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Photo: 'A loooot of fun': Miss Universe's verdict after getting a grand tour of Guantanamo Bay 'A loooot of fun': Miss Universe's verdict after getting a grand tour of Guantanamo Bay
Daily Mail, UK - Tue Mar 31, 2009
Reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela has described the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison as a 'relaxing, calm and beautiful place'. More»

Power Surge Causes Explosions In 55 Homes
WFTV-TV - Tue Feb 17, 2009
MINNEOLA, Florida - Fifty-five homeowners in Minneola were stunned Wednesday when a sudden power surge blew up appliances and caused fire to shoot out of outlets. More»

'Pull My Finger' subject of court fight
CNN - Mon Feb 16, 2009
A Florida-based company has accused a Colorado competitor in federal court of trademark infringement and unfair business practices over the phrase "Pull My Finger". More»

Photo: Hacked road signs warn of zombies, raptors ahead Hacked road signs warn of zombies, raptors ahead
Associated Press - Wed Feb 4, 2009
COLLINSVILLE, Illinois - Hackers are messing with electronic road signs in some states, warning of zombies and raptors down the road. More»

Photo: Tangerine growers tell beekeepers to buzz off Tangerine growers tell beekeepers to buzz off
Associated Press - Thu Jan 8, 2009
FRESNO, California - Is it trespassing when bees do what bees do in California's tangerine groves? That is the question being weighed by state agriculture officials caught between beekeepers who prize orange blossom honey and citrus growers who blame the bees for causing otherwise seedless mandarin oranges to develop pips. More»

Former Sen. Larry Craig dropping further appeals
Associated Press - Wed Jan 7, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Idaho Senator Larry Craig has reached the end of the road in his effort to reverse his conviction in an airport bathroom sex sting, one of his lawyers said Thursday. More»

Florida congressman Cliff Stearns asks Nancy Pelosi for football break
Canadian Press - Tue Jan 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Thursday's championship football game between Florida and Oklahoma is obviously a big game, but big enough to shut down Congress? Representative Cliff Stearns hopes so. More»

Photo: Could 'Tentacle' UFO Have Destroyed UK Wind Turbine? Could 'Tentacle' UFO Have Destroyed UK Wind Turbine?
Louth Leader - Mon Jan 5, 2009
LINCOLNSHIRE, UK - Engineers from Ecotricity are working to establish how a 20m blade mysteriously fell off a turbine at Conisholme wind farm - but residents have their own conclusions. More»

Flag-waving gunman closes Calif. highway for hours
Associated Press - Mon Nov 3, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, California - A man in a ski mask waved an American flag and a handgun on a freeway overpass for about three hours Monday morning, forcing a massive traffic shutdown before he surrendered. More»

Photo: Woman Thrown in Georgia Jail After Lawn Care Complaint Woman Thrown in Georgia Jail After Lawn Care Complaint
WAGA-TV - Sat Nov 1, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Georgia - A Gainesville woman was put behind bars, lost her job and asked to pay a fine and it all started with a complaint about her lawn care. More»

Photo: McCain volunteer made up robbery story McCain volunteer made up robbery story
Associated Press - Thu Oct 23, 2008
PITTSBURGH - A McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter "B" scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack, police said Friday. More»

Photo: Big ballot boo-boo: Osama for president? Big ballot boo-boo: Osama for president?
Times Union - Fri Oct 10, 2008
TROY, New York - Rensselaer County gaffe makes national news after absentee ballots misspell Barack Obama's name. More»

Photo: Palin blessed to be free from 'witchcraft' Palin blessed to be free from 'witchcraft'
Associated Press - Wed Sep 24, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A grainy YouTube video surfaced Wednesday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office. More»

Bogus anti-Scientology DMCA notices sent to YouTube linked to Wikipedia user
The Industry Standard - Sun Sep 7, 2008
YouTube may be rethinking their process for handling DMCA takedown notices this week, after receiving thousands of bogus notices alleging illegal content on the site. More»

Photo: Cops: We've Seen The Chupacabra Cops: We've Seen The Chupacabra
KSAT-TV - Mon Aug 11, 2008
DeWITT COUNTY, Texas - The legend of the chupacabra gained new life over the weekend as two DeWitt County sheriff's deputies spotted what they said they believe is the mythical creature. More»

FBI: We Don't Have Tesla's Death Ray
Wired - Thu Jul 24, 2008
As part of its centennial celebration, the FBI just released a list of the "Top Ten Myths in FBI History". More»

Court: Exorcism is protected by law
Associated Press - Fri Jun 27, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters. More»

Photo: Federal judge had beastiality images on his web site Federal judge had beastiality images on his web site
Associated Press - Tue Jun 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES - A federal judge overseeing an obscenity trial exploring the extreme fringe of pornography posted explicit photos and videos on his personal Web site, a newspaper reported Wednesday. More»

Tornado oddities: Toilet paper unwinds and rewinds
Associated Press - Sun Jun 1, 2008
HUGO, Minnesota - As residents in Hugo begin to move on from last week's tornado, some say they noticed a few bizarre things amid all the damage. More»

Photo: Christian group in a froth over Starbucks' 'slutty' siren logo Christian group in a froth over Starbucks' 'slutty' siren logo
BBC - Thu May 29, 2008
US coffee chain Starbucks has come under fire for a new logo that critics say is offensive and overly graphic. More»

Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics
Associated Press - Tue May 13, 2008
In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers. More»

Photo: Vatican: It's OK to believe in aliens Vatican: It's OK to believe in aliens
Associated Press - Mon May 12, 2008
VATICAN CITY - Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday. More»

Photo: Marines ignore Taliban cash crop to not upset Afghan locals Marines ignore Taliban cash crop to not upset Afghan locals
Associated Press - Mon May 5, 2008
GARMSER, Afghanistan - The Marines of Bravo Company's 1st Platoon sleep beside a grove of poppies. More»

Photo: HPD: Carnaby flashed CIA card before deadly chase HPD: Carnaby flashed CIA card before deadly chase
Houston Chronicle - Sun May 4, 2008
The man Houston police fatally shot after an hourlong chase Tuesday had shown a card identifying him as a CIA employee to officers who stopped him earlier for speeding, authorities said Wednesday. More»

Photo: Man killed by police may have been CIA Man killed by police may have been CIA
KPRC-TV - Tue Apr 29, 2008
HOUSTON - Police are trying to verify whether a man officers shot and killed after a chase was a CIA agent," KPRC Local 2 reported on Wednesday. More»

Misfired artillery round hits N.J. home
Associated Press - Fri Apr 11, 2008
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - What may have been a small artillery shell slammed through the roof of a house in New Jersey Friday, and killed a cat. More»

More Than 40 Cows 'Drop Dead' On Georgia Farm
WSB-TV - Thu Apr 10, 2008
HOMERVILLE, Georgia - The state Department of Agriculture is investigating the death of more than 40 cattle on a south Georgia farm. More»

Officer Suspended For Mailing 'Homewrecker' Flyers
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Fri Feb 8, 2008
DEKALB COUNTY, Georgia - A mother got a shocking flyer in the mail calling her daughter a homewrecker. More»

S.C. Officials Worried Graves Exposed By Drought Could Be Robbed
WSB-TV - Sat Dec 22, 2007
LAKE MARION, South Carolina - Drought conditions are exposing once-submerged graves in a manmade South Carolina lake, worrying state officials who fear they are targets for thieves. More»

Best to use tools when loosening lug nut
Associated Press - Mon Nov 12, 2007
SOUTHWORTH, Washington - A man trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut blasted the wheel with a 12-gauge shotgun, injuring himself badly in both legs, sheriff's deputies said. More»

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