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A not-so-lonely island

A view of "Moai" statues in Rano Raraku volcano, on Easter Island, 4,000 km (2486 miles) west of Santiago. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

A view of “Moai” statues in Rano Raraku volcano, on Easter Island, 2,486 miles west of Santiago. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Another Easter Island mystery solved?

Scientists discover the inhabitants of the remote Rapa Nui island were not isolated after all.

 

What’s a word stronger than ‘hazing’

A powerhouse football team in Pennsylvania cancels its season after allegations of “humiliating acts” emerge.

 

A two-step forward

Japan changes a ban on dancing in public venues, by agreeing to allow nighttime boogying — provided the lights are bright enough

 

The not-perfect-at-all crime

The U.S. National Park Service identifies a vandal after the alleged perpetrator posts photos documenting her offense on social media.

Home on the rhino range

Screengrab/REUTERS/Courtesy of the San Diego Zoo

Screengrab/REUTERS/Courtesy of the San Diego Zoo

Video: Rare rhinos reappear

Two endangered white rhinos are raising hopes for a species revival, with just six of their kind still alive.

 

Delicious, rich, creamy… ISIS

A Belgian chocolate-maker finds itself in a bit of a branding pickle: Its name is ISIS.

 

Warning: This is not for the squeamish

A woman who jammed pencils into her eyes sues the Los Angeles hospital that treated her, after a photo a nurse took of her with “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes” goes viral online.

Fly the friendlier, robotic skies

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: The good news…

South Korean researchers develop a robot airplane pilot, with an eye toward replacing humans in the cockpit.

 

…and the even better news

Rejoice! Peanuts on airplanes could soon return: A biotech firm releases its new “peanut allergy patch,” aimed at aiding food allergy sufferers.

 

In case you thought this was finished

Former star running back Ray Rice appeals his indefinite suspension from the National Football League with a hearing tentatively set for November 5 and 6.

Dairy divas

A farmer lifts the trophy next to the cow that was just crowned Miss Milk Cow 2014 during the annual milk cow beauty contest in Moc Chau plateau, October 15, 2014.   REUTERS/Kham/Files

A farmer lifts the trophy next to the cow that was just crowned Miss Milk Cow 2014 during the annual milk cow beauty contest in Moc Chau plateau, October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kham/Files

Milking the prize for all it’s worth

Now here’s a much more entertaining pageant: An annual bovine beauty contest in Vietnam.

 

Cell transplant makes miraculous recovery

A new medical treatment helps a Bulgarian man paralyzed from the chest down walk with the help of a frame.

What’s Latin for ‘CTRL + A + DEL’?

Cardinals and bishops attend a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter's square at the Vatican October 19, 2014. Former pope Paul VI who led the Roman Catholic Church during one of its most turbulent modern periods and enshrined its opposition to contraception, will be beatified by Pope Francis at the Vatican. Beatification is the last step before sainthood. The late pope's move towards canonization was made possible when the Vatican recognised a miracle concerning a pregnant woman in California whose child was at risk of dying. After praying to Paul VI, the child survived. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Cardinals and bishops attend a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican October 19, 2014. ┬áREUTERS/Tony Gentile

Video: That was quick

Roman Catholic officials drop language from a controversial document that encouraged church acceptance of gay people.

 

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna dew?

Droplets on your lawn? Those could be incriminating evidence for California’s “water cops,” who target sprinkler users and other H2O scofflaws amid the state’s drought.

Mamma Mimas!

The Saturn moon Mimas is seen in an image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft taken at a distance of about 9,500 kilometers (5,900 miles) February 13, 2010. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout via Reuters

Saturn moon Mimas, seen from NASA spacecraft. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout via Reuters

 

The good news, there’s potential for life in space. The bad news…

Scientists discover a life-friendly ocean habitat beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Mimas.

 

Note to self: Apply for job at the Fed

The highest-earning 113 employees at the Federal Reserve make an average of $246,506 per year, more than chairperson Janet Yellen.

A frightfully large pumpkin – and terrifying kangaroo

An artist's rendering shows a big-bodied, short-faced kangaroo called a sthenurine that lived in Australia from about 13 million years ago until about 30,000 years ago, in this undated handout. REUTERS/Brian Regal/Brown University/Handout via Reuters

An artist’s rendering shows a big-bodied, short-faced kangaroo called a sthenurine that lived in Australia from about 13 million years ago until about 30,000 years ago. REUTERS/Brian Regal/Brown University/Handout via Reuters

 

The stuff that nightmares are made of

Look at this giant, ancient kangaroo. It couldn’t even hop; it just walked around, scientists say.

 

New Year’s hangover? They’ll be there for you.

Attention couch potatoes: Netflix plans to stream all 10 seasons of “Friends” beginning January 1.

Texas won’t leaf voters alone

Visitors view the autumn foliage of acer trees in the Old Arboretum at Westonbirt in southwest England October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Visitors view the autumn foliage of acer trees in the Old Arboretum at Westonbirt in southwest England October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

Gallery: Fall – it’s not just for screensavers anymore

Save yourself the three-hour leaf-peeping tour and check out Reuters pictures of beautiful fall foliage.

 

That’s nothing compared to the bouncers

A U.S. appeals court revives a Texas law requiring voters to show ID before they vote.

Waiting is the hardest part (for lenders)

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators participating in a street-theater production wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York, April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York, April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Make the lenders wait

Don’t be in a hurry to pay off your student loans — even if you have the cash, experts say.

 

‘Are we capable of welcoming these people?’

A Vatican document marks a stark shift in its attitude toward the gay community: tolerance. Radical stuff.

A green cadet?

A production assistant prepares to inspect marijuana in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km  (40 miles) from Venice, September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A production assistant prepares to inspect marijuana in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km (40 miles) from Venice, September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pfc. Cannabis, reporting for duty

Light ‘em up? After legalizing marijuana for medical use, Italy taps its army to grow pot.

 

Gallery: What’s tougher than iron?

Athletes compete in what is billed as the world’s toughest triathlon, the Arch to Arc, which includes an 87-mile run.

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