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Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis. “My client is devastated,” said Banks’ attorney John Graves. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the hospital, the Simon-Williamson Clinic, Urology Centers of Alabama and two doctors, Graves said.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 1:28 am

Police puzzled by dolls left on porches in California city

Handout of a combination photo showing two of the porcelain dolls found on doorsteps of numerous residences in the Talega community of San ClementePolice said on Thursday they were investigating porcelain dolls that had been left on the doorsteps of at least eight homes in a Southern California beach city that homeowners said bore a resemblance their daughters. The dolls were found over the past week on porches in San Clemente, a community of more than 60,000 people about 65 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Orange County Sheriff's Lieutenant Jeff Hallock said in a written statement. "Families in each of the homes where porcelain dolls were left voiced concern that the dolls resembled their daughters," Hallock said.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:41 am

Milwaukee barber sentenced for role in Stradivarius violin theft

The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery is pictured in Milwaukee, WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Milwaukee barber received a 3-1/2-year prison sentence on Thursday for supplying a stun gun used in the theft of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin from a concert violinist. Universal Knowledge Allah, 37, was also sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court to 3-1/2 years of extended supervision after his release for being party to felony robbery in the theft of the violin, which was made in 1715. "I just want to humbly apologize to you and everyone for making this mistake," Allah told the court before the sentence was handed down. Allah, who has been a barber for 18 years in Milwaukee, was found guilty of supplying the stun gun to Salah Jones, who faces trial on charges he incapacitated Frank Almond with the weapon as the musician left a performance in a Milwaukee suburb on Jan. 27.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 12:38 am

NJ Turnpike Authority wants Florida pizzeria logo off the menu

While its meatball pizzas and hoagies might mimic the pleasures of the Jersey Shore, it’s the logo of a Florida Keys pizzeria that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority says goes too far in evoking the Garden State. The agency this week sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza in New Jersey federal court, saying its logo “directly copied and appropriated” that of the Garden State Parkway. “There’s no way someone is going to mistake my logo for that of the parkway – we’re 1,300 miles away,” said Paul DiMatteo, co-owner of the Tavernier, Florida, restaurant, which also has a franchise in Florida City. In the shop’s design, “Jersey Boardwalk Pizza” replaces “Garden State Parkway,” with the addition of “Subs.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 11:35 pm

Kid Banned From Doughnut Shop After Asking Stranger If She Is Expecting

Why is the sky blue? Are we there yet? Kids like to ask questions. But childlike inquisition can apparently get you banned from a doughnut shop. A mom claims she and her 4-year-old son were kicked out of the Doughnut Inn in Monroe, Conn., because he asked another customer if she was eating for two.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 8:19 pm

Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 8:03 pm

Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down

COTATI, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:56 pm

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet

Southwest Airlines jets wait on the tarmac at Denver International Airport in Denver(Story refiled to correct typographical error on third paragraph) (Reuters) – A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read "RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. Once at the gate, the agent said that unless the tweet was deleted, police would be called and the family would not be allowed back onboard.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:51 pm

State ends hunt for snake in New Jersey lake

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey’s largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn’t hungry.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:15 pm

Tortoise an accomplice in alligator’s zoo escape?

NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:06 pm

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The Queen ‘photobombs’ a selfie at the Commonwealth Games

Two Australian Commonwealth Games hockey players were left stunned when the Queen appeared smiling in the background of their selfie

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:58 am

Street art meets railway tracks: graffiti by Bordalo II

Bordalo II uses parallel rail lines on which to paint his vibrant works, with topics from online music to greedy business leaders

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:00 am

Police spend £5,000 on flowers to deter criminals

The display in Bristol, used as a deterrent to miscreants and petty criminals, is believed to be the first time flowers have been used to combat crime

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 9:58 pm

Biggest British barrel jellyfish caught on camera

Diver Robert Lenfert swims next to the imposing presence of a huge barrel jellyfish, the biggest one filmed in UK waters

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 8:41 pm

Drone finds missing man in 20 minutes

Guillermo DeVenecia, who has Alzheimer’s, went missing for three days but thanks to David Lesh’s drone, he was found in 20 minutes

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 6:36 pm

World’s first driveable deckchair hits Brighton beach

The world’s first driveable deckchair is unveiled at Brighton beach in front of hundreds of holidaymakers

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 5:20 pm

How to charge your phone with apples and potatoes

Intrigued Londoners looked on today as a mobile phone was charged by a strange contraption made of 800 apples and potatoes connected with nails and copper wire

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:09 pm

Three year old crashes family car into pub garden

Toddler started engine and drove car down two embankments and into a pub garden

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 3:49 pm

Bank robbery suspect wore t-shirt with his name on during heist

John David Martinez told his wife he had borrowed the money after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a bank in Denver, Colorado

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 3:32 pm

Remote-controlled car crashes into man at 100 mph

Man is left injured when a remote-controlled car hits his leg at high speed

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 3:04 pm

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Guinness World Record for Mexican mezcal bottle

A bottle of mezcal lands a world record for the most expensive bottle of its kind ever sold. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 8:57 pm

Shipping containers repurposed as affordable housing in Washington

Repurposed sea cargo containers are being used to build an innovative apartment building in Washington. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:44 pm

Brazilian man may be the oldest living person

Brazilian man has a birth certificate that states he is 126 years old, which could make him the oldest recorded living person by a decade. Roselle Chen reports.

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 8:58 pm

World’s largest ketchup bottle for sale

Giant iconic ketchup tank in Illinois for sale for $500,000. Linda So reports.

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 6:52 pm

San Diego Zoo welcomes newborn okapi calf

Two-week-old okapi calf walks on its wobbly legs at the San Diego Zoo. Roselle Chen reports.

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 3:53 pm

Who says fish can’t drive?

Dutch designers have built a prototype ‘car’ for fish. Equipped with a webcam, micro-computer and motorized wheels, the mobile fish tank utilizes computer vision technology to track its fish driver’s movements to get around. Jim Drury reports.

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 6:24 am

World snail racing champ crowned

Village in eastern England hosts World Snail Racing Championships. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 10:06 pm

Prince George birthday preview

A look at Britain’s Prince George ahead of his first birthday. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 7:43 pm

San Diego Zoo welcomes new, rare rhino calf

An endangered black rhino baby is the newest resident at the San Diego Zoo. Sasha Salama reports.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 4:49 pm

Monet masterpiece shrunk down to the size of dust mite

Scientists have reproduced Monet’s “Impression Sunrise” using a new method of nano-printing. At 300 micrometers in size, about the width of two strands of hair, the mini masterpiece is the smallest work of art in the world. Ben Gruber reports.

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:39 am