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"Too pretty" label mars South Korean boxing starlet's win

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 22:32

By Narae Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - When romantic actress Lee Si-young swapped her glamorous roles in South Korean dramas for boxing gloves in a bid to win an Olympic medal, her victories triggered a storm of protest that has marred her unexpected success in the ring. The 31-year-old, better known for her roles in TV shows such as "Wild Romance" and "Boys Before Flowers", had tears of joy in her eyes when she defeated 19-year-old Kim Da-som by 22 points to 20 in the 48 kg (106 lb) class at the South Korean national team tryouts in late April. ...

Sophia top baby name for U.S. girls; Messiah and King on the rise for boys

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 21:41

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said on Thursday. Jacob has become a standby for boys' names, topping that category for the 14th straight year. Liam and Elizabeth broke into the Top 10 at No. 6 and No. 10 respectively, the SSA said in a statement. But rising on the list are a couple of less traditional, but more attention-grabbing names. ...

Ore. smokejumpers skydive into illegal pot garden

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 18:20
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.

Landlord mistakes tenant’s tomato plants for pot, calls cops

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:21
You say “tomato”, I say, “illegal pot farm on a Brooklyn rooftop.” A resident in a Brooklyn apartment building got an unexpected, and unmerited, visit from the police after his superintendent called the cops to report an illegal pot-growing operation on the building’s roof. There was just one small problem―the plants growing on the building’s [...]

Your Prius does not impress them. Workers commute via excavators

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:06
Think your commute is fraught with peril? Check out what these workers in Siberia go through to get to their jobs. This video is a few months old, but it's getting renewed interest, thanks to a segment on "Today." In the clip, bridge builders take turns climbing into the scooper of an excavator and taking [...]

Animated graphic illustrates impact of meteorites on Earth

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 15:45
Meteroites-–debris from space that falls to Earth, usually in a fiery blaze-–are few and far between. And they’re especially rare to witness. But over the millennia, they add up. A cool animated visualization by Carlo Zapponi called Bolides tracks the meteorites that have collided with Earth, focusing on ones that were seen falling and then [...]

16-year-old girl, born without legs and one arm, is now a swimming champ

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 14:07
Kayla Wheeler was born with three congenital amputations: missing both legs and one arm. Her doctor recommended swimming as a form of physical therapy. And now, at age 16, Wheeler is literally breaking world records. Massachusetts CNN affiliate KCPQ reports that Wheeler already has competed in Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands and has her sights [...]

Woman accused of slapping deputy so she’d go to jail and quit smoking

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:45
File this one under "B" for "Bad Ideas." A woman allegedly slapped a Sacramento County deputy in order to get arrested. Why? So she would go to jail and be forced to give up smoking cigarettes. CBS-Sacramento reports that Deputy Matt Campoy was leaving his shift when he felt a slap across his face. "It [...]

Mass. panel: No profanity on rapper's headstone

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:13
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Commissioners at a Massachusetts cemetery have said no to profanity on headstones.

Arizona climber and his dog apparently stung to death by bees

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 05:41
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona climber has been found dead, dangling from a rope on a cliff face south of Tucson, after apparently being stung to death by bees, police said on Wednesday. Steven Wallace Johnson, 55, a counselor with some 30 years experience hiking and climbing, headed into the mountains south of Tucson on Friday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said. Johnson was reported missing on Monday by co-workers after he failed to show up for work. A Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team found his body that afternoon, Estrada said. ...

China probes reports of film director Zhang Yimou's seven children

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 23:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have begun investigating reports that Zhang Yimou, one of China's best-known movie directors, has seven children in violation of strict family planning rules, which could result in a fine of 160 million yuan ($26.05 million), state media said on Thursday. Online reports have surfaced that Zhang, who dazzled the world in 2008 with his Beijing Olympic ceremonies, "has at least seven children and will face a 160 million yuan fine," said the website of the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece. ...

Man uses spoon to break out of Russian maximum-security prison

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 20:27
One man, using only a spoon, has escaped from one of Russia’s most infamous prisons. Sky News reports that 33-year-old Oleg Topalov escaped from Matrosskaya Tishina, apparently by using a single spoon to dig a hole through his cell’s ceiling. He is only the fourth person in 20 years to escape from the prison. Russian [...]

Brazilian woman survives harpoon shooting

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:56

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.

Scratch-and-sniff cards prompt natural gas scare

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 15:41
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Those scratch-and-sniff cards the energy company sends to customers to teach them to recognize the artificial smell added to natural gas? Turns out they work pretty well.

Kenya co. turns old sandals into colorful objects

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 14:40

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and warthogs made in a Nairobi workshop were once only dirty pieces of rubber cruising the Indian Ocean's currents.

Senior class president suspended after tweet about high-school sports

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 14:18
Was his tweet a bullying act, or merely the stating of a fact? Either way, reports the Wichita Eagle, the senior class president of Heights High School in Kansas has been suspended and banned from participating in most of this year’s graduation activities after posting a tweet about the school’s athletic program. “‘Heights U’ is [...]

Brazilian woman survives harpoon accident

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 12:54
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian health officials say a 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon.

Charles Ramsey gets autotuned, and not everyone is pleased

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 12:10
Charles Ramsey’s account of his rescue of Amanda Berry, believed to have been held captive along with two other young women in a Cleveland home for a decade, already had gotten attention on the Web. Now, Ramsey is being celebrated for his way with words the way only the Internet can do it: with a [...]

Puppy survives after being locked in car for nearly a month

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 11:46
A 12-week-old puppy has miraculously overcome a harrowing ordeal and survived being locked inside an impounded car for nearly a month. The Kansas City, Mo., animal shelter now caring for the terrier and schnauzer mix they’ve named Kia said she survived by eating trash left in the car from a McDonald’s restaurant. However, she apparently [...]

Houston braces for giant snail invasion

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 09:59
Houston, we have a problem. A giant African land snail has been spotted in a Houston garden, and residents are being warned to stay away from it—and to watch out for others. Texas station KPRC reports that the slow-moving menaces are sometimes carriers of a life-threatening meningitis. It "can cause a lot of harm to [...]