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A blue planet, a brown lawn

The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA

The sun reflects off the water in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA

Gallery: Whatever you do, don’t look down

Reuters features a series of jaw-dropping images taken from space.

 

Berlusconi’s break

An appeals court overturns the former prime minister of Italy’s conviction.

 

People are kind of the worst sometimes

A California town may fine a couple whose lawn turned brown when they decided to conserve water amid one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. The town claims the lawn is an eyesore.

 

On second thought, that children’s book isn’t dangerous: censors

Singapore scrapped plans to “pulp” a kid’s book about two male penguins who hatch an egg together.

 

My new boyfriend, ladies and gentlemen

A 29-year-old man steals beer from a convenience store – and then places a prank call to order five pizzas under his arresting officer’s name.

Build a better spider trap

  Race best sprinter jersey holder Cannondale team rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia leads a group of riders at the Tour de France. REUTERS/Papon Bernard/Pool

Race best sprinter jersey holder Cannondale team rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia leads a group of riders at the Tour de France. REUTERS/Papon Bernard/Pool

Gallery: Tour de exhaustion

The race for the coveted yellow jersey continues in France.

 

Diversity in the Marvel-verse

On the heels of its decision to make the next Thor a woman, Marvel announces the next Captain America will be African American.

 

Don’t turn Junior’s room into a gym just yet

A record number of Americans now live in multi-generational households, with younger adults returning home in droves.

When is a bird not a bird?

An artist's rendering shows the newly discovered feathered dinosaur, Changyuraptor yangi, in this image released on July 15, 2014, courtesy of the Natural History Museum. REUTERS/S. Abramowicz/Dinosaur Institute/NHM/Handout via Reuters

A rendering shows the feathered dinosaur in this image released on July 15, 2014, courtesy of the Natural History Museum. REUTERS/S. Abramowicz/Dinosaur Institute/NHM/Handout via Reuters

It’s a bird! It’s… wait, is it a bird?

The fossil belonging to a feathered, four-winged, avian-esque dinosaur blurs the lines between bird and beast.

 

Tightening the hose in California

Amid a brutal drought, state legislators introduce tougher penalties for water-wasters.

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.

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.

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