Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

September 19, 2014

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 coverage in Austria, which is still coming to...
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India TV anchor’s number is up after naming China’s Xi ‘Eleven’

September 19, 2014

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 to boost...
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Leaking lime juice sends responders to cargo jet

September 19, 2014

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. Turns out, a bartender with a dish towel could have handled the problem. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1uLea7N) the leak Tuesday on the Alaska Airlines 737-700 was...
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Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards

September 19, 2014
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. The annual prizes, meant to entertain and...
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Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

September 19, 2014
Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

BOSTON (AP) — There’s some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues in Michigan found that packing strips of cured pork in the nose of a child...
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Missing Philadelphia dog found safe in Oregon, 3,000 miles from home

September 18, 2014

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 mystery to everyone...
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Cat Lover Spends 15 Years Customizing House for Feline Friends

September 18, 2014

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 about 100 yards of overhead catwalks,...
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