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Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

April 18, 2014 - 9:12am
CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message.

Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears

April 17, 2014 - 11:42pm
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard.






Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

April 17, 2014 - 1:40pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die."

Portland, Oregon flushes water reservoir after man urinates in it

April 16, 2014 - 6:04pm
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said.






Philadelphia using 'robo-calls' as weapon in war on illegal signs

April 16, 2014 - 2:34pm
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia is taking on businesses that blanket its neighborhoods with illegal paper and plastic signs by using automated phone calls to disrupt the operations of people who post them along with contact numbers.

Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

April 16, 2014 - 1:40pm
A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty, court officials in New Jersey's Cumberland County said on Wednesday.






Georgia school evacuated after pranksters release pepper spray

April 16, 2014 - 12:44pm
ATLANTA (Reuters) - As many as 100 students at a suburban Atlanta high school were exposed to pepper spray on Wednesday after the material was released in a school hallway in an apparent prank, police and school officials said.

A gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland

April 16, 2014 - 10:00am
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's postal service will honor "Tom of Finland" with stamps taken from his work - homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all.






North Korean embassy complains to UK after salon mocks leader's hair

April 16, 2014 - 8:45am
LONDON (Reuters) - North Korea failed to see the joke when a London hair salon used a picture of its leader Kim Jong Un to try to attract more customers and has written to Britain's Foreign Office asking it to stop what it calls a "provocation".

Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

April 16, 2014 - 4:52am
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme.






US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

April 15, 2014 - 7:48am
(Reuters) - US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, which went viral on social media.

Ohio man sentenced to wear 'BULLY' sign is jeered, taunted

April 14, 2014 - 6:21am
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man sentenced by a judge to spend Sunday wearing a sign reading "I AM A BULLY" at a busy suburban Cleveland intersection was greeted by a boisterous stream of honking car horns, jeers and insults.






Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1,000-year-old historic find

April 14, 2014 - 6:19am
(Reuters) - For 46 years, a canoe thought to date to the 1700s sat in the back of a display case as a minor exhibit at a small museum run by a volunteer historical group in Minnesota.

Ohio man sentenced to wear 'BULLY' sign is jeered, taunted

April 13, 2014 - 11:13am
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man sentenced by a judge to spend Sunday wearing a sign reading "I AM A BULLY" at a busy suburban Cleveland intersection was greeted by a boisterous stream of honking car horns, jeers and insults.






Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all

April 11, 2014 - 9:37am
LONDON (Reuters) - "You're virtually there" is a common shout of encouragement to ailing runners in the London marathon but thanks to a new "interactive 3D experience" athletes the world over will be able to navigate the course from the comfort of their own treadmill.

Clever chimps at Kansas City Zoo make brief break to freedom

April 10, 2014 - 10:57pm
KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said.






Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1,000-year-old historic find

April 10, 2014 - 10:51pm
(Reuters) - For 46 years, a canoe thought to date to the 1700s sat in the back of a display case as a minor exhibit at a small museum run by a volunteer historical group in Minnesota.

California town moves against Sriracha hot sauce plant

April 10, 2014 - 4:13pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The small Southern California town of Irwindale has opened a new front in its battle against what it says is a pungent, tear-inducing odor from a chili processing factory owned by the makers of Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce.






Ohio man who harassed disabled kids to tote 'BULLY!' sign -judge

April 10, 2014 - 1:46pm
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man who called his neighbor "Monkey Mama" as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children, and has smeared dog feces on their wheelchair ramp, was ordered by a judge to carry an "I AM A BULLY!" sign on a busy street this weekend.

West Germany's Cold War ransoming of prisoners encouraged fraud: research

April 10, 2014 - 1:45pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - Former West Germany's decision to buy the freedom of political prisoners in the communist East during the early years of the Cold War may have encouraged fake ransoms demands and more arrests, according to new research.