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Pennsylvania parents locked son in car trunk to cure fear of dark

July 25, 2014 - 9:51am
PITTSBURGH Pa. (Reuters) - A western Pennsylvania couple, accused of luring their five-year-old son into the trunk of their car with candy to resolve his fear of the dark, was granted probation this week, according to court officials on Friday.

Bare burger burglars caught on security camera in Florida

July 25, 2014 - 8:59am
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Three bare burglars burgle beef. Only in Florida is that not a tongue twister but the latest true crime.






California woman 'embarrassed' by fallout from doll giving

July 25, 2014 - 8:43am
(Reuters) - A California woman who spooked her small community by anonymously leaving porcelain dolls on the doorsteps of fellow churchgoers that eerily resembled their daughters told police she is embarrassed by the incidents, authorities said on Friday.

Chubby Checker, HP settle lawsuit over penis-measuring app

July 25, 2014 - 7:50am
(Reuters) - The singer Chubby Checker has settled a lawsuit in which he accused Hewlett-Packard Co of using his trademarked name without permission on a software app that purported to measure the size of a man's penis.






Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

July 24, 2014 - 6:28pm
(Reuters) - An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.






Milwaukee barber sentenced for role in Stradivarius violin theft

July 24, 2014 - 5:38pm
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Milwaukee barber received a 3-1/2-year prison sentence on Thursday for supplying a stun gun used in the theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin from a concert violinist.






NJ Turnpike Authority wants Florida pizzeria logo off the menu

July 24, 2014 - 4:35pm
(Reuters) - While its meatball pizzas and hoagies might mimic the pleasures of the Jersey Shore, it’s the logo of a Florida Keys pizzeria that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority says goes too far in evoking the Garden State.

Milwaukee barber sentenced for role in Stradivarius violin theft

July 24, 2014 - 4:33pm
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Milwaukee barber received a 3-1/2-year prison sentence on Thursday for supplying a stun gun used in the theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin from a concert violinist.






Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

July 24, 2014 - 3:31pm
(Reuters) - An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.






Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet

July 24, 2014 - 9:51am
(Story refiled to correct typographical error on third paragraph)

Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

July 24, 2014 - 9:03am
SPENCER, Mass. (Reuters) - Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.






Chinese police arrest man after nursing home patients castrated

July 24, 2014 - 9:01am
BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in China have arrested a man on suspicion of castrating or partially castrating four patients at a nursing home, state media said on Thursday, the latest scandal to hit the country's medical sector.

Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois

July 23, 2014 - 11:59am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Want a giant historic order of fries with that?

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies to hometown

July 23, 2014 - 11:02am
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy in the small town where he has a home, sent sweet apologies to the community in the form of 800 cupcakes.






Mysterious white flags replace U.S. stars and stripes on Brooklyn Bridge

July 22, 2014 - 3:13pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers awoke to find two white flags hung in place of the American flags that traditionally flutter atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning, baffling city officials, police and onlookers.






Donut capers stymie police in Oregon

July 22, 2014 - 2:08pm
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Police in a Portland suburb have a sticky situation on their hands: for more than a month, mysterious vandals have been smearing pastries on cars, depositing donuts in lawns and leaving cakes strewn about the streets.

Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

July 22, 2014 - 1:45pm
NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday.






Father posts photo of sexually abused son online in donation plea

July 22, 2014 - 9:51am
(Reuters) - A Florida father who severely beat an 18-year-old man he said he caught sexually assaulting his son posted the child's photo on a fundraising website to solicit donations for the boy's recovery, police said on Tuesday.






Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

July 22, 2014 - 6:47am
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis "for therapeutic purposes".

Restaurant run by Indian convicts wins praise for politeness, hygiene

July 22, 2014 - 4:47am
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As India's capital baked in a heat wave, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, to be greeted by a smiling waiter who took his order for a traditional "thali" meal of flat bread, lentils, vegetables and rice.Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his colleagues, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia's largest prison complex."Tihar Food Court" in west Delhi, a rehabilitation effort kicked off by the Tihar pri