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Texas lawmaker wants to end emoji mix-ups with Chilean flag - 18 Feb 2017 at 5:07pm - AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A state lawmaker filed a resolution this week urging people to think before they text and stop using an emoji of the Chilean flag, which resembles the Lone Star State flag, as a symbol of Texas pride.

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper: newspaper - 18 Feb 2017 at 3:36pm - DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

Germany bans talking doll Cayla, citing security risk - 17 Feb 2017 at 12:53pm - BERLIN (Reuters) - A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed.

Thimble dropped from Monopoly board game after getting a thumbs-down - 16 Feb 2017 at 4:38pm - BOSTON (Reuters) - New versions of Monopoly will no longer give players the option of using a tiny silver-colored thimble as their pawn on the board, after fans voted to drop the piece that had featured in the game since its introduction in 1935.

Tired of screen addicts, Vienna cafe says phone juice costs extra - 15 Feb 2017 at 11:09am - VIENNA (Reuters) - Grumpy waiter service is as traditional as apple strudel in Vienna, but a cafe in one of the city's most recognizable landmarks has caused disquiet with what seems to be an Austrian first: charging customers for charging their phones.

Bike-promoting Belgian minister finds own cycle stolen - 15 Feb 2017 at 3:50am - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian minister arrived by bike to a news conference to promote cycling on Tuesday, only to find it had been stolen when he left half an hour later.

Atlanta zoo welcomes baby cockroach 'Tom Brady' - 14 Feb 2017 at 3:02pm - (Reuters) - Atlanta Falcons fans no doubt were calling Tom Brady all sorts of names after this month's Super Bowl, and now the city has a cockroach named after the New England quarterback.

Paris museum gets an Airbus A380 superjumbo - 14 Feb 2017 at 10:42am - PARIS (Reuters) - France honored the A380 superjumbo with a place in its national aerospace museum on Tuesday, granting it equal status with the Boeing 747 even as questions pile up over the future of the industry's biggest jets.

Very old, charming - er - thing goes on display in Athens - 13 Feb 2017 at 10:27am - ATHENS (Reuters) - A bird-like statuette dating back 7,000 years has mystified archaeologists in Greece who still do not know exactly what it is, or where it came from.

Austrian authorities seeking Hitler double seen around birthplace - 11 Feb 2017 at 3:51pm - VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian authorities are investigating reports of a man appearing in public in Adolf Hitler's birthplace as the Nazi dictator's double, including the distinctive mustache, haircut and clothing.

Obras de arte por un lado, aerobistas sudorosos por el otro - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Las enormes salas del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York albergan desde hace unos meses animadas sesiones matutinas de gimnasia en medio de obras maestras del arte universal. Hubo sentadillas delante del "Retrato de Madame X" de John Singer Sargent, ejercicios de equilibrio sobre una pierna frente a la armadura rígida de Enrique VIII, un poco de yoga frente a la escultura romana de la Diana Cazadora y varios saltos, todo acompañado por música disco y motown.

Delaware: Search on for mounted elk head missing after party - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) ? Police in Delaware are searching for a mounted elk's head valued at $65,000 that went missing from a home during a party. Police say about 50 people were at the party and that officers who walked through the home afterward saw multiple holes in walls and three broken windows.

Sanctuary holds 7 cows saved from slaughter to promote peace - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Goshala cow sanctuary President Naren Koka told the Casa Grande Dispatch ( that the organization protects cows while educating people about how saving these animals promotes a sustainable ecosystem. Groups visit the farm and cows make public appearances to spread awareness. In India, it's mixed with water and used as a floor cleanser, and the cow urine is a natural way to repel insects from plants.

Man practicing Parkour falls 40 feet down chimney in Denver - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - DENVER (AP) ? A 26-year-old man says he was making an action video with friends when he fell 40 feet down the chimney of a downtown Denver apartment building. Hinkle, who along with his friends is facing a trespassing charge, says he thought he was going to die and he didn't believe in God until he survived the fall.

Joggers in bras, panties, briefs raise money for sick kids - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Joggers in bras, panties, briefs raise money for sick kids Saturday's annual Cupid's Undie Run featured 1,000 people in their underwear and little else, except for maybe some body-painted hearts, angels and Cupid's arrows on their chests. Money was raised for the Children's Tumor Foundation to help research neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors in the nervous system. The incurable disorder can cause physical deformities, blindness, deafness and chronic pain, usually in adolescents.

Suecos se preguntan qué suceso grave les ocurrió según Trump - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Suecos se preguntan qué suceso grave les ocurrió según Trump HELSINKI, Finlandia (AP) ? Los suecos se han estado rascando la cabeza y se han burlado del comentario del presidente Donald Trump, que indicó que un suceso grave había ocurrido en Suecia. El sábado, durante una reunión con sus simpatizantes en Florida, Trump dijo: "miren lo que pasó anoche en Suecia", mientras aludía a pasados ataques terroristas en Europa.

Vienna cafe bills patrons to charge cellphones over drinks - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - VIENNA (AP) ? A Viennese cafe owner has a message for customers who dawdle over drinks while charging their cellphones: Pay up. [...] Galina Pokorny says that instead of complaining when they see a power charge on their bills, customers should read the menu: "Electricity, 1 euro" is printed there.

Jeans get governor booted from North Dakota Senate's floor - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm -

Burgum, a Republican software entrepreneur elected in November, had finished posing for a photo with some students on the Senate floor Wednesday when he was asked to leave.

Joey, the indoor pet squirrel, guards home against burglary - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm -

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) ? A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said. The unidentified teenager told officers that the squirrel's attack "scared him, obviously, because he wasn't expecting to have, you know, a squirrel come flying out of nowhere at him," said Officer Ashley Turner of the police department in Meridian, a Boise suburb. The squirrel's owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months after he was found in a flower garden by a friend's daughter when he was about a week old.

Una mujer de 64 años da a luz a gemelos en España - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MADRID (AP) ? Una mujer de 64 años dio a luz a gemelos sanos, un varón y una niña, en el que es su segundo parto a edad avanzada, informó el jueves un médico en el norte de España. "Se presentó embarazada de cuatro meses a las puertas del hospital y no podíamos hacer otra cosa que encarar la situación y actuar", dijo el médico. El año pasado, una médico de 62 años que se especializa en tratamientos in vitro, en la ciudad de Lugo, en el noroeste de España, apareció ante las cámaras sosteniendo a su tercer bebé.

Albatros más vieja del mundo empolla cría en atolón Midway - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? La albatros más vieja que se conozca en el mundo empolló una nueva cría. El Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de Estados Unidos informó el jueves que el polluelo rompió el cascarón a finales de la semana pasada en el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre del atolón Midway.

11-foot python slithers into South Florida student's car - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? A South Florida college student says he was startled when he saw a large snake crawl under his roommate's car. The SunSentinel ( ) reports Officer Tony Bernardo ? the go-to guy for dealing with wildlife ? and two other officers responded.

Crash leaves car standing vertically against a tree - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - ISLIP TERRACE, N.Y. (AP) ? Emergency crews arriving at the scene of a vehicle crash on New York's Long Island came upon something they had never seen before: a car standing upright against a tree. Firefighters stabilized the teetering vehicle by securing it to the tree with chains and strapping then used a ladder to rescue the injured woman from the car.

Book returned to library 75 years past due; war to blame? - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Book returned to library 75 years past due; war to blame? Robert Lockman Jr. recently found the popular children's book by Sanford Tousey in his basement in Shavertown, Pennsylvania.

What is wearable? Exhibit pushes boundaries on clothing, art - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? They are outfits you might expect to see in Lady Gaga's closet: a flamingo pink Fiberglas frock and a wooden one-piece replica of Notre Dame Cathedral. The quirky show, a collision of art and the craziest of couture, offers visitors a chance to view 32 award-winning costumes from the New Zealand-based design competition of the same name. Nearly three decades ago, the contest began when organizers asked an eclectic international mix of boat builders, taxidermists, amateur enthusiasts and others to push the boundaries of clothing and artwork. The horned body armor with a protruding dragon head and red heart on the belt was conceived after Saunders wondered what the human body might look like if it had more tattoo ink than blood running through its veins.

Christie calls Phillies fan bitter; mayor calls him a bully - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - The Republican governor this week declared that the Philadelphia Phillies "suck," that its fans are bitter and angry and that it's not safe for civilized people to go to their stadium. The Phillies had already responded, tweeting that they appreciate their fans' support as they "bridge" to a bright future.

Columbia University accidentally sends acceptance notices - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? Columbia University says it's strengthening its procedures after it accidentally sent acceptance notices to 277 prospective students and then recalled them. Columbia says the emails, sent Wednesday, "incorrectly implied" that the applicants had been accepted into its School of Public Health's Master's program. The university said Friday that it immediately discovered its mistake and sent follow-up emails within an hour. Vice Dean for Education Julie Kornfeld says Columbia "deeply" apologizes. She says Columbia values applicants' "energy and enthusiasm" and regrets the "stress and confusion" the mistake caused.

Milano Vice? Palm trees near Milan's cathedral spark debate - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MILAN (AP) ? The appearance of an oasis of palm trees opposite Milan's gothic-era Duomo Cathedral has spawned a vibrant public debate. The head of the anti-migrant Northern League was criticized after writing on Twitter that the scene was only missing "sand, camels and illegal migrants who will feel at home," while one of his colleagues suggested that to accompany the desert scene, the cathedral's famed spires would next be covered with minarets. The variety he planted, Trachycarpus fortunei, is well-suited to Milan's continental climate, resisting temperatures as low as 15 degrees Celsius below zero (5 degrees Fahrenheit).

NY woman hits half-court shot, then gets marriage proposal - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? It was quite a night for a New York state college basketball fan who made a half-court shot to win a $500 gift card and received a marriage proposal seconds later. After celebrating, Tobin turned around to see the mascot's giant coffee cup costume being removed to reveal her boyfriend, 31-year-old Steve Duckett, on his knee and holding an engagement ring.

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BOSTON (AP) ? In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston, head of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. . Boston planned more genetic tests for the microbes she revived both in the lab and on site. NASA wouldn't allow Boston to share her work for outside review before Friday's announcement so scientists couldn't say much. The age of the Naica microbes was determined by outside experts who looked at where the microbes were located in the crystals and how fast those crystals grow.