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Virginia woman mauled to death by her dogs, police say

<b>Police in rural Virginia have released disturbing details about a woman who they say was killed by her two dogs while taking them for a walk last week.</b><p>Four days after Bethany Stephens, 22, was found, police held a second press conference to describe her death and refute rumours of foul play.<p>When …

Lawmaker 'used tax funds to settle sexual harassment claim'

<b>A Republican congressman allegedly used a tax-payer funded account to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with his former spokeswoman, US media report.</b><p>Congressman Blake Farenthold reportedly paid $84,000 (£62,000) to a former aide after she sued him in 2014, claiming he had created an unsafe work …

Kim Wall death: Danish inventor Madsen admits dismembering journalist

<b>The Danish inventor Peter Madsen has admitted dismembering the body of Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his submarine, but denies killing her.</b><p>Danish police said in a statement that he also admitted dumping her body parts in the sea.<p>He told police she had died in August from carbon monoxide …

UK diver swims to safety after Australia shark scare

<b>A British diver says he swam 7.5km (4.5 miles) to safety off the coast of Australia after losing sight of his boat and being "followed" by a shark.</b><p>John Craig, 34, had been spear-fishing underwater in Western Australia on Friday when he surfaced and could not see the boat, being crewed by a …

Journalist Kim Wall's head found in sea near Copenhagen

<b>The head of Swedish journalist Kim Wall has been found, two months after she disappeared on a trip with a Danish submariner, Danish police say.</b><p>Divers found bags containing her head, legs and clothing in Koge Bay, just south of Copenhagen, the city's police inspector Jens Moller Jensen said.<p>They …

Carrot-coloured sports car damaged by hungry German donkey

<b>A German luxury sports car driver has won his case against a hungry donkey.</b><p>On 15 September last year, Markus Zahn left his bright orange McLaren Spider in a car park bordering a paddock in Vogelsberg, a district in Hesse state.<p>A donkey called Vitus then chomped on the back of his car, he said. The …

British war bride and Canada groom die within hours of each other

<b>A British wartime bride and her Canadian veteran husband have died five hours apart - a month after celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.</b><p>George and Jean Spear met in 1941 at a dance hall near London, while he was stationed in Britain during the Second World War.<p>The couple passed away in an …

Narcos location scout shot dead in central Mexico

<b>A location scout for the Netflix crime drama Narcos has been shot dead while working in central Mexico.</b><p>The bullet-riddled body of Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found in his car in a rural area in the town of Temascalapa, in Mexico state, one of the country's most violent.<p>Mexican officials were …

French girl mutilated by rats in night attack at home

<b>A disabled French girl covered in rat bites is critically ill in hospital after a pack swarmed into her bedroom in northern France.</b><p>The 14-year-old paraplegic was sleeping on the ground floor when the attack happened, in a rented house in Roubaix.<p>A medical expert quoted by France Info said the girl …

Sweden: Wedding ring 'found on carrot' after 16 years

Lena Paahlsson says the ring was on a small carrot she was about to discard<p><b>A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it, says a newspaper.</b><p>Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself, reports …

Woman finds long-lost diamond ring on carrot in garden

<b>A Canadian woman got an extra carrot with her diamond ring when it was found in her vegetable patch 13 years after she lost it.</b><p>Mary Grams, 84, was devastated when she lost the ring while weeding on the family farm in Alberta in 2004.<p>But she had kept the ring's loss a secret from all but her son for …

Post-mortems reveal how French men died during a meal

<b>Post-mortems in France have explained the mystery of how two men found dead together after a meal perished.</b><p>Lucien Pérot, 69, who had been drinking, choked on a 44g (1.5oz) beef rib he could not chew, reportedly because he had several teeth missing.<p>Olivier Boudin, 38, who had a pre-existing genetic …

Squeezing every penny into the tank can cost big dollars down the road

It’s a habit many of us as drivers have and exercise every day – when refueling, we keep clicking at the nozzle handle to round out our purchase or …

US woman shoots boyfriend in YouTube stunt

<b>A Minnesota woman has been charged over the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, in what authorities say was a social media stunt gone wrong.</b><p>Monalisa Perez, 19, was booked into county jail after shooting at Pedro Ruiz as he held a book to his chest, believing it would stop the bullet.<p>The couple's …

Venezuela crisis: Hunt for pilot after attack on Supreme Court

<b>The Venezuelan military is hunting for a rogue elite police officer suspected of carrying out a helicopter attack on the country's Supreme Court.</b><p>Oscar Pérez posted Instagram videos admitting the attack and calling on Venezuelans to rise up against the government of President Nicolás Maduro.<p>The …

Russian defence minister's plane 'buzzed' by Nato jet

<b>A Nato fighter jet has approached a Russian plane carrying the defence minister but was chased away by a Russian escort jet, Russian media say.</b><p>They say the incident happened in international airspace over the Baltic when Sergei Shoigu was flying to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.<p>Nato says it …

Tom Hardy apprehends 'fleeing motorbike thief' in London

<b>Actor Tom Hardy helped to apprehend a man who had allegedly stolen a motorbike in London, police have said.</b><p>The Hollywood star stepped in after two teenagers on the bike crashed into a car in Richmond, south-west London, on Sunday afternoon.<p>They ran off before one was grabbed by the Mad Max and …

Will North Korea fire a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland? Probably.

By Anna Fifield<p>Anna Fifield<p>Beijing bureau chief.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>SEOUL — North Korea has made no secret of its desire to build an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, capable of reaching the continental United States.<p>In his New Year’s Day address, Kim Jong Un said that North Korea has …

North Korea

Dutch student flies to Sydney, Nova Scotia by accident

<b>A Dutch student learned the hard way that some deals are too good to be true when he landed in Sydney, Canada instead of Sydney, Australia.</b><p>Milan Schipper told the CBC that he bought his flight because it was much cheaper than all the other tickets.<p>Instead of heading straight to the beach, as he had …

Apple, Samsung and Microsoft react to Wikileaks' CIA dump

<b>Several of the tech firms whose products have been allegedly compromised by the CIA have given their first reactions to the claims.</b><p>Wikileaks published thousands of documents said to detail the US spy agency's hacking tools on Tuesday.<p>They included allegations the CIA had developed ways to listen in …

Night-time in America's small towns

Photographer Daniel Freeman made the ultimate road trip across America to follow in the footsteps of photographers such as Stephen Shore, William Eggleston and Robert Frank.<p>Starting in Boston, on the east coast, and ending on the west in Oakland, California, Freeman deliberately avoided the big …

A new video shows Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with a driver over fares

The driver asks why the CEO has “dropped the prices” on its UberBlack service.<p>A new video published by Bloomberg shows Uber CEO Travis Kalanick getting into an argument with a driver at the end of a ride.<p>Before Kalanick exits the vehicle, the driver starts talking to the CEO about the status of the …

Why the internet was so screwed up today

Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3, the cloud computing service that backs many major sites and services, including Netflix, Airbnb, Giphy and 148,213 …

Cloud Computing

Utah 14-year-old girl shot in head for '$55 and an iPod'

Deserae Turner, 14, was ambushed and robbed, police say<p><b>A teenage girl found shot in the back of the head in the US state of Utah was targeted for her valuables and $55 (£44) in cash, authorities say.</b><p>Deserae Turner, 14, was discovered clinging to life in a dry canal last Friday by friends of her …

Bristol University student accidentally made explosive

<b>University buildings were evacuated when a student accidentally made the same highly explosive substance that was used in the Paris terror attacks.</b><p>An investigation by Bristol University has found that triacetone triperoxide (TATP) was "unintentionally formed during a routine procedure".<p>A cordon was …

Tennis star Bouchard honours Super Bowl blind date bet

<b>Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has honoured her promise to join a 20-year-old student for a date, after he won their Twitter wager over the US Super Bowl.</b><p>While the Atlanta Falcons were 21-0 ahead, Ms Bouchard predicted their victory online.<p>But when New England Patriots fan John Goehrke bet …

Helicopter pilot lands to ask for directions in Kazakhstan

A lorry driver has captured the moment a military pilot landed on a Kazakhstan highway to ask for help after getting lost.<p>He asked the way to the north-western city of Aktobe, to the amusement of two lorry drivers in radio communication.<p>The Ministry of Defence said the pilot had been taking part in …

Kim Jong-nam: More arrests over airport poisoning

<b>Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in Malaysia.</b><p>A female Indonesian suspect and a Malaysian man thought to be her boyfriend were both detained on Thursday.<p>A woman travelling on a Vietnamese passport has …

Slain Florida priest begs mercy from beyond grave for accused

<b>A Florida priest murdered last year has appealed from beyond the grave for his alleged killer to be shown mercy.</b><p>Reverend Rene Robert enshrined his opposition to the death penalty in a letter he wrote 22 years ago, in which he apparently foresaw his own killing.<p>The Catholic priest's note requested …