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X-Ray Shows Sick Tortoise Swallowed Turtle Pendant

The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant.

Dr. Don Harris said the 15-pound male African spurred tortoise named Lola hadn't pooped for a month and began acting sick over the weekend. Lola's owner brought him to the Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami, which Harris co-owns.

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'Let Him Jump' Say China Netizens over Fake Suicide Scam

A Chinese man staged repeated suicide attempts to extort cash, reports said Wednesday, provoking some online commentators to applaud his business acumen, while others called on him to jump to his death.

The 47-year-old, surnamed Li, was pictured on different sets of scaffolding around tall buildings after news of his arrest emerged, and mocking media nicknamed him "Brother Building-jumper".

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Indian Thieves Dig 40-Meter Tunnel to Rob Bank

Indian police on Tuesday were hunting for thieves who tunneled into a bank and fled with valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The robbers dug a 125-foot (40-meter) tunnel from a nearby house into the state-run Punjab National Bank in northern Haryana state and stole cash, jewelery and other items over the weekend, local media reported.

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Poll Finds Some Anglican Priests Do not Believe in God

Two percent of Anglican clergy do not believe in God, according to a poll on Tuesday in which dozens of respondents said they were "not sure 'God' is more than a human construct".

Asked to choose the statement that most closely resembled their beliefs, nine percent also chose the phrase "No one can know what God is like".

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Ebola Virus Spreads to Halloween Outfits

An online retailer in California is making no apologies for marketing Ebola-themed outfits for grown-ups looking to add some shock value to their Halloween party get-ups.

Brands On Sale has so far sold "hundreds" of men's white Ebola containment suit costumes -- complete with face shield, breathing mask, safety goggles and latex gloves -- for $79.99 a pop, CEO Johnathon Weeks said Monday.

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Mahjong Faces Endgame in China

The ancient Chinese game of mahjong became the latest extravagance to be condemned in official media Tuesday, as a writer in the Communist party's mouthpiece newspaper urged government personnel to shun the pastime.

Chinese people have been clacking mahjong tiles for centuries, with some accounts naming its inventor as the ancient sage Confucius. But some officials have taken their hobby too far, according to a commentary in the People's Daily.

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Darth Vader's Ambitions Slain in Ukraine Vote

A candidate posing as the iconic villain from the "Star Wars" movies already had his Ukrainian presidential ambitions thwarted by suspicious authorities in May.

But the scary man from the dark side of the Force was not going down without a fight. 

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Coming to Broadway Soon? Serena, the Musical

Serena Williams said she'd like to see a musical of her life performed on Broadway after she reached the WTA Finals title match following a strong dose of drama and Mariah Carey.

Williams said rather than follow retired Chinese star Li Na, whose story reportedly has film-makers interested, she would prefer "not (to) take it too serious".

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U.S. Architect Gehry Gives Critics the Finger in Spain

Architect Frank Gehry stuck up a middle finger to his critics and grumbled about "shit" modern building design before receiving a prize from the king of Spain on Friday.

The 85-year-old creator of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao responded grumpily to reporters' questions in Oviedo, northern Spain, a day before he was to be handed the Prince of Asturias prize by King Felipe VI.

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Cockroach Disrupts Pest Control Chief's Testimony

A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives.

After Thursday's hearing in the City Council chambers, Fleet and Facilities Management Commissioner David Reynolds had his office call a private contractor to come down to City Hall and do some exterminating.

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