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California man accused of cooking ex-girlfriend's dog

September 12, 2014 - 10:28pm
(Reuters) - A northern California man was in police custody on Friday after allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend's pet dog, cooking it and feeding it to her, police said.

Kentucky man admits to selling fraudulent fertility kits

September 12, 2014 - 4:25pm
(Reuters) - A Kentucky man, who made international news for saying he was trying to clone humans, must close or sell his business after pleading guilty to a federal charge that he misled customers about in-home fertility kits, according to court documents.






Gun-toting Colorado woman threatens boy over clarinet practice

September 12, 2014 - 4:05pm
DENVER (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies in Colorado arrested a 60-year-old woman who pointed a rifle at her neighbor's 11-year-old son as he played his clarinet in the backyard, authorities said on Friday.

Argentine family given permission to name son Messi

September 12, 2014 - 12:15pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A couple have named their new-born son Messi after Argentina's soccer captain, having been granted permission to circumvent a 45-year-old law banning the use of last names as first names.






Coming to a Serie A match near you, film ads on shirts

September 12, 2014 - 10:41am
MILAN (Reuters) - Sampdoria's shirts will be turned into billboards for the latest cinema releases by the club's movie producer president Massimo Ferrero.






In Japan, grave times for the tombstone trade

September 11, 2014 - 2:06pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Jianxing An can see he is in a dying business.

Mississippi election winner to be chosen at random after tied race

September 11, 2014 - 12:55pm
(Reuters) - The election for alderman of a southern Mississippi city ended in a tie, with the winner to be chosen at random, likely by a coin toss or drawing straws, the city's mayor said Thursday.






Man sleepwalks off Kentucky cliff, suffers minor injuries

September 10, 2014 - 3:46pm
LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - An Ohio man fell 60 feet off a cliff while sleepwalking in a national forest in Kentucky, but suffered only minor injuries, officials said on Wednesday.

Driver busted in Maryland with cocaine 'trail' thought he was in Chicago

September 10, 2014 - 1:50pm
ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A Maryland man alleged to have cocaine on his face and clothes and be driving while drunk was arrested after he told an officer he thought he was in Chicago, a Maryland State Police spokesman said on Wednesday.






Utah author says Christian romance novel plagiarized, sullied by sex

September 10, 2014 - 3:26am
(Reuters) - A Utah author has sued another writer for allegedly copying her Christian romance novel, adding "graphic sex scenes," and then selling the story, court records showed.

Dog in Texas brings human skull to yard of its owners

September 9, 2014 - 12:13pm
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Labrador retriever named Carly surprised her owners by bringing a weathered human skull to the front yard of their home in Austin, Texas, police said on Tuesday.






Oregon woman arrested for 'zombie game' assault

September 8, 2014 - 10:43pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Oregon woman was arrested for breaking into a home and attacking a woman resident, while claiming she was playing a "zombie game," police said on Monday.

Texas Governor Perry's lawyers invoke Louis XIV to dismiss charges

September 8, 2014 - 3:49pm
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Lawyers for Rick Perry invoked a former Roman emperor and 17th-century French King Louis XIV in a motion filed on Monday seeking to dismiss abuse-of-power felony charges leveled against the Texas governor.






New Thai PM uses holy water, feng shui to ward off occult

September 8, 2014 - 2:10pm
BANGKOK (Reuters) - As he prepares to move in to Bangkok's Government House this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is going to great lengths to sweep away any occult challenge.

Norway to rent Dutch prisons to cut convict queue

September 8, 2014 - 1:19pm
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway plans to rent prison space in the Netherlands as the queue of convicts awaiting cells is growing and renovation work at Norwegian jails is expected to cut capacity, the justice ministry said on Monday.






Nicaragua says meteorite probable cause of blast in capital

September 7, 2014 - 4:36pm
MANAGUA (Reuters) - A mysterious late-night blast in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua that left a crater 12 meters (40 feet) wide was most likely caused by a meteorite, government scientists said on Sunday.

Some Koreans would give right arm to dodge holiday chores

September 5, 2014 - 3:20am
SEOUL (Reuters) - Fake casts for pretending you have an injured arm to evade having to help prepare holiday meals have become brisk sellers in South Korea ahead of the Chuseok festival.






Ailing Great Dane in Oregon packed his belly with 43.5 socks

September 4, 2014 - 1:16pm
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Veterinarians who operated on an ailing 140-pound (64-kg) Great Dane in Oregon removed 43-1/2 socks from its stomach in an emergency surgery that likely saved the pooch's life, an animal hospital said on Thursday.

Behemoth Argentine dinosaur Dreadnoughtus made T. rex look puny

September 4, 2014 - 12:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The word big does not do justice to a massive, long-necked dinosaur that shook the Earth in Argentina about 77 million years ago.






Idaho professor accidentally shoots himself in the foot in chemistry class

September 3, 2014 - 5:41pm
SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho State University assistant professor with a concealed-carry gun permit shot himself in the foot with a semiautomatic handgun that accidentally discharged from inside his pocket in a chemistry classroom full of students, police said on Wednesday.