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Ancient tomb mosaic unveiled
Ancient tomb mosaic unveiled

ATHENS, Greece — Archaeologists digging through a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece have uncovered a floor mosaic that covers the whole area of a room seen as the antechamber to the main burial ground.

The mosaic, 10 feet ...

Woman with cancer plans to take her life in Oregon
Woman with cancer plans to take her life in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Brittany Maynard will not live to see if her advocacy makes a difference.

The 29-year-old woman expects to die no later than Nov. 1. If the brain cancer from which she suffers does not kill her in October, she plans to...

Eiffel Tower gets $38 million vertigo-inducing face lift
Eiffel Tower gets $38 million vertigo-inducing face lift

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower has been given a vertigo-inducing face lift as organizers celebrate the Paris monument’s 125th anniversary.

The 1,063-foot tower now has see-through glass floor panels on its first level. The four small...

Unwanted pound dog survives euthanasia attempt
Unwanted pound dog survives euthanasia attempt

OZARK, Ala. — Animal control officer Wanda Snell knows what she saw: A veterinarian inserted a needle into the black-and-brown mutt and injected a chemical meant to euthanize the dog no one had adopted. The animal moved a bit and was still and ...

Doves undergo anal search before Chinese event

Workers checked doves to ensure they weren’t carrying dangerous material

Donkeys reunited after sex scandal
Donkeys reunited after sex scandal

WARSAW, Poland — Napoleon is now back with his Antosia.

The two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland.

The couple, together for 10 years, got into...

Nurses stage Ebola  “die-in” on Vegas Strip
Nurses stage Ebola “die-in” on Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS — U.S. hospitals aren’t ready for an Ebola outbreak, according to nurses who staged a “die-in” Wednesday outside a Las Vegas Strip resort where they are holding a union convention.

A union spokesman pointed...

Boston time capsule found in head of lion statue

BOSTON — What appears to be a window to Boston’s past has turned up in a rather unusual place: the head of a lion’s statue on the building that once served as the seat of Massachusetts government.

The Bostonian Society,...

Man admits to killing his family in 911 call
Man admits to killing his family in 911 call

51-year-old also told dispatchers he would kill himself upon their arrival

Guests find homeless man in ritzy hotel suite

PITTSBURGH — Prosecutors in western Pennsylvania have dropped charges against a homeless man found squatting inside the presidential suite of a Pittsburgh hotel last fall.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Allegheny County...

Seattle to fine residents for not composting

SEATTLE — Seattle residents who fail to separate food waste from trash will be fined.

The City Council voted Monday to impose the fines for not composting.

When the ordinance goes into effect next year, homeowners found with food...

iPhone 6s selling for thousands in China

BEIJING — For those complaining about the price of a new iPhone, try buying one in China.

Delayed by governmental red tape, the iPhone 6 is selling for as much as 10 times the U.S. price in a thriving black market that’s popped up...

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