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Lupita Nyong’o's $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ

File photo of actress Lupita Nyong'o arriving at the 87th Academy Awards in HollywoodThe $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site TMZ.com after learning the pearls on the dress were fake, according to officials and the website. TMZ said the thief took the Calvin Klein dress from Nyong'o's hotel room on Wednesday after finding the door ajar. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Michael White told reporters at a Friday news conference that they received a call around 3 p.m. local time from a media outlet who reported hearing from an anonymous caller that the dress had been returned to the London Hotel. The media source said the thief removed two pearls from the dress and took them to the Garment District in downtown Los Angeles where they were told they were not real, according to White.

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 5:52 am

Oregon sheriff investigates case of ‘stolen’ log cabin

By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Sheriff’s deputies in Oregon are investigating the peculiar case of a log cabin that was reported stolen only to be found two days later less than a mile from where it was taken, authorities said Friday. The mystery began earlier this week when a man identifying himself as a co-owner of the vacant cabin, which occupied about 1,400 square feet on a remote lot some 270 miles south of Portland, had been snatched from its foundation. “I’ve seen a lot of scams but I’ve never seen an entire house gone missing,” Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah, who has spent 40 years in law enforcement. It had been jacked up and hauled off by a hired logging company, Detective Eric Shepherd said.  It turned out, Shepherd said, that one of three individuals claiming to hold title to the cabin had sold the property to a fourth person without informing the putative co-owner who had discovered it missing.

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 12:25 am

Dude, where’s my car: NASCAR machine stolen before race

NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil uses a cell phone in the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/John Amis)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 10:58 pm

Dude, where’s my race car?

(Reuters) – NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil was left without a ride for this weekend’s race after his orange stock car was stolen from a motel parking lot early Friday, forcing him to drop out of the event. Kvapil and other Team Xtreme members were staying at the Drury Inn in suburban Atlanta when they discovered that their truck, 26-foot trailer and the most valuable contents inside – their primary car and a backup engine – had vanished from the parking lot. …

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 9:55 pm

Debate rages over color of dress photographed in rare light

Shop manager Debbie Armstrong adjusts a two tone dress in a window display of a shop in Lichfield, England, Friday Feb. .27, 2015. It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 9:31 pm

Maine weighs revoking seat belt law days after 75-car pileup

In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 near Bangor, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the pileup in Etna happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland says some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It's an effort that even the bill's sponsor acknowledges is poor timing.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 8:38 pm

Seattle woman knocked unconscious in drive-by egg throwing incident

Seattle police searched on Friday for a vandal who hurled an egg at a woman standing outside a local bar, striking her in the head and knocking her unconscious in an apparently random drive-by attack, officials said. The woman had been standing with several friends when someone in a passing truck let loose a volley of eggs early Tuesday, Seattle police said in a news release. An employee of the bar was also struck by an egg but wasn’t injured. Experts say injuries from a jolt or strike to the head from items used as projectiles, such as an egg or tennis ball, have been known to cause injuries ranging from mild concussions to severe brain injuries, as well as death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 6:50 pm

2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

In this image taken from video and provided by abc15.com, men lasso one of two quick-footed llamas after they dashed in and out of traffic before they were captured, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Sun City, Ariz., a Phoenix-area retirement community. The llamas thwarted numerous attempts by sheriff's deputies and bystanders to round them up before they were roped into custody. (AP Photo/abc15.com) MANDATORY CREDIT.PHOENIX (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 1:17 pm

Cops: Man abandoned backhoe in big hole he dug in rural road

PRATTSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say they’ve charged a Rochester man with using excavating equipment to dig a 40-foot-long, 12-foot-deep hole in a rural road in the middle of the night and not telling anyone about it.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 12:58 pm

Fog machine in art installation prompts false fire alarms

Machine-generated fog that's part of "A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle" by artist Jennifer Wen Ma, wafts over the installation in Pittsburgh's Market Square on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says firefighters have been called to the location at least twice, including once Thursday morning, by people who mistook machine-generated fog that's part of a new art installation for smoke. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Where there's smoke, there's fire. But fog signals art, as Pittsburgh firefighters are quickly learning.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 4:58 am

Weird News – Funny and strange news – How About That

Watch: Man jumps into bath of Coke covered in Mentos

YouTube user Hajime covers himself in Mentos before jumping into a bath of Coke…you can guess what happens next

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 11:11 am

Premium Bonds: You’re 2,000 times more likely to win £1m than?…?zilch

Dan Hyde disagrees with Martin Lewis’s verdict on Premium Bonds, based on sums from moneysavingexpert’s own calculator

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 8:00 am

Animal photos of the week: 28 February 2015

All creatures great and small in our ever popular animal gallery.

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 7:00 am

The week in pictures: 27 February 2015

A round-up of our favourite photographs of the week

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 6:01 am

Dressgate: how optical illusion left the world baffled about dress colour

Dressgate left social media users scratching their heads in existential angst

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 6:00 am

How #Dressgate left the world baffled

Dressgate left social media users scratching their heads in existential angst

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 6:00 am

Watch: Unlucky pug faceplants log

Lively pug fails to leap over log in an epic faceplant accident

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 9:56 pm

#Dressgate: How the internet stressed out over colours

The Telegraph goes forensic on #TheDress – is it #blackandblue or #whiteandgold? – and which celebrities took their rage to Twitter

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 5:29 pm

#TheDress: 10 optical illusions that will frazzle your brain

We run through 10 more optical illusions after #TheDress trends around the world

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 5:06 pm

#TheDress: #blueandblack or #whiteandgold – the science

Some people see the dress as black and blue, others see it as white and gold – the social media world has been split into two aggressive camps

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 4:11 pm

Reuters Video: Oddly Enough

Baby orca whale and mother swim together in Puget Sound

Video captures a baby orca whale and its mother swimming through Washington State’s Puget Sound. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 2:42 am

Bugs creep onto Thai store shelves

A Thai entrepreneur gives edible bugs more upmarket appeal. Tara Cleary reports.

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 10:34 pm

Baby gorilla melts hearts at Chicago zoo

A baby gorilla’s loving gaze melts hearts, as she makes her debut at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Posted on 27 February 2015 | 8:14 pm

Llama drama in Arizona

Llamas on the loose – as two of the animals dart through the streets of Sun City, Arizona, dodging police and traffic before finally being lassoed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Posted on 26 February 2015 | 9:11 pm

New York barber gives custom cuts in LGBT-friendly shop

Offering a space free of judgment, a Brooklyn barber serves LGBT customers who want a “boy-like” do. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 26 February 2015 | 8:59 pm

Peru displays dozens of ancient artefacts, recovered from overseas

Looted antiquities are unveiled in Peru after being stolen and then recovered. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 26 February 2015 | 6:04 pm

Bionic eye gives blind man sight

A 68-year-old man who has been without sight for 10 years gets some vision back with the help of a bionic eye. Jeanne Yurman reports.

Posted on 25 February 2015 | 6:45 pm

The Catholic church hits the metro

Officials from the Catholic church in Mexico City have set up parishes in train stations to better serve the faithful. Jeanne Yurman reports.

Posted on 25 February 2015 | 5:19 pm

Fashion designer hits the road for inspiration

At London Fashion Week English designer Anya Hindmarch unveils a new collection inspired while driving her car. Jeanne Yurman reports.

Posted on 24 February 2015 | 10:16 pm

Cuban cigar maker predicts big U.S. market share

Executives from Cuba’s largest cigar maker, Habanos say they’ll soon capture up to a third of the U.S. market if the embargo is lifted. Jeanne Yurman reports.

Posted on 24 February 2015 | 7:19 pm