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Joey Chestnut downs record 70 hot dogs in international eating contest
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining the Mustard Yellow International Belt on Monday, downing a stomach-churning 70 hot dogs and buns to top Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest.
 
Hot bath
This photo taken on Saturday, July 2, shows Mr Suo, center, from Chengdu taking part in a chilli pepper-eating competition in Lijiang, southwest China's Yunnan province. Suo won the contest after eating 47 chilli peppers in two minutes.
 
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author, dies
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic "Night" became a landmark testament to the Nazis' crimes and launched Wiesel's long career as one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians, has died at age 87.
 
Visitors to the Army Museum in Paris are being treated to the rare sight of two taxidermists at work restoring a stuffed horse -- the last one ridden by Napoleon Bonaparte.
 
Texas city council votes to reinstate library cat
A North Texas city council has voted unanimously to reinstate Browser the cat to his job as live-in mascot of the city's public library.
 
Japanese salarymen are struggling to get by on the monthly allowance they receive from their wives, which has fallen to its lowest level in decades, a survey showed.
 
A Bangkok taxi driver says he didn't know what was in the green backpack a Japanese customer left behind in the trunk of his cab, but he knew what he had to do -- hand it over to police. When he did, Thanakrit Hengniran learned that inside were 16 fancy T-shirts, a Macintosh computer and 800,000 yen (US$7,800) in cash.
 
German top-of-the-range carmaker BMW announced Friday that it is joining forces with U.S. computer chip giant Intel and the Israeli technology firm Mobileye to develop self-driving cars.
 
What appears to be a tongue-in-cheek social media movement to mark June 29 as a day to celebrate heterosexual pride has become one of the day's top online trends.
 
Keeping cool in California
In this Monday, June 27 photograph, temperatures skyrocket well into triple digits as people from around Solano County seek out ways to beat the summer heat in Dixon, California. Alyvia Dunn, 5, plays in the fountain of a kids pool area at the Pat Grannuci Aquatic Center in City Hall Park.
 
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