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  • Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer
    Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West.

  • Teacher throws high school senior out of prom for wearing red skinny jeans
    Teacher throws high school senior out of prom for wearing red skinny jeans

    Take the case of Shafer Rupard, a senior at Cherryville High School in the small town of Cherryville, N.C. Last Saturday, a chaperoning teacher kicked Rupard out of the Cherryville High senior prom because she was wearing a pair of red skinny jeans, reports WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

  • Attacked Over a Parking Space? When Parking Lot Disputes Turn Violent
    Attacked Over a Parking Space? When Parking Lot Disputes Turn Violent

    Two Separate Victims, One Shot and One Bitten, Chased After Their Attackers

  • Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?
    Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved.

  • Led Zeppelin unveil unheard recordings
    Led Zeppelin unveil unheard recordings

    Rock giants Led Zeppelin on Wednesday unveiled two previously unheard recordings ahead of the re-issue of the band's first three albums in June. The two tracks -- an early version of their classic track "Whole Lotta Love", and a 1970 cover of blues standard "Key to the Highway" -- are among dozens of tracks which will be officially released along with the re-issued albums. Guitarist Jimmy Page, 70, chose the material after painstakingly searching through the tracks, which have been stored in the band's archive for decades. Singer Robert Plant said: "It was a particularly prolific time, where we were learning about each other's capabilities."

  • France warns against war in Ukraine
    France warns against war in Ukraine

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is warning against military pressure in Ukraine and threatening new European sanctions if tensions don't subside.

  • Bikini-clad Gisele Bündchen stars in new H&M campaign

    The first image from the new H&M Summer campaign was uploaded to the Brazilian supermodel's Facebook page on Wednesday, April 23. Wearing a skimpy swimsuit, the 33-year-old beauty looks as stunning as ever.

  • Obama 'ate only half' the sushi course
    Obama 'ate only half' the sushi course

    Barack Obama may have enthused publicly about the sushi he was served at an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, but he stopped eating half way through the meal, reports said Thursday. Pictures showed the US president being served sake by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the counter of the tiny Tokyo eatery, as part of a meal billed as a chance for bonding, at which neither wore a tie. But a report Thursday said instead of making small talk and savouring Japanese delicacies at Sukiyabashi Jiro -- dubbed the world's best sushi restaurant and the subject of the 2011 documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" -- Obama jumped straight into discussions about trade. The owner of a yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant that sits in the same basement as the exclusive diner told Tokyo Broadcasting System that Obama had put his chopsticks down at the halfway point.

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