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Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a “bicorne” felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what the auctioneer calls the “sale of ...

Australian finishes 126-km swim in Bahamas

Oct 23, 2014

Australian finishes 126-km swim in Bahamas

Dehydrated and exhausted, Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel successfully completed a 78-mile (126-km) swim Wednesday between two islands in the Bahamas. McCardel’s support team says the 42½ hour effort is the longest open-water solo, continuous marathon swim in history, though such claims come with complications. ...

Oct 21, 2014

'Armed clowns' spread panic in northern France; teen convicted

The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France. Whether brandishing a rubber chicken at a children’s party or starring as ...

U2's Bono says glaucoma is reason for trademark sunglasses

Oct 18, 2014

U2's Bono says glaucoma is reason for trademark sunglasses

U2 frontman Bono has revealed the mystery behind his trademark sunglasses: The Irish rocker has glaucoma. Bono told British TV chat show host Graham Norton he had suffered from the condition for two decades, according to a preview clip released on Friday ahead of ...

Oct 18, 2014

Ebola-themed plush toys doing brisk sales

It may be the only time you will find these words in the same sentence: “Ebola” and “Add to Wishlist.” Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including ...

Bugs 'au chocolat' served up at New Orleans insect museum

Oct 12, 2014

Bugs 'au chocolat' served up at New Orleans insect museum

The menu includes crickets and wax worms on toothpick skewers for dipping in a fountain of melted chocolate, along with “tarsal toffee” made with bug legs and mealworms and fudge infused with crickets and marshmallows. The bug feast was served up Saturday at the ...

Oct 7, 2014

Bear cub found dead in Central Park

A bear cub has been found dead under a bush inside New York City’s Central Park, and authorities suspect animal cruelty played a role. The cub was found on Monday morning by two women walking their dogs. The women notified a Central Park Conservancy ...

Trip tips: Denver for the recreational marijuana consumer

Oct 3, 2014

Trip tips: Denver for the recreational marijuana consumer

Droves of pot tourists have flocked to Denver to sample its legal marijuana since Colorado became the first state in the country to allow recreational weed sales to adults. If you’re thinking of joining the visitors heading to the “Mile High” city this year, ...

For sale: 2,500 Dutch body bags

Oct 3, 2014

For sale: 2,500 Dutch body bags

The Dutch government is selling off 2,500 body bags in an online auction. Rob Meijer, commercial director of BVA Auctions, said Thursday his company sells plenty of strange stuff, but this one is “special.” Meijer says there hasn’t been a great deal of interest ...