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Teams on the Thames Count the Monarch's Swans

Teams of census-takers took to the River Thames on Monday for the colorful annual count of Queen Elizabeth II's swans — a blend of science and ceremony that dates to the 12th century.

By tradition, the monarch owns all the swans found in Britain's open waters, and the event assesses their overall well-being.

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Brisk Business for Drug Baron T-Shirts after Escape

Ballads glorifying Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's daring jailbreak were composed shortly after his escape. Now T-shirts and hats featuring the Mexican drug kingpin's face are flying off the shelves.

The fashion line features a wanted poster with the multimillion dollar bounty, an image of Guzman escaping prison with a bag of cash, and his face with the words "Boss" in the same red and blue design as U.S. President Barack Obama's famous campaign poster.

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Russian Cheese Smuggler Was up to No Gouda

Russian customs officials said Monday they had foiled a bid to smuggle nearly half a ton of cheese into the country from the European Union, whose food is subject to retaliatory sanctions.

A man attempted to drive from Poland into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad with 460 kilograms of cheese stuffed in the trunk and backseat of his car, the customs service said.

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Cheating Website Ashley Madison Hacked for User Data

The adultery website Ashley Madison said Monday that customers' data had been stolen by hackers and said the breach had been fixed, though media reports said users' information had been briefly posted online.

Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, said an "unauthorized party" was able to gain access to the data through various unauthorized points on the website.

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Beijing Police Detain 4 for Sex Video that Spread Online

Four people have been detained in connection with a sex video purportedly taken inside a Uniqlo fitting room that spread rapidly online, Beijing police said.

They were detained on suspicion of spreading obscene content, according to a police statement late Sunday. Police said they were still investigating the couple who can be seen in the cellphone video apparently having sex in the Japanese retailer's flagship Beijing store.

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3-Time World Champ Fights off Shark during South Africa Comp

Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, three-time world champion Mick Fanning punched the creature before escaping unharmed during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa on Sunday.

The Australian surfer was struck by the shark from behind and knocked into the water as he sat on his board waiting his turn during the JBay Open in Jeffrey's Bay in the Eastern Cape Province.

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Want to Speak Australian? Just Abbreviate

Travelling to Australia and want to fit in? Or just trying to understand your mates from Down Under? The Sydney pastor behind a video that has gone viral explaining the local lingo might be able to help.

Josh Hawkins put the three-minute clip entitled "How to speak Australian: Abbreviate Everything" on YouTube a week ago and since then it has been viewed more than 130,000 times and even drawn praise from former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard.

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Costly Spanish 'Ghost Airport' Gets 1 Meager Bid at Auction

One of Spain's "ghost airports" — expensive projects that were virtually unused — received just one bid in a bankruptcy auction after costing some 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to build. The buyer's offer: 10,000 euros.

Ciudad Real's Central airport, about 235 kilometers (150 miles) south of Madrid, became a symbol of the country's wasteful spending during a construction boom that ended with the financial crisis of 2008, the year the airport opened. The operator of the airport went bankrupt in 2012 after it failed to draw enough traffic.

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Police: Stuffed Toy Cushions Colorado Girl's 3-Story Fall

Police in Colorado say a stuffed toy helped save a 5-year-old girl's life after she fell out of a third-story apartment window.

The girl broke her arm, but Colorado Springs police say she held on to the toy and it cushioned her fall Thursday night.

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Los Angeles Burglar Records Video Selfie with Victim's Phone

Authorities in Los Angeles are looking for a burglar who accidentally made a selfie with his victim's iPhone.

Police say the thief entered a home in the Venice area through an unlocked door Saturday and grabbed the phone, but he accidentally activated a video app.

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