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Seceding Caribou?

  The pastoral countryside of Aroostook County, Maine, near Caribou is seen in this picture taken July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dave Sherwood

The pastoral countryside of Aroostook County, Maine, near CaribouĀ is seen in this picture taken July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dave Sherwood

They need a vacation from Vacationland

A small town in Maine looks to secede from the U.S., complaining of what is sees as lavish spending by city government.

 

TakeĀ that, Etsy

Amazon will now offer custom 3D printing services to customers.

 

Prison amenities never sounded so lavish

Formerly incarcerated Amish farmers try to readjust after developing a taste for soda and a fondness for yoga and pool while behind bars.

 

Power? Check. Responsibility? Not so much.

A street performer dressed as Spiderman is charged with punching a police officer in Times Square.

 

Gallery: You had hotwheels – they got a mini Aston Martin

Silver spoon doesn’t even cut it: Reuters photographs some of the over-the-top gifts presented to Britain’s royal children over the years.

Satellites for martians

  A dune field on the planet Mars is shown in this handout photo taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter March 1, 2014 and provided by NASA May 2, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

A dune field on Mars is shown in this handout photo taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter March 1, 2014 and provided by NASA May 2, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

What, no Comcast?

NASA is seeking a commercially owned and operated satellite network provider for Mars.

 

Bringing home less bacon

Drought and disease push meat and seafood prices higher in the U.S.

 

Sour grapes

A former wine collector must pay $20 million for selling counterfeit bottles of wine.

Holy beer, unholy thefts

Brother Jonah Pociadlo cleans the filler machinery for bottling the Trappist Ale brewed at Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Brother Jonah Pociadlo cleans the filler machinery for bottling the Trappist Ale brewed at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Proof that God loves us?

A group of Massachusetts monks begins brewing Trappist Ale, hoping the beer sales will offset the healthcare costs of its aging members.

 

Speaking of religious karma

A group of thieves steal air conditioners from various rural churches in Tennessee. They (probably) escaped on foot down a road paved with good intentions.

Air pollution, sewage and smeared donuts

A motorist wearing a mask rides along a street near chimneys with rising smoke during a hazy day in Quzhou, Zhejiang province, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/William Hong

A motorist wearing a mask rides along a street near chimneys with rising smoke during a hazy day in Quzhou, Zhejiang province, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/William Hong

No coal in their stockings

Beijing shutters own coal-fired power plant in an effort to tackle rampant air pollution in China.

 

Would you like still, sparkling or sewage?

Faced with one of the worst droughts in history, a Texas town unveils a $13 million program to turn sewage into drinking water.

A boat, a bridge and a space ship

Jan Kara, Jakub Bures, Jan Brand and Jan Holan pedal their boat on the Elbe river near Kostelec nad Labem July 15, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Jan Kara, Jakub Bures, Jan Brand and Jan Holan pedal their boat on the Elbe river near Kostelec nad Labem July 15, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Gallery: Better than recycling?

Four men in the Czech Republic build a boat out of plastic bottles in an effort to draw attention to pollution.

 

Bridge, anyone?

Pennsylvania has 11 historic bridges — but not enough money to maintain them.

The past isn’t dead – especially when you’re a re-enactor

Scarlett o' Hara impersonator Joanna Griffin walks down Flat Shoals Road to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia, July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Scarlett o’ Hara impersonator Joanna Griffin walks down Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, Georgia, July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Frankly, they do give a damn

Despite incredulous onlookers, Civil War re-enactors (and a Scarlett o’Hara impersonator) gather to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.

 

No tight lips on censorship

Thai leaders threaten to shutter publications they deem too critical — and media outlets are none too pleased.

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.

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.

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