Pope returns to Rome hotel - to pay bill

By Naomi O'Leary VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis returned on Thursday to the Church-run residence where he was staying before becoming pontiff, and insisted on paying the bill, despite now effectively being in charge of the business, the Vatican said. The morning after his election, Francis asked a driver to take him to the clerics' hotel, the Domus Internationalis Paulus VI, where he had stayed during the run-up to this week's secret electoral conclave. "He wanted to get his luggage and the bags. He had left everything there," a Vatican spokesman told a news briefing. ...

Lawsuit says two-year-old boy ate used condom at Chicago McDonald's

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp has been sued by a woman who said her two-year-old son ate a used condom he found in the play area of one of its restaurants in Chicago. Anishi Spencer filed the complaint against the fast-food restaurant chain on Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of herself and her sons, Jonathan Hines and Jacquel Hines.

Iowa officer stops speedy SUV, helps deliver baby

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City police officer pulled over a speeding SUV — then helped the driver and his passenger deliver a baby.

Germany detains man trying to sell back stolen art

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man attempting to sell paintings by Picasso, Monet and other masters back to the Dutch gallery from where they were stolen has been arrested in Germany, German media said. Thieves made off with seven paintings worth more than 50 million euros from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum last October in a brazen and meticulously planned operation. Die Welt newspaper said prosecutors in the western German city of Cologne had confirmed the arrest of a 46-year-old man but said it was unclear whether he was part of the gang or whether he really had access to the stolen paintings.

Monkeys reject food from humans who behave selfishly, study finds

A group of monkeys has been found to show a selective form of behavior once thought limited to homo sapiens, in which the primates reject humans they observe engaging in selfish behavior. The study, published in Nature Communications, explains: “We find that the monkeys accept food less frequently from those who persistently reject another’s requests [...]

Dennis Rodman was in Vatican City hoping to meet with the new pope

Hall of Famer basketball star Dennis Rodman’s foray into statecraft apparently was not a one-time affair. At least in his own mind. CBS Chicago reports that just weeks after his infamous trip to North Korea, Rodman was spotted in Vatican City on Wednesday, awaiting coronation of the new pope. “I am over here to support [...]

106-year-old woman awarded high school diploma

The Mansfield News Journal reports that Reba Williams was presented her diploma on Wednesday by Mount Vernon Superintendent Steve Short. Technically, the nation’s high school dropout rate just dropped a fraction. Though it’s unclear if that counts toward 1925 or 2013. Back in 1925, Williams finished all 12 grades at Mount Vernon but never received [...]

Beach becomes latest clash over technology titans' property

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist has stepped into the middle of a long-standing controversy over a California tradition: open access to the state's famed beaches.

Pictures streamed from man’s stolen iPad are ‘continuing fountain of entertainment’

Losing your iPad would be a source of anger and resentment for most people. But one Arkansas man describes his own stolen device as a “continuing fountain of entertainment,” thanks to the often bizarre pictures taken with the iPad that are posted to his iCloud photostream. "It's been a continuing fountain of entertainment for me,” [...]

Shark brought to Los Angeles for Kmart commercial dies

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A white tip shark shipped from New York and placed into an outdoor pool for a Kmart commercial in Los Angeles died after showing signs of distress, an official from the animal welfare group that monitored the production said on Thursday.

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