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A California divided?

People walk along the beach in San Diego's North County beach town of Encinitas, California March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

People walk along the beach in San Diego’s North County beach town of Encinitas, California March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

California, no love

A measure to break the Golden State into six parts gets a big boost.

 

Two genetically similar peas in a pod

It’s no accident that your friends might look or act like you: In many cases, you and your platonic companions share genetic commonalities.

 

A bitter pill

Many heart patients inexplicably stop taking their medication when their pills change in appearance.

 

Not so much running from the law as slowly inching away from it

Officers seize several dozen live, two-pound African snails at the Los Angeles International airport.

 

Video: Artwork worth eating

Artist Takayo Kiyota creates designs and replicas of paintings out of sushi rolls.

Supermoon, not-so-super global warming

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Gallery: Take that, sun

The so-called “supermoon” rises over the night sky around the world.

 

Video:  The perfect alibi for fender benders

At Dusseldorf Airport, a robot concierge parks your car for you.

 

The real global warming crisis

Climate change may spell the end for Australian Shiraz.

 

Reminder: Running with bulls is dangerous

A bull went rogue – or acted just like a bull, depending on your perspective – and gored three people in Pamplona.

Psychic animals, a massive waterslide and other fun things

Two-year-old African penguin named Aochan, wearing the Japanese soccer team jersey, prepares to make a prediction on the result of Japan's 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Two-year-old African penguin named Aochan, wearing the Japanese soccer team jersey, prepares to make a prediction on the result of Japan’s 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Gallery: Still working on lotto numbers

Across the globe, allegedly “psychic” animals try to predict the outcomes of World Cup matches.

 

They should talk to that penguin

Speaking of the World Cup: Bookmakers say record-breaking sums of cash are likely being wagered ahead of the final.

Free marijuana — no bull

  A reveler gets gored by a bull during the "Bous a la Mar" festival in the eastern Spanish coastal town of Denia. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

A reveler gets gored by a bull during the “Bous a la Mar” festival in the eastern Spanish coastal town of Denia. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Gallery: You mess with the bull…

Pamplona revelers sprint, duck and – for some unlucky souls – grimace through the annual running of the bulls.

 

Free pot for the poor 

Berkeley, California, votes to require medical marijuana dispensaries to offer a small amount of their goods to the financially disadvantaged.

Racy rubles, changing climate, bloody bulls

A girl runs through a sprinkler at a playground in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A girl runs through a sprinkler at a playground in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The new, warmer normal

What constitutes “average” weather anymore? The U.N. says climate change is rapidly changing our perceptions.

 

Currency, minus the genitalia

A Russian lawmaker is attempting to ban the naked images of a Greek god, which appear on a 100-ruble paper note.

A limping dictator, the running of the bulls and everyone’s favorite musical

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at midnight on Tuesday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the demise of President Kim Il Sung in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 8, 2014.

North Korea’s supreme leader limps into the spotlight

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had an unexplained limp in a televised ceremony to celebrate Un’s granfather, Kim Il Sung, who died 20 years ago.

Something stinks, it stinks bad

Perfume makers in Europe may face a challenge if the EU bans some key ingredients over allergy concerns.

Baby Joanne, studying the risks of e-cigarettes and spitting cherry pits

A man uses an E-cigarette. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

After hot dogs, we spit cherry pits

After the annual hot dog eating contest in New York, the record-holder for the longest distance one can spit a cherry pit held onto his title at the annual event in Michigan.

The vape gets in your eyes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a series of research experiments to test e-cigarettes for health risks and their appeal to children.

She’ll be potty trained in no time

After an emergency C-section at the San Diego Zoo, baby gorilla Joanne is showing her wild side.

Magic mushrooms, zombies and other immature things

Boxes containing magic mushrooms are displayed at a coffee and smart shop in Rotterdam November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Boxes containing magic mushrooms are displayed at a coffee and smart shop in Rotterdam November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

We thought it was pixie dust

Scientists are studying the effects of psychedelic mushrooms in order to discover exactly how they alter human minds.

 

Jury’s still out on gummy bears

Dark chocolate may aid blood flow in the legs of patients suffering from artery disease.

Berkeley soda tax, NASA-funded climate change mission and other hippie stuff

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

In space, no one can hear you pollute

NASA launches the Delta 2 rocket, an unmanned vessel tasked with surveying where carbon dioxide moves in and out of the atmosphere.

 

Yes, Animal Style fries are worth it

McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell used to be America’s fast food kings. But pricier chains like In-N-Out and Chipotle are gaining ground with younger diners.

Policing pottymouths

Visitors watch Russian President Vladimir Putin's broadcast of a nationwide phone-in at a library in Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Visitors watch Russian President Vladimir Putin’s broadcast of a nationwide phone-in at a library in Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Watch your damn mouth 

Russia bans swearing in movies, plays, books and the Internet. Putin critics suggest perhaps this violates free speech.

 

‘Gay therapy’ fails to convert opinion

The Supreme Court declines to hear arguments in favor of overturning a California ban on “gay conversion” treatment.

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