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French Muslims to Rally against 'Barbaric' Hostage Execution

French Muslims were on Thursday called to rally against the "barbaric" beheading of a hostage by Algerian jihadists with links to radical Islamic State militants.

Dalil Boubakeur, the president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) -- an official representative for the country's estimated five million Muslims -- called for the gathering at the Paris Mosque on Friday afternoon.

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Japan Firm has 'Thumbs Up' Solution for Bigger Smartphones

Human thumbs are just too stumpy to navigate bigger-than-ever smartphone screens, but a Japanese gadget maker has a solution: a thumb extender.

Enter Japan-based Thanko that is hawking a silicone-based device called the "Yubi Nobiiru", or "stretched finger", for 1,480 yen ($13.55) apiece.

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Texas Firefighters Rescue Pet Frog from Blaze

Firefighters who doused the flames at a North Texas house have also made sure the lone resident didn't croak.

Fort Worth firefighters rescued a pet frog and returned the amphibian to the daughter of the homeowners who were out of town.

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Erotica Chain to Sell Goods to Pay Back Taxes

An online sale of sex toys could give Kansas a boost of revenue.

The sale is being held so the owner of five adult stores can pay off a tax debt to the state.

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Harpist's Mellow Tone Soothes Apes at St. Paul Zoo

Harpist Terry Tacheny long enjoyed taking her young daughters to Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota, except for the Primate House, where she thought the gorillas, orangutans and monkeys seemed a little lethargic.

Her solution: A little music.

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Fruity Condoms, with Asprilla's Blessing

Colombian footballer Faustino Asprilla, known for a bit of a wild streak, thinks you could do with some fruit-flavored condoms. And he's not shy about his favorite.

"Guava! I've always loved guava, because we had a tree outside my house growing up," the former Colombian side, Parma and Newcastle star said with a smile Wednesday.

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Prosecutors: Texas Man Used Cocaine to Buy Votes

Federal prosecutors say a 47-year-old man provided cocaine to secure votes for school board candidates in South Texas.

A federal judge in McAllen on Monday scheduled the arraignment of Francisco "Frankie" Garcia of Donna for next month. He's facing voter fraud and other charges.

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Sarkozy Spokesman Supports other Candidate for French Presidency

It's a French political paradox: Gerald Darmanin may be the new spokesman for comeback king Nicolas Sarkozy, but he is supporting another candidate altogether to run for the presidency in 2017.

Sarkozy broke the worst-kept secret in politics last week when he announced he would run for the presidency of the opposition UMP party in November, which if successful will pit him against President Francois Hollande and his Socialist government on a regular basis.

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Idaho Woman Charged with Felony over Chewed Seat

A northern Idaho woman has been charged with a felony after police say she chewed up the upholstery of a patrol car seat.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports ( ) 42-year-old Staci Anne Spence was charged late last week with felony malicious injury to property and misdemeanors including resisting arrest and battery on an officer.

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Belgian Beer Pipeline to Carry Booze under Bruges

Tired of delivery trucks rumbling near its mythic canals, Belgium's medieval town of Bruges has approved the construction of a beer pipeline to link a five-century-old brewery to a bottling factory nearby.

The three-kilometre (two-mile) underground pipeline will link the De Halve Maan brewery in the heart of the "Venice of the North" to an industrial park where the beer will be bottled and shipped to thirsty drinkers worldwide, the company's director Xavier Vanneste told Agence France Presse on Tuesday.

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