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  • Man accused of buying auto insurance … Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man called an insurance company from a crash scene to buy auto coverage and later claimed his wreck happened after he got the policy. More »

  • India's censors block 'Fifty …
    India's censors block 'Fifty … AFP - 7 hours ago

    India's censor board said Thursday it has blocked the release of "Fifty Shades of Grey" despite being shown a toned-down version of the erotic movie. More »

  • Japanese 'pear fairy' Funassyi …
    Japanese 'pear fairy' Funassyi … AFP - 7 hours ago

    From the country that brought you Godzilla, Hello Kitty and Pokemon, comes a hyperactive "pear fairy" with a love for heavy metal that has taken Japan by storm -- and now plans to conquer the world. More »

  • Video: Out-Of-Control Cats Take Over …
    Video: Out-Of-Control Cats Take Over … Sky News - 7 hours ago

    A Japanese island which is home to just 22 people is being overrun by cats. The felines were originally brought to the island of Aoshima, off Ehime prefecture, to deal with mice that were damaging fishing boats. The cats have survived by foraging on local crops and food left in rubbish. The island village, which has no shops or hotels, has come to be known as Cat Island and it is drawing crowds from the mainland on twice-daily ferries. More »

  • Leaks from taps cause massive damage … Reuters - 8 hours ago

    The German spy agency's new headquarters was flooded by water after several taps were removed by thieves on its upper floors, police said on Thursday. The nearly-completed 1.3-billion-euro Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) building in the heart of Berlin suffered millions in water damage on several floors of the mostly vacant structure, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. "Several water taps were stolen and that caused extensive damage," a Berlin police spokesman said. The headquarters of the BND, Germany's intelligence agency, was scheduled to move from its Bavarian base in Pullach to Berlin in 2011 but the move has been delayed to 2017. More »

  • Bunglebrag: Facebook Boast Robber C …
    Bunglebrag: Facebook Boast Robber C … Sky News - 9 hours ago

    Andrew Hennells posted "Doing. Over" on Facebook at 7.25pm on 13 February, 15 minutes before Norfolk Police were called by a member of the public who witnessed a man demanding money at a branch in King's Lynn. Sgt Pete Jessop, from King's Lynn CID, said the Facebook post helped investigators build the case against Hennells. "The pictures and posts on Facebook helped us confirm what we already knew. More »

  • 'Pee Power' Toilet Generates … Sky News - 9 hours ago

    A prototype toilet which uses urine to generate electricity has been launched on a UK university campus. It is hoped that the technology will be used to help light cubicles in international refugee camps, where people are at risk of rape and sexual assault in dark toilets. Research lead Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos said: "(It is) in effect a system which taps a portion of that biochemical energy used for microbial growth, and converts that directly into electricity - what we are calling urine-tricity or pee power. The charity's head of water Andy Bastable said: "This technology is a huge step forward. More »

  • Rob Ford's Famed 'Crack Tie' …
    Rob Ford's Famed 'Crack Tie' … Sky News - 11 hours ago

    Bidding on eBay for the patterned tie that ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford wore when he admitted smoking crack cocaine has finished with a winning bid of $16,100 (£10,572). A total of 111 bids were placed on the brightly-patterned tie containing American football team logos, which was auctioned as part of a "spring cleaning" according to Ford's personal assistant. Other items Ford put up for sale included patterned trousers he wore when he was photographed during a shopping trip, which sold for $660 (£433), and a Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey which went for $1,550 (£1,017). More »

  • Faucet theft from German spy building … Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Police say someone removed faucets from the still-incomplete headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service in Berlin, causing a large water leak. More »

  • 'Duang!' Chinese poke fun at …
    'Duang!' Chinese poke fun at … Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country's mass culture and entertainment: "duang." More »

  • More mutilated animals found in California's … Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More mutilated animals were found Wednesday in California's capital city, the third discovery in as many days. More »

  • Teacher jailed for showing high school … Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former substitute teacher convicted of showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class was sentenced on Wednesday to 90 days in jail. More »

  • Firefighters rescue dog trapped in gap … Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County firefighters got creative to rescue a dog that had fallen into a six-inch-wide gap in West Hollywood, California. More »

  • Modelling the zombie apocalypse: Head …
    Modelling the zombie apocalypse: Head … AFP - 21 hours ago

    Americans living in the Rockies stand a better chance of dodging a zombie apocalypse than their urban counterparts. More »

  • Emu jumps fence, escapes from farm when … Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An emu jumped a fence and escaped from a farm in North Carolina when it was spooked by a loud piece of farm equipment. More »