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Starbucks 'Gives Away' Drinks after U.S. System Outage

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but fear not because there was free coffee supposedly going at Starbucks in North America on Friday after a major computer glitch.

Thousands of people flooded Twitter to boast that they paid nothing for their caffeine fix, while others complained that they had not been so lucky and had been asked to leave the store because it was closing early.

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Robbers Trained to Steal Jewels, Cars Detained

Prosecutors detained 14 people Friday who are suspected of belonging to a network of well-dressed robbers who were trained to rob luxury items in Romania and the European Union.

The alleged leader was among those detained and prosecutors have asked for their arrest.

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China to Crack down on Strippers at Rural Funerals

Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas, the Ministry of Culture said Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that it will tighten control over rural culture, where vulgar performances have been thriving because of a general lack of cultural events.

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Injured Kenya Pedestrians Threatened with Prison

Kenyan road safety authorities have threatened to charge injured pedestrians with attempted suicide in a bid to halt a rise in road accidents in the east African nation.

The warning came as police revealed road fatalities were up 10 percent this year, with jaywalkers accounting for nearly half those killed.

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Naked Nationalist Stirs up Japan Elections

A naked nationalist is stirring up election billboards in Japan, offering a bit of colour -- and a lot of flesh -- to get out the vote.

Right winger Teruki Goto is pictured on his campaign poster in his birthday suit, wielding a samurai-style sword in front of two Rising Sun flags and the imperial chrysanthemum crest.

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Sea Lion Pup Waddles away from Water, Gets Ride Back to Sea

A healthy sea lion pup that was returned to the sea by deputies after waddling a quarter-mile onshore seemed to be staying in the waves on Wednesday — at least for now, officers said.

"There's no reports of him running down the street or anything," Mendocino County sheriff's Capt. Greg Van Patten said.

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Balding German Man Refused Free Wig

Baldness among older men is not a medical condition requiring health insurance companies to cover a toupee or wig, a German federal court ruled Wednesday, turning down a 76-year-old man's bid for false hair.

The man from the western town of Contwig, who has suffered from a lack of scalp hair as well as eyebrows and eyelashes since 1983, took his case against his insurance company to the Federal Social Court.

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Kerry's Sweet Secret... he Once Owned a Cookie Shop

Globe-trotting U.S. diplomat John Kerry is known for his sweet tooth. But he surprised top chefs this week by revealing he loves to cook, and once ran a bakery.

Back in the 1970s when he was "bored stiff" working in a private law practice in his home town of Boston, he and a friend hit upon a madcap idea to open a late-night cookie shop.

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California's Venice Beach Seeks Topless Sunbathing

Venice Beach, a California town known for its laid back style in an already laid back state, wants women on its shores to be able to go topless.

In doing so it cites what it calls links with Europe as it seeks an easing of US laws that many foreign visitors find prudish.

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Report: At Least 10 Dead in PNG Tribal Fight over Pig

At least 10 people died and several others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after a tribal fight over a stolen pig in Papua New Guinea, local media reported Wednesday.

The clash, in the highland province of Hela, erupted between the Wapiago and Tapamu clans, Assistant Police Commissioner Teddy Tei told PNG's Post-Courier.

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