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Bad apples, dirty soil and rocky skies


A woman works at a vegetable garden next a canal with polluted waters in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Forget the smog – check the ground

While China’s hazy skies have attracted concern, soil pollution is a widespread problem as well.


One bad apple…

The city of Portland, Oregon flushed away 38 million gallons of drinking water after a man urinated in its reservoir.


Video: Bicycle! Bicycle! (Electric) bicycle!

A new, attachable device can turn a regular old two-wheeler into a motorized machine.


Objection! Ruff-ing the witness

New Jersey summoned a dog to jury duty (by accident).


Ebola outbreak grows worse

The death toll from an outbreak of the deadly virus in Guinea climbed to 122.


Turbulence for frequent fliers

As airlines change the terms of their loyalty programs, consumers push back.

Internet drones, designer turtles and dubious Facebookers



Video: Internet access, coming to a drone near you

Google is looking to solar-powered drones to bring wireless access to remote regions.


Hey! Quit poking your ex!

Adding “romantic interests” to your Facebook friend list could spell trouble for your current relationship.


Video: Sea turtle – on a fin and a prayer 

An endangered sea turtle may be able to breed again thanks to a new prosthetic limb.

Holy Week, Pistorius and a marauding bear

Prosecutor to Pistorius: ‘You armed yourself to kill her’

The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ends his five-day cross-examination by insisting that the double amputee track athlete deliberately killed his girlfriend after an argument.

Breakingviews video: China’s WH Group’s latest plans for Smithfield

Not long after acquiring Smithfield, China’s WH Group is lining up a Hong Kong IPO that values the U.S. pork producer at a further premium.

When marauding bears attack

Massive mammal clamps its jaw around Florida woman’s head, tries to drag her off. Woman survives. Watch video.

An eclipse and wedding bills

Turn around! It’s a total eclipse of – the moon

Grab some redeye coffee: a lunar eclipse will be visible from North America beginning at 1:58 a.m. EDT Tuesday.


Video: The eye of the (littlest) tigers

The Mini Arctic Man race brings together kids as young as four for heated competition


Seeing the light on climate change?

A United Nations report offers dire warnings on global warming.


“I dos” after 30? Watch the tab.

Couples tying the knot after their twenties still hear wedding bells – but they also see the wedding bills.

Banksy bucks, robotic needles and a royal race

An installation by British artist Banksy is seen on a wall outside Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Anti-capitalism, now selling for $8 a share

A new art exchange allows collectors to buy “shares” of works by Banksy and other street artists.


Video: Robotic needle eliminates blood clot threat

Scientists have developed a method of sucking dangerous blockages out of the brain, without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Bionic bunnies, frothy flowers and problematic pot

A New York University student celebrates in the Washington Square Park fountain after graduation ceremonies in New York. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Tackling the tidal wave of college costs 

The average amount U.S. families are saving for tuition has risen along with stock prices.


Where there’s smoke…

China inspected 25,000 industrial firms to help uncover the nation’s smog epidemic. Unsurprisingly, there were many violations.

Driving – not flying – fish


Thousands of juvenile salmon are dispatched into a holding tank in the Sacramento River March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Gallery: A fish out of water

Due to California’s drought-filled year, thousands of young salmon had to be trucked to avoid low water levels.


I scream, you scream…

A topless woman in Florida went on a rampage at a local McDonald’s, before helping herself to some ice cream.

App accidents, creepy leather and clowns galore


A baby pushes on the nose of Diana Ciepiela as he is held by his father at the World Clown Association’s annual convention, March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Gallery: Coulrophobes need not apply

Bows, wigs, floppy shoes and more: Presenting the most compelling images from this year’s World Clown Association convention.


‘Selfie’ software shows skinnier faces 

A new phone app trims down users’ faces to make them look thinner – and it’s (unsurprisingly) raising concerns about body image issues.

Who should replace Letterman? The results are in.

Tina Fey presents the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards January 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Another King of Late Night? Nah, you want The Queen.

Actor and writer Tina Fey took the top spot in Reuters reader poll on who should replace David Letterman on “The Late Show.” The nighttime funnyman is quitting his talk show in 2015.

Nearly one-quarter of respondents for our (admittedly, somewhat unscientific) poll said they’d favor Fey at the helm of the iconic CBS program.

Communist Iron Man and a Macau mess

A third grade student poses in his Iron Man costume as his school celebrates the 52nd anniversary of the Young Communist League. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Gallery: From each, according to his costume

In Cuba, the anniversaries of youth communist organizations are celebrated with a day of dress-up for kids.


Someone missed a background Czech

A fraudster on the lam was hired as a chief economist at a Prague museum – where he promptly stole 10 million crowns.

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