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Auction Fetches $28K for 1st Batch of New Bourbon

One of Kentucky's newest whiskey makers is making a big splash, fetching more than $28,000 for its first bottle of bourbon.

The bottle appeared to rank among the most expensive bottles of bourbon ever sold. Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, said he doesn't know of any other bottle that sold for that amount or higher. All of the money will go to a local charity.

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Ethiopia Hopes to Set World Record for HIV Tests

Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day.

The country's health officials said Tuesday they hope to break the record this coming weekend in honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The previous record for number of HIV tests carried out in one day occurred in Argentina in November 2012, when 1,380 people were tested. Ethiopian officials hope to carry out 2,000 tests.

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Dog's Dinner: Bid to Stop the Swiss Eating their Pets

Hundreds of thousands of Swiss eat cats and dogs, according to an animal rights group that has demanded the government make it illegal for man to bite dog.

The activists handed members of Swiss parliament a petition Tuesday demanding they outlaw the eating of pets -- a tall order in a country where cat still appears on traditional Christmas menus in some areas.

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Man Arrested; Deputies Say he Aimed Banana at Them

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1rqFiVE ) 27-year-old Nathan Rolf Channing, of Fruitvale, was arrested Sunday.

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Woman Finds Pet Dog Lost in Philippines Typhoon a Year Ago

A Filipino woman has been reunited with her dog a year after the pet went missing in the chaos of the country's deadliest ever typhoon, she told Agence France Presse Tuesday. 

The nine-year-old mongrel named Bunny survived giant waves wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan, but went missing in the upheaval that followed the November 8 tragedy, owner Ailyn Metran told AFP.

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Exclusive Ticket: Dylan Performs for Audience of One

Among the world's exclusive concert tickets, this might be the ultimate. A show by rock legend Bob Dylan, with an audience of just one person.

Dylan and his band on Sunday afternoon performed at Philadelphia's Academy of Music to just one lucky fan -- Swedish television personality Fredrik Wikingsson, who is working on a film series about how solitary individuals experience events designed for large crowds.

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'Chameleon' Jumblat Captivates Local Twitterati

Storied Lebanese politician Walid Jumblat, long famed for his blunt manner and role as the country's kingmaker, has become an instant must-follow after launching a new Twitter account.

Jumblat, the head of Progressive Socialist Party, is the most senior member of Lebanon's Druze minority and has often been dubbed a "chameleon" or "weathervane" for his shifting political alliances.

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Naked Suspect Assaults Man, 84, at Airport

A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Logan Airport on Saturday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said.

Cameron Shenk, 26, of Boston, was charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery on a police officer, lewd and lascivious conduct and malicious destruction to property.

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Polish Town Opposes Pooh Bear for Unclear Gender

Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media attention in Poland until recent days.

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30,000 Birthday Cards Arrive for Down's Syndrome Man

A man with Down's syndrome in France got truckloads of cards -- some 30,000 from around the world -- for his 30th birthday, after his mother put out a call on Facebook that went viral.

By the time Manuel Parisseaux's birthday rolled around on Saturday so many letters had arrived his family in Calais in northern France had to store them in a neighbour's garage.

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