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  Jorge rests in Times Square, July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Jorge rests in Times Square, July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Gallery: And you thought it was hard being green

A Reuters photographer follows an Elmo performer in New York’s Times Square, as he attempts to make a living posing with tourists and angling for tips.

 

Video: Wining, not whining

Even in the face of a historic drought, one California winemaker says his team has weathered the storm – or lack thereof.

 

Auction packs a punch

This price tag had to sting: Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves from his “Fight of the Century” match against Joe Frazier sell for nearly $400,000.

 

Getting your goat?

A grand champion goes missing from a county fair – but was it fowl play?

 

Grab some toast for that traffic jam

A truck crashed in Indiana, spilling 45,000 pounds of butter and other dairy products on the highway.

School lunch, buried treasure and USB hackers

Gold Pyx from late 1600's seen in an undated handout photo

A high karat gold Pyx which was believed to have been hand crafted in the late 1600′s – early 1700′s for transporting a Eucharist (communion wafer).

Sometimes there is buried treasure

A Florida family scavenging a shipwreck finds a missing piece of a 300 year-old gold filigree necklace that was sacred to Spanish priests.

And sometimes there are just nasty people prying in your stuff

Think your USB device is safe from hackers? Think again.

What’s in a number?

Recent economic data was a boost for Obama.

That lunch box cost how much?

How much should you pay to package the food that your children take to school?

Slideshow: Heading for the Rio Grande

Following in the footsteps of migrants trying to hike to the U.S.

Photo: REUTERS/1715 Fleet-Queen’s Jewels, LLC/Handout

A PlanetBox Rover lunch box set is seen in this picture taken in New York, July 30, 2014. Launched five years ago, PlanetBox says sales are up 150 percent the last two years. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Compatibility games

 

Did they need a dating site? A couple kisses at a bus stop in Buenos Aires July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

OkCupid’s user experiment doesn’t win any love

“We took pairs of bad matches … and told them they were exceptionally good for each other,” OkCupid’s President wrote. Some predict an inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission.

Curfew time, kids

Baltimore’s police commissioner wants to make it a violation for those under 14 to be outside their homes after 9 p.m.

Step aside, Helvetica

  A woman stands at a window of a building bearing a design of the signature of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Ciudad Caribia outside Caracas in this September 19, 2013 file photo.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files

A building bearing a design of the signature of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Ciudad Caribia outside Caracas in this September 19, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Files

Still beats Comic Sans

A group of “anti-imperialists” unveil a new font mimicking the distinctive handwriting of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

 

Wait, you mean it’s legal now? Lame.

The decriminalization of marijuana has not encouraged more pot use among U.S. teenagers, a new study shows.

Seceding Caribou?

  The pastoral countryside of Aroostook County, Maine, near Caribou is seen in this picture taken July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dave Sherwood

The pastoral countryside of Aroostook County, Maine, near Caribou is seen in this picture taken July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dave Sherwood

They need a vacation from Vacationland

A small town in Maine looks to secede from the U.S., complaining of what is sees as lavish spending by city government.

 

Take that, Etsy

Amazon will now offer custom 3D printing services to customers.

 

Prison amenities never sounded so lavish

Formerly incarcerated Amish farmers try to readjust after developing a taste for soda and a fondness for yoga and pool while behind bars.

Satellites for martians

  A dune field on the planet Mars is shown in this handout photo taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter March 1, 2014 and provided by NASA May 2, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

A dune field on Mars is shown in this handout photo taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter March 1, 2014 and provided by NASA May 2, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

What, no Comcast?

NASA is seeking a commercially owned and operated satellite network provider for Mars.

 

Bringing home less bacon

Drought and disease push meat and seafood prices higher in the U.S.

 

Sour grapes

A former wine collector must pay $20 million for selling counterfeit bottles of wine.

Holy beer, unholy thefts

Brother Jonah Pociadlo cleans the filler machinery for bottling the Trappist Ale brewed at Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Brother Jonah Pociadlo cleans the filler machinery for bottling the Trappist Ale brewed at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Proof that God loves us?

A group of Massachusetts monks begins brewing Trappist Ale, hoping the beer sales will offset the healthcare costs of its aging members.

 

Speaking of religious karma

A group of thieves steal air conditioners from various rural churches in Tennessee. They (probably) escaped on foot down a road paved with good intentions.

Air pollution, sewage and smeared donuts

A motorist wearing a mask rides along a street near chimneys with rising smoke during a hazy day in Quzhou, Zhejiang province, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/William Hong

A motorist wearing a mask rides along a street near chimneys with rising smoke during a hazy day in Quzhou, Zhejiang province, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/William Hong

No coal in their stockings

Beijing shutters own coal-fired power plant in an effort to tackle rampant air pollution in China.

 

Would you like still, sparkling or sewage?

Faced with one of the worst droughts in history, a Texas town unveils a $13 million program to turn sewage into drinking water.

A boat, a bridge and a space ship

Jan Kara, Jakub Bures, Jan Brand and Jan Holan pedal their boat on the Elbe river near Kostelec nad Labem July 15, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Jan Kara, Jakub Bures, Jan Brand and Jan Holan pedal their boat on the Elbe river near Kostelec nad Labem July 15, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Gallery: Better than recycling?

Four men in the Czech Republic build a boat out of plastic bottles in an effort to draw attention to pollution.

 

Bridge, anyone?

Pennsylvania has 11 historic bridges — but not enough money to maintain them.

The past isn’t dead – especially when you’re a re-enactor

Scarlett o' Hara impersonator Joanna Griffin walks down Flat Shoals Road to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia, July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Scarlett o’ Hara impersonator Joanna Griffin walks down Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, Georgia, July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Frankly, they do give a damn

Despite incredulous onlookers, Civil War re-enactors (and a Scarlett o’Hara impersonator) gather to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.

 

No tight lips on censorship

Thai leaders threaten to shutter publications they deem too critical — and media outlets are none too pleased.

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