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Vlad the Impaled: Femen Militant Fined for Stabbing Putin Waxwork

A Ukrainian member of the Femen movement was slapped with over 6,000 euros ($7,300) in fines on Wednesday for impaling a wax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stake, while bare-breasted, in a Paris museum.

Iana Jdanova, 26, is the first member of the women's movement to be fined in France for their signature topless protests, which they have staged in the Notre Dame cathedral, on top of the Moulin Rouge cabaret and on the Champs Elysees avenue.

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Plumpest Pumpkin: 2,058-Pound Gourd Sets Record

A gourd weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record Monday at an annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California.

John Hawkley, 56, won this year's Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco.

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Dream Beach House Built on Wrong Lot

A dream beach house in Florida has turned into a nightmare for a Missouri couple.

Six months after the custom house was built along the Atlantic Ocean near Palm Coast, Mark and Brenda Voss learned it's on the wrong lot in the gated Ocean Hammock community.

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Emu Corralled after Jaunt Through Traffic

It's not every day you see a 6-foot-tall bird running in traffic.

But Tustin police say that was the report Tuesday morning when an emu got loose from a backyard pen.

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What a Pickle! Dutch Men Nabbed with Ecstasy in Gherkin Jars

Two Dutch men ended up behind bars on Tuesday after a plan to transport more than 25,000 Ecstasy pills through France in gherkin jars turned sour.

The men, aged 43 and 48, were caught during a random control by customs agents in northern France a week ago.

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Travelers Can't Find Out-of-the-Way Hawaii Airport

An airline is complaining that passengers are getting lost and missing their flights because of a lack of road signs helping them find an out-of-the way Hawaii airport.

Mokulele Airlines is the first commercial airline to offer service out of a west Oahu airport that's at a former naval air station. On July 1, the airline began offering three roundtrip flights a day to Kahului, Maui, out of the Kalaeloa Airport.

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Thief Posed as Connecticut Wedding Guest

Police are looking for a man they say posed as a guest at a Connecticut wedding reception and stole gifts from the bride and groom.

They say the man fled the Longshore Inn in Westport on Saturday night with a birdcage filled with wedding cards, many apparently containing cash for the couple.

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Money Grows on Trees with Great Walnuts of China

Grinning with pride, a Chinese farmer held out two precious walnuts -- globes so precisely symmetrical that consumers in search of hand massages value them more highly than gold.

"Prices have skyrocketed," said Li Zhanhua, standing in the shade of the leafy green walnut trees which have made him a small fortune. "Years ago, we could never have imagined this."

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Pizza Hut Apologises for 'Pink Fat Lady' Customer Tag on receipt

Pizza Hut Singapore has launched an investigation and apologised to a customer described as a "Pink Fat Lady" in a handwritten note on her receipt after she ordered pizza for take away.

Aili Si on Sunday posted on Pizza Hut Singapore's Facebook page a photo of the receipt, saying she felt insulted at the description.

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Mickey Mouse Currency a Money Spinner for Tiny Niue

The Pacific nation of Niue has released new coins with images of Disney characters on one side and Queen Elizabeth II on the other -- and no, they're not taking the mickey.

The solid gold and silver coins produced by the New Zealand Mint are legal tender in the tiny Polynesian island, although experts say it is unlikely any will be used as currency as the precious metal they contain is worth far more than their nominal face value.

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