Victory turns sour as pensioner dies
A Ukrainian pensioner has won a dumpling-eating contest but lost his life.
Ivan Mendel (77) was awarded a jar of sour cream after downing 10 dumplings in 30 seconds -- then dropped dead. He fell ill shortly after walking away with the litre of sour cream in the town of Tokmak.
Parents cry foul over football ban
A ban on traditional leather footballs at a primary school has been branded "ridiculous" by parents.
Pupils at Harewood Junior School in Tuffley, Gloucestershire, are now allowed to use only soft sponge footballs in the playground. Parents said the decision was an overreaction.
Prostitutes walk streets for rally
Hundreds of South Korean sex workers have rallied to call for the scrapping of a law that toughens penalties for prostitution.
About 1,600 prostitutes and pimps chanted slogans at a rally in the capital, Seoul. Many wore baseball caps, sunglasses and masks. Police said the rally was peaceful. Prostitution is illegal in South Korea, but is widespread despite repeated government crackdowns.
Emergency call is just plane crazy
A motorist who thought he saw a crashed plane as he drove on an Ohio motorway alerted emergency services.
Fire and emergency crews were dispatched -- but arrived to find it was a decorative prop at The Beach water park in Mason. The prop had been there since May and had not caused problems before.
Mobster jailed for 'clownish' plot
An ailing mobster in a wheelchair and using an oxygen tank was sentenced to seven years in prison for what a judge called a "clownish" murder-for-hire plot that was never carried out.
Prosecutors said Anthony 'The Saint' St Laurent Sr solicited an informant to kill his foe, Robert DeLuca, who is believed to be a member of the Patriarca organised crime family in Providence, Rhode Island.
Federal review as costs take cake
US President Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to review expenses for conferences after a report revealed the Justice Department served $16 muffins at a 2009 gathering.
Office of Management and Budget chief Jack Lew directed agency heads to conduct a review of how taxpayer dollars are being spent.
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