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Flame Goes out at Asian Games

The Asian Games' symbolic flame went out before the first day of competition had even ended, red-faced organizers admitted.

The cauldron at the main Incheon stadium, lit at a grand opening ceremony on Friday night, went out for 10 minutes late Saturday, organizing committee officials said.

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Having a Bawl: Japan's Sumo Wrestlers Grapple with Cry-Babies

Japanese parents watched with glee on Sunday as sumo wrestlers tried to reduce their babies to tears, in a centuries-old ritual believed to bring good health to bawling infants.

More than a hundred sobbing babies were subjected to the ordeal at Tokyo's Irugi Shrine, with their doting parents watching happily as the amateur wrestlers bounced them up and down in a makeshift sumo ring.

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Pole Dancing Being Used for Fitness

Poles have long been a staple of smoky strip clubs, but the women scaling and swinging from them in Las Vegas earlier this month weren't doing it for dollar bills.

Many of the attendees at the 3rd Annual Pole Expo are taking the lead of expo founder Fawnia Dietrich and refining their slinky craft as a workout activity.

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French Criminal Arranges Own Funeral to Escape Justice

A French criminal came up with a cunning plan to escape the long arm of the law by announcing his own funeral, which both the police and his unsuspecting granny attended.

The 26-year-old, wanted for a long list of offences including fraud and theft, placed a death notice in the Ouest-France regional paper and online.

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Director, Crew Held over Greek Nude Scene

A German avant-garde director and his crew spent a night in police custody over a racy nude scene shot in one of Greece's top monuments, a culture ministry source said on Friday.

Matthias Langhoff, 73, a naturalized French citizen, ran afoul of authorities whilst filming in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in the Peloponnese late on Wednesday.

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Insider Trading in the Digital Age: Use Post-it Notes

With no surreptitious phone call or text message on an illicit hot stock tip safe from US regulators, Frank Tamayo thought he had a perfect no-tech foil: post-it notes.

According to charges filed Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, for more than five years Tamayo used to turn over lucrative insider tips to his stock broker written on the small sticky notes.

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Bolivia's Evo Morales Plans to Open Restaurant after Politics

Bolivian President Evo Morales said he plans to open a barbeque restaurant after retiring from politics, a local newspaper reported Friday.

Morales is slated to win next year's election to serve a third term until 2020, after he could turn his attentions from politics to hospitality.

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Condoms Hottest Item at Asian Games

Athletes are snapping up thousands of free condoms being given out at the Asian Games, organizers said Thursday.

"We've been handing out condoms over the past three days but their daily ration of 5,000 runs out quickly every day," Choi Hyeung-Dae, a games organizing committee official told Agence France Presse.

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Senators Cross the Aisle for U.S. Survival TV Show

Two U.S. senators from opposing camps took their shared interest in spearfishing to the South Pacific for a reality TV show intended to teach gridlock Washington a lesson in teamwork.

"Rival Survival" finds Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, and Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico, sweating it out for a week on a desert island with a camera crew in tow.

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Pope's Skull Cap Raises over 100,000 Euros on eBay

An Italian TV show managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over 100,000 euros in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay.

The host of satirical show "Le Iene" (The Hyenas) got up at the crack of dawn to ensure he had a front row position for one of the pope's regular appearances in St Peter's Square in Vatican City.

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