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Financial ruin sends knitting nuns on the run

After racking up large debts financing a knitting business, an order of 55 Greek nuns has left their convent for a nearby monastery.

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Got a date? Welsh dairy farmers put personals ads on milk containers

Got milk? Got a date? A group of dairy farmers are putting singles ads on milk cartons in the hopes of finding Mr. or Mrs. Right in the far-flung countryside of Wales.

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Bought on eBay: Australian man's life for £7,500

An Australian man who has offered his life for sale on the Internet auction site eBay says he is prepared to accept a bid of £7,500.

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Trudeau-signed Charter for sale on eBay

A rare copy of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with Pierre Elliott Trudeau's signature is now for sale on eBay, but one museum expert doubts it'll fetch much despite its historical importance.

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A beefy beer for man's best friend

Dog biscuits and squeaky toys weren't reward enough for one Dutch pet-shop owner who wanted to brew up a beef beer for her pet Weimaraners.

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Whopper of a wine bottle hits New York City

The biggest wine bottle in the world — more than 1.8 metres tall and weighing 585 kilograms — arrived in New York City from Australia for a quick date with U.S. connoisseurs.

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Probation for teen accused of Wi-Fi theft

A Singaporean teenager who illegally tapped into a neighbor's wireless internet network — an offense the city-state deems punishable by jail — was placed on 18 months' probation by a district court Tuesday.

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Japanese bakery head quits over use of expired milk, eggs

The president of a major Japanese cake and candy maker said Monday he was stepping down after acknowledging the company had repeatedly used old milk and other ingredients in products, including cream puffs.

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Multi-tasking toilet puts pets in the bathroom

Fishing for the perfect place to put an aquarium? Look no further than the bathroom, a U.S. company suggests.

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Chicago servers and stores ignore foie gras ban

Many upscale restaurants and gourmet grocery stores in Chicago continue to sell foie gras, five months after the city banned the sale of the liver delicacy.

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Hip hats pay homage to the dumps

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but no one was expecting this.

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Controversial stun gun gets sleek, shiny makeover

The makers of the controversial Taser are at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas on Monday to unveil flashy new pink and silver models of the stun gun for personal use.

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Credit card company clears cat's application

A Melbourne cat, deemed a low credit risk, has been issued a Visa card with a respectable $4,200 US spending limit after his owner submitted an application in her pet's name.

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Rare nickel fails to fetch a cent at auction

A rare nickel, thought to be worth about $5 million US, did not attract any investors at auction Tuesday.

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Pampered pups enjoy deluxe hotel massage

Austin ricochets around the Ritz-Carlton hotel room, bouncing from bed to chair and leaping high to lick the face of his personal masseuse. He's an energetic four-year-old pug, so there is a lot of wriggling as his "privileged pup" pet massage begins. But soon his eyelids droop and his tiny muscles relax under the soothing touch of Darlene Davison, the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota's spa director.

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