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Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:07pm - HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking.

Senegal Islamic channel blames 'criminal act' for porn broadcast - 22 Mar 2017 at 9:30am - DAKAR (Reuters) - A Senegalese Islamic channel shocked viewers with half an hour of hardcore pornography in the middle of the day, in what the TV station on Wednesday attributed to a "criminal act".

Scientists launch campaign to restore Pluto to the planet club - 21 Mar 2017 at 2:54pm - (Reuters) - A team of scientists seeking to restore Pluto to planethood launched a campaign on Tuesday to broaden the astronomical classifications which led to its demotion to a "dwarf planet" a decade ago.

Good luck coins prove fatal for Thai "piggy bank" turtle - 21 Mar 2017 at 3:50am - BANGKOK (Reuters) - A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said.

'You know there's crocs there' says teen bitten after jumping in river - 20 Mar 2017 at 11:59pm - (Reuters) - An Australian teenager who was bitten by a crocodile when he jumped into a river in northern Queensland on a dare is now recovering in hospital and looking forward to a date with the British backpacker he was trying to impress.

Patriots star Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey found in Mexico - 20 Mar 2017 at 8:09pm - (Reuters) - The New England Patriots jersey that vanished after quarterback Tom Brady wore it in the team's fifth Super Bowl victory last month has been found in Mexico, officials said on Monday.

Thimble, wheelbarrow, boot kicked out of Monopoly board game - 17 Mar 2017 at 2:36pm - SEATTLE (Reuters) - If you have ever wanted to rampage through a game of Monopoly like a dinosaur, you're in luck.

Chinese firms offer pollution solutions with bottled air, hat filters, smog s... - 17 Mar 2017 at 6:48am - BEIJING (Reuters) - Even as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledges to ensure that blue skies never become a luxury, a state-backed firm is doing brisk business selling 48 yuan ($6.95) cans of fresh air bottled in a forest in western China.

Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706-carat diamond - 16 Mar 2017 at 2:38pm - FREETOWN (Reuters) - A Christian pastor has found one of the world's largest uncut diamonds - weighing 706 carats -- in Sierra Leone's eastern Kono region.

Jack Russell Olly gains viral status after going off course at Crufts - 16 Mar 2017 at 11:09am - LONDON (Reuters) - Forget the top "Best in Show" prize, Olly the Jack Russell has gained his own celebrity status at Britain's Crufts dogs show after enthusiastically going off course and even falling flat on his face during the agility round of last week's competition.

101-year-old resident attends borough's centennial party - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? A 101-year-old woman was on hand to celebrate the centennial of the Pennsylvania borough where she has always lived. Margaret Milewski lived in what's now Dupont ? about 10 miles southwest of Scranton ? since before it was officially incorporated.

Estatua de niña desafiante en Wall Street, un año más - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - La estatua de la niña, con su cabello atado en una colita y con el vestido ondeando por el viento, fue instalada frente al famoso bovino hace pocos días. Se suponía que se trataría de una exhibición temporal para alentar a las corporaciones a poner más mujeres en sus directorios, pero recibió tanta atención y se volvió tan popular que se creó una petición en línea para pedir a los funcionarios de la Ciudad de Nueva York que la dejen allí. El toro ?de 3,3 metros (11 pies) de altura y 3.200 kilos (7.100 libras)? ha sido enormemente popular por derecho propio. Holli Sargeant, de 20 años, una visitante de Queensland, Australia, cree que la chica de bronce ?de 1,2 metros (4 pies) de altura y 113 kilos (250 libras)? se está enfrentando a algo y la vemos como una imagen poderosa.

Workers help find lost engagement, wedding rings at dump - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - FAIRVIEW, N.J. (AP) ? A New York City woman has recovered her wedding and engagement rings from a New Jersey dump with some help from sanitation workers. The New York Daily News reported Friday (http://nydn.us/2njvc0d ) that workers identified the truck that took their garbage and removed 800 bags.

Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a Northern California highway ? followed by a mule. Authorities shut down lanes shortly before 7:30 a.m. as motorists shot cellphone video and officers rounded up the four-legged fugitives.

J is not OK ? Swiss court nixes letter as baby's name - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - The Zurich administrative court said in a ruling released Tuesday it had upheld a local registry's office decision to reject the letter as a first name in the best interests of the child, Switzerland's 20 Minuten news website reported.

Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) ? Israel's pious ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long chafed at public displays of women, whether the images are of female public figures or ordinary women. The Lost Village movie, which opens Thursday in Israel, says it has removed the images of Smurfette ? the only female among the Smurf characters ? from promo posters in the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak.

Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Mindy Kaling's Newark joke leads to dinner with Cory Booker NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? A joke about Newark, New Jersey, on "The Mindy Project" led to dinner plans between U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and star Mindy Kaling.

Un viaje sólo por las vistas: la aurora austral - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Un viaje sólo por las vistas: la aurora austral Un vuelo arrendado salió el jueves por la noche de Dunedin, en Nueva Zelanda, para volar cerca del Círculo Polar Antártico y dar a los emocionados pasajeros una visión de cerca de la Aurora Austral. El director, que es astrónomo, dijo que se le ocurrió después de haber visto la Aurora Austral cuando voló como invitado en un avión de observación de la NASA. Los 134 asientos del Boeing 767 arrendado se vendieron en cinco días, y un hombre viajó desde España para disfrutar del vuelo, señaló. De verdad fue fabuloso formar parte de una aventura con gente con intereses similares, que estaba tan emocionada como yo o más de ver este fenómeno.

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) ? Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword. Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman's nemesis. He was wearing a cape and carrying a sword. Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Putman has been charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that can result in a year in jail. It wasn't immediately clear whether Putman has a lawyer.

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) ? A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper.

Police: Florida man cited for eating pancakes in the street - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - A Lakeland police news release says Kiaron Thomas was charged Thursday with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic. Several people tagged the video to Thomas, who police say admitted pulling the prank.

Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Turkish chocolate festival features bust of President Trump Merkel was a particular challenge, taking Geckil about three weeks to complete, partly because the sugary but stern sculpture includes an outstretched arm and pointed finger.

Elderly couple on wrong flight; end up in NY, not Michigan - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? A 96-year-old woman and an 89-year-old man were wheeled to the wrong gate at a South Florida airport and ended up on a flight to upstate New York instead of Michigan. The couple flew back to Fort Lauderdale and planned to try again to fly to Michigan on Saturday.

Idaho woman says she crashed because she saw a sasquatch - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) ? A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror. Sheriff's officials marked the incident as a vehicle versus deer collision but did not report any evidence of Bigfoot.

Police cite Massachusetts sixth-grader for trespassing - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - (AP) ? Police in Massachusetts served a sixth-grader with no-trespass orders after neighbors grew wary of the girl cutting through their properties to get to and from her school bus stop. Autumn said the cut-through shortened her walk to and from the bus stop, adding how she "just wanted to get home and be warm inside my house." According to the notices, Autumn could be arrested and fined up to $100, imprisoned up to 30 days or both, if she steps onto the properties listed in the no-trespass orders.

Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94 - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Amberry played basketball for the University of North Dakota and later transferred to Long Beach City College, where he was named Junior College Player of the Year. Amberry made basketball his hobby after retiring in 1991 and would shoot at least 500 free throws at an athletic club in Seal Beach each day, except for Sunday. Amberry wrote a book titled "Free Throw: 7 Steps to Success at the Free Throw Line" and was in high demand by basketball coaches from high school to the NBA.

Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - MADRID (AP) ? Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas. Spain's civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas.

Quieren que estatua "Niña sin miedo" se quede en Wall Street - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - NUEVA YORK (AP) ? Desde 1989, uno de los atractivos turísticos en la zona financiera de Manhattan es la estatua de bronce del "Charging Bull" ("El Toro de Wall Street"), considerada por algunos como un símbolo de la fuerza y la entereza del mercado bursátil neoyorquino, pero una visitante inesperada vino a hacerle compañía desde hace unas semanas: la estatua "Fearless Girl" (Niña sin miedo), que ?con todo y su gesto desafiante? fue colocada junto frente a las astas del bovino. Ahora está recibiendo tanta atención y se ha vuelto tan popular, que se creó una petición en línea para pedir a los funcionarios de la Ciudad de Nueva York que la dejen allí, aunque eso signifique alterar para siempre el significado del toro. Después de todo, el toro ?de 3,3 metros (11 pies) de altura y 3.200 kilos (7.100 libras)? ha sido enormemente popular por derecho propio. Holli Sargeant, de 20 años, una visitante de Queensland, Australia, cree que la chica de bronce ?de 1,2 metros (4 pies) de altura y 113 kilos (250 libras)? se está enfrentando a algo y la vemos como una imagen poderosa.

Teens wearing leggings barred from United flight - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - DENVER (AP) ? Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, according to a spokesman for the airline. The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed onto the morning flight because they were traveling under an employee travel pass that includes a dress code, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said.

It wasn't seaweed; Man finds marijuana bale on Florida beach - 31 Dec 1969 at 7:00pm - Jeff Stolowitz tells local news outlets he was walking on Daytona Beach on Saturday morning when he spotted the object, which was shaped like a giant cigar. Berard says they've found cocaine, medical waste and 30-gallon drums of diesel fuel on the beach after big storms or high surf.