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Self-Styled Polynesian 'King' Convicted for Issuing Fake Money

A self-styled "king" who claims to rule over an unrecognized "republic" in French Polynesia was convicted by a Tahiti court Wednesday for issuing fake money.

Athanase Teiri, a 59-year-old retired civil servant who describes himself as "Tanginui Hoe" (Tanguini the 1st), monarch of the fictitious "Pakumotu Republic", was not in the courtroom in Papeete to hear the verdict or the six-month sentence handed down to him.

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Study: Texting While Walking Impairs Stride, Poses Risks

Texting while walking impairs a person's ability to follow a straight line and keep a normal pace, and may pose risks to pedestrians according to a study out Wednesday.

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia decided to study texting while walking since it appeared no one had actually scientifically analyzed how the modern preoccupation impacts a person's gait.

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Poll: People See Obama as Nice, So-So President

Taking stock of President Barack Obama at the five-year mark in his term, less than a third of Americans consider him to be an above-average chief executive. Nearly twice as many find him likable.

A new Associated Press-GfK Poll finds the president's personal image to be on the rebound after taking a hit during the government shutdown late last year, with 58 percent now sizing him up as very or somewhat likable. That's up 9 percentage points from October, just after the shutdown.

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Police 'Like' Wanted U.S. Suspect's Facebook Post

Police in one Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader ( ) reports officers arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself and taunted police for not being able to find him.

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No Viagra, We're British: Military Stash Missing

A giant haul of Viagra is among more than £7.2 million ($11.9 million, 8.8 million euros) of stock that has gone missing from British military supplies in the last seven years, the Ministry of Defence confirmed Tuesday.

Among the missing items are some £5,800 worth of the anti-impotence pills, which the forces use for treating altitude sickness.

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'Password' No Longer the Internet's Worst Password

The number sequence "123456" has overtaken "password" as the most common worst password among Internet users, an online security firm says.

Releasing its annual Worst Passwords list, SplashData said it was the first time "password" had lost its number-one position, changing places with its numerical rival.

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Wall Street Bull Artist Settles Italy Tax Evasion Suit

The artist behind the famous bronze statue of a charging bull near Wall Street seen as symbolizing an aggressive financial optimism has settled a tax evasion claim against him in Italy.

Italian-American sculptor Arturo Di Modica will have to pay 900,000 euros ($1.2 million) to the tax agency, which accused him of failing to declare five million euros in revenue and not paying 600,000 euros in value-added tax.

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French Advertisers Have a Laugh over President's Affair

As French President Francois Hollande wades through the fallout of revelations he has been having an affair with an actress, companies are looking to drum up business by having a laugh at his expense.

Hollande has had a rough two weeks both personally and politically since glossy magazine Closer published pictures of him hopping off the back of a motor scooter, his head clad in a large black helmet, for an apparent rendezvous with actress Julie Gayet at an apartment near the presidential palace.

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Wedding Insurance Expands as Nuptials Get Pricier

Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There's an insurance policy for that.

With the cost of the average American wedding reaching about $26,000, insurers have been selling a growing number of policies to protect against losses from extreme weather, illness and, in one firm's case, even a sudden change of heart.

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British School Runaways Found in Caribbean Sun

Two 16-year-olds who ran away from a top British boarding school have been found safe and well in the Dominican Republic, police and the school said Monday.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva disappeared from the highly-regarded Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, northwest England, on January 13.

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