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Community Service Eyed for Brooklyn Bridge Stunt

A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service — like cleaning a bridge.

Yaroslav Kolchin was arrested Sunday after he climbed to the top of the bridge to take pictures. He was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

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Egg-Throwing and Road Rage as Scotland Campaign Heats Up

Insults, egg-throwing and rage: the campaign ahead of Scotland's independence referendum is heating up, even forcing an intervention by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"There's nothing wrong with a bit of heckling but throwing things isn't necessarily part of the democratic process," Cameron said on Friday, after a "No" campaigner was pelted with eggs.

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Ex-Myanmar Beauty Queen Accused of Stealing Crown

Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.

May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned" stamped alongside her name.

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Italian PM Hands Out Ice Cream in Response to Magazine Cover

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi handed out ice creams to journalists at his official residence Friday in a lighthearted response to a cover of the Economist weekly showing him on a sinking ship, cone in hand.

Shortly after presiding over a cabinet meeting, Renzi called a press conference where a master ice cream maker had been called in to help him with the stunt.

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Russian Bank Offers Purrfect Loan Incentive -- a Cat

A Russian bank is offering customers the ultimate fluffy extra with their mortgage -- the free loan of a cat to bring good luck to their new home.

Sberbank, Russia's largest lender, is aiming to beat its competitors by a whisker by offering 30 mortgage holders the choice of ten different cats, ranging from hairless Sphynx cat Kuzya to Siamese Iriska as well as several moggies of indeterminate origin.

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German Greens MP Plants Pot Message in Ice Bucket Clip

A German Green party politician who poured a bucket of ice water over his head for charity has caused an online stir by slipping in a quiet call to legalise marijuana.

Party co-leader Cem Ozdemir, 48, joined thousands worldwide when he doused himself in freezing water for an online video clip to raise awareness of the neurodegenerative Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS.

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'The Audacity of Taupe': Obama Suit Creates Sartorial Stir

The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama's impromptu press conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press corps seized on something more immediately visible: his tan suit.

The president's decision to address the media in a breezy, light-colored summer suit swiftly took center stage for many even as he addressed Russian responsibility for rebel actions in Ukraine and ongoing U.S. air strikes against Islamists in Iraq.

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Danish Student's Exam Jitters Prompt Police Manhunt

A man who was the target of a police manhunt in Copenhagen on Thursday turned out to be a student suffering from pre-exam jitters while reading a book about terrorism.

"If you see the man, who according to a witness has exhibited suspicious behaviour, contact (us)," Copenhagen police wrote on Twitter.

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Vermont Bistro Scolded for Removing its Bacon Sign

A Vermont restaurant that removed a bacon advertisement called insensitive to vegans and Muslims is being criticized for doing so.

Sneakers Bistro and Cafe in Winooski last week took down a sign saying "Yield for Sneakers Bacon" after comments were posted in an online community forum by "a vegan and a member of a Muslim household." Vegans and Muslims don't eat pork.

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Malaysia Jails Six over 'Nude Games'

A Malaysian court sent six men to jail for a month on Thursday and will try four other people over a nudist gathering that triggered outrage in the Muslim-majority country, a defense lawyer said.

The six men -- five Malaysians and a Singaporean -- were jailed after pleading guilty to charges of public obscenity, said lawyer S. Thangaveloo, who represents Singaporean defendant Loh Kok Hong.

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