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French Man Jailed for Phoning and Texting His ex 21,807 Times

A 33-year-old French man was sent to prison on Thursday after phoning and texting his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times, admitting that, with hindsight, "it was stupid".

The unnamed defendant, who had made the calls to demand the woman thank him for fixing up their flat, was given a 10-month sentence -- six months of which was suspended -- and a 1,000-euro ($1,300) fine.

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Woman Accused of Shoplifting $144 in Eye Shadow

An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup.

Police in Fayetteville, Arkansas, arrested 31-year-old Brandy Allen, accusing her of stuffing handfuls of eye shadow into her purse Monday.

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Buckingham Palace Guard 'Pirouette' Video under Investigation

A Grenadier Guardsman who was captured on camera apparently dancing pirouettes in front of Buckingham Palace is under investigation, the Army said Wednesday.

A appears to show the soldier marching in a slow, deliberate fashion and performing a sequence of turns, apparently for comic effect, while on duty outside the Queen's official residence.

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Judge Orders Attorney to Wear Socks in Courtroom

An attorney who habitually appears in court without socks faces sanctions including possible fines if he shows up without them again in one Indiana courtroom.

Blackford Circuit Judge Dean Young issued an Aug. 25 order directing attorney Todd Glickfield of Marion to wear appropriate business attire, including socks and a tie, in future proceedings in Young's Hartford City courtroom.

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U.S. Ambassador Roasted over British Food Jibe

The U.S. ambassador to Britain sparked annoyance in his host country by criticizing the local traditional food in a magazine interview this week.

Asked what he would serve at his ideal dinner party, envoy Matthew Barzun replied somewhat undiplomatically.

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Romance Blossoms between German, French Leaders in TV Film

Imagine the president of France bringing the German chancellor croissants for breakfast after an all-night summit between the sheets.

Imagine no longer: this is the premise of a prime time romantic comedy which premieres Tuesday on German TV in which a workaholic German chancellor ends up falling for a dashing French leader.

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Robin Hood Monkey Showers Indian Town with Cash

A monkey sparked a dash for cash in a northern Indian town when he showered banknotes from a rooftop, witnesses told AFP on Tuesday.

Passersby in the hill town of Shimla spotted the monkey with a bundle of notes on Sunday after it broke into a construction site in search of food.

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New England's Tallest Lighthouse Sells for $78,000

New England's tallest lighthouse has been sold for $78,000.

A federal government spokeswoman says the General Services Administration has accepted a bid for the Boon Island Light Station off York, Maine. The winning bidder is Portland, Maine, resident Art Girard.

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Legroom Row Diverts Third U.S. Flight in Nine Days

It's been dubbed the legroom wars.

For the third time in nine days, a U.S. commercial jet has been forced to divert by enraged passengers flying into a temper over a reclining seat in the cramped confines of economy class.

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Chilly End for Sex Geckos Sent into Space by Russia

Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday.

The Foton-M4 satellite on which the geckos spent the past month and a half returned to earth as planned on Monday and the various species travelling aboard were removed.

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