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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.
UK animal group advises Downing St. on cat fights
The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is offering the UK's government a bit of know-how to discourage cat fights on the doorstep of the national seat of power.
Prank calls swamp Philippines' new 911 emergency hotline
Dropped and prank calls swamped the 911 emergency hotline on the very first day of its activation in the Philippines.
Tajikistan, one of Central Asia's most reclusive states, is going to start fining journalists caught using "incomprehensible" words, a government official said Monday.
After DNC, it's back to parking as usual in S. Philly
Drive a guest into Philadelphia from the airport, and the first question you're likely to hear is not "What's the best cheesesteak in town?" or "Where is the Rocky statue?" but "Why are all those cars parked in the middle of the street?"
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