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Elk Traps Himself in German Office Building

A confused young elk wandered into an office building in the German city of Dresden on Monday, where he waited several hours "largely calmly" to be rescued, police said.

The male animal -- thought to be a Polish or Czech immigrant -- got stuck in a glass-enclosed foyer of a cafeteria at an office block used by the engineering giant Siemens.

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Maine Lobsterman Catches Rare Blue lobster

A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

WCSH-TV ( ) reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday. LaPlante and daughter Meghan were hauling traps when she discovered the bright blue critter.

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Gold Thief Offers to Pay for Pilfered Nugget

A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it — after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program.

The man was a former resident who had returned three weeks ago to participate in a salmon fishing derby, police Lt. Kris Sell said. By Sunday afternoon, he had called the store and left his credit card number to pay for the precious metal.

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Russian Tourist Arrested for Scaling Brooklyn Bridge

A Russian tourist has been arrested and charged after scaling New York's iconic Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures with his cell phone, authorities said Monday.

Yaroslav Kolchin, sporting a backpack, shorts and baseball cap, was spotted climbing to the top of one of the towers supporting the mighty structure shortly after midday on Sunday.

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#IceBucketChallenge: Twitter Mocks Hollande's Rain-Drenched Speech

Twitter users mocked France's president Monday after he was drenched by rain while making a speech commemorating French resistance on the day the government collapsed, drawing gleeful comparisons with the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The images of Francois Hollande delivering his pre-arranged comments under a downpour, his glasses covered in droplets and raincoat soaked, came at a bad time for a president who had just ordered his prime minister to reshuffle the deeply unpopular government for the second time in five months.

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Garden Gnome Alert: 400 Missing in Austria

A leading Austrian political party has issued a garden gnome alert after 400 of its figurines disappeared from lamp posts used in campaigning.

Placed by the Socialist Party ahead of elections in western Austria, the gnomes were hung three meters (more than three yards) from the ground — presumably in part to prevent mass pilfering. But a party statement Monday said that 400 gnomes, valued at around 3,000 euros ($4,000), had gone missing over the weekend.

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Boob Aid: Japan Porn Queens in 24-Hour 'Squeeze-a-Thon'

A group of Japanese porn actresses are preparing to have their breasts squeezed by fans for 24 hours this weekend for a charity event loosely translated as "Boob Aid".

The nine adult movie stars told local media on Monday they could barely contain their excitement about the "Stop! AIDS" campaign event -- which will be televised live -- but asked, perhaps somewhat optimistically: please be gentle.

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Edible Insects a Boon to Thailand's Farmers

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country's poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs.

At Boontham Puthachat's home, six concrete pens seethe with crickets munching on chicken feed, pumpkins and other vegetables — treats to fatten them up before they are harvested and sold to hungry humans increasingly eager for a different type of dining experience.

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Nepalese Attempt World's Largest Human Flag Record

More than 35,000 Nepalese made a bid Saturday to form the world's largest "human national flag" as they sought to set a new international record.

As the country's anthem played, participants held up crimson, blue and white colored cardboard for 10 minutes on an open ground in Kathmandu's city center to form the national flag.

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Oops: County Wrongly Figured Blood-Alcohol Levels

People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.

Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser said her office has not been performing a mathematical calculation needed to convert hospital tests on drivers' blood, which enable the results to be used as evidence in court, the Daily American ( reported.

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