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Officials order Ohio man to take down zombie Nativity

A suburban Cincinnati man’s zombie-themed Nativity scene has caused quite a stir in his neighborhood, with some considering it a holiday treat. But others see a nightmare before Christmas. Responding to two anonymous complaints, officials in Ohio’s Sycamore Township said on Tuesday they have ordered Jasen Dixon to take down ...

Mar 24, 2015

Dambusters pilot halts medal sale after peer's donation

The last surviving pilot from World War II’s legendary Dambusters’ mission canceled plans to sell his medals Tuesday after a wealthy British peer intervened, the auction house handling the sale said. New Zealander Les Munro had planned to sell his medals, logbooks and other ...

Mar 24, 2015

Seattle approves $34 million to expand historic Pike Place Market

Seattle lawmakers voted on Monday to invest $34 million in taxpayer funds to expand the city’s historic Pike Place Market, which draws millions of visitors each year to its fresh produce, flower and fish stalls. The existing waterfront farmer’s market, which opened in 1907 ...

Mar 24, 2015

Human feces contain gold worth millions: study

Human feces contains gold and other precious metals that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, experts say. Now the trick is how to retrieve them — a potential windfall that could also help save the planet. “The gold we found was at ...

Faeroes invaded by total-eclipse seekers

Mar 20, 2015

Faeroes invaded by total-eclipse seekers

For months, even years, hotels on the remote Faeroe Islands have been fully booked by fans who don’t want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now the sky gazers just hope the clouds will blow away so they can fully experience Friday’s total ...

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. student fraternities under fire after bad behavior

Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities, as social groups of male college students are known at American universities, seem to be coming under fire as never before. Despite a major push to reduce drinking and sexual assault ...

Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Mar 18, 2015

Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick’s Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle’s patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday. Here are St. Patrick’s ...

Mar 17, 2015

Frenchman packs Russian wife in suitcase to enter EU

A Frenchman tried to smuggle his Russian wife into the European Union by hiding her in a massive suitcase, without realizing there had been no need for the would-be James Bond scheme. Poland’s border guards detained the man, who authorities said was in his ...

Falconer catches owl that terrorized Dutch town

Mar 15, 2015

Falconer catches owl that terrorized Dutch town

A falconer has captured an aggressive eagle owl that terrorized a Dutch town by swooping out of the sky and sinking its talons into residents’ heads. The bird earned the nickname “terror owl” in Purmerend, 20 km (12 miles) north of Amsterdam where it ...

Mar 7, 2015

New York airport alarm reveals stowaway dog in luggage

U.S. security agents searching a checked suitcase after an alarm went off at New York’s LaGuardia Airport expected to discover weapons but instead found a stowaway Chihuahua, authorities said on Friday. Staring back at the agents was a 7-year-old beige-and-brown dog that had sneaked ...