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Arizona inmate uses basketball hoop to leap to freedom

8 hours 17 min ago
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A physically fit felon escaped from a detention facility in Arizona by scaling a basketball hoop in the yard and then jumping from it onto a fence, authorities said on Monday.

Fist bumps relay 90 percent less germs than handshakes: study

8 hours 19 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ditching handshakes in favor of more informal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread of bacteria and illnesses, according to a study released on Monday.






U.S. social media asks: Who is that woman in black?

July 28, 2014 - 3:12pm
(Reuters) - A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek.

Arial, Times New Roman ... and now the 'Hugo Chavez' font

July 28, 2014 - 12:42pm
CARACAS (Reuters) - Supporters of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez on Monday unveiled yet another novel way of keeping his memory alive - a font for typing in "El Comandante's" handwriting style.






New York Times Square Spider-Man charged with punching police officer

July 27, 2014 - 11:30am
(Reuters) - A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City's Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer who scolded him for demanding more money from a couple he had posed with for a picture, police said on Sunday.

Rockies give out shirts honoring Tulowitzki - but spell his name wrong

July 26, 2014 - 9:56pm
(Reuters) - Ebay may soon heat up with searches for baseball jerseys honoring Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, after his own team managed to spell the top hitter's name wrong.






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
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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.