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London 'Micrarium' aims to showcase tiny animals

Posted: 02/08/2013 - Jack Ashby, who is in charge of the Grant Museum of Zoology in central London, said Thursday he is trying to give dragonfly nymphs, tortoise mites, and sea spiders the attention they deserve.

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150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

Updated: 02/08/2013 - A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.

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Pianist's music fails to put tortoises in the mood

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Galapagos tortoises at London's zoo lumbered around impassively as famous French pianist Richard Clayderman serenaded them with music from his latest album, "Romantique," on Thursday.

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Raccoons make home atop Wash. construction crane

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Workers using a tower crane to build a 304-unit apartment complex in Seattle have run into a complication: two raccoons climbed 150 feet up the crane and made a home behind the crane's cab.

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Camel OK after enclosure escape, clipped by van

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Officials believe a camel that escaped its enclosure twice Tuesday before being clipped by a minivan probably just wanted to be around some other animals.

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Pa. mistrial declared when prosthetic eye pops out

Updated: 02/07/2013 - An assault trial over a fight that cost a man his left eye ended in a mistrial Wednesday when his prosthetic eye popped out as he was testifying, startling jurors.

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Conn. couple named 'longest married' in US

Posted: 02/07/2013 - John and Ann Betar weren't supposed to get married. Her father had arranged for her to wed another man, but she and John fled Bridgeport and eloped in New York.

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Tired in Vienna? Nap for a price at new studio

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Tucked behind a Gothic church and surrounded by Renaissance-era houses, a new studio is offering deal-makers, movers and shakers and foot-sore tourists respite at a price: a half-hour power nap for 11 euros ($15).

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Stewie, the world's longest cat, dies in Nevada

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Stewie was surrounded by family when he succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer Monday evening at his Reno home, owner Robin Hendrickson said Tuesday. He was 8.

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Stolen giant cookie sculpture recovered in Germany

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Spokeswoman Jacobe Heers says the 20-kilogram (44 pound) gilded sculpture was found Tuesday morning outside a university. It was hanging from the neck of a horse sculpture with a red ribbon.

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NY library book returned 55 years late, with $100

Posted: 02/06/2013 - The Daily News says the biography of a 16th-century priest called "Fire of Francis Xavier" was checked out of the Fort Washington branch in upper Manhattan on April 10, 1958.

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Pittsburgh girl, 6, crashes car in bid to see dad

Updated: 02/05/2013 - Pittsburgh police say a determined 6-year-old girl didn't hurt anyone when she crashed her mother's car while trying to drive across town to visit her father.

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Packing for Paris? Old law bans pants

Posted: 02/04/2013 - If it isn't already daunting enough to pack for a trip to fashionable Paris, female visitors, beware: It's illegal to wear pants.

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Beer will help power Alaska brewery

Posted: 02/04/2013 - The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.

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4 arrested for defying San Francisco's nudity ban

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Four protesters were arrested entirely in the buff as they took to the steps of San Francisco City Hall in a brazen challenge of the city's ban on public nudity on Friday, the first day it went into effect.

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Experts: We've found England's King Richard III

Updated: 02/04/2013 - University of Leicester researchers say it is "beyond reasonable doubt" that a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

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Russian judge fired after falling asleep in court

Posted: 02/01/2013 - Judge Yevgeny Makhno of Blagoveshchensk City Court in Russia's Far East was forced to resign Friday for obviously falling asleep several times while trying a businessman on charges of fraud.

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