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  • Man who ate napkins to conceal insider trading pleads guilty

    By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A Brooklyn, New York mortgage broker, who would scribble secret stock tips on napkins and pass them to an accomplice in Grand Central station before eating them, pleaded guilty to insider trading on Friday, federal prosecutors said. Frank Tamayo, 41, was the…

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  • IG Nobel Prizes Awarded for Theories on Jesus Toast and Banana Peels

    The Annals of Improbable Research Magazine announced the IG Nobel Prize winners at Harvard University on Thursday and seen on a live webcast. According to the magazine, the prizes are awarded for people who have done something to make people laugh, then think. The theme this year was food. Among…

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  • Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People's Party after a documentary film showed them singing and toasting one another in a basement room filled with Nazi memorabilia. The case has prompted extensive media…

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  • India TV anchor's number is up after naming China's Xi 'Eleven'

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian TV news anchor has been sacked after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as 'Eleven' Jinping, apparently confusing Xi's name with the Roman numerals XI, a senior official at the state television channel said on Friday, . Xi left India on Friday after a visit…

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  • Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards

    By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements.…

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  • Missing Philadelphia dog found safe in Oregon, 3,000 miles from home

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A dog that went missing in Philadelphia five months ago has turned up 3,000 miles away - in a Portland-area animal shelter and officials say they have no idea how the Jack Russell terrier named Gidget made the cross-country trip. "It is an absolute…

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  • San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake…

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  • Cat Lover Spends 15 Years Customizing House for Feline Friends

    Detecting a home that houses multiple cats is sometimes very easy, but none have as much cat-itude as Greg Krueger's home in St. James, Minn. The 49-year-old has been constructing the perfect (read: purrrfect) habitat over the last 15 years for his four cat friends/roommates. The house features…

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  • Drunken Tennessee man vows to join Islamic State after arrest -police

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee man charged with drunken driving on Thursday told the police officer who arrested him that he would join the Islamic State militant group and seek revenge, Nashville police said. "I am going to join ISIS. When I do, you will be the first person…

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  • Leaking lime juice sends responders to cargo jet

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency responders to the island that is home to the Ketchikan, Alaska, airport.

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  • Police: Man caused $14K damage by doing doughnuts

    BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man caused more than $14,000 damage to several other vehicles when he took a dare to do a "doughnut" with his pickup truck in a bar parking lot.

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  • Police: Lonely man made repeated 911 calls

    HARRISON CITY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with making three 911 calls to report bogus emergencies simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up.

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  • Factory gives model fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church

    (This version of the story has been corrected to make clear gift was a model jet) MOSCOW (Reuters) - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a model of a…

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  • Hearses to parade through Hell (Michigan)

    HELL, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of Michigan hearse enthusiasts will show off their casket-carrying cars during a parade through Hell.

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  • 46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.

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  • Prankster's caper led to Idaho car crash

    (Reuters) - A sport utility vehicle carrying five Idaho teens crashed after one of the passengers burned the driver's armpit hair with a lighter in a prank that went horribly awry, police said on Wednesday. The teenagers, including two girls who were thrown out of the Ford Bronco, were not wearing…

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  • Police: Video shows man used banana to rob store

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

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