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Paraguay musicians turn garbage to gold
Festering alongside mountains of stinking trash under the sweltering South American sun, Cateura is a long way from the conservatories of Prague or Vienna.
Born to run
Bruce Springsteen, left, greets a fan wearing a Springsteen jacket at the launch of his autobiography "Born to Run" at the Barnes & Noble in the New Jersey town where he grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Getting dizzy, one way or another
People ride a swing in front of the St. Paul's church at the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich on Monday, Sept. 26. The world's largest beer festival will this year be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.
Golden anniversary
Silvia and Liciniu Agapi, a couple married for 52 years, dance at a party organized by a district city hall in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Sept. 26. A district of the Romanian capital celebrated hundreds of couples, more than 600 people, ............
Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats get prizes
A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.
Essay contest to find new owner of Vermont weekly extended
Would-be publishers have sent in essays from as far away as Australia and Europe with promises to keep a tiny Vermont weekly alive.
House that starred in 'Harry Potter'  placed on market
A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter's childhood home is on the market -- complete with a cupboard under the stairs.
Russia military flies polar bear from the far east to Moscow
A seven-month-old polar bear, found by villagers in far eastern Russia, has been brought to the Moscow Zoo with the Defense Ministry's help.
Chinese aquarium refuses to deliver sad bear Pizza to UK
A Chinese aquarium holding a forlorn-looking polar bear named Pizza said Tuesday it has "no need" for foreign interference, after activists offered to move the animal to a British zoo.
Orphaned baby koala finds comfort in a fluffy toy friend
An orphaned baby koala in Australia has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy marsupial in the absence of his mother as he recovers from the trauma of her death.
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