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A not-so-relaxing day at the beach

A swimmer catches a wave at "The Wedge" wave break in Newport Beach, California August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A swimmer catches a wave at “The Wedge” wave break in Newport Beach, California August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gallery: Surf’s up - way up

Hurricane Marie draws massive waves – and aquatic thrill-seekers.

 

Park51 comes to Minnesota

A small Minnesota town denies a Muslim group the right to open a religious center. The Justice Department sues them.

 

But will Lauren Hill visit Syria?

American rapper Pras, from the Fugees, plans a trip to North Korea to watch a wrestling match.

 

It clashed with the wallpaper

A Texas family agrees to hand over the skeleton of a 20,000 to 40,000-year-old mammoth to an area museum.

 

Silence of the dogs

Singapore’s housing authority proposes a broad dog “debarking” measure – and raises animal rights activists’ hackles.

We can be heroes

A man dressed as Spider-Man breakdances while promoting the movie "Spider-Man 3" at a shopping district in Taipei. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

A man dressed as Spider-Man breakdances while promoting the movie “Spider-Man 3″ at a shopping district in Taipei. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

Gallery: Just for one day…

Heroes walk among us – and Reuters presents its collection of the best caped crusader photography.

Nothing could drive them away (except a ban)

Berlin outlaws the popular smartphone-app car service Uber.

 

Video: Swim like the dolphins can swim?

At the World Bog Snorkeling Championships in Wales, swimmers slug it out through muck and mire.

The catch of a lifetime?

A blue lobster captured off the coast of Maine is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 25, 2014. REUTERS/James LaPlante/Handout via Reuters

A blue lobster captured off the coast of Maine is pictured in this handout photo obtained by Reuters. REUTERS/James LaPlante/Handout via Reuters

A lobster that rocks

Two crustacean-catchers nab a rare blue lobster – a one-in-two-million find.

 

A new fight for veterans

President Obama expands access to mental healthcare for veterans.

 

Video: Who needs laser surgery?

Researchers are developing screens for tablets and phones that could eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses.

Oh, go fly a bike!

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: Where we’re biking, we don’t need roads

Engineers test a new quadcopter hoverbike. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

 

When ‘money for textbooks’ isn’t a euphemism

Experts offer their tips for saving cash on your college’s required reading.

 

No iPhone photo is worth this

Police arrest a man for climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. No white flags were involved in the incident.

Bad baby milk? There’s insurance for that

 

Local industry and commerce administrative bureau personnel check Sanlu formula milk products at a supermarket in Zaozhuang

Local industry and commerce administrative bureau personnel check Sanlu formula milk products at a supermarket in Zaozhuang, Shandong province, September 12, 2008. CREDIT: REUTERS/CHINA DAILY

No lead, melamine or floor meat here

After a series of food safety scares, a Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder.

And you thought the future hasn’t arrived yet

Video: That’s no plane, that’s a hoverbike.

Not what we expect from our finest

An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol.

Volunteers make risky journey to protect Afghan children from polio

Performers puts on their make-up before a Peking opera performance “Hong Niang” (The Matchmaker) at a theatre in Beijing June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The show goes on

China’s Peking Opera begins a New York tour with 90 singers, dancers and acrobats, to mark the birth of Mei Lanfang, one of the first to bring the art form to the United States.

What’s next for Mad Men creator?

Matthew Weiner talks to Reuters about the Emmys, the end of Mad Men and his latest bromance project.

Politics happens next to the guy in the chicken suit

Texas Governor Rick Perry leaves the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ashley Landis

Slideshow: Texas Governor Rick Perry is indicted

Governor Perry appeared at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas, to provide fingerprints and a mugshot. The governor is facing felony charges of abuse of power.

Sometimes roosting is its own reward

A young Republican staffer was arrested after appearing dressed in a chicken suit at a parade in New Hampshire and heckling two Democrat politicians.

A Hindu celebration and comics for toddlers

Students spin an idol of Lord Krishna during celebrations marking the Janmashtami festival inside a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Slideshow: Celebrating Janmashtami

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna with the festival of  Janmashtami in Mumbai with costumes, theater and human pyramids.

Awareness after loss

Robin Williams’ death has helped to highlight a link between sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease and depression.

War gains, lost homes

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Broken lives in Iraq

Young Iraqis yearn for the homes they left behind after Islamic State militants forced them to flee.

In the category of long-shots…

On a five-day visit to Seoul, the first visit by a Pope in Asia in 15 years, Pope Francis prays that North and South Korea will reconcile.

Babies, cars and the cost of divorce

 

Surrogate babies are shown on a screen during a news conference at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Gone, baby gone

Thailand is clamping down on American and Australian couples trying to leave the country with surrogate babies.

Le Divorce

No love story here either. Oklahoma oil man Harold Hamm may have to share a whopping $17 billion with his estranged wife–one of the biggest battles ever over a marital estate.

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