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Get that Obama or Putin Look for $44, on Chinese Web

Chinese traders are offering the chance to get that "world leader look" by selling copies of the garb worn by Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at this week's APEC summit in Beijing.

While the silky high-collared tunics were based on the traditional "Mao suits" once beloved by Chinese leaders, social media commentators outside the country joked that they resembled the uniforms worn in the sci-fi TV show Star Trek.

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Arctic Storm has Colorado Shoveling ... Tumbleweed

An arctic storm system has some Coloradoans shoveling out from under tumbleweeds rather than snow.

Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo on Monday as the system moved from north to south across the state.

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Man Rescued from Colorado Department Store's Walls

Authorities say a man who was freed from a space between two walls of a Colorado department store may have been there for several days yelling for help.

Longmont police Sgt. Matt Cage says Paul Felyk was rescued Tuesday. The Longmont Times-Call reports (http://tinyurl.com/mokop25 ) firefighters used a circular saw to cut into the side of the building to free him.

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Rio Designates First Nudist Beach

It is a city where the locals have long enjoyed showing off a bit of bronzed flesh, but the people of Rio can now go all the way.

Abrico beach, an hour's drive west of Rio's center, was officially designated as the Brazilian city's first nudist site on Tuesday.

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Artist Tries for Sandcastle World Record in Brazil

A towering sandcastle in Brazil made by an American artist is vying for the world record for the tallest of all time.

The 12-meter-high (39 feet) castle designed by American artist Rusty Croft was unveiled Tuesday in the town of Niteroi, across the bay from Rio De Janeiro.

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Italy's Singing Nun Releases First Album

Cristina Scuccia, the singing nun who won Italy's version of The Voice, on Tuesday releases a first album containing an unlikely cover of Madonna's 1984 hit "Like a Virgin."

On her way to victory in the television singing contest, the 26-year-old from Sicily became a global Internet sensation with tens of millions clicking on YouTube recordings of her covers of Alicia Keys's "No One" and Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer."

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Car Dumped into River during Divorce Flap

A man going through a divorce sent the red Corvette his wife drives plunging into a river, triggering a search for a possible victim inside, police said.

Officers were called on Monday afternoon about a car in the Delaware River. A witness told them that a man had driven to the riverbank, gotten out and then let the car run into the river, police Inspector Scott Small said.

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Plans for Giant G20 Joint Up in Smoke

Pro-cannabis supporters planning to rally at a summit of world leaders in Australia have been stopped from taking their giant inflatable joint, but said Tuesday they plan to still push for medical marijuana.

The HEMP Embassy, based in the New South Wales town of Nimbin, had planned to bring its 10-meter (33 foot) joint to the site near the G20 talks in Brisbane at the weekend, with U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping attending.

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U.S. Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday with Sky Dive

Eleanor Cunningham of Howes Cave, New York, has bested former President George H.W. Bush.

He celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving; she made the big leap to mark her centennial.

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Theme by Star Wars Composer is Music to APEC Ears

Chinese authorities are promoting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum as another step into the global limelight, but they turned to an American composer when it came to the mood music for Sunday's events.

At multiple sessions of the APEC CEO Summit -- a gathering of business leaders and politicians that precedes the main event -- participants marched on stage to the sound of "Summon the Heroes" by John Williams.

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