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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.

 

Bacon brings home the… oh, you know

A Francis Bacon triptych sells for a record-setting $45.4 million.

 

In his birthday suit

A Virginia man turns 23 — and celebrates by participating in a pub crawl, stripping naked in a pizza restaurant and leading police on a car chase.

 

These are not bluff sexts, people

Middle schoolers who “sext” are more likely to be sexually active, a study shows.

Of penguins and petunias

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on snow-covered sea ice in Antarctica. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on sea ice in Antarctica. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

Penguins in peril

Climate change may slash the population of emperor penguins by more than a fifth by 2100.

 

Stop and smell the roses – if you can

Air pollutants make it difficult for some pollinating insects to find flowers, which could hurt U.S. agriculture.

A new mammal, a new minimum wage and (possibly) a new saint

A Macroscelides micus elephant shrew found in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa is shown in this handout photo. REUTERS/California Academy of Sciences/Handout via Reuters

A Macroscelides micus elephant shrew found in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa is shown in this handout photo. REUTERS/California Academy of Sciences/Handout via Reuters

Science: It’s adorable 

Happy Friday: Researchers have discovered a new mammal! It’s a tiny mouse with a long nose and, inexplicably, it’s closely related to the elephant.

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water

That’s not a jellyfish, it’s a trash bag: American oceans may be more polluted than you thought.

Poop, lice, dead whales

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: I’ll start checking the want ads

A Tokyo museum unveils a robot newscaster. Sure, but can it provide quirky and engaging wrap-ups of obscure news stories?

 

But seriously, it’s a rough time to be a journalist

Big Brother is watching news: Thailand’s military authorities say they plan to monitor and crack down on media outlets that are critical of junta policies.

 

Gallery: Weak stomach? Maybe skip this one.

Japanese whalers demonstrate the controversial practice of butchering giant sea mammals.

Facebook foibles, big-time bikes

A bicycle decorated with polka dots hangs from the wall of a pub on the route of the Tour de France in Addingham, northern England June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A bicycle decorated with polka dots hangs from the wall of a pub on the route of the Tour de France in Addingham, northern England June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Slideshow: That other really big summer sporting tournament

Tour de France starting line host Britain gears up for the famed bicycle race, beginning July 5.

 

A kinder gentler road hog

Harley Davidson releases an electric motorcycle.

 

From poking to pokey

A man allegedly burglarizes a house – and is caught after leaving his Facebook profile open on the victim’s computer.

A gross understanding

  Visitors view the blooming of a five-foot-tall ''corpse'' flower at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida June 21, 2014. REUTERS/William S. Speer/Marie Selby Botanical Gardens/Handout via Reuters

Visitors view the blooming of a five-foot-tall ”corpse” flower at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. REUTERS/William S. Speer/Marie Selby Botanical Gardens/Handout via Reuters

Roses are red, violets are blue, this smells like death, we’re warning you

Two ‘corpse’ flowers (so called for the pungent, rotting flesh-like smell they emit) blossom at a Florida botanical garden, an exceedingly rare floral event.

Of knights and men

Men dressed as knights pose for a photo during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Perfect day for a sail

Reuters’ Alex Smith climbs aboard Ben Ainslie’s yacht for a voyage around the Isle of Wight where they talk about the next big event the Olympic sailor is preparing for — The America’s Cup.

 

Flesh wounds, minimal

Teams from 25 countries met in Croatia for an annual four-day event in which participants dress in medieval armor and fight, but not to the death. See pictures at Reuters’ The Wider Image.

Anti-pot Pope, football fracas and cash-minded children

A young Palestinian crawls under an obstacle during a military-style graduation ceremony.  REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A young Palestinian crawls under an obstacle during a military-style graduation ceremony. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Gallery: Camp – without the arts and crafts

At a Hamas summer camp in the Gaza Strip, kids learn the basics of military techniques.

 

No dope for the pope

The leader of the Roman Catholic church preaches hugs, not drugs – and he’s not a big fan of pot.

Earth extinction, plaguing pollution and wrecked Redwoods

National Park Service Ranger Jeff Denny heads into a grove of redwoods off Highway 101 outside of Orick, California June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Nick Adams

National Park Service Ranger Jeff Denny heads into a grove of redwoods off Highway 101 outside of Orick, California June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Nick Adams

Gallery: That’s Ranger Lorax, to you

They speak for the trees: National Park Service rangers in California take on Redwood tree poachers.

 

Video: This planet will self-destruct in 10, 9, 8…

A new study shows that Earth is on the brink of a massive extinction event.

 

Another link between pollution and health

Car exhaust, smog and other forms of air pollution can excelerate mental decline in older adults.

Climate change’s slippery slope, a black market’s day of reckoning

Cigarettes are seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Cigarettes are seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Stamping out cigarette trafficking

New regulations aim to track each and every cigarette produced in the EU, in an effort to crack down on the black market.

 

On the upside, they’ll make great water parks

Climate change poses a serious threat to tourism – ski resorts, in particular.

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