Spain's northeastern city of Tarragona plans to use DNA analysis of dog droppings to track down errant owners who fail to clear up their pet's mess, local officials said Monday.
The coastal Mediterranean city will work with a local university to create a DNA database of registered dogs that could be used to identify its owner, Ivana Martinez, the city's city councillor for public spaces, told news radio Cadena Ser.Full Story
Social media users blasted a new Chinese film Monday for depicting a summit of world leaders during World War II which embellished history by portraying revolutionary leader Mao Zedong as vital to a conference he never attended.
The Cairo Declaration -- an upcoming war film produced by a company affiliated with China's military -- is part of a host of government-directed events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender.Full Story
Hundreds of women of all ages donned blue coveralls, red socks, and red bandannas with white polka dots and gathered near San Francisco in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for women dressed as the iconic "Rosie the Riveter," the image used to recruit female industrial workers during World War II.
The attempt was likely successful but Guinness must still review and authenticate the headcount. It will also verify all the Rosies conformed to uniform specifications, which detailed the acceptable size of the polka dots on their bandannas, the Contra Costa Times reported Sunday. (http://bayareane.ws/1gO9Dyn ).Full Story
Organizers of the badminton world championships in Indonesia apologized Sunday for playing a Franco-era anthem for Spain's Carolina Marin after she defended her women's single title, saying it was an "unfortunate mistake".
The 22-year-old smiled as organizers played the old version of the Spanish anthem that includes lyrics by poet Jose Maria Peman during the podium ceremony in Jakarta, images broadcast on Spanish TV showed.Full Story
Brewed illicitly by generations of villagers in ex-Soviet Belarus, a legal version of the country's notoriously fiery samogon moonshine has now gone into mass production.
Traditionally drunk with pickles and pig fat, the makers promise the new liquor will have the drink's authentic kick and taste.Full Story
World number one Novak Djokovic was unnerved by the smell of marijuana smoke on Saturday as he advanced to the final of the ATP Rogers Cup by defeating France's Jeremy Chardy.
During his 6-4, 6-4 victory, Djokovic complained to the umpire about the smell of marijuana smoke.Full Story
Plump passengers beware! The national airline of Uzbekistan says it has begun weighing those traveling along with their carry-on luggage.
The isolated Central Asian state's carrier said that it had introduced the new regulations out of concern for "flight safety".Full Story
A couple who took their nearly 5-foot boa constrictor for a swim in a Pennsylvania river say the pet slipped away and they're concerned about its welfare.
The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1JfL8XN ) that Kolby and Zachary Latranyi had been swimming with the snake named Leyla last weekend in the Susquehanna (suhs-kwuh-HAN'-uh) River. The Latranyis say the red-tailed boa was shedding, so the swim was designed to help it remove material from its scales.Full Story
Authorities want to talk to a man who donned a fairly realistic bear costume — head and all — and wore it when harassing a bear and two sows trying to feed on pink salmon in an Alaska river.
The incident happened Monday on the Chilkoot River near Haines, said Alaska Fish and Game Assistant Area Management Biologist Mark Sogge.Full Story
Japanese police have arrested a man accused of bursting into a lawyer's office and cutting off his penis with garden shears before flushing the organ down a toilet.
Local media reports said Ikki Kodukai, a 24-year-old Tokyo graduate student, may have been acting out of revenge over his wife's romantic involvement with the 42-year-old victim.Full Story