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Jail Escape in Washington not Detected for 2 Days

An inmate's escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man's defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn't be found.

Rhyan Vasquez, 19, was back in custody in Marysville City Jail, north of Seattle, facing a possible escape charge along with a previous robbery allegation, The Daily Herald reported ( ).

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Armed Neighbors Charged in Florida 'Pirate' Attack

The life of a pirate is not an easy one, as a Florida man dressed in a "Pirates of the Caribbean" costume discovered when he was attacked by two armed neighbors.

Larry Harcar, a fan of the hit film franchise starring Johnny Depp as pirate Jack Sparrow, was walking in his neighborhood in full costume -- toy gun and sword included -- when two spooked neighbors mistook him for a thief, the SunSentinel newspaper reported Monday.

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German City to Give Alcoholics Beer to Sweep Streets

A German city is set to start a controversial project Wednesday to employ alcohol and drug addicts to clean the streets in return for beer, tobacco, food and small amounts of cash.

Social workers will closely oversee the project, dubbed "Pick Up," in a dilapidated area around the central railway station of the industrial western city of Essen.

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Cat, Dog, Lasers: A Senior Portrait to Remember

A New York boy and his cat, a principal and her dog — and lasers.

They all came together in teenager Draven Rodriguez's senior portrait, which ended up with him holding his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, and Schenectady High School principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne.

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Architectural History in Tiny Tokyo Capsules

Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home.

Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan's numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train can catch a few hours' sleep, the 140 units at Nakagin represent a special part of the history of architecture, and one that is worth protecting against plans to tear it down, say campaigners.

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Big Smile in Denver Bank Robbery Suspect Mug Shot

The mug shot of a man captured after trying to flee a bank robbery in Denver shows him flashing a broad, toothy grin.

The photo was taken after 45-year-old Michael Whitington's Sept. 23 arrest. Police say he robbed a bank on Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall and then tried to get away on a light-rail train. Officers stopped the train a few blocks away and arrested him.

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Britons Sign Away First-Born Children for Free Wifi

Several Britons agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free wifi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet, published on Monday.

Londoners were asked to agree to terms and conditions as they logged on to use free wifi in a cafe in a busy financial district and at a site close to the houses of parliament.

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Five Obamas, 'Crazy Dick' Star in Brazil Protest Vote

Five Barack Obamas, three Bin Ladens, a Jesus, a Wonder Woman, a 007: the ballot for Sunday's elections in Brazil can look more like the inventory at a costume shop.

But the madcap cast of candidates reflects deep frustration with politics as usual, say analysts in Brazil, where 80 percent of the population say they don't trust Congress and fed-up voters prefer an illiterate clown to another corrupt politician.

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India PM Orders Bureaucrats to Clean Toilets on National Holiday

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered his bureaucrats to come in to work to clean up their offices -- including toilets -- on this week's national holiday to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.

The move is part of a nationwide cleanliness drive to be launched by Modi on the holiday Thursday, with the premier himself expected to take a broom to the capital's notoriously dirty streets.

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Heads We Win for Kuwaiti Cricketers

The toss of a coin put Kuwait into the Asian Games men's cricket quarter-finals and sent Maldives crashing out when steady rain made play impossible in their group match Monday.

Without a ball bowled, Mahmoud Bastaki correctly called "heads" at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon, South Korea, to give Kuwait their first win of the competition.

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