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August, 30, 2016

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Transit police in Philadelphia have helped a Colombian tourist and her children retrieve their lost passports by giving the thief a deal: no consequences for returning the bag.
 
A 'Scary Lucy' no more: Town reveals new Lucille Ball statue
A new statue of Lucille Ball was unveiled in the late actress' hometown on Saturday to replace one that was so hated it was dubbed "Scary Lucy."
 
Pyongyang Cafe, a Kim Jong Un ally on the Spanish coast
North Korea may be isolated in the international community but it now has a modest ally on the Spanish coast -- the Pyongyang Cafe, a small bar founded to support Kim Jong Un's strongman rule.
 
Off-the-grid village in Thailand using cow poop to power homes
Nestled in a deep pocket of forest that lies off Thailand's electrical grid, villagers in Pa Deng have become early adopters and evangelists for an unusual alternative energy source: poop.
 
No need to be sheepish
Shepherd Christian Frebel leads a herd of sheep during the Shepherds Championships of Thuringia in Hohenfelden, central Germany, Saturday, Aug. 6.
 
City trashes dumpster pools
Philadelphia is urging residents not to swim in dumpsters after a rented trash bin was filled with fire hydrant water and transformed into a pool. The online news site Billy Penn first reported the shenanigans at a weekend block party. The party's organizers told the site they power-washed the dumpster.
 
Syrian refugee crowned German 'wine queen'
A 26-year-old Syrian student has become the first refugee to be crowned queen of one of Germany's wine-making regions.
 
A prankster's changes to the message on an electronic roadside sign in Buffalo may be causing motorists to smile, but New York State Police aren't amused.
 
Riding bearback
In this July 18 photo provided by Evan Welsch, a bear hitches a ride on top of a garbage truck in Los Alamos National Labs in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Helicopter mechanic Welsch, who snapped photos of the bear, said about 30 Forest Service and National Park workers had gathered around to see the spectacle, when it was suggested that the driver back up near a tree to give the animal an escape route. The bear clamored for the tree and stayed up there about an hour or two before scurrying down and running off.
 
Instagram on Tuesday put its own spin on a key Snapchat feature by letting users post "Stories" that eventually vanish from the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing application.
 
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