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Bulgarian Customs Seize Two Million Baby Eels

Bulgarian customs seized two million endangered baby eels concealed in the luggage of two Chinese men arriving from Spain, officials said Friday.

The tiny baby eels, or elvers, are seen by some as a specialty, fetching 500 euros ($560) per kilo in Europe and up to 1,300 euros in Asia, the customs agency said.

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In Bike-Loving Colorado City, Ambulances Get Racks for Rides

Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides behind.

Poudre (POO'-dur) Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, has equipped all 14 of its ambulances with bike racks after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle accidents or medical emergencies while riding.

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Drone Loaded with Drugs Crashes Near U.S.-Mexico Border

A small drone carrying three kilos of synthetic drugs crashed in a shopping center in Tijuana, Mexico -- just hundreds of feet from the California border, police said.

The apparently remote-controlled drone apparently was brought down Wednesday by the weight of its cargo -- six Scotch-taped packages attached to the wings, police said.

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$300,000 In Fine Wine Stolen from Famed Restaurant Recovered

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.

But the mystery of who broke into the unmarked wine room at the world-renowned French Laundry eatery and how the 76 bottles of fine wine got to a private cellar in Greensboro, North Carolina, has yet to be solved.

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Florida Pelicans Targeted in Slashing Attacks

Officials in Florida say someone has been attacking the state's pelicans, slashing the pouches of the oversized birds, which often die as a result.

Ten injured pelicans were found in the Florida Keys, sanctuary to a bounty of U.S. wildlife, five of which died of their injuries, said officials.

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Bulgarian Customs Seize Two Million Baby Eels

Bulgarian customs seized two million endangered baby eels concealed in the luggage of two Chinese men arriving from Spain, officials said Friday.

The tiny baby eels, or elvers, are seen by some as a specialty, fetching 500 euros ($560) per kilo in Europe and up to 1,300 euros in Asia, the customs agency said.

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Smoking Bad for Your Wealth at Asian Cup

Palestine and Jordan have been slapped with perhaps the most embarrassing sanctions yet at the Asian Cup -- for smoking in the team dressing room.

In scenes more reminiscent of the amateur leagues, both teams were caught out by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after their match in Melbourne last Friday.

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YouTube Stars Quiz Obama

A bubbly shopping guide, a charitable "internetainerpreneur" and a comedian who wears green lipstick and eats ladles of cinnamon quizzed U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday in a series of unorthodox YouTube presidential interviews.

Bethany Mota, Hank Green and GloZell Green -- video bloggers who between them have received more than 1.5 billion views on YouTube -- were invited to talk to Obama about his recent State of the Union address.

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China University 'Expels Student over Genetic Blood Disease'

A student in Beijing is suing his university after he was allegedly expelled for having the rare hereditary blood disease haemophilia, reports said Friday, the latest case in China's long history of medical discrimination.

The student, identified by the pseudonym Zheng Qing, is suing the China Institute of Industrial Relations after he was officially expelled earlier this month, the government-run Global Times reported. He was previously pressured into leaving the school in September. 

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Do You Want Fries with That? Too Bad, Says KFC Japan

Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan has stopped selling fries, as industrial disputes that have crimped potato exports from the U.S. took another bite out of the country's fast food market.

The chain became the latest casualty of the chip shortage that has already forced McDonald's Japan to ration its servings.

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