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Obama Makes Healthcare Pitch to Baseball-Besotted Boston

With his soaring rhetoric and skilled oratory, Barack Obama is used to knocking it out of the ballpark.

But despite a stirring defense of his landmark healthcare law on Wednesday, Obama accepted that his Boston audience's minds might be elsewhere as the city's baseball team closed in on a World Series victory.

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President: Chavez Face Appeared in Subway Tunnel

Hugo Chavez may have died in March, but his successor says the comandante is still around -- most recently in an image of his face that appeared on a subway tunnel.

President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday workers in the tunnel saw the image come and go, and he showed a photo of the alleged visage in a rally in Caracas.

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No Payout for Australia 'Sex-at-Work' Woman

An Australian woman injured when a motel room light fitting fell and hit her while having sex on a business trip failed in a bid for workers' compensation Wednesday.

The public servant suffered injuries to her nose, mouth and a tooth and said she was mentally scarred when the light was pulled down by either her or her partner during intercourse.

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Norwegian Man Buys Flat with Forgotten $24 Bitcoin Investment

A Norwegian man who purchased $24 worth of bitcoins and then promptly forgot about it for four years, was able to buy an apartment in central Oslo thanks to the massive appreciation of the virtual currency.

In 2009, Kristoffer Koch was doing research on encryption and on a whim decided to invest a small sum in the recently created bitcoins -- a means of payment over the Internet.

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Report: China GDP Figures Wrong by $610 Billion

China's economy would be at least 3.7 trillion yuan ($610 billion) bigger than Beijing thinks if the country's local government statistics were to be believed, state media reported Wednesday.

The Economic Information Daily tallied up gross domestic product (GDP) data from 28 of mainland China's 31 provincial-level authorities, totaling 42.4 trillion yuan for the first nine months of the year.

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Backlash over Beijing Police Tips for Women Drivers

Don't wear high heels while driving. Make sure you release the handbrake before setting off. And don't panic if you suddenly realize you're going the wrong way.

Those are some of the suggestions given by the Beijing police department to women drivers in a series of microblog postings that have sparked a backlash among Chinese Internet users who say the tips are sexually discriminatory.

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Austrian Police Seek Thief: The Loot? Grass

Austrian police are seeking witnesses to an unusual theft — of huge amounts of grass, mowed secretly from a farmer's field.

A police statement says the theft occurred around Liebenfels, a village about 200 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Vienna. It says a farmer reported his field mowed and the grass gone on Monday.

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Some Troops Turn to Liposuction to Pass Fat Test

Troops often call plastic surgeon Adam Tattelbaum in a panic. They need liposuction — fast.

Some military personnel are turning to the surgical procedure to remove excess fat from their waists in a desperate attempt to pass the Pentagon's body fat test, which relies on measurements of the neck and waist and can determine their future prospects in the military.

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Switzerland to Show Chinese the Thrill of the Slopes

Winter in Europe wouldn't be winter without a bit of skiing, and this year Switzerland has its sights set on attracting a whole new group of amateur skiers to its slopes -- the Chinese.

Swiss Tourism said Monday it had invited eight Chinese delegates to spend four months zipping down the pistes of its most famous ski stations including Gstaad, St Moritz and Verbier in a bid to tap into the potentially lucrative market.

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Men File Complaint over Ejection from Cab for Kiss

Two men filed a complaint with the state of Illinois against a Chicago taxicab company Monday, alleging one of the company's drivers ejected them from a cab after they kissed.

Steven White of West Hollywood, California, and Matthew McCrea of Chicago say they kissed during a ride in May from O'Hare International Airport to McCrea's home. They claim the driver for Sun Taxi turned the interior lights on and off, telling his passengers, "This is public transportation." The driver initially pulled over on an expressway but then drove to a grocery store parking lot and ordered them out, they said.

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