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Love witch fails to cast spell, refund demanded

A self-proclaimed witch in Germany is being forced to issue a refund for failing to cast a love spell on a frustrated client's former boyfriend.

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Keep your pets safe, not spooked on Halloween

While Halloween can offer some spooky but safe thrills to young trick-or-treaters, the haunting holiday can often be a stressful time for pets, the Humane Society of Canada is cautioning.

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Want to spend less at the pump? Lose some weight

A new study suggests that Americans are burning nearly four billion more litres of gasoline each year than they did in 1960 because of their expanding waistlines. Simply put, more weight in the car means lower gas mileage.

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Is white the new Halloween orange?

In patches across the country, a growing number of farmers are pulling white – not orange – pumpkins out of their fields.

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Just say no to downloading, Hollywood boy scouts told

Boy scouts in the Los Angeles area will now be able to earn an activity patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music.

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Paris mayor sends Chirac's vintage wine collection to auction

For decades, the corridors beneath Paris City Hall in France harboured a wine lover's fantasyland of carefully collected grands and premiers crus – until Friday, when nearly 5,000 bottles headed for the auction block.

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Halloween enthusiast carves out place in pumpkin history

Ric Griffith already has 2,400 pumpkins in his backyard in Kenova, W. Va., and there are 600 more to be delivered.

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Copy cats too costly: U.S. cat-cloning company closes its doors

The market for cloned cats ain't what it used to be. In fact, it never was.

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Free Bubba: A lobster's tale from the fish counter to freedom

A seven-year-old girl who wanted to set free a grocery store lobster has gotten her wish.

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All I want for Christmas is a trip to the moon

Luxury department store Neiman Marcus is featuring some out-of-this-world gifts in its new holiday catalogue released Tuesday.

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Cocaine, the 'carbonated atomic fireball' drink

A controversial new energy drink selling at clubs in New York and California is being criticized for its highly provocative name.

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Small is the new big in desserts

The cupcake is a classic, let's face it. An unsung favourite for eons, in recent years it has hit the culinary pop charts, even the art scene. The sugary little darlings have become big business, but they still retain their cosy place in our hearts.

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