudada de lugar, en especial si es un ser vivo. El naturalista John Muir envió las semillas a Boise para ser plantadas en el patio de la casa de un doctor hace más de un siglo y ahora el enorme árbol está obstruyendo de la expansión de un hospital. Incluso la empresa contratada para mover el árbol de 30 metros (98 pies) se siente presionada.

Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Vivian Kirkpatrick-Pilger, a Republican Party official in mountainous, forested Josephine County, told legislators that people have been salvaging roadkill meat in Oregon for years ? since vehicles and animals have been colliding ? and they've never needed a law or permit to do it. [...] the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said that before last week, the only people allowed to keep roadkill were licensed furtakers, and no one ? not even licensed hunters ? could keep game animals found as roadkill. Les Helgeson, of the community of Beaver, near the northwest coast, told legislators that roadkill "would not be palatable, much less pass any sense of health standards for human consumption." Todd Toven of Castle Rock, Colorado, posted a video on YouTube showing himself carving up a deer that had been hit by a vehicle on a highway and finished off by a deputy sheriff's bullet. Oregon's new law calls for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules for the issuance of permits for the purpose of salvaging meat for human consumption from deer or elk that have been accidentally killed in a vehicle collision.

Niños van de falda a la escuela por el calor en Gran Bretaña - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - LONDRES (AP) ? Alumnos en una escuela secundaria en Gran Bretaña encontraron una forma novedosa de evadir las estrictas reglas de uniforme escolar que prohíben el uso de shorts, en momentos en que el país sufre una intensa ola de calor: usar faldas en lugar de los pantalones grises del reglamento. En la ciudad de Nantes, en el occidente de Francia, choferes hombres de autobuses del transporte público acudieron a trabajar esta semana luciendo faldas que son parte del uniforme de sus colegas mujeres, en protesta por el hecho de que no se les permite usar pantalones cortos.

Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - According to police, a woman entered a Spencer's store in Little Rock's Park Plaza Mall at midday Wednesday and tried to return an item. A police report says that the woman became frustrated when she was refused money and tried to leave with a stripper pole instead.

Idaho: Trasplantarán secuoya de más de 100 años - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? El pequeño árbol de secuoya que envió el naturalista John Muir a Idaho hace más de un siglo y fue plantado en el patio de la casa de un doctor, se ha convertido en un enorme obstáculo para el progreso. La secuoya plantada en 1912 estorba la expansión de un hospital de Boise, pero se ha convertido en una de las atracciones de la ciudad a lo largo de las décadas y en la secuoya más grande del estado. Así que, a partir del viernes, el Sistema de Salud de St. Luke gastará 300.000 dólares para trasplantar el árbol de 30 metros (98 pies) de altura a una propiedad de la ciudad ubicada a un par de cuadras de distancia. Cox dijo que el árbol será el más grande que haya trasplantado su compañía tanto en altura como en circunferencia, que supera los 6 metros (20 pies) cerca de la base.

Francia: Muere bloguera al explotar sifón de crema batida - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Muere bloguera al explotar sifón de crema batida PARÍS (AP) ? Las autoridades francesas investigan la muerte de una bloguera debido aparentemente a la explosión de una lata de crema batida que fue retirada del mercado en 2013, dijeron el jueves funcionarios y la empresa fabricante del producto. La fiscalía de Mulhouse, en el este del país, dijo que se investiga la muerte de Rebecca Burger, de 33 años, sucedida el domingo, y si se debió a un defecto en el sifón en un aparato de alta presión utilizado para batir crema y servirla.

Game on ... and on: 11-day hockey marathon set for Buffalo - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - From the opening faceoff Thursday night to the final whistle set for the morning of July 3, the group of mostly 40-something Buffalonians will be on the ice playing one continuous game spanning 11 days ? or 251 hours, to be exact. Teams will be split into groups of about seven players (five skaters, a goalie and a spare), with each playing four-hour shifts. Aside from countless aching bones and worn-out skates, Lesakowski projects there will be more than 4,000 goals scored. Credit Nicholas Fattey with the first goal, scored on a backhander, 8:21 into the game. The rest of the roster was filled through an application process. In selecting an older group of players, Lesakowski wanted to assemble a team of not merely hockey enthusiasts, but those able to commit to the mental and physical challenges as well as generate at least $10,000 in pledges each. "The biggest thing is make sure their passion's in the right place," Lesakowski said. Because on June 29 at 3 a.m., you've got to find something in your belly that might not exist if you're just in it to play a long hockey game. Any player who backs out or gets injured can't be replaced, meaning more ice time for others. There are only two per team and each skater is already scheduled to take a turn playing net at least once.

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital's expansion and plans are to move it two blocks away to city property. Even the tree company hired to do the move is feeling the pressure to keep the 98-foot (30-meter) tree upright as it travels about two blocks over about 12 hours to its new home. Cox said the tree will be the tallest the company has ever moved, as well as the largest in circumference at more than 20 feet (6 meters) near its base. The plan is to lift the sequoia Friday afternoon onto the inflatable, rolling tubes. The Idaho sequoia is in a drier, colder climate, and the tree lost its original top in the 1980s due to damage from Christmas decorations that people strung on it.

Es una niña: La cría de panda nacida en Japón pasa exámenes - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - TOKIO (AP) ? La cría de oso panda nacida en Japón, que se ha convertido en una celebridad en el país, es una hembra. La cría, que todavía no tiene nombre, está en buen estado y se alimenta de la leche de su madre, ShinShin. Las características manchas negras de orejas, ojos y garras de los panda aparecen gradualmente, y los del cachorro empezaban a verse. Se pidió colaboración ciudadana para decidir su nombre. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, profesor de la Kansai University, estima que en los próximos años la economía japonesa ganará 26.700 millones de yenes (240 millones de dólares) con el nacimiento del cachorro, incluyendo artículos relacionados con el panda, entradas al zoo y otros gastos.

Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BEIJING (AP) ? Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China ? and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. Several cities including Shenzhen and Qingdao have reportedly banned sales of the palm-sized contraptions, which sell for about $1 and are powerful enough to puncture soda cans, apples and cardboard, depending on the projectile.

Police: Man faces charges after stealing more than 500 signs - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) ? An Ohio man is facing charges after police say he stole more than 500 signs, claiming they were an eyesore and a distraction to drivers. John Hoelzl, of Avon Lake, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of receiving stolen property.

Driver rescued after van gets stuck in Wisconsin drawbridge - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - The Green Bay Metro Fire Department says the driver went around the traffic arm and apparently drove onto the opening span, then coasted back into the gap. Video shows a heavy duty wrecker lifting the van out of the gap.

Big catch: Fisherman finds camera, returns it to owner - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? A man who was fishing in the Tennessee River reeled in a waterlogged camera and then used social media to track down its owner in Florida. [...] he reeled in the algae-covered camera that 37-year-old Alex Mansur accidentally dropped during a vacation five years ago. Wilson found the memory card and uploaded the images to Facebook in hopes of finding the camera's owner.

Kind act spreads to 167 drivers at Indiana McDonald's - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? A customer's act of kindness at a southern Indiana McDonald's sparked a chain reaction of niceness in its drive-thru line. The kind gesture prompted the man to pay for two cars behind him, and that generosity eventually spread to 167 cars by closing time.

Toilet charity gets Indian village to take on Trump name - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MARODA, India (AP) ? A charity that provides toilets to poor Indians is leading an effort to rename a tiny northern village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. For an inauguration attended by media Friday, organizers coached villagers to shout "Zindabad!" which means "Long live!" each time they shouted Trump's name. The charity's founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, acknowledged that naming the village after Trump was a stunt aimed at drawing more attention ? and hopefully funding ? for their efforts to improve sanitation across India.