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Two American tourists fined in Thailand for 'butt selfie' at temple - 29 Nov 2017 at 5:58am - BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities have fined two American tourists for public indecency for posing for a "butt selfie" in front of a famous Buddhist temple, police said on Wednesday.

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog - 28 Nov 2017 at 11:50pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear - literally.

Flipping lids! Chinese barber offers eyelid shaves - 24 Nov 2017 at 11:28pm - CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Chinese street barber Xiong Gaowu deftly scrapes a straight razor along the inside of his customer's eyelid.

Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets - 24 Nov 2017 at 5:43am - HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer launched on Thursday what it said was the world's first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores.

British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser - 20 Nov 2017 at 12:06pm - AMMAN (Reuters) - At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser - as a traditional well established in the ministries of London goes global.

U.S. Navy crew grounded after pilot draws penis in the sky - 17 Nov 2017 at 8:40pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy air crew was grounded on Friday after using their advanced fighter jet to draw a giant image of a penis in the sky with the exhaust, officials said.

Finnish police rap deputy minister for hiding in car boot in government crisis - 17 Nov 2017 at 11:05am - HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police reprimanded a man for traveling in a car boot to hide his meeting with Prime Minister Juha Sipila during a government crisis last summer, saying this was breach of the traffic code.

I went to Brazil for a bath, says McLaren reserve Norris - 16 Nov 2017 at 12:32pm - (Reuters) - A canceled Formula One tire test meant McLaren reserve Lando Norris effectively flew all the way from Britain to Brazil this week just to take a bath.

'No cash, Carney?' Bank of England Governor unable to find wallet - 16 Nov 2017 at 11:34am - LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney appeared unable to find his wallet on Thursday while attending a central bank event to promote public understanding of economics.

India gives 'king of sweets' a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry - 14 Nov 2017 at 9:20am - KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights.

Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - EDMOND, Okla. (AP) ? An Oklahoma mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter. One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian's office confirmed the couple's hunch: Dovey had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach. The couple told the veterinarian Dovey had slowed her eating and was vomiting for a few days, but other than that, they thought she seemed fine. KFOR-TV reports that at first, the veterinarian thought there were only seven to nine pacifiers in Dovey's stomach, but the surgery proved otherwise. Dovey is on the mend and has already gone home.

Wisconsin man fleeing police crashed while checking phone - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MILWAUKEE (AP) ? Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions. The Milwaukee District Attorney's Office said in a criminal complaint released Friday that 20-year-old Logan Michael Brandenburg made the comment unsolicited while he was being transported from a hospital to the county jail. Prosecutors say Brandenburg told officers he had smoked marijuana and was on probation so a "fight or flight mentality kicked in" when a West Allis police officer attempted to pull him over on Nov. 19.

Laureada con Nobel de la Paz insta prohibir armas nucleares - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MOSCÚ (AP) ? Una destacada activista de la organización Campaña Internacional para Abolir las Armas Nucleares (ICAN por sus siglas en inglés), ganadora este año del Premio Nobel de la Paz, comparó el domingo el objetivo de su grupo con su lucha personal por sobrevivir al bombardeo atómico de Hiroshima. Setsuko Thurlow, que tenía 13 años cuando una bomba nuclear devastó la ciudad japonesa en 1945, habló durante la presentación formal del premio Nobel de la Paz en Oslo, Noruega. El grupo es una fuerza impulsora de un tratado internacional para prohibir las armas nucleares. Thurlow dijo que la explosión la dejó enterrada bajo los escombros de su escuela, pero que pudo ver algo de luz y salir arrastrándose hasta un sitio seguro.

Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLIN (AP) ? German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne. Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her more sparkling wine on the flight from Moscow late Saturday. Police said in a statement Sunday that the woman, who wasn't named, was escorted off the Airbus A320 and ordered to pay a security of 5,000 euros ($5,871). They said the 43 passengers on board were never in danger, but the total cost involved in the unplanned stopover likely amounted to several tens of thousands of euros.

Ballenas francas podrían extinguirse, tras un año mortífero - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - PORTLAND, Maine, EE.UU. (AP) ? Funcionarios del gobierno estadounidense advirtieron que existe la posibilidad de que las amenazadas ballenas francas vayan a extinguirse, después de un año mortífero, a menos que se tomen nuevas medidas para protegerlas. Las ballenas francas del Atlántico Norte se encuentran entre los mamíferos marinos más raros del mundo y han soportado un año letal. La Oficina Nacional de Administración Oceánica y Atmosférica de Estados Unidos (NOAA) ha dicho que solo quedan unas 450 ballenas y que 17 de ellas han muerto en 2017.

Expulsan de avión a pasajera enfurecida por negarle champaña - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BERLÍN (AP) ? El piloto de un avión de pasajeros con destino a Zúrich hizo una parada no programada en el aeropuerto alemán de Stuttgart porque una pasajera suiza se puso agresiva después de que negaron champaña, informó la policía alemana. La policía de Reutlingen precisó que los tripulantes no pudieron calmar a la mujer de 44 años de edad, quien viajaba en clase ejecutiva, luego de que reaccionó furiosa porque se negaron a servirle más del vino espumoso en el vuelo del sábado por la noche procedente de Moscú. En una declaración el domingo, la policía añadió que la mujer, cuyo nombre no fue revelado, fue escoltada por miembros de seguridad para que abandonara el Airbus A320. Se le ordenó pagar una fianza de 5.000 euros (5.871 dólares).

Bigfoot sculpture erected where some search for creature - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) ? A nearly 12-foot-tall sculpture of Bigfoot has been erected in an upstate New York town where some say the legendary creature stalks the woods. Paul Thompson told The Post-Star of Glens Falls that he got the idea for the statue after meeting people looking for Bigfoot around Whitehall, New York, located on the Vermont border between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Thompson paid a local artist for an 11-foot-8-inch-high, half-ton steel sculpture that depicts Bigfoot in full stride. He placed the sculpture in front of his business, the Vermont Marble, Granite, Slate & Soapstone Co. Bigfoot's head is covered with a large red-and-white Santa Claus hat.

Científicos en EEUU quieren estudiar marihuana veterinaria - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BEND, Oregon, EE.UU. (AP) ? El doctor Byron Maas examina los suministros de productos de marihuana para perros en los estantes de su clínica veterinaria. Se venden bien. "El 'Up and Moving' es para las articulaciones y el dolor?, explica. "El 'Calm and Quiet' es por perros ansiosos, para combatir esa ansiedad?. Personas en Estados Unidos deseosas de aliviar el sufrimiento de sus mascotas están usando cada vez más aceites y polvos que contienen CBD, un componente no psicoactivo de la marihuana. Pero hay poca información sobre si son efectivos o si tienen efectos secundarios dañinos. Eso es porque el gobierno se ha interpuesto en el camino de pruebas clínicas, dicen veterinarios y estudiosos.

Nápoles celebra reconocimiento de la UNESCO de su pizza - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NÁPOLES, Italia (AP) ? La ciudad de Nápoles, que suele estar en las primeras planas debido a la acumulación de basura o la violencia mafiosa, tiene ahora un motivo gastronómico para festejar. La UNESCO sumó el jueves el arte del "pizzaiuolo", o pizzero, napolitano a su lista del ?patrimonio cultural intangible de la humanidad?. La pizza napolitana fue una de las 33 prácticas tradicionales del mundo agregada a la lista de ?formas de expresión? importantes para la humanidad de la organización cultural de la ONU. Otros agregados a la lista este año fueron los baños rituales Kumbh Mela de la India, las tallas de madera de Bosnia y la danza y canto ?Sega tambour? de la isla Rodrigues, parte del archipiélago de las Mauricio.

Tinder swindler who made false cancer claims gets prison - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? A man who swindled his Tinder dates out of $49,000 has been sentenced to two to six years in prison. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says Brandon Kiehm (keem) used a variety of scams on at least three women he met through the dating app. He claimed he urgently needed money for cancer treatments for relatives ? in one case his sister, in another, his mother. Vance says one victim was especially vulnerable because she was herself a cancer survivor. He conned one woman while he was out on bail. Kiehm also stole $13,000 from a man who hired him as a dog walker and $800 from a neighbor. He was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in October to grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud.

Ice cream shop's cow derriere logo gets icy reception - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) ? A New Jersey ice cream shop is changing its logo of a cartoon cow with a pronounced derriere after the play on words drew complaints that it was sexist. Montclair studio and gallery owner Amy Tingle accused Dairy Air Ice Cream of sexualizing women to sell ice cream. The logo shows a female cow with her rear exposed eating ice cream. The Record reports the Creativity Caravan owner wrote in an open letter to the community that she was "repulsed and offended." The logo was not visible outside the store. But it was inside on furniture, walls and cups.

Prisión para hombre que defraudó a citas por Tinder - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NUEVA YORK (AP) ? Un hombre de Nueva York que obtuvo fraudulentamente 49.000 dólares de sus citas por Tinder ha sido condenado de dos a seis años de prisión. El fiscal de Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., dijo que Brandon Kiehm defraudó al menos a tres mujeres que conoció a través de la app de citas. Decía necesitar el dinero para pagar los tratamientos de familiares enfermas de cáncer: en un caso, su hermana, en otro, su madre. Vance dijo que una de las víctimas era especialmente vulnerable porque sobrevivió al cáncer. Kiehm también robó 13.000 dólares a un hombre que lo contrató para pasear sus perros y 800 dólares a un vecino. Fue condenado el miércoles tras declararse culpable de robo, robo de identidad y defraudación.

Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) ? An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people. Michele Boudreaux, of Maplewood, New Jersey, said on her blog she provides candy, snacks, tissues, hand warmers and other goodies on her doorstep every year. She's never had any issues before, but this year, her basket was raided within hours of being set outside her home. The thief seemed to be targeting the priciest stuff, including about 25 squares of Ghirardelli chocolate, she said. The family set up a surveillance camera to see what was going on and spotted the overweight varmint standing on a step stool, digging through the stash Tuesday.

Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BEND, Ore. (AP) ? Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well. "The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and Quiet' is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety." People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects. That's because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.

Man who streaked at Buffalo Bills game pleads guilty, fined - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) ? A Buffalo Bills fan who ran naked across the field during a blowout loss last month and earned praise from other fans for rushing better than the team's players has pleaded guilty to exposure. Tristan Lambright admitted the violation in Orchard Park Town Court on Thursday. He'll have to do 25 hours of community service and pay $400 in fines and fees. The 29-year-old ran out onto New Era Field on Nov. 12 during the Bills' 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was tackled by security officers. After his arrest, fans rallied around him, offering praise for his physique and money for his defense. But he won't be at another game anytime soon. His sentence includes a one-year ban from the stadium.

St. Norbert women's basketball team benched for 10 games - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - DE PERE, Wis. (AP) ? St. Norbert College says its women's basketball team won't play the next 10 games because of an alcohol-related incident involving some players. School leaders say the college began an investigation after learning about the incident approximately three weeks ago. The decision to suspend the players involved was made by the school and its judicial board and not by the league office. Officials say the school was unable to field a team because too many players were involved. St. Norbert student affairs vice president Rev. Jay Fostner says he cannot comment specifically about what happened. The Green Knights will also be ineligible for the Midwest Conference tournament and the regular-season championship.

Police: Getaway car ran out of gas after robbery, 2 arrested - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) ? Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says 18-year-old Najee Logan and 21-year-old Justin Larry were charged with armed robbery after their arrest early Tuesday after officers found the car on empty. Pihera's statement says the victim surrendered a wallet to two men at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot about 1 a.m. Tuesday in a greater Atlanta suburb. Police say officers found the car about 15 minutes later with Logan and Larry inside. Both men were jailed, and police didn't say if they have lawyers.

Woman who robbed banks while pregnant sentenced to prison - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A Wisconsin woman accused of robbing three banks while she was more than eight months pregnant pleaded guilty to robbing two of them and was sentenced to four years in prison. The State Journal reports that 32-year-old Lisa Harding of Madison was also ordered to pay back money taken during a third bank robbery, even though that charge was dismissed under a plea agreement. The robberies happened in December 2016. Harding was arrested after taking a taxi to and from the final robbery. Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky said that while she understands Harding's health problems and drug addictions, a prison sentence was warranted because of the threat to public safety.

Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs in Miami - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MIAMI (AP) ? When two security dogs reacted to a suspicious crate before an art show opening, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area to investigate the possible threat. But when they opened up the crate Saturday morning, officers found something else instead: a portrait of Hillary Clinton in a studded jacket and shaggy pink haircut. The Miami Herald reports officers ran the acrylic-on-wood artwork through an X-ray machine, which turned up no suspicious material. The painting ? titled "Punk Hillary" ? had been shipped with a similar portrait of President Donald Trump (called "Trump Pimp"), depicting him in a zebra-printed hat with a gold dollar-sign chain around his neck.

SantaCon arrives with hundreds of Santas for a bar crawl - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NEW YORK (AP) ? Santa Claus is in New York, in the form of hundreds of people wearing his lookalike-costume to bar crawl for the annual SantaCon. But because of rowdy incidents in past years, the Santas were not allowed to drink on trains bringing them to Manhattan. That didn't keep them from crowding Penn Station and streets Saturday on their way to city watering holes. The rules of SantaCon are simple ? don't mess with kids, cops, bar staff, the charity mission or simply, the city of New York. What put a bit of a damper on the event was the first snowfall of the season. It was expected to wind down early Sunday, leaving about 3 inches of snow on the ground, according to the National Weather Service.