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Canadian tourist gets more than he bargained for with selfie
A Canadian tourist thought it would be a good idea to get a selfie near some rail tracks near the Inca trail in Peru. But that decision left him scratching his head after the train's conductor went by.
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China Daily: ‘Quality of arable land is worrying’
Pollutants in more than 16 percent of Chinese soil exceed national standards, an official report shows. For arable farmland, the percentage increases to almost 20 percent, which officials have called extremely worrying.
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Holland gets glow in the dark roads
A stretch of highway in Holland 500 metres long has been enhanced with glow in the dark road markings. The paint used to mark the road uses a 'photo-luminising' powder that charges up in daylight and then gradually releases a green glow at night.
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Drug users buying more legal and illegal highs online
More and more drug users are turning to the internet to buy both legal highs and illicit substances like marijuana and amphetamines, a survey has found. 
The decor village of Mos Espa is one of Tunisia’s highest cultural heritage sites, and is of high importance to the local economy and global culture
Tunisia trying to save Star Wars Tattoine set from sand erosion
Tunisian officials are reaching out to Star Wars fans to help them save the set of Tatooine from sinking into the desert.
Michigan gem dealer claims he told U.S. where bin Laden was
A Michigan man claims to have given U.S. authorities the location of Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2003, eight years before he was killed. He says he’s still trying to collect the $25 million reward.
What was Vegas like during WWII? Former Nev. Senator Richard Bryan talks about his experience growing up in the city 
Richard Bryan has a lengthy resume when it comes to serving this city and state as a former Governor, U.S Senator, and Attorney General. This week he shares with News 3 and friend, Sherry Beatty, a personal look at growing-up as a child in Las Vegas during the 1940s.
What's the best frozen pizza? Consumer Reports has the answer 
Americans spent more than $3 billion last year on frozen pizzas, but how tasty are the offerings in our store freezers?
Florida sewer workers rake through sewage to find missing wedding ring 
When Tequesta's Shannon Harrigan gives her young son a bath, it can be an adventure. But this week, bath time turned into a nightmare when her ring slipped off her finger and into the drain.
Video showing Hawthorne, Calif. police kill dog and handcuff man goes viral, sparking anger online
A Youtube video gone viral shows police in Hawthorne, California shooting and killing a man's dog after handcuffing the man, who appears to have been filming a police raid using a cell phone.
Customs and Border Patrol agents prepare to question a motorist at a checkpoint along Highway 94 outside of October 17, 2007 in Campo, California.  (Sandy Huffaker, Getty Images)
Illegal border crossing the latest attraction at Mexico amusement park
Disneyland has Magic Mountain. Disney World has EPCOT Center. El Parque EcoAlberto has Night Walk -- a new attraction that pits park goers against phony border patrol agents and phony smugglers in a phony attempt to cross into the U.S. illegally.
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Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
Coconuts are migrational – sort of. They don’t exactly travel back and forth between different climates season by season, but they are quite capable of getting around.
Newly elected Pope Francis waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.  (Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images)
Pope Francis accidentally performs exorcism
Pope Francis' obsession with the devil has taken on remarkable new twists, with a well-known exorcist insisting Francis helped "liberate" a Mexican man from four different demons, despite the Vatican's denials that a papal exorcism took place.
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Cyprus to get its moon rock after 40 years
A piece of moon rock destined for Cyprus that disappeared 40 years ago could finally be on its way to the Mediterranean island nation.
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'Dead' man wakes up during own funeral
Friends and family members of a man who by all accounts had passed away were caught by surprise recently when he sprung to life and sat up in his coffin during the funeral, witnesses said.
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Jacob, Sophia top list of most popular American baby names
The most popular baby names in the U.S. in 2012 were hardly a surprise. The most popular boy name has been at the top of the list for nearly 15 years, while the most common girl name is also a repeat champion.
Brandon Hocker is accused of threatening to eat a female police officer.  (Clark County, Ky. Jail)
Man threatened to eat police officer, authorities say
A central Kentucky man claimed to be a cannibal and threatened to eat a police officer who attempted to arrest him, authorities said.
Hank Aaron's plaque at the baseball hall of fame. (Wikipedia)
On this day in history, April 8
The first video-recorded college basketball game occurred in Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth's all-time home run record was broken in Atlanta, and the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball managed his first game.
Ken Bundy from Bridgeport Ct. who served in Vietnam for 2 years touchs the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
On this day in history, March 26
A famous (and sometimes controversial) religious text was first published, a groundbreaking ceremony occurred in Washington D.C. on a new war memorial, and nearly 40 people killed themselves in one of the biggest mass suicides in history.
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Celebrities born on this day, March 26
An actor who found worldwide fame in one of the most acclaimed films ever made, one of the most renowned female soul singers in the world, and the actress to whom the line, "nobody puts baby in a corner' was spoken about.

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