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Lightning strikes twice

Lightning illuminates the sky during a thunderstorm over the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern, Switzerland, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

Lightning illuminates the sky over the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern, Switzerland. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

Gallery: When lightning strikes

Reuters compiles its most compelling images of extreme thunderstorms.

 

Obesity rates climb higher

In 20 U.S. states, at least 30 percent of adults are now classified as obese, according to federal data.

 

Can’t sleep? Blame your early ancestors

New findings show many mammals inherited their nocturnal ways.

 

A firearm, some chemicals and a room full of college students

An Idaho chemistry professor shoots himself in the foot with a semiautomatic handgun he stored in his pocket during a class.

 

Second verse, same as the first?

A hunter in Washington state accidentally shoots himself with a bow and arrow. He’s fine.

 

Video: ‘Face/Off’ just got a lot less interesting 

An artist alters human faces using a three-dimensional projection system. Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Summer may be over – but the heat remains

The lava flows on the the ground after the Bardabunga volcano erupted again in Iceland, August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Armann Hoskuldsson

The lava flows on the the ground after the Bardabunga volcano erupted again in Iceland, August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Armann Hoskuldsson

Gallery: Is it hot in here? Or is it just the magma? An Icelandic lava field near the Vatnajokull glacier begins to erupt.   Po-tay-to, po-tah-to A Venezuelan Socialist Party member amends the Lord’s Prayer, swapping out “God” for “Chavez.”   Sushi, anyone? Almost two-dozen different types of fish leap back onto conservationists’ “sustainable” category, making them a suitable dinner option for seafood lovers after years of overfishing.   Video: Training vets? Call in robo-pup A mechanical pooch gives veterinary students hands-on training.   It’s a three-hour flight A passenger plane from New York La Guardia to West Palm Beach lands early, after two passengers get into a fight over seat reclining. This is the third tiff of its kind in a week.   Gallery: Yea, it’s definitely hot in here Call it Summer’s last gasp? New York City hits 92 degrees for the first time this year — and city dwellers fight to beat the heat. A man is silhouetted against a fountain, outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A man is silhouetted against a fountain, outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The tri and error method?

  Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Seek medical attention if your race lasts more than four hours

Triathlons draw more middle-aged athletes looking for a new challenge.

 

Big Brother is watching the person who’s watching you

Ferguson, Missouri police officers will now wear body cameras, after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked outrage.

 

Paging Dan Snyder…

A California school redesigns the logo for its mascot, “the Arabs,” after some complained the image was offensive.

Like a rolling stone

  A trail left by a rock implanted with a motion-activated Global Positioning System (GPS) unit is seen in the so-called Racetrack Playa of California's Death Valley. REUTERS/SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

A trail left by a rock implanted with a motion-activated GPS unit is seen in Death Valley. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego/Handout via REUTERS

Still no clue what Stonehenge’s deal is

Researchers believe they’ve cracked the mystery behind Death Valley’s peculiar sliding rocks.

 

Even better? No one has to dance to ‘Gangnam Style’ now

A Pittsburgh man turns his would-be wedding reception into a charity event, after his nuptials are cancelled.

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.

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.

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