NJ stringing up dead birds to get rid of buzzards

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The dead vulture's feathers snap and crack, breaking apart as its frozen wings are spread for one last flight.

US lost $433,982,548 because of daylight saving time switch

Did you remember to set your clock forward on Sunday? Of course, it doesn’t really matter since most of us operate on digital devices like our smartphones that do the one-hour adjustment automatically. But as easy as it is, the annual switch to daylight saving time reportedly continues to be a costly endeavor, resulting in [...]

Video of radio-controlled plane flying into stratosphere and back

David Windestål has released a mesmerizing video in which he attaches a camera to a FunJet and sends the radio-controlled plane over 100,000 feet into the air. The plane ascends to the stratosphere giving viewers a beautiful view above the planet’s surface all from the plane’s point of view. Eventually, the plane’s accompanying weather balloon [...]

Baseball-sized snail destroyed in Australia to protect crops

By Michael Sin SYDNEY (Reuters) - A baseball-sized snail with an insatiable appetite for hundreds of plants including cocoa and papaya has been seized and destroyed by Australian officials, who said it posed a huge threat to local agriculture. The animal was found creeping across a Brisbane shipping container yard and identified as a giant African snail, an East African pest capable of growing up to 30 cm (12 inches) long and one kg (2.2 lb) in weight. ...

Fallen UK minister, ex-wife jailed over speeding lie

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Disgraced energy minister Chris Huhne was jailed for eight months on Monday for lying to police about a speeding offence in 2003, in the final chapter of a bizarre tale of adultery and revenge that has gripped the British public. Huhne's ex-wife Vicky Pryce, a prominent economist, was also jailed for eight months for her role in the deception.

Champagne out, ebooks in as Britain updates inflation basket

LONDON (Reuters) - Champagne is losing its fizz for British consumers who would rather be curled up with a book downloaded onto their eReaders, according to government statisticians. The Office for National Statistics, which bases its monthly calculation of inflation on 700 goods and services priced in 150 areas of the country, said sales of books for digital devices represented a "significant and growing market".

4 arrested for So. Calif. motorcycle freeway stunt

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) — Four men — including the would-be groom — have been arrested for a marriage proposal stunt in which hundreds of motorcycles blocked a Southern California freeway.

Book returned to Estonian library 69 years late

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return.

Mo. golfer survives mid-round Illinois sinkhole

WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — When it comes to dealing with this divot, score one for golfer Mark Mihal.

‘Best obituary ever’ written for eccentric Mississippi father

Harry Weathersby Stamps drank buttermilk from a martini glass garnished with cornbread. And as the Sun Herald reports, that’s just one of the many eccentric details included in a loving and entertaining obituary written by his daughter that has gone viral across social media. "I kept thinking of things—there are a lot of things I [...]

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